Mall of America

The Radisson Blu mascots greeted us at the Mall of America. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Do your kids love to shop? Stay at the Radisson Blu Mall of America where you can also enjoy easy access to the indoor amusement and aquarium – and also indulge in luxury touches like a spa, a huge indoor pool, state of the art fitness center and farm to table restaurant. The Twin Cities hotel is also convenient to the airport and the attractions of Minneapolis / St. Paul

When my kids were little they had a rather unhealthy obsession with the Olsen twins, specifically the Mary Kate and Ashley video “You’re Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Mall Party”. So while my bucket list mainly consists of natural wonders, theirs skews retail. They lobbied for a trip to the Mall of America for years.

My youngest finally realized that dream when we actually spent the night at the mall, or rather, in the attached hotel, the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

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The stylish entrance to Radisson Blu Mall of America. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

The hotel has a lot going for it, not least that you can scoot right over and pick up a bathing suit if you forgot
to pack one. There is a huge indoor pool, with special hours for adults who don’t want to swim with children. It also has a destination restaurant and stylish lobby and entrance.

Meet Me at the Mall for Thrills Beyond Retail

And the mall has attractions that extend beyond retail. There is the huge SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium on the lower level, and a full scale amusement park, Nickelodeon Universe. For quieter pleasures, head to the giant LEGO display.

The hotel recently started a Kids Club for children ages 3-12. Kids get Blu Explorer Passports, encouraging them to explore the hotel; with passport stamps, they can get a plush animal or arcade game cards.

The Radisson’s mascot, Marty the Moose, stars in stories on the Radisson Blu One Touch App and on the in-room TVs.

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Amusement park rides at Mall of America. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

The Radisson is practically an airport hotel – I think it took us all of eight minutes to get to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. And it’s convenient to either twin city, plus points south; we spent a day with our daughter, a freshman at Carleton College, 40 minutes away in Northfield, MN.

The Room

The shower was a stall only, but it was large and had a seat. There is a rain shower head as well as a hand held.

The towels were nice and fluffy, but housekeeping ignored the card saying towels would not be replaced if you hang them up. Radisson Blu partnered with Just a Drop, the international water aid charity, to promote water conservation, so I was a little disappointed.

The drapes made the room perfectly dark and the room was exceedingly quiet; with a comfortable, firm mattress, this was a room designed for sleep. The Nespresso coffee maker helped perk me up in the morning.

Dining

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The 2nd floor lobby. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar features local and seasonal cuisine. The chef had gone hunting before our stay, and was offering several specials with wild duck. But there were also a number of vegetarian dishes and apple specials on the fall menu, including apple pancakes and autumnal cocktails.

We had access to the lounge, which offers free breakfast and evening snacks. The breakfast has a good variety of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and eggs and cheese.

AmenitiesTMOM Travel Disclosure

The evening reception offers wine and beer from 5-7 only, but the lounge is open until 10 p.m. for snacks. These included cut up veggies, cheese, olives, and nuts, but no sweets. (Which may be a good thing.) If you are a sports fan and want a quieter place to actually watch the game, the huge flat screen TV is a bonus.

The hotel offers self parking or valet parking, and on weekends, the garage fills up. If you want to save a little money and self park, note that hotel guests can ignore the ‘garage full’ sign, but on Saturday afternoon, we had to drive all the way around the garage to finally find an empty spot.

  • Connected to the Mall of America
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the airport (7 a.m. – 9 p.m. only)
  • Spa
  • This Works natural bath products from London, a mini vanity kit with an emery board and mouthwash in the bathroom
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The indoor pool at Radisson Blu Mall of America. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

What Works for Families

  • Indoor pool
  • Kids Club
  • Fridge in room
  • Free stuffed animal at check in

What Doesn’t Work for Families

Not all rooms have a tub (some have just a shower)

Note: I was a guest of Radisson Blu Mall of America, which covered my room expenses; opinions expressed are my own.