$119 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 20, 2014 Check-out: Apr 21, 2014

The Commons Hotel

4 stars
615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
39 reviews
Weekend on campus

This hotel is very conveniently located to all campus activities. They do offer a shuttle within a... See full review

  • Gopher parent
  • Jan 14, 2014
Perfect Place to Stay for UMinn Football

The hotel is the perfect place to stay for a University of Minn. football game. The hotel is a... See full review

  • Ronbrown
  • Nov 11, 2013
The only full service hotel on the U of M campus

Located on the University of Minnesota campus, The Commons Hotel is just three minutes from downtown and only steps from the new TCF Bank Stadium, lively cafes and bars. In addition to the free on-site fitness center, guests receive free access to the awesome U of M Rec Sports facility with an Olympic-size pool, basketball court and more. Business travelers can make use of the free business center, and upgrade to University Club Level for additional privacy and amenities.

Highlights

  • Pre-arranged transportation is free within a 5-mile radius
  • University Club Level is an adults-only business class floor
  • Take the hotel shuttle to the Light Rail to visit the Mall of America
  • On-site parking with in/out privileges (fees apply)

Rooms

The 304 rooms and suites at University Hotel Minneapolis feature cable TV, coffee makers, hair dryers and free Internet access. Upgrade to University Club Level rooms for free key-card access to the business center, a deluxe continental breakfast, free valet parking, and an evening food and beverage credit in the University Lounge. If there's an event in the ballroom, avoid the noise by requesting a room above the 3rd floor.

Features

Guests at The Commons Hotel are greeted by an Old World-style lobby that sets an elegant tone with mahogany decor, a baby grand piano, ornate floor lamps and large paintings. The full service hotel features a gift shop, hair salon and on-site dining.

Dining

The University Lounge on the lobby level serves cocktails and all-American dishes like pizza, burgers, and pasta. With intimate tables and club-style leather couches, the bistro-style atmosphere of the Lounge also makes for cozy mingling. Applebee's restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while an onsite Starbuck's caters to coffee lovers.

Transportation

  • Amtrak (2.6 mi /4.1 km)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (10.4 mi/16.7 km)

Attractions

  • Hennepin Theatre District (1.7 mi /2.8 km)
  • Target Field (2.8 mi/4.5 km)
  • Metrodome (2.8 mi/4.5 km)
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts (3.1 mi/4.9 km)
  • Minnehaha Park and Falls (5.9 mi/9.5 km)
  • Mall of America (12.4 mi/19.9 km)
  • Underwater Adventures Aquarium (12.4 mi/19.9 km)

Business

  • Free access to the business center
  • Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for up to 500 people
  • Food and beverage catering available (fees apply)
  • Conferencing options and A/V equipment available (fees apply)

Policies and fees
  • The hotel is undergoing a $14.8 million transformation this summer and will launch the new brand this fall. For updated information please visit the new website at www.commonshotel.com

    Due to the amount of road construction in the Minneapolis area, guests are recommended to visit the Maps & Directions tab prior to the visit to see if there are any detours or road closures that may affect their travel.

    The business and fitness centers have been temporarily closed and a computer and printer are available for use in the lobby. Complimentary passes to the University of Minnesota Recreational Center, which offers state of the art equipment, are available at the front desk.
  • Self-Parking = $15/day
  • Valet Parking = $20/day

