The Commons Hotel Minneapolis
What We Love
- Free passes (by request) to the University of Minnesota’s recreation and wellness center
- On-site Beacon Public House serves reasonably priced farm-to-table fare and mixology cocktails
- Book butlers can be called at any time for a specific request (depending on availability) or tapped for recommendations
What To Know
- The hotel is located on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus
- The Metro Transit light rail Green Line, connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, passes right in front of the hotel
- Self-parking is available for an additional $15 per day; valet parking is available for an additional $25 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located in Minneapolis’s University District, the Commons Hotel nods to its educational surroundings with exposed brick, rescued timber, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, globes and light fixtures fashioned from beakers. A library-themed lounge, a 360-degree fireplace and numerous “study areas” (cushy chairs, couches and tables) are scattered around the first- and second-floor public spaces. Homages to classic University of Minnesota scenes can be found throughout, including in black-and-white photos and on framed video screens.
Bed and Bath
The schoolhouse theme is echoed in the guestrooms, with more photos of the campus, desks and small analog clocks. All guestrooms have plaid robin’s-egg-and-navy-blue accent walls, as well as modern amenities such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and Keurig single cup coffeemakers; some have loveseats and leather study room furniture. The white tiled bathrooms have long marble sinks, rain showers and Archive bath products.
The Beacon Public House serves a farm-to-table menu that changes seasonally, offering such breakfast items as Southwestern huevos and pub grub items (fish and chips, anyone?). A strong list of beer, wine and mixology cocktails is also available, and there’s a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. In need of a good read? A book butler can be called at any time for a specific request (depending on availability) or tapped for recommendations. And although there’s a standard workout facility on-site, guests can obtain free passes to the university’s recreation center, which features pools, racketball and handball courts, a jogging track, a climbing wall, a sauna and more.
In the Area
The Commons sits on the edge of the sprawling University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus and offers easy access to Gopher sports events at TCF Bank Stadium and Mariucci Arena, as well as performances at Northrop Auditorium. The light rail Green Line, which passes directly in front of the hotel, is a direct link to the downtowns of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as near the Guthrie Theater, the Target Center and the Mill City Museum. Also nearby is the Fitzgerald Theater and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
How to Get There
Location is terrific for parents of University students but was very disappointed that there was no room service. The staff was super helpful when the TV wasn't working properly, all the staff in general was lovely. For that price, however, I want room service.
Horrible location, unless your in town to visit the university. Priceline didnt mention the 25$ per day parking fee. For this to be a 4star hotel the room was extremely small I felt caged in. The best part about the room was the built in shampoo and soap in the bathroom and I like that there's alot of pillows on the bed. But the lobby is the nicest looking part of the hotel. If the room was so cramped it probably wouldnt have been so bad.
I really liked this hotel. It was a unique alternative to your standard hotel. We booked it for one night and we found the rooms a little small but very comfortable. Beds were the right firmness for us, it was clean and the decor was fun. Has a real old school university/college theme going that is brought through the entire hotel. They had a nice fireplace, students quietly studying on the huge work table in the lobby, air hockey tables, shuffle board, and virtual golf. Unlike some of the other reviews, I found the staff to be very helpful and friendly.They saved us a ton of money on Uber rides by explaining the light rail system to get downtown. I don't believe there was a pool (or I didn't see one), and there weren't safe's in the room but we were able to securely leave our valuables/bags at the front desk while we took in a Vikings game. I would recommend this hotel for folks looking for a unique nostalgic experience. We will be returning!