Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Mall of America
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I have always wanted to go to the Mall of America ever since it opened 25 years ago. Just last weekend my mother and I did just that – visit the Mall of America!
Since we were spending about 36 hours in Minneapolis, I wanted to make sure staying as close to the mall as possible optimized our time while in town. For this trip, we stayed at Radisson Blu Mall of America.
Radisson Blu Mall of America
The Radisson Blu Mall of America is located at 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington Minnesota, a mere 5.3 miles away from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Our stay at the hotel began with a complimentary shuttle pick up at the airport, that brought us straight to The Radisson Blu’s lobby.
The Radisson Blu was my first time staying at a Carlson hotel properties, and I was excited to discover a new hotel family. Check-in was a breeze, and we were given room 724. There are two sets of elevators one has to take to get to the hotel room. The second floor has the restaurant, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar and the Mall of America Skywalk. The next set of elevators brings you to the rest of the hotel.
We booked the Urban Style Superior King room for an average of 180 per night for a two-night stay.
When first walking into the room, there was a closet system on the left and the bathroom on the right. The bedroom had a king bed, a table and lounge chair, and a small desk.
The bathroom was a decent size for one person to get ready. However, the shower was the strangest set up I had ever witnessed. The shower was a walk-in rain-head shower, meaning that there was no door to protect you from the chilly air. The first night while I was taking my shower I made a mess! I got soap all over the bathroom floor and water everywhere! I was also quite chilly while I took my shower due to there being no door. I think it would be an upgrade if they were able to add a way to enclose the shower.
Thisworks provided the complimentary toiletries. There was complimentary shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower cap, shoe shine and a vanity kit.
The king bed had a table and lamp on either end and had enough room for both mom and me to stretch out. There was a large flat screen TV right in front of the bed that mom ended up watching TV for the rest of the evening while we came up with a game plan for the next day at the Mall of America.
The following day we spend all day at the Mall of America, from the time it opened to the time it closed. I would have thought we would have stopped at our hotel to drop off some bags, but we just kept trucking all day long. A blog post reviewing my time of the Mall of America will be published soon!
Our last morning we ordered room service because we knew we had an early travel day a head of us. I ordered the Breakfast Sandwich while mom ordered the Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast.
The Breakfast sandwich was a croissant with shaved back bacon, avocado, tomato, fried egg, and fontina. Once when I cut into the fried egg, the delicious, drippy yolk poured over the entire sandwich.
The Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast was a cinnamon brioche, caramelized banana, strawberries, and walnuts. Mom reported that her French toast was sweet and very delicious.
Every time we order room service, we forget that we should just order one thing and split it! The portions were huge, but appreciated! The breakfast did hold us until we landed in New Orleans after 1 pm.
Leaving to MSP
After we had finished packing and getting everything together, we took the Radisson Blu Shuttle back to the MSP airport! Staying at this location was very stress-free because there were so many restaurants to choose from, we could walk to the Mall of America, and if we wanted to take an Uber, their pickup location was right in front of the hotel!
The next time I want to visit the Mall of America, I would visit this location just due to the ease and accessibility to the Mall. I loved being able to walk into the Mall whenever I wanted and not have to rely on a shuttle to bring me to and from the Mall.
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