We initially decided on the Radisson Blu Hotel because of its proximity to the Mall of America. After our stay, we have many more reasons for making it our choice.
At the airport, we hopped on the Hotel’s complimentary shuttle and arrived to the property less than ten minutes later. Thanks to Jeremy who made our check-in process a breeze, it was obvious from the outset that this is a high quality location.
The Radisson Blu Mall of America was conceptualized by UK based Interior Designer, Jim Hamilton, who got his inspiration from Minnesota’s rich history and landscape. We admired the two storied, abstract and futuristic designs on the way to the top floor. The décor includes a colorful custom-made rug which had the story of Minnesota woven into it. Also in the lobby are “egg” chairs – an all time favorite with guests!
We were allocated room 1234 on the 12th floor which has a partial view of the Mall. We had two queen sized beds, a leather lounger and spacious work desk area. We loved the modern feel of the room with the wooden headboards and posters and the tan and black carpeting. The well-proportioned closet(complete with slippers and robes) was large enough to store everyone’s clothing, while the room safe was surprisingly spacious enough to store our electronic devices. As a family addicted to said paraphernalia, we appreciated the free WiFi and the multiple outlets giving us all the capability to charge all our devices at once.
It was the attention to the finer details that caught our eye and made the room a pleasure. The luggage rack hidden in the built-in credenza, the peephole cover, the frosted glass bathroom door and the four mini night lights, one on each side of the bed, added a lovely addition to the side lamps.
The black and white granite bathroom boasted a shower/tub combo with a top-of-the-line fixed ceiling, rainforest showerhead. It was good for my older kids but might be a challenge for younger children. In that case, parents could simply help them.
The thirteenth floor executive lounge overlooking the mall offered a sumptuous breakfast with a variety of sliced fruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, jams and cheeses. We also thoroughly enjoyed their evening spread of appetizers with a variety of wines and soft drinks. The staff kept the lounge meticulously clean and they were friendly and helpful with our autistic son.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant “Firewood” is on the second floor. Their American- Mediterranean cuisine turned out to be an unexpected hit with our kids who enjoyed the Walleye burgers so much, we ended up dining there two nights in a row.
With easy access to public transportation, we didn’t need to rent a car for the week we stayed at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. Having the enclosed walkway that was safe for our son with autism to use on his own, without having to cross any streets, was so reassuring.
We were so busy shopping and exploring the Mall that we completely forgot to check out the Hotel’s art fitness center and salt water pool until the very last day, but we were glad we finally did as it turned out we had the entire place for ourselves to enjoy.
All in all, this was an outstanding experience.