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
If you are considering Graduate in Minneapolis for your winter wedding I highly recommend it. We came to Minneapolis from AZ in February and really not looking forward to it, because of the weather. But wow were we pleasantly surprised. The bride and groom had chosen the perfect place. Rehearsal dinner, party after, wedding, reception and morning-after brunch all in one place. We parked the car and never left the hotel on this long cold and snowy weekend. Wedding guests had discounted room rates and the rooms were very nice. It couldn't have been better. Be aware that there are lots of students hanging around everywhere they could access but it was fine. They didn't bother us.
Overall it feels like this hotel is run by adolescents. Attended a wedding there, and from the first contact, where I was told by a giggling clerk I couldn't book a wedding block room without both the Bride and Groom's last names ???, to check out, where a bumptious clerk added an additional $65 restaurant tab to our room, and then could not tell us about or give us any proof of this charge. He told us "Accounting" would contact us about this charge later, but we are still waiting for that call. Overall, customer service feels like it is managed by inexperienced, unconcerned, and rather rude people.
we enjoyed our stay here! with the amount of activity there, the staff maintains a very clean & cozy atmosphere. Valet parkers were on the ball. Location is prime: within walking distance to the metro. we ate at the restaurant only one time & it was delicious but both times we tried to eat breakfast there, they were understaffed & it was going to be a 1/2 hr wait to get seated so luckily there was Applebees & Starbucks.