I recently stayed at the Ramada Plaza for three nights. It was not an overwhelmingly good or an overwhelmingly bad experience, but I definitely formulated some pros and cons.
- The hotel has excellent highway access and good parking.
- My room was large and comfortable. We had a chaise lounge, even. (Unfortunately, it had a suspicious stain, but hey, a chaise lounge is pretty novel.)
- The desk in the room was equipped with more outlets than even someone like me who travels with a lot of devices to charge would ever need.
- Internet service was fast, reliable, and free, which is always a huge plus.
- The bed was comfortable, though a bit on the soft side.
- The room was mostly very clean (aside from the chaise lounge), and housekeeping did an excellent job of maintaining it during our stay. We never had a lack of linens or toiletries.
- Housekeeping also went above and beyond the call of normal hotel duty on the last night that we stayed, which I will describe below.
- We got an extremely low room rate, which made the stay an excellent value.
- The hot water in the bathroom was really, comically slow to get started. I could turn on the hot water in the shower and before it got hot, I'd have time to use the toilet, brush my teeth, and stage a dramatic and ironic reading of the printed statement about how not laundering your towels every day saves water. Granted, once the water heated up, it was plenty hot and there was enough of it for two people to shower and then some. But the wait was a bit excessive.
- I thought initially that the hotel was quiet, but it turned out that the reason that it was quiet was that it was under-booked. On the last night of our stay, there was a wedding reception in the hotel restaurant, and apparently many of the attendees had rooms on the floor I was staying on. I know this because they congregated noisily and drunkenly in the hall near the elevator (coincidentally near my room) between 11pm and 1am. I learned more than I wanted to know about several members of the wedding party's preferences in underwear, and at least one person puked loudly in the hall. Now, obnoxious guests are not the hotel's fault, but it did point up the fact that the rooms are very open to hallway noise. I am happy to say that when we checked out in the morning, no puke was in evidence, and there was no trash or anything in the hall, so the housekeeping staff must have been really on the ball.
Overall, I would probably stay here again if necessary, especially for the rate we paid. But I would want a room away from the elevators if at all possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minutes from businesses, area attractions and shopping, Ramada Plaza Minneapolis is business-paced and leisure-minded. Free Wi-Fi in guest rooms, modern décor, pool and fitness center, inviting public spaces. Our experienced meeting and catering experts can work with you to plan events up to 400 attendees. Complimentary on-site parking. Shuttle service within a five mile radius (complimentary, but based on availability). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis
- Sheraton Minneapolis
- Four Points Minneapolis
- Minneapolis Sheraton
- Minneapolis Four Points