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
I recently stayed here for two nights for a conference held at U. Minn. For that purpose, the location was great, i.e., within a walking distance. The room size was reasonable, and it was clean. The price was quite reasonable too. However, I didn't like the interior design of the room I stayed: the posters and paintings were only interesting for U. Minn. graduates or alumni. I didn't like those posters/paintings at all; I prefer much neutral, ambient paintings/posters for tranquility. Their posters/paintings were bit disturbing in fact. Also, another negative aspect was the following. During my stay, the conditioner container in the bathroom was almost empty. So, the next morning, I asked the front desk to fill the conditioner container, and she said she would definitely tell the house keeping staff to do so. Upon my return from the conference in the evening, the container was still empty. In the end, I had to call the house keeper myself. Then, she brought me a couple of bottles of body lotion first. I told her that I needed her to fill the hair conditioner container in the bathroom. Finally, she brought me a new filled hair conditioner container, instead of filling the container attached in the bathroom wall... It's not a huge deal, but it was not a good experience anyways. Hence, my overall rating of this hotel is just 3 stars, and cannot give higher stars than 3. Will I stay this hotel next time? Perhaps. But just in case, I may check other hotels nearby U. Minn. campus.
I’ve stayed in a few graduate hotels now for work and I really like them. Low key (I.e., unfussy!) atmosphere with nicely appointed, modern rooms and charming decor. Front desk crew went the extra mile on checkin. You can even play air hockey in the lobby! I definitely recommend this chain if you’re staying near a college campus.
Last night, I received a call from the Graduate informing me that they were canceling my two-month old reservation for two nights due to a "clerical error"! It's my daughter's high school graduation this weekend with family in town, lots of party prep to do, ceremonies on Sunday and the usual frenzy that proceeds a family event. The next day we head to her orientation at University of Minnesota. Now, I've added another element to my already frantic weekend.
I have NEVER had a hotel cancel my room reservation. The call was from a woman in the "revenue" department, not even the manager! There incredible inconvenience to me was served with only an offer to email me a list of hotels twenty minutes away from their university-located hotel. Getting another hotel room has not been an easy task. The rooms around the university are at a premium since lots of families are coming in for the orientation. I'll be making sure the University knows about my experience and hope that you use caution if you consider this hotel.
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Honestly I wanted to like the hotel. Good location, well laid-out, clean. But I got there at 6:55 p.m. and there was one person behind the counter and 8 people in line. She was doing her best, and was apologetic, but it took 25 minutes before I got to the front of the line and checked in. Anybody can have a bad day, and maybe they just had a couple people call in sick, I don't know. But there were two other staff member that kept walking back and forth and going in the office without a word to those of us waiting in line. The room was nice and clean and the bed was very comfortable. But, I wanted to know if there was room service and there was nothing in the room about hotel services, not even a card next to the telephone telling which extension to call. I finally picked up the phone and dialed 0, no one ever answered, so I used my phone to call the hotel! Same thing the next morning when I called down to have my car brought up by the valet. I went down, my car was there, but there was no valet. I went to the front desk (again, one person) and stood in line for about 5 minutes and she said "oh, just go see the valet". But the valet was not there.
Again, maybe I just hit them on a bad night/day, but I was really not impressed and will be unlikely to re-book.
When checking in I was not greeted by the hotel clerk. She didn't have much to say during the entire check in process. When the hotel parking was full I had to park across the street at a university parking lot. I was charged $12. When checking out I brought the parking receipt to be reimbursed. I was told that I should have had it validated. That wasn't explained to me when I checked in.
The biggest problem with this hotel is that you can hear everything. There were two girls in the room next to ours and we could hear every word they said when we were trying to sleep.
Also, the bedspreads had some nasty looking stains on them.
This hotel is not worth the price charged.