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
The location of the hotel is great if you need to visit the University of Minnesota campus. It is on their bus and train lines and close to everything and has numerous coffee shops, restaurants, and bars nearby.
However...it is lacking in many respects. There is only a bar/restaurant with very limited offerings and seating - not really a restaurant. So you have to go off-premises for meals. No pool or hot tub. Parking is in a surface lot behind the hotel for which there are very limited spaces and an extra charge of $20.00/day.
The king guest room is average, if you can look past the ugly decor of dark green walls and fish wallpaper and the garish furnishing and decorations of a mix of hockey, fishing, and Lonnie Anderson of all people. .See the photos I've posted. There is an empty mini-fridge.
The bathroom was not clean, and the hair dryer didn't work because it was plugged-up with dust and dirt. The shower only had rain-type head with low pressure.
The view was of the top of a parking garage nearby.
We expected more and were very disappointed overall, and would not stay here again.
We enjoyed the unique decor of the hotel, including the local artifacts (Herb Brooks coat, etc). It’s an easy hotel to access and park at, and being on UMinn campus, there are restaurants and bars everywhere. We’re giving it 4 vs. 5 stars because it is annoying when you want to chill and have drinks in the lobby/bar area, and there are 50 college students taking all of the space up studying. You’d think that the hotel would want to court their guests to spend more money, and not be forced to go elsewhere.
This is our second Graduate stay and we are big fans! I love the decor, location, firm beds, and the vibe. It’s a refreshing change. The Minneapolis location is steps from Stadium Village. Many restaurants within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Starbucks next to the lobby!
This boutique hotel is part of a small but growing chain of college-town hotels.
The location of this one is perfect for visiting the University of Minnesota. Its decorations are full of delightful and clever local touches, with artwork celebrating Minneapolis area celebrities and the North Woods.
The hotel lobby is full of students just studying — that’s the first thing I noticed when I came in. The registration desk is almost hidden in a corner, but the workers there are helpful and friendly.
This is a great hotel to spend a few nights visiting your kiddo at the U. Its within a 5 minute walk from the campus and the bagel shop. The Lite Rail is right outside the front door so there are great transportation options from the airport (only about 30 min from Terminal 1). I would definitely stay there again!