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The Commons Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • A top-to-toe renovated hotel on University of Minnesota’s campus
  • Chic furnishings allude to old-world libraries, hunting lodges and factories
  • Beacon Public House gastropub earns 4 OpenTable stars from reviewers
  • Free in-room amenities like Wi-Fi and local Caribou coffee

"Industrial-schoolhouse chic" -- Fodor's

80% (5 Member Ratings)

"The location, in the center of the University campus. The shuttle service and the service."
Jul 13, 2016
Watchung, NJ, United States


Map & Directions

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is about 20 minutes south by car. There is a rail line that services the airport, but it leads to downtown Minneapolis, which is about 2.5 miles west over the river.

Rooms & Rates

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On the leafy campus of University of Minnesota, The Commons Hotel, A Noble House Hotel draws inspiration from its scholarly surroundings as well as the riverfront’s industrial past. The red brick building underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2012 that installed vintage, upscale touches like weathered leather Chesterfield sofas, reclaimed wood floor and wall boards and a collection of antique globes.

Rooms take patterns and palettes from upscale tailor shops of yore. An oversized plaid papers the wall, gray felt chevrons cover the floor, pinstripes fall down the linens, old suitcases and books speckle the shelves and cordovan leather upholsters the chairs. Rooms also have free Wi-Fi, single-serving coffee brewers and rainfall showers.

The Beacon Public House restaurant looks like a cool club, with tufted blue leather banquettes and coal mine lamps. It serves up gastropub comfort food like bangers & mash, ham hock nachos and moules frites. A book butler finds things to read, and the bar hosts retro bingo nights and Words with Friends hours.

U of M surrounds the hotel with campus energy. The nearby Guthrie Theater runs shows from Shakespeare to contemporary, and the Weisman Art Museum, wrought out of twisted metal by Frank Gehry, shows canvasses from Lichtenstein and O’Keeffe.

From the press:
  • “Tucked into the University of Minnesota campus, the new 304-room hotel sports industrial-schoolhouse chic. Its location in University District means the hotel is in perfect pitch with innovative learning opportunities while on vacation” -- Fodor’s



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Children and additional guests: Children under 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child up to age 2. Extra bed available on request (and based on availability), for one child up to age 17 or one adult in King Bed Rooms only: $15.00 (subject to tax) per day. Charges will be applied by hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, and will be charged $50.00 (subject to tax) per day. Two pet maximum per room (50 lbs or less). Charges will be applied by hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $27.00 (subject to tax) or a Self-Parking Fee of $20.00 (subject to tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

Upgraded High-Speed Wi-Fi is available for $9.95 (subject to tax) per night and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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80% Positive
(5 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Commons Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
3.6 Location
3.4 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
3.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The location, in the center of the University campus. The shuttle service and the service.
Other Comments
the hotel was very nice, the people was very helpful, they had a shuttle that took us and pick us up to different areas. I will use this hotel every time that I visit my daughter at the University of Minnesota. very convenient!!!
Adriana Jul 13, 2016 Watchung, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
Nice check-in staff
Other Comments
Really run down hotel, noisy AC, gross carpet
Laura May 27, 2016 los angeles, CA, United States

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