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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington at Mall of America 3.0

Bloomington, Minnesota, United States

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Pros

  • Easy access to the Mall of America, with skybridge and free shuttle
  • Nine-minute walk to light rail station for travel around Minneapolis
  • Rooms sleep up to six; some have Keurig coffeemakers
  • Two indoor pools and whirlpools open late, plus 24-hour gym
  • Excellent free hot buffet breakfast
  • TGI Fridays and 24-hour IHOP on-site
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Exclusive Mall of America discounts for guests
  • Reliable free Wi-Fi, meeting facilities, and business center
  • Free on-demand 24-hour airport shuttle
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free newspapers, loaner books, and 24-hour coffee

Cons

  • Some bathrooms smell damp
  • Past complaints of inconsistent housekeeping 
  • 15-minute drive to downtown Minneapolis

Bottom Line

The 233-room Country Inn is a mid-range chain option conveniently connected to the Mall of America by a skybridge (there’s also a free shuttle). Most guests are families who want to shop, and family-friendly rooms sleep up to six and feature microwaves and mini-fridges. Past guests have reported damp odors in the bathrooms and inconsistent housekeeping. The free breakfast gets rave reviews, and a TGI Fridays and IHOP are on-site. Two indoor pools, two whirlpools, a 24-hour gym, and laundry facilities round out the features. Other perks include mall discounts and free round-the-clock coffee and cookies -- plus free parking, a free 24-hour airport shuttle, and reliable free Wi-Fi. Downtown Minneapolis is about a 15-minute drive away. For something closer to the city center, consider the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown.

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Scene

Bright chain hotel with a fireplace in the lobby

There’s nothing particularly country-like about this Country Inn hotel, but it’s a solid choice for both families and business travelers looking to be close to the Mall of America. The six-story property has bright interiors, and there’s a homey feel to the lobby. The space includes a contemporary wood-fronted reception desk, and sofas and armchairs face the modern fireplace and stacks of logs. Wide hallways are lined with impressive gallery-style photo displays. The breakfast area is more functional than attractive, but blue cupboards and displayed china look pleasant. Outside, the small garden with a fire pit and bench seating is a nice touch. Many of the guests here are families and groups who are in town to shop at the adjacent Mall of America. 

Location

Convenient for the Mall of America, light rail, and airport -- but 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis

It's a short walk across the skybridge to the Mall of America (there’s also a free shuttle). The nearest light rail station is a block away, but it’s a 38-minute train ride or 15-minute drive to downtown Minneapolis.

  • Five-minute walk to the Mall of America
  • Nine-minute walk to Mall of America Transit Station
  • Five minutes to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge by car (20 minutes by public transportation)
  • Eight minutes to Long Meadow Lake by car
  • 10 minutes to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by car (21 minutes by public transportation)
  • 11 minutes to Historic Fort Snelling and downtown Bloomington by car (45 minutes by public transportation)
  • 12 minutes to Minnehaha Regional Park (33 minutes by public transportation)
  • 13 minutes to Minnesota Zoo by car (40 minutes by public transportation)
  • 18 minutes to Science Museum of Minnesota by car (40 minutes by public transportation)
  • 20 minutes to U.S. Bank Stadium and St. Paul Amtrak station by car (45 minutes by public transportation)
  • 20 minutes to Target Field by car (51 minutes by public transportation)

Rooms

Generic decor with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges

Generic room decor features wooden accent panels and and contemporary furniture made of cheap materials. Beds are given a dash of style with wood barn panels behind olive-green headboards. Red armchairs provide additional seating, but clash with the color scheme. Floor lamps, wall prints, and heavy, gray floor-length curtains add interest to the rooms.

Most rooms have two queen-size beds, and family-friendly Double Queen and Hospitality Suites sleep six people. Suites add separate living rooms with stone-colored leather sofa beds. Hospitality Suites have eight-seater dining tables with brown-leather-backed chairs.

Amenities include air-conditioning, heating, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, phones, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, Cuisinart or Keurig coffeemakers, hairdryers, and irons and ironing boards. Business Class Suites add bathrobes and yoga mats, and DVD players are available to rent, but there are no in-room safes (there’s one at the front desk). Past guests have complained about inconsistent housekeeping. 

Attractively muted bathrooms, with neutral floor and wall tiling, have handsome dark-wood vanities featuring chic modern white countertop sinks. However, we noticed some damp odors during our visit. There are a mix of large walk-in rainfall showers and shower/tub combos with older fixed showerheads -- some rooms have both small soaking tubs and separate showers. Miniature toiletries are by Pantene.

Features

Two indoor pools and whirlpools, 24-hour gym, excellent free breakfast, and perks including discounts and transfers

Extensive facilities include two smallish, but well-maintained, indoor pools and two whirlpools that stay open late, plus a modern 24-hour gym with free weights and cardio and weightlifting machines. The free hot breakfast buffet gets fantastic reviews for variety and quality, and there’s an on-site IHOP restaurant that’s open 24/7, plus a TGI Fridays. The business center offers a range of services, there are coin-operated laundry facilities, and a small shop sells drinks and snacks. Other perks include free newspapers, a book-lending library, and 24-hour coffee and cookies. For transportation, there's a free shuttle to and from Mall of America, and a free 24-hour on-demand airport shuttle. Reliable Wi-Fi is free throughout, a meeting room can accommodate up to 50 guests, and there’s plentiful free on-site parking. The Country Inn partners with the Mall of America, providing guests exclusive discounts. 

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2221 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425-1881, United States

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