Hotel Review: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Bloomington/Mall of America

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Bloomington/Mall of America, 2401 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspbl-fairfield-inn-and-suites-minneapolis-bloomington-mall-of-america/https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bdlsm-sheraton-springfield-monarch-place-hotel/

About

We stayed here at the end of October for our yearly New Orleans Saints Away game. Hotels in downtown Minneapolis were a little pricey, so we decided to stay closer to the airport. The hotel had free transportation and it was right across the street from the Mall of America as well.

I like Fairfields because of the free breakfast in the morning, which we take advance of. As I said above, it was a quick walk to the Mall of America where we spent a good amount of time. There were 2 light rail stations in walking distance, 1 actually in the MOA.

The only dis-advance was the noise of the airplanes being so close to the airport and other than the MOA, there was not much else going on. The store at the front desk didn’t have the greatest selection of snacks and I think MN laws prevent them from selling beer as well. The airport shuttle leaves every 30 mins on the 15 min mark and you need to call when you get to the airport to let them know you are there.

There is an indoor pool (because when can you use a outdoor pool in MN). Plenty of parking and right off the highway. Would consider this an option next time we are in Minneapolis, St. Paul or going to the Mall of America.

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The Score

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Hotel Review: Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville Airport, 2300 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville Airport, 2300 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bdlsm-sheraton-springfield-monarch-place-hotel/

About

This was our first time staying at this hotel. Last time we were in Nashville we stayed downtown, but we did some research and with only being 10 miles from downtown, a total of about $10 for an uber and free transportation to the airport, this seemed to be a good choice for this adventure.

We needed 2 rooms for 6 of us and the Residence Inn style rooms are great because they are like min studio apartments with kitchens, big bathrooms and living rooms. The rooms are spread out in smaller buildings. Each building has about 8 rooms in it.

There is a main building where breakfast is serve and the front desk with a little store (that also sells beer) is located. During the week they have happy hours where they have free snacks and drinks for the guest, definitely a plus. Each room actually has a fireplace which was awesome. $10 for a fire log at the front desk (just make sure the flue is open unlike us).

We had gone down for the Patriots vs Titans game and would suggest this hotel to anyone who was coming in town for a game or just some TLC. In the summer the hotel has a nice outdoor pool. There is a gas station with a store across the street and if you get hungry in the middle of the night, a 24 hour waffle house a quick walk. way. Staff was great and as we said above, would definitely stay here again.

The Score

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel – One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel – One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144 

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bdlsm-sheraton-springfield-monarch-place-hotel/

About

This was our first time staying at a Sheraton in a long time. We typically stay at Marriott’s but with the new shared points program we decided to give it a try. We were heading out to the new MGM casino in Springfield, MA, about 90 minutes from our house and didn’t want to drive back at night.

The hotel is located in downtown Springfield with a nice view of the river. It is about .3 miles from the casino and about .8 miles from the basketball hall of fame. As platinum plus members our parking is free, regularly it would be about 18 dollars for over night.

We were able to use the lounge in the upper floor with the status, but the staff there was OK at best. The lounge wasn’t fully stocked and was dirty. The bar had run out of a lot of stuff and had no backups. The next morning for breakfast up there, they had no silverware out and it seemed to still be a mess from the night before.

Our room was nice and in a section of the third floor that had a separate lobby, although I would of rather this be on an upper floor. The window was oddly small in the room too. It seemed like an older building but it was clean and close to where we needed to go, also close to the highway.

This hotel offers discounts for the basketball hall of fame and has room service until 12am. Bathroom in the room we had was large along with the room being a good size.

The Score

  • Room Cleanliness : A
  • Hotel Cleanliness: A
  • Friendliness and knowledge of staff: C
  • Food & Drink Selection: B
  • Accessibility: A
  • Total:  (B)

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