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

The Commons Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Guest Room 1 King Bed
Deluxe Guest Room King Bed-42 LCD TV-comp wi-fi
Deluxe ADA Guest Room 2 Double B
Newly renovated-42 LCD TV-complimentary wi-fi
Superior ADA Guest Room 1 King B
Newly renovated guestroom features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
Superior ADA Guest Room 2 Queen
Newly renovated guestroom features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
1 Bedroom ADA Suite 1 King Bed
Newly renovated suite features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
1 Bedroom ADA Suite 2 Double Bed
Newly renovated suite features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
Deluxe Guest Room 2 Queen Beds
Deluxe Room 2 Queen Beds-42 LCD TV-comp wi-fi
Deluxe Guest Room 2 Double Beds
Deluxe Room 2 Double Beds-42 LCD TV-comp wi-fi
Superior Guest Room 1 King Bed
Superior Room 1 King Bed-42 LCD TV-Comp wi-fi
Superior Guest Room 2 Double Bed
Superior Room 2 Double Bed-42 LCD TV-Comp wi-fi
1 Bedroom Suite 1 King Bed
Newly renovated suite features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
1 Bedroom Suite 2 Double Beds
Newly renovated suite features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
Executive VIP Suite 1 King Bed
Newly renovated suite features iHome clock radio, 42 LCD television and coffemaker.
Deluxe ADA Guest Room 1 King Bed
Newly renovated-42 LCD TV-complimentary wi-fi

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
FEMA approved
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Coffee shop
Room service
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Barber shop
Porters
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Copy service
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Indoor parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Electronic door locks
Sprinklers in rooms

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Hotel Map

44.9741 -93.2295
Nearby airports
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, (MSP), 10.00, MI, N;
Area description
Downtown - This hotel is located near downtown.

Nearby points of interest

  • University of Minnesota: 0.1 mi
  • Williams Arena: 0.2 mi
  • Mariucci Arena: 0.3 mi
  • TCF Bank Stadium: 0.3 mi
  • Weisman Art Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Guthrie Theater: 1.3 mi
  • Stone Arch Bridge: 1.4 mi
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 1.4 mi
  • Mill City Museum: 1.4 mi
  • Foshay Tower: 2.1 mi
  • American Swedish Institute: 2.2 mi
  • Minneapolis Convention Center: 2.2 mi
  • Peavey Plaza: 2.2 mi
  • Target Center: 2.3 mi
  • Orpheum Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • University of Minnesota: 0.1 mi
  • Williams Arena: 0.2 mi
  • Mariucci Arena: 0.3 mi
  • TCF Bank Stadium: 0.3 mi
  • Weisman Art Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Guthrie Theater: 1.3 mi
  • Stone Arch Bridge: 1.4 mi
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: 1.4 mi
  • Mill City Museum: 1.4 mi
  • Foshay Tower: 2.1 mi
  • American Swedish Institute: 2.2 mi
  • Minneapolis Convention Center: 2.2 mi
  • Peavey Plaza: 2.2 mi
  • Target Center: 2.3 mi
  • Orpheum Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • Children's Theatre Company: 2.4 mi
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2.4 mi
  • Target Field: 2.5 mi
  • Basilica of St. Mary: 2.8 mi
  • Riverview Theater: 2.8 mi
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: 2.9 mi
  • Lake of the Isles: 3.8 mi
  • Minnehaha Park: 4.1 mi
  • Lakewood Cemetery: 4.5 mi
  • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden: 4.7 mi
  • Lake Harriet Rose Garden: 4.9 mi
  • Lake Harriet Band Shell: 5 mi
  • The Bakken Museum: 5.1 mi
  • Lake Harriet: 5.3 mi
  • The Museum of Russian Art: 5.4 mi

Dining

The Beacon Public House
The Beacon Public House is The Commons new signature restaurant giving diners an alternative to the local chain and fast-casual restaurants. Regional-influenced gastropub cuisine - blending local product with a strong sense of local identity.
Starbucks
Starbucks is open from 5 30am to 11 00pm and is located lobby level
Applebees
Located lobby level and are able to be reached within the hotel. Applebees hours are 630am to 1am with a full menu available 7 days a week

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (39)

Ratings and reviews for The Commons Hotel

Overall score

3.9 / 5
39 out of 39
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.7

95% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

3
Terri.Mary
Wisconsin
Mar 5, 2014

great location

the best thing about The Commons is its location in the heart of the University & Stadium Village. it puts you in walking distance to tons of restaurants, bars, parks, etc etc., and of course the football stadium. The rooms are fine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

4
The Z Cheeseheads
Milwaukee WI
Feb 11, 2014

Fun weekend

This hotel is conveniently located in the U and perfect for using as a base to visit our daughter. Parking is a bit of a hassle since there are very limited spots behind the hotel but there is a structure attached run by the University which is ok.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Loring's Sunday brunch was delicious and has a student discount.

