Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
What We Love
- Sincere, knowledgeable staff that makes you feel completely at home
- Excellent dining, including an extensive wine list and traditional French fare
- Updated amenities, including free WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and flat-screen TVs
What To Know
- Inner rooms have windows that face the hotel’s lobby and event space
- This Sheraton is located in a suburban area; outer rooms face either a highway or a parking lot
- There’s no swimming pool, but the concierge can arrange transportation to one
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Sheraton Bloomington blends French style with modern comforts, topping it all off with impeccable Midwestern hospitality. The venerable chain’s first North American hotel is minutes from the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. The retro lobby has clustered droplight lamps, colorblock couches and boldly patterned rugs. Gigantic saucerlike chandeliers fill the atrium’s vast expanse. It’s an indoor courtyard of sorts, walled in by the shiny black one-way windows of approximately half of the hotel’s 277 guestrooms.
Bed & Bath
Decor-wise, the rooms have a bit of an anonymous chain feel, but they’re supremely comfortable thanks to goosedown duvets and piles of pillows. Plasma TVs, free WiFi and large bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and Lanvin products round out the indulgent offerings.
Renovated in 2010, the hotel’s Colette Bistro & Bar is one of the Twin Cities’ top destinations for French fare. The menu includes classics such as coq au vin, cassoulet and steak frites. In the morning you can indulge in fresh-baked baguettes and eggs benedict. Also on offer: a full business and fitness center.
How to Get There
Stayed there for three nights while visiting friends and family in the Twin Cities. Sure, I would have rather her stayed in downtown Minneapolis, but at half the price and free parking this was the way to go. It's conveniently located off of I-494 and that came in handy because we were driving all-over the Twin Cities.
Check in was smooth sailing and would have been even quicker if I opted to use my phone as my room key.
Being a Marriott platinum member we stayed on the club level, but I'm guessing the rooms are the same throughout the hotel. The bed was super comfortable and I was able to make the room dark.
There are always a few nits I would pick, but none are deal killers.
The bathroom has a tub/shower combo with a rainfall head. At 6'1" it was a little short for me and a prefer a traditional shower head with pressure like a firehose.
For safety purposes I don't like glassware in the bathroom.
The light switch for the bathroom lights are located outside the door. This means in the middle of the night you might wake someone up before you can shut the bathroom doors.
The Sheraton Club is a nice perk. Breakfast was the usual scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, oatmeal, fruit and continental break items. My better half like the "latte coffeemaker". I'm not a coffee or tea drinker and I appreciated my daily caffeinated soda.
In the evening there was a cheese and meat selection, crostini and other snacks.
The Sheraton Bloomington is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 100 and I-494. The route in is a bit circuitous but manageable. Join entering you are immediately impressed by the huge space. One of the hotel’s bars is located there with lots of comfy soft seating as well as tall tables with computers available. Check-in was quick, easy and very pleasant. Our room was well-appointed and clean. We enjoyed our 6th floor view of I-494, feeling thankful that we weren’t commuting ourselves! The hotel does not serve breakfast, but there was a nice continental breakfast in the Club Room and a full breakfast was served in the hotel’s restaurant, Lila’s. The bar in that restaurant has a second happy hour from 9 - 11:00 that proved to be lively and fun. The $3, $5, and $7 appetizers were very good. Mike kept the bar running smoothly, turning tables quickly because there were always more people wanting in. The hotel and restaurant teamed together to make our stay completely comfortable.
This is a beautiful hotel, with great amenities and fantastic staff. Sadly, that is all worth nothing to me because I was unable to sleep at the hotel. We checked out after only 2 hours, due to it being impossible to get any rest with the very loud noise from the highway nearby. If you are immune to sound you may be able to stay here, but it was a waste of my money and stressful as we weren't able to stay overnight and had to scramble for last minute accommodation elsewhere that was more peaceful :(