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Minneapolis Marriott City Center VS. The Depot Minneapolis

Minneapolis Marriott City Center VS. The Depot Minneapolis

Old Sep 9, 09, 12:52 am
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Minneapolis Marriott City Center VS. The Depot Minneapolis

I would like to spend 2 of my free night e-certs at Minneapolis.
Both Minneapolis Marriott City Center and The Depot Minneapolis are category 4.
I'd like to hear your experience. Thanks.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 3:42 am
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City Center has 3 suites per floor and the top floor is all bi-level suites...chances of an upgrade are terrific....depot is ok - historic building converted to a hotel and all but is off the beaten path whereas city center is right downtown in the heart of everything (and attached to the skywalk)
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Old Sep 9, 09, 8:57 am
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As Socrates mentioned, the City Center is connected to the skywalk, the Depot is not. The major impact occurs during the winter. You can walk virtually anywhere downtown from the City Center without going outside. Not so at the Depot. The Renaissance Depot is a converted Courtyard (albeit a nice Courtyard).
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Old Sep 9, 09, 1:33 pm
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Thanks socrates and ohmark.
I'll book the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 3:17 pm
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I agree. I spent several weeks at the Depot (RI half) since it was near a client office. I hated the location (even in the spring), as there were very few restaurants within a several block walk. It did have an indoor waterpark that kids might like, but other than that, I'd definitely opt for the City Center.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 6:28 pm
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Originally Posted by ohmark View Post
As Socrates mentioned, the City Center is connected to the skywalk, the Depot is not. The major impact occurs during the winter. You can walk virtually anywhere downtown from the City Center without going outside. Not so at the Depot. The Renaissance Depot is a converted Courtyard (albeit a nice Courtyard).
I think your use of the word winter is a term to describe weather not a season...it can and often does snow in October...burrrrrrrrr (absolutely beautiful city though, especially in the winter at twilight)
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Old Sep 9, 09, 7:33 pm
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Pick the Marriott

Nice facility. Upper double decker suites are interesting, but not my pick. A bit ackward...
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Originally Posted by DZMAN View Post
Upper double decker suites are interesting, but not my pick.
Agree.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by socrates View Post
City Center has 3 suites per floor and the top floor is all bi-level suites...chances of an upgrade are terrific....depot is ok - historic building converted to a hotel and all but is off the beaten path whereas city center is right downtown in the heart of everything (and attached to the skywalk)
100% correct. I use my CERT for my wifes birthday head downtown and party. The rooms was always great. The last time we did it headed to the bar and found ourselves in the middle of a swingers convention.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 10:08 am
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I live here and usually stay at one or the other for a winter getaway.

Depends on who you are taking and when you are going.

With Kids, Depot no question.
Pool is a blast, In winter they have an indoor skating room open.

As far as location:

Depot is a short walk to Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, Ball Park and Spaghetti Factory among others.

City Center is part of Skyway, but where is there to go?
Block E most of the stores are gone (crime is pretty bad around there also).

That said when it is just the Wife and Me we usually do City Center.
Partly so she can have quick access to the stores for the Christmas sales and also for the parade.
Last time I was there they also had a chocolate fountain with food to dip set up for guests.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by rthib View Post
I live here and usually stay at one or the other for a winter getaway.

Depends on who you are taking and when you are going.

With Kids, Depot no question.
Pool is a blast, In winter they have an indoor skating room open.

As far as location:

Depot is a short walk to Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, Ball Park and Spaghetti Factory among others.

City Center is part of Skyway, but where is there to go?
Block E most of the stores are gone (crime is pretty bad around there also).

That said when it is just the Wife and Me we usually do City Center.
Partly so she can have quick access to the stores for the Christmas sales and also for the parade.
Last time I was there they also had a chocolate fountain with food to dip set up for guests.

Block E is the "Graves 501" hotel block, wasn't much in there besides a movie theatre anyways....at least from City Center there's the "live" theatres close by, night life, shopping both on the Mall and Gaviidae, Target Center is close by...as mentioned the Depot is great for kids but not so great for an adults weekend....I've heard City Center (Mall) is finally rebounding but no first hand knowledge
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Old Sep 18, 09, 2:17 pm
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Is there any trick to be upgraded to the suite as a silver?
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Old Sep 18, 09, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by phoenixgck View Post
Is there any trick to be upgraded to the suite as a silver?
ask...MSP City Center is one of the hotels with a LARGE number of suites as a % of total inventory...if it's a slow date they usually will upgrade as many elites as possible (starting with Plats and working down)
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Old Sep 18, 09, 9:22 pm
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Thanks. I plan to show my expired Gold card and ask directly "can you upgrade me to the suite?"
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Old Sep 19, 09, 8:01 am
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Sending this note from my room at the Depot!

I actually prefer this hotel a bit to the other. It's a close race, but the smaller size here, and being a bit out of the "traffic pattern" of 7th is to my preference.

You're not going to go wrong at either.

If you think you can grab a suite at City Center so much the better.

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