Last Updated on November 8, 2014 by Jody Halsted
As I was planning a mid-week trip to the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington (home to the Mall of America) for a business trip, I considered staying at the nearby waterpark hotel (read my review here) until I saw that the waterpark isn't open during the week in the “off season”. Since my girls were coming along – one of the benefits of homeschooling – a stay at a waterpark hotel with no waterpark access would just be cruel.
Choosing to Stay at the Best Western Plus Bloomington at Mall of America
Thankfully, there is a family friendly alternative located right next door to the Mall of America. The Best Western Plus Bloomington has plenty of features to make everyone in the family happy.
As anyone traveling with kids knows, eating out can get expensive, so we look for hotels that provide a free breakfast. The breakfast buffet at the Best Western Plus provided a great variety of foods that kept my family happy. The hot items changed daily and included cheese omelets, sausage, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, French Toast and a make-your-own-waffle bar. Continental breakfast items were plentiful as well, with enough varieties of fruits, cereals and pastries to fill the belly of even the pickiest kid!
Rooms at Best Western Plus Bloomington
The entire hotel, from the large, open lobby, to the spacious rooms had a muted elegance. Browns and golds in the decor echoed the hardwood furnishings and stone tile throughout the room. Beds were sumptuous and comfortable, welcoming for a night's sleep or for spreading out homework. A work desk, large dresser and armoire helped contain all our things neatly. A large TV sat on top of the dresser, while a microwave sat on a shelf, and a mini fridge was nestled inside.
The bathroom was beautifully tiled and large, for a hotel bathroom, with plenty of space for personal care items. The only thing really missing in this hotel room was enough room to hang wet swimsuits. Bring a travel clothesline to solve that problem (it's one many hotels have).
The Kids Will Love the Pool Area at Best Western Plus Bloomington
But the main reason for choosing this hotel was the pool area. While it can't be termed a “water park”, there was enough here to keep my girls happy.
The girls would splash in the kids area, slip down the slide and stand under the dumping buckets of water. Then they were off to swim in the deeper pool and even spent a few minutes in the soothing hot tub. The seating around the pool area was plentiful and comfortable; I relaxed and read a book, glancing up every few minutes to make sure the girls were safe.
Right Across the Street from Mall of America
The Best Western Plus Bloomington is directly across the street from the Mall of America; you'll walk just as far to get into the mall from many of the on-site parking areas. You can also catch the light rail, if your plans include downtown Minneapolis.
Also within walking distance are 3 restaurants, as well as the on site Red Rossa Italian Restaurant.
The Best Western Plus Bloomington at Mall of America is a terrific option for a fun family vacation getaway in the Twin Cities.
Family Rambling would like to thank the Best Western Plus Bloomington for hosting us during our recent trip to the Twin Cities.