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
- 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
Imagine my surprise when I checked into my Graduate hotel room to find soda cup lids still in the trash and much later to find someone’s panties hanging under the bathroom sink.
It’s been a long day and I will talk with front desk in the morning. My initial impression of the room was that it decorated well and the beds seemed comfortable. The extra trash was weird because it made no sense not to remove the soda lids but the extra panties were creepy because I kept thinking what else hadn’t been properly cleaned.
Oh and I’m here for a Food Defense and Safety conference - a bit ironic
Stayed here when I picked up my son to bring him home for summer. Picked this hotel because it was on campus & only minutes from his dorm. While the hotel is nice enough, I’m glad I got the Priceline rate & didn’t pay full price. Tons of people just standing around in the lobby, not enough parking & the WiFi is crappy. There was a large tray of dirty dishes in the hallway when I got to my room & it was still there hours later.
I stayed at this hotel for 4 days in April. The staff were so helpful and accommodating. I had placed a mail order to be delivered to my room at the hotel and because of the bad weather, the delivery was delayed a week. The staff forwarded the package to my home address in Ireland. They were all young, professional and very helpful with any queries. The hotel is in an excellent location - right across the road from the metro, so easy to get downtown, to the airport and to the Mall of America.
The lobby was filled with students working away and enjoying the huge open fires - really nice atmosphere.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend this hotel.
A unique hotel in the heart of a University campus. Students flock to the lobby for wifi access after hours and the staff is young and fun. Someone had a blast coming up with themes and décor for the rooms (my bedroom lamp was built on a Corvette model with working hood and doors). Room service was prompt and thorough. I had one small "ask" and management followed up to make sure it was sorted. I don't usually stay in this area but I was utterly charmed by this hotel and its team members. I would totally stay here again.
I really didn’t know that this hotel was mediocre at best, and was recommended. Really my main complaint is that I paid for a suite and receive a room the same size (maybe a bit smaller) than the one my son had . The big difference? His room had two queen beds and mine had 1 king bed. Another difference is that the put a divider door between spaces so you could hardly move in the bedroom. I was very disappointed with having been charged d more for the same size room as a regular one!