While we enjoy traveling with the girls we don’t enjoy sharing a room with them. Sometimes we don’t have option of a suite, but when we do you can be sure that we take advantage of it. On a recent get-away to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota) we tried the Residence Inn.
The Residence Inn is part of the Marriott “family” of hotels. The layout looks more like townhouses than an actual hotel, with about eight “rooms” per building. All rooms- from the studio to the penthouse- have a full kitchen and high speed Internet access. Most have a fireplace.
We chose the two bedroom penthouse suite. This provided us with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and convertible couch. One bedroom and bath were “upstairs” in an open loft while the other was off the living area and able to be shut off by French doors. Each bedroom had a desk, television, and lots of storage space. The living area also had a television, a chest of drawers and a closet.
Another great option is the one bedroom penthouse suite. This room is exactly the same layout as the two bedroom with a couple of small differences. There are no French doors to separate the rooms on the main level and the second bed is a Murphy Bed- it folds up into the wall and out of the way during the day. A small table is added to that room- great for puzzles or coloring books.
We really appreciated having the full kitchen. There are great restaurants in the area- as well as Byerly’s, a local upscale grocery- and having the option of bringing back leftovers and shopping for necessities was wonderful.
One thing you won’t need to shop for is breakfast. Residence Inn has one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had included in your room rate. This is well beyond your “continental breakfast”. Every day offered eggs, sausage, country style potatoes, oatmeal, Belgian waffles, a variety of cereals, fruits and pastries, yogurt, juices, coffee and tea. Each day also had a featured item. We enjoyed pancakes and omelets, biscuits and gravy and French Toast. My only complaint? No cocoa. But, honestly, it was August. Maybe they offer it in the winter?
Also available at this location: a swimming pool and a basketball/tennis court. If you want to work out at a gym they will provide complimentary passes to the local YMCA. If shopping is your bag use their shuttle service to the Mall of America. Flying in to MSP airport? They’ll send a shuttle to pick you up.
Be sure to sign up for the Marriott Rewards program. It’s free and you can earn points for hotel stays or airline miles.
This hotel is in a great location for anything you may want to do in the Twin Cities area. Very close to the zoo and Mall of America. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We’ll be sure to try out other locations as we travel and will return to this hotel in the future.