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Sheraton Bloomington Hotel 4.0

Bloomington, Minnesota, United States

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Pros

  • Quiet location in the Normandale Lake area, near golfing and airport 
  • Sleek guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and modern decor
  • Lots of event space for meetings and weddings
  • Lela restaurant has a display kitchen and special Sunday brunch
  • Bar/cafe, The Sidebar, with morning pastries and evening cocktails
  • Free social hour at The Sidebar Monday through Wednesday
  • Club Level with free breakfast and afternoon snacks
  • Fitness center with modern Life Fitness equipment 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Business center with printing servicves
  • Free valet and self-parking
  • Pet-friendly rooms with dog beds available

Cons

  • No swimming pool or spa
  • Bathrooms are dated compared to rooms
  • Removed from downtown Minneapolis (pro for some)

Bottom Line

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is a four-pearl business property located in a suburb of Minneapolis, about a 25-minute drive from the city center. The 282 rooms  are consistently sleek and modern, with big flat-screen TVs and a minimalist, gray-dominant color scheme found throughout the property's common areas. The main clientele are business travelers, which is reflected in the amenities: a Club Lounge with free breakfast, a business center, free and fast Wi-Fi, and -- most of all -- a huge variety of flexible meeting spaces ranging from meeting rooms to a 500-person ballroom. There's also a fitness center with modern equipment, but the lack of a pool or spa might put some people off of staying here. Those keen on swimming should look into staying at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington nearby, which has a small indoor pool and a hot tub. 

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Scene

Sleek business chain hotel with gray-dominant color scheme, remodeled in 2015

Popular with business travelers, the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is a sleek and upscale business chain hotel that underwent a major facelift in 2015. It exudes modernity even from the outside, with slate- and charcoal-gray boxy exteriors and large mirrored windows giving clues to what sits inside. The lobby is big and modern, with a mix of cream-colored tiled floors and seats and gray patterned carpets scattered with sitting areas featuring gray, brown, and lime-green chairs. A similar design/color scheme is found in the Lela restaurant, with its dark- and light-gray chairs paired with wooden floors and brown faux-leather siding. 

Location

In the quiet suburb of Bloomington, near the Braemer Golf Course and a short drive to the airport

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is located in the Normandale Lake neighborhood of the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, right where the I-494 meets Highway 100. The area is strip mall heavy, with a handful of upper-middle-range chain hotels and lots of chain restaurants (Dairy Queen, Burger King, Subway, Chili's Grill and Bar). Braemer Golf Course is a seven-minute drive away. It's about a 15-minute drive from the hotel to both the Mall of America and the airport. Getting to both Saint Paul and to downtown Minneapolis takes about 25 minutes by car without traffic. 

Rooms

Sleek rooms with modern gray-and-white decor paired with comparatively dated bathrooms

The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites that range in size from 400 to 1,000 square feet (37 to 93 square meters). The decor is nearly identical across categories, with two-toned gray patterned carpets and white, sparse walls decorated with framed-photo artwork of a model covered with lime-green flowers giving only the slightest pop of color. Amenities found across categories include flat-screen TVs, safes, irons and ironing boards, and coffeemakers with Starbucks Coffee. All are furnished with one king-size bed or two double beds topped with white bedspreads; white-and-silver tables and desk chairs; muted gray sofas; and matching blackout curtains. The bathrooms aren't nearly as modern as the living areas, with brown granite countertops that harken back to the hotel's pre-remodel days paired with shower/tub combos. All come with magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, and basic toiletries. Club Level Rooms and Suites include access to the Club Lounge, with free breakfast and business amenities. Pet-friendly units with dog beds and ADA-approved accessible rooms are also available with advanced notice. 

Features

Lots of meeting and event space, Club Lounge, modern restaurant, bar with social hour, and free parking

Features are geared toward business travelers. There's a good variety of sleek event rooms ranging from 20-person conference spaces to the expansive Bloomington Ballroom, with seating for up to 500 guests, theater-style. All sorts of catering options are available, as are wedding-planning services. There's also a large, open-plan business center with computers and printing, plus lots of areas for guests to have impromptu meetings or chats. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel for all guests, as is valet and self-parking. Guests staying on the hotel's Club Level also get access to the Club Lounge, with perks such as free breakfast and evening snacks, plus additional areas to meet and work. Other features include a well-equipped, if snug, fitness center, with modern Life Fitness-brand cardio and weight-training equipment. There's no spa or pool here.

Dining options include Lela, the main restaurant featuring a big open kitchen and a sleek gray-and-white decor scheme that's similar to what's found in rooms. Breakfast is served here buffet-style, as is a special Sunday brunch, but neither are included in room rates. The restaurant also offers a fixed-price, three-course lunch menu on weekdays, plus a happy hour with all sorts of food and drink deals. Room service is available, and there's a small cafe, The Sidebar, which serves breakfast pastries and grab-and-go snacks along with coffee in the morning, plus cocktails and snacks in the afternoon and evening. A free Social Hour is held most weekday evenings.

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Address

5601 W 78th St, Bloomington, Minnesota 55439-3105, United States

Phone

(952) 835-1900

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