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Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Ranked #25 of 49 Hotels in Minneapolis
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Ankeny, Iowa
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515 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

Large room with club chair and ottoman. Nice desk with lots of plug ins. Nice bed with six pillows. Night stand on each side of bed. Alarm clock. Aveda products inn bathroom. Hair dryer is a full size one and works well. Sink and mirror outside of bathroom. Nice shower. Only two towels though. Very clean. Very quiet. Water park is nice. Great location with tons to do. Definitely will return. Thumbs up all the way!!!

  • Stayed July 2012
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, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, 13 July 2012
Thank you for your review and comments. I see that you enjoyed the water park. Come see us in November when the skating rink opens for the season. Great family fun.

Again, thank you for staying with us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

I am a Platinum Member of Marriott and will go out of my way to stay at one of their properties. As a fan of historic hotels, I find that their Renaissance division has some great options (not all of them are great, but most), and this property definitely excels.

Pros - a great atmosphere with high-class themed decor following their railroad depot location. Extremely friendly front desk staff (there is a thing as too perky, though), nice sized room with comfortable furniture (and a leather side chair which is an attractive touch), responsive maintenance (we had a small problem in the room (which we caused) which was addressed right away), fun water park option

Cons - This is a downtown location. Other than about 10 parking venues for the Twins game, there is not a lot around here for a weekend stay. We basically entered the hotel and never left again until we checked out the next morning. This was fine for us, but those looking to explore might find shopping and free time activities lacking immediately around the hotel. Also, don't let the outside fool you. Again, as a fan of historic architecture, I found the building/depot attractive, but my daughter admitted that she was nervous when we pulled up in front of it. She thought it looked like a warehouse and wondered what I was thinking booking us in "a shack" - she amended her opinion the minute we walked through the front door, but first impressions do count.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Darrynm, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, 17 July 2012
Thank you very much for your comments and for staying with us. We appreciate your business!
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

My family had the misfortune of staying at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel on Saturday night, June 16, 2012. That was the night the Hotel used its 60,000 sq ft "full-service historic hospitality venue" to host the "Music of the Night" Symphony Ball 2012 for the Minnesota Orchestra. The Music of that Night was overpowering and sounded to those of us staying in the hotel well over the "ninety (90) dB(A)" allowed by the City noise ordinances. According to the Minneapolis Police, the 911 calls from neighbors complaining of the excessive noise came in at 11:09 pm, 11:26 pm, and 11:38 pm. The First Precinct sent over officers after midnight, and again at 1am.

Exasperated, I finally got out of bed around 12:30 and went down to speak in person to the front desk clerk and the Banquet Manager catering the event. Both people assured me that there wasn't anything they could do about the noise level because the event organizers had a City-issued permit and the Police who just left said it was OK. I'm astounded that the Hotel management felt it was powerless to control an event that was held in its own facility and catered by its own staff. I feel the Hotel could have at least warned us when we made our reservation that there would be a late night, very loud party so we could have asked for rooms well away from the event. We were very disappointed that a Marriott Hotel would put the event revelry ahead of the needs and comfort of its paying guests.

By the way, the Minnesota Orchestra appears to be a party-hardy group, at least at their Symphony Ball. The final words coming over the amplified sound system just after 1am were "This is the last song. The Police got called. Good job! Make some noise. The Police got called."

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Mount Holly, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

During our recent return to the twin cities, we stayed at this wonderfully historic Marriott property. The rooms are not huge, but very tastefully decorated to suit the time period of the building. The concierge lounge was nice and well stocked. The breakfast they had was great for a business trip. Throughout the hotel are great photos and statues of rail people and rail history. There is a water park that is open on weekends. The valets are great at retrieving your car in a timely manner. While we were there, two business groups were having meetings and there was ample space to handle them. The staff at the desk were very friendly. The hotel is centrally located and convienient to downtown and the light rail system. Easy access to 35W and 94. Great place to stay over all!

Room Tip: Lots of children running around as you would expect when the water park is open. Higher floors are g...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Darrynm, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, 3 August 2012
Thank you for discovering us!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

Spacious, comfy room with plenty of storage. Staff were friendly and efficient. Decor was sypathetic to the building's past as a railway depot. Breakfast was good; $8 for granola or, $15 for the buffet which offered a huge choice and the unusual option of having omelettes, waffles etc. cooked to order.

Facility to print boarding passes. Within an hour of the aiport using the tram, with just a short walk (cheap too).

Slight annoyances were: safe deposit box not in room (behind reception); room cleaning didn't take place until 1400 on one day.

Dunn Bros next door is a good alternative for breakfast or somewhere to relax with a coffee.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Darrynm, Manager at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, responded to this review, 3 August 2012
Thank you for your comments. Also, thank you for pointing out the light rail. From our hotel lobby to the station it's a 2.5 block walk however the train goes right into the airport. Very good alternative to a rental car or cab.
We appreciate you for Discovering us!
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Additional Information about Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Property: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Address: 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2524 (Formerly The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel)
Region: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Minneapolis
#20 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#23 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,692 - ₹ 24,758
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot 3.5*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is the perfect blend of history and style. We are located in downtown Minneapolis' Historic Mill District on the banks of the Mississippi River yet close to Nicollet Mall, popular local dining, sports venues, theater the riverfront area. Discover something new and exciting at our Renaissance Hotel. Our hotel has exceptional dining at Milwaukee Road. We are also connected to a seasonal indoor ice rink at the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. ... more   less 
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