Marriott Minneapolis Southwest, 2021I needed a break (and to hit 75 nights with Marriott for the year) and was searching around the Minneapolis area for a nice weekend stay. I had some criteria, like restaurant was open so that I would get breakfast for my status level. While searching I found the Marriott Minneapolis Southwest had a good normal rate, but on closer inspection had an unpublished "locals getaway" rate for even less. It also included 2 free drinks per night. Sold!
ArrivalI drove up from rural Minnesota into the cities. This hotel is in a very wooded business park, that has a lot of crazy one-way streets. Make a wrong turn and you will rip your hair out.
There are signs for the Marriott though to guide you.
The RoomI was able to upgrade to a very nice suite. End of the hall, entire corner of the hotel with a nice view of downtown and the business park.
FoodThe Blue Birch is where you can get food and drinks here, and it's open for dine-in service. Full menu. Over many years, I had met friends here after work, so I was happy to see it open.
The PropertyWhile it was definitely geared toward the business traveler, this one is a lot better than most business boxes I have stayed at. Also the M lounge was open! First exclusive lounge I have been in at a hotel since March of 2020.
SummaryA very quality business hotel, and a great weekend getaway. The drinks and food are really good. The quiet of the hotel is absolutely serene. The grounds around it with trails and ponds and woods are also quite comfortable and relaxing.
Frequently there are great deals at this hotel on weekends and with the level of service they are offering, it would be a shame to miss.
For out of towners, the hotel is right on the limit of an acceptable cab cost from the airport. Parking is free though.