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

4
Miss. S
Minneapolis, MG
Feb 10, 2014

very enjoyable stay

room was clean and comfortable. traffic was worse than awful getting there - hockey game. parking somewhat challenging, but front desk staff was very helpful and made up for the hassle. restaurant is very convenient and breakfast was good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

3
Minmm
Business
Minnesota
Feb 9, 2014

On the University Campus

Stayed at the Commons because I was there for a meeting at the alumni center. The Hotel has a nice fitness center, a little larger than most. The staff was very helpful. Self parking behind the hotel was extra ($15). The room was comfortable although the duvet cover was stained. My room was across from the elevator and there was a male team of some kind, I think, on the floor so quite loud. A Starbucks on site with very quick service. No complementary breakfast. I would stay here again for similar event but there are too many nice hotels around to stay here for any other reason. I would recommend to someone wanting to stay on campus but not for other reason.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

5
Gopher parent
Michigan
Jan 14, 2014

Weekend on campus

This hotel is very conveniently located to all campus activities. They do offer a shuttle within a five mile radius ( easy to catch light rail to and from airport) Rooms have been recently updated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

4
ChavaG
Chicago
Dec 16, 2013

Great weekend at the U

We stopped in for a quick weekend to check out the University. Great hotel. Stylish and clean, very friendly staff, and great location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: In Hotel

They have a free shuttle service that can take you up to 5 miles away. Call ahead for reservations, but it will save you the hassle of getting a cab, and will save you time. The drivers know the area incredibly well and can recommend anything from popular destinations to places off the beaten path.

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

3
Superstar 1977
Business
Charlotte North Carolina
Nov 29, 2013

Decent hotel in the middle of U of Minn campus

The Commons is listed as a 4 star hotel. It's nice enough with comfortable rooms, amenities, and guest service. The workout room and lobby are especially nice and I used each (including the wonderful fireplace in the lobby) every day due to 7 degree weather and no chance I'd go outdoors more than I had to. If you're doing work/research on the university campus, as I was, I'd strongly recommend this hotel. I walked to everything on both the east and west banks. There's lots of eateries nearby that offer all sorts of American and non-American foods. The Commons is also nearby to CVS and Walgreens in case you need any of that kind of stuff. I was a little let down by the room service which was hit and miss.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to the Beacon. It's the restaurant in the hotel lobby and has AMAZING locally sourced food, a badass full bar, and exceptional bartenders/servers/chefs.

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

5
Ronbrown
NJ
Nov 11, 2013

Perfect Place to Stay for UMinn Football

The hotel is the perfect place to stay for a University of Minn. football game. The hotel is a short walk from TCF Bank Stadium. You can get to the hotel from the airport on the light rail with a shuttle pickup at the Metrodome stop (just call the hotel). They will shuttle you anywerhe in a 10 minute radius which gets you to most sports downtown. The bar in the hotel is good. The hotel is a short walk from Stub and Herb's bar which is even better. The only shortcoming is that the hotel did not have a workout room on premise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Stub and Herb's

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

5
rdjay
Business
Hillsboro OR, USA
Oct 11, 2013

Perfect for a UMN campus visit

Very good location. They have parking at the back. Quite, and a good restaurant with very cheerful and helpful staff. Good internet access as well.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Commons Hotel

Reviewer score

1
dirkherb
excelsior, mn
Aug 18, 2013

Valet damaged my car and Commons won't acknowledge it.

Rooms are fine. Customer service, not so much. Valet scraped my bumper in the garage and did not fess up. Manager told me it might have been me. $245 for the room. $500-1000 for the bumper. Awesome.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
1
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