I think as people travel, we develop our favorite hotel groups. We gain a familiarity with them. A comfort. And we can reasonably expect a favorite chain’s hotel in Chicago to be about the same as one in Wichita. Lisa and I worked for a hotel company years ago. We always stayed with the chain because of employee discounts. However, as we moved on from that company, we started staying with different brands. We developed tastes for brands new to us.
So, the more we travel, the more we’ve been exposed to different hotel chains. Some you really like. Some you like. Some not so much.
However, one brand I believe in is the Marriott brand. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota. I’ve stayed with Courtyard on previous trips – both traveling with my company and with our travel site. It’s a brand you can be comfortable with. You know what to expect when you stay. You know that you’re going to have a nice, clean room with a comfortable bed. You know service will be outstanding. And, we experienced this at the Roseville property.
In fact, we arrived late (around midnight). The front desk clerk acted as if she had known us for a long time. She seemed to know who we were, as we were being hosted by the Roseville Visitors Association. But, her actions went above knowing we were travel writers. You can’t fake nice for long. The clerk was nice. Of course, she was. We were in Minnesota.
The hotel’s lobby area is home to a café and dining room, business center and bar/lounge. The café offers Starbucks coffee. The breakfast menu offered quite a few choices. We enjoyed our breakfast.
Our room was outstanding. The bed was comfortable. The room had a nice work station, which is important to me, as I work uploading and editing photos during our visits. I could work, while having a nice view of the television.
I enjoy having a nice fitness center to use the treadmill or elliptical. The hotel has a nice workout area – including weights. I didn’t use it during our visit, as we got in plenty of steps during our visit to the many attractions in the area.
If you like swimming, the pool and whirlpool looked inviting. I’m not a swimmer, so pools are not high on my list. But, I do enjoy wading once in a while.
The hotel is located within minutes of several Minneapolis and St. Paul attractions. The state fair grounds and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul are about a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Downtown Minneapolis – home to the Vikings’ new football stadium, Mills Ruins Park and so much more – is less than 15 minutes from the hotel.
Roseville promotes itself as being “perfectly positioned” in the Twin Cities. It’s no lie. And the Courtyard by Marriott is perfectly positioned for a great visit to the Cities, Roseville and the surrounding area.
It’s also perfectly positioned in Roseville. We were only a few minutes from our weekend targets – J. Arthur Coffee, Bent Brewstillery, the John Rose hockey Oval, city parks, Joe Sensors sports restaurant and the Rosedale shopping center. Using the Courtyard by Marriott as our base of operations, allowed us to pack in so much fun over the weekend.
The Courtyard by Marriott was an excellent hotel to stay at. We strongly recommend staying at the hotel. It provides the luxury of being outside the large cities, while maintaining the proximity.
For more information on the hotel, please visit www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/msprl-courtyard-minneapolis-st-paul-roseville or www.visitroseville.com.
Disclaimer: Thank you to the Roseville Visitors Association for hosting our stay at the hotel. However, all opinions and views are ours.