December 30, 2016

Hotel Review: Free Night Stay At Radisson Blu Hotel Mall of America

Beautiful Lobby at Radisson Blue Mall of America
I used the free night certificate earned by Club Carlson credit card to spend one night at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Mall of America, Minneapolis. We had never been to the Twin Cities, so we decided to go check it out. Our stay at the Radisson Blu Mall of America was fantastic. Here is my review:

Price & Award Stay

This hotel nightly rate can be anywhere above $200-$300, close to $400 easily depending on the seasons. It is Club Carlson's current highest category hotel, which is 7. So it requires 70,000 points for a free stay. As mentioned, I used the free night certificate so I did not have to use points.

Visit Mall of America in Minneapolis and Stay inside the Mall!

Location

This Radisson Blu hotel is located right inside the Mall of America. As name suggests, this mall is huge. What I love about the mall in fact it's not the shops but the Nickelodeon Universe theme park inside the mall. We had a blast there with roller coasters! At first trying to find the Radisson Blu wasn't that fun given how big the mall is. It's actually located so close to the Legoland and the Nickelodeon Universe, which makes it even better for us as we stayed mostly in the theme park area. Overall, the location of this Radisson Blu is fantastic if you want to stay right inside the Mall of America. You can shop and when you are tired, you could just walk right into your room to relax and then shop for more :-)

The Mall of America has department stores that you can find in other cities as well. Some store has more shops in the mall on different level, but they are all the same. There are also restaurants and bars, which is another reason that we enjoyed staying at this hotel because we could drink and then just walked back to the hotel in the evening.

Go Play at Nickelodeon Universe While Staying at Radisson Blu Mall of America

Room

Our room is located on the high floor. There's no view that's worth talking about. However, because of my Gold Elite status with Club Carlson that comes from being a Club Carlson credit card holder, we got upgraded to the Business Class room which gives us access to the Business Lounge up there. Our room is beautifully designed with comfortable bed. I really love their colors choice. The mini bar inside the room is very cool.

Beautiful Decor Business Class Room
I Love the Bright Color Choice in the Room!
Mini Bar Inside Room
Bathroom

Lounge

The lounge is also very nice and spacious. There are several seats available, and the decor is really nice. The complimentary breakfast items in the lounge include eggs, ham and cheese, etc. The menu may change daily though. Access to the lounge is with the room key, so guest can go in and out during the lounge's operating hours. Lounge has snacks and drinks, a great place to relax.  

Radisson Blue Mall of America's Business Lounge
Plenty of Seats Inside The Lounge

Service

The service at this Radisson Blu is worth mentioning. The check in staff was really friendly and polite. She acknowledged my Gold status and the manager also gave me a welcome note along with small m&m candy nicely wrapped gift. I was very pleased with their customer service.

Club Carlson's Gold Elite's Welcome Note

Airport Shuttle

Given how close the Mall of America to the airport, Radisson Blu also provides complimentary airport shuttle for the guests. We took advantage of this service. Do keep in mind, it's not a 24 hours service, so make sure to check with the hotel. We found this service very useful during our stay and thought I'd share this as part of my review. Our driver was prompt and very professional.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle

Conclusion

Overall, using a free night certificate to stay at the Radisson Blu in Mall of America is a great choice. It was a good opportunity for me to check out Minneapolis and the Mall of America all together. The prime location of this hotel makes our stay really enjoyable. The room and lounge are great. Customer and complimentary airport shuttle service are nice. However, I am not sure if I would stay there paying with cash though as the rate can be too expensive for our pockets! If you are looking for a place to redeem your Club Carlson points or to use your free night certificate that's earned from the Club Carlson credit card, then I'd recommend staying