Historical Traveller Reviews of Millennium Hotel
not bad at all, especially if you get a good deal on the rate
do you ever get the feeling like some people can't be pleased? i feel that way when i read the below average results for this hotel. of course it costs $13 to park your car - it's a city hotel. but the location is great - you can walk to the heart of downtown or across loring park to the walker art center, you're a block from the beginning of eat street. lots of buses come down nicollet if you can just figure out where you want to go. there are great restaurants in walking distance (i highly recommend hell's kitchen for b-fast). it's near enough to the metrodome to be fairly inexpensive to cab it there. we were in a standard room, which hasn't been redone, but it was fine. comfy bed, good shower, enough space for 2 people to live for three nights happily. the staff was pretty accommodating. their pizza was kind of yucky, but the bartender was great. if you can get a deal on this place over the internet, its a good choice.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis and was very pleased with everthing about this hotel. The hotel is a little further down Nicollet then I would have liked but the bonus was that they are connected by a skywalk all the way to the light rail train. This was very good considering when I was there they had record rain falls and some of the coldest days in quiet some time. Every staff member when came in contact with was pleasant and where able to answer all my questions and for once the front desk staff actually knew where area attractions were and gave great directions to them. I will be staying here again the next time I'm in Minneapolis.
millennium hotel was a punishment
from A TripAdvisor Member
Had to travel to Minneapolis for business. When I told people where I was staying they were so impressed and said it was a great hotel. When I got into my room I wanted to cry. This hotel has not updated the decor since probably the 1970s. There were stains all over the sides of the mattress. The bathroom was about as nice as a gas stations. The staff was unhelpful and looked like they hated life. The doorman was never around, had to get my own taxis everytime I left the hotel. It was the shabbiest place I have ever stayed. At least if I had booked a room at the super 8 motel I would know what to expect but the Millennium caught me off guard. There was a Hyatt across the street and everytime I went outside I felt envy looking at the people coming out of that hotel. I told the same people that raved about the Millennium about how much I wanted to run out into the streets to sleep-turns out these people had never even stayed there, its just the reputation that the hotel has for being posh-something that perhaps thirty years ago it was but oh how it has fallen
It was good to me
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have no complaints. It had a nice lobby, and was right in the middle of everything, but still off to the side so it wasn't too busy to be too annoying, the clerks were nice (one was fine as hell but i was with my girl so I couldn't look) and it was right next to eat street so we ate out at nice places the whole time... I loved it.
One night was enough
from A TripAdvisor Member
Although we were upgraded to a suite, (sounds A LOT nicer than it was), the overall experience was just ok. THe room smelled a bit like vomit, and was in desperate need of an overhaul. Even though there was a party in the ajoining suite all night, I can say our bedroom was quiet once the door to the outer room was shut. The bathroom wasn't all that clean (hair left behind from previous guests grosses me out). There were no curtains on the window, only blinds which did not keep the room dark enough for my liking. The king bed was comfortable. Front desk personnel were fine. We didn't eat or drink there at all. The best thing about this hotel is the location.
All That Jazz
I was fortunate enough to stay here when the Hotel was hosting a day long Jazz Festival so I got to hear some great music in the lobby. My smallish room, on the otherhand, was only a little better than terrible. The room was hot and I don't mean that in a good sense. There was a thermostat but I don't think it worked, so that I spent two nights being uncomfortaby warm. The lighting in the room (especially the bathroom) was awful. To top it all off I found a dead cockroach on the floor of the bathroom. I didn't eat in the hotel restaurant but a few co-workers did and proclaimed it one of the worst meals they ever ate.
Not so bad
We booked this hotel on a prepaid travel site, so we weren't able to see where we going until after we had paid. After seeing where we were going to be staying, I got on tripadvisor and became very disappointed by all of the negative reviews, and was very skeptical about coming here. HOWEVER...
The pool area: Yes the pool is smallish, but still nice. The pool area is very clean, deep, and the water is nice and warm (My wife hates cold pool water and rarely swims, but was very comfortable in this pool.), the sauna is brand new and VERY nice. It would be nice if there was a hottub, but like I said the pool water is nice enough for lounging in. Overall, it's not luxurious, but quite fine.
