The Commons Hotel

615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414, United States

"Inner geek-meets-chic" is the self-proclaimed—and apt—description of this cozy and quirky University-area hotel in Minneapolis whose warm, inviting vibe, starts at the fire pit in the driveway (where guests can roast s'mores) and continues to complimentary apple cider in the lobby. A roster of unique activities and events—from Book Butlers and Sudoku "sleep-ins" to mixology lessons, Words with Friends Wine Hours, and Retro Bar Bingo—are what help make the "Commons" name refer more to "communal" than "typical." Other social draws include the Beacon Public House gastro-pub, serving regional cuisine and creative cocktails, and a refurbished fitness center. Up on the eight floors, the redone rooms now have an upscale-academic decor of blue velvets, rich leathers, and argyle wallpaper, plus features like iPod docks, LCD TVs, Starbucks coffee, rain showers, and free Wi-Fi. Upgrades to a Superior room get you robes and bottled water, while suites have separate living areas with sleeper sofas.


  • fun activities
  • free Wi-Fi
  • close to campus
  • good for families


  • popular with groups and conventions
  • on-going construction in the area
  • parking is extra


Phones: 612-379-8888


304 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals