Minneapolis Airport Lodging

by Sheri Lacker

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 10 miles southeast of downtown Minneapolis in Bloomington, Minnesota. Located within five miles of the airport is the largest mall in the U.S. – a sprawling complex known as the Mall of America that includes an indoor amusement park, underwater aquarium and hundreds of retailers. Along the corridor of highway between the mall and the airport, hoteliers have established properties catering to almost any traveler’s needs.

Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South

A few minutes' ride southwest of the airport, Hyatt Place offers self check-in kiosks in its contemporary yet comfortable lobby. With similar attention to efficient, contemporary design, guestrooms showcase Hyatt Grand Beds, a sleeper sofa, 42-inch flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, mini-fridge and wet bar. Guests may enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, order from the pay menu at the 24/7 guest kitchen or pick up ready-made food and beverages from the 24/7 snack kiosk. Available on-site is a complimentary fitness center and indoor heated swimming pool to combat the cool Minnesota climate. The hotel provides free shuttles to both the mall and the airport.

Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Airport

The multi-story Embassy Suites Hotel is midway between the airport and Mall of America and offers free transportation to both. The stand-out feature of this property is the roof-to-floor indoor atrium with tropical plantings, gathering places and meandering waterways. For dining choices, guests may try daily complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are served at in-house restaurants: The Corner Bar, which offers quick fare such as appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere, and the fine-dining Woolleys Steakhouse, which overlooks the atrium. Guestrooms are two-room suites that provide the Suite Dreams Bed by Serta, two flat-screen TVs, mini-fridge and microwave. Use of the on-site fitness center and indoor pool is complementary. This property has room amenities for physically challenged guests including modified roll-in showers, Braille service menus and visual alarms.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Any traveler seeking a full-service hotel with conference rooms or reception spaces will find this Holiday Inn has something that fits. Family reunions, wedding receptions and various other events have taken place at this property with ample guestrooms, gathering spaces, catering services and assistance in preparing your event. Concierge-level rooms have their own room key-secured upper-level lounge with large-screen TV, light evening meals and 24-hour snacks and beverages. Single travelers and families can choose from rooms with one king-size bed to those with two double beds to suites in various configurations. Two restaurants are on-site, and kids eat free. Active guests will want to try out the saline-water swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

Homewood Suites

If the whole gang including the dog is in tow for some fun at the Mall of America and wants to get the closest accommodation possible but still be near the airport, Homewood Suites may be a good option. Each suite has a living area and a sleeping area, including TV and table with chairs, a designated full kitchen and a separate bedroom with full bath. Cribs and high chairs are available. Pets up to 50 lb. are welcome for a nonrefundable $100 service fee plus tax. A laundry, indoor pool, patio area with barbecue grills, fitness room and convenience store are available on-site. The free “Suite Start” hot breakfast buffet is available to guests. The hotel is attached to Chevy’s Mexican Rest, which is open for lunch and dinner. Parking and shuttles to the Mall of America and the airport are free to guests.

About the Author

Sheri Lacker has more than 30 years' experience as a writer, photographer and multimedia artist. Her work has been used by Warner Brothers, Barbour/Langley and Casey Kasem Presents, among others. Her awards include the Theatre Excellence Scholarship and Guest-Artist-in-Res. Lacker studied journalism, Web design and historical research at the University of Memphis.

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