The rooms: By booking on hotwire, you automatically get the lowest priced room, but all I had to do was call the hotel directly and without any hesitation, they were willing to upgrade me at no charge to a Millenium Classic room. The room was nicely decorated, and comfortable. It was a bit small for the 4 of us, but nothing about it ruined our stay.
The location: It is nice to be right on Nicollet Mall, but it is at the very end, about three blocks from where all the real action starts, vs right in the thick of it like the Marquette, or the Marriott. But still very nice, and the walk does you good after gorging yourself at one of the many, many nice restaurants in the area. There is so much to do within 1 mile of the hotel, that we were very happy to be so close to the action.
The staff: Very polite, friendly, and accomodating from the moment I made the reservation to the moment we checked out.
The aesthetic appeal: They are trying very hard to upgrade the place, and the portions that have been upgraded look very nice. The lobby, bar, restaurant, many of the hallways, and many of the rooms are nice, or at least adequate. The basement is being redone, and I'm sure will be fine sometime soon.
Overall: For an equivalent price, I would probably choose the Hilton, Marquette, or Marriott, but for the savings (this hotel is much less expensive than those) it is a nice hotel that'll get the job done for you. If I were to get another room here from a prepaid site, I would be ok with it.
Always have a great time
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed at the Millenium several times and throughly enjoyed each stay. I have always gotten a decent room for the price, which has always been under $100 a night - a real bargain in downtown Minneapolis. I was compelled to write this review after reading some of the negative comments posted by others. While I understand that this hotel is older and provides fewer amenities than others, if you want a bargain price you will get a clean, comfortable room here. As an additional note, we brought an unexpected addition to our room after our kitty came down with a bug and couldn't be boarded. The hotel staff assisted us in setting up our room and accomodating our pet - for the minimal charge of $10 nightly we were gived a treat bag upon check in and bedding that he preferred over what we brought for him from home. They even offered us food dishes. I have taken pets on the road before but have never had such a welcome for them. Also, one of our visits was during a high school DECA convention. I was sure we would have to contend with noise from the 100+ students staying there, but no - all was quiet at the hotel. Other than having to wait for the elevators we hardly noticed all the kids. I have reservations at the Millenium again next month and I can't wait to get there.
Millennium easy access to all Minneapolis has to offer
Millennium located downtown Mpls. You can walk to excellent restrauants ie Buca, where Italian eating is family style and great!!! You will need reservations. The Hotel is quiet and clean. We used Priceline to purchase and would go here again. You can take the bus and transfer to light rail and go to the Mall of America and across the street to Ikea and not have to fight traffic or parking. My grandchildren thought light rail was a treat and only $1.75 for a 6 hr pass. We did not eat at Millenium so I can not comment. We did use the onsite pool, sauna , and exercise room and that was clean and excellent. Pool is heated so nice for young children. The employees at the desk spent alot of time with us explaining routes, and places to go...the housekeeping staff very helpful. There is only a small draw back that parking is $13 dollars a day but most big cities charge more downtown. You can walk down the Nicollette Mall which is outside the hotel and feel safe....and reach excellent shopping....Already recommended this hotel...
Millennium is OK
The Millennium Hotel was OK. I was expecting worse after some of the reviews I had read. The room was small and even thought it had been redecorated, the fact that this was an older hotel could not be disguised. The bathroom lighting was the worst I have ever encountered in a hotel. The OK part was a nice sofa with a blanket and pillows. It was a comfortable place to watch TV and the blanket was a nice touch. The restaurant had a decent breakfast buffet with very reasonable pricing for a hotel restaurant. The service was also excellent. I would stay here again but, it would have to be at a lower price because of the overall quality of the hotel.
Top Local Tips for Minneapolis
Brit's Pub is just down the street and features a Euro atmosphere, lots of beers on tap, a cheap amaretto sour, and bowling on the roof.
Mall of America
For a cheap price, you can take the trolley-train to the Mall of America and they drop you off right outside the doors. The trains make frequent stops to pick up other people but so worth the wait. When you are done shopping, you wait at the stop, get back on and it will drop you back off where you started. Made getting around so easy!
Take the Train
The train from the airport is cheap ($1.50) and runs frequently. The only downside is that it's a mile from the Nicollet Station to the hotel. If you don't mind walking and are traveling light it might be for you. Otherwise try Super Shuttle or a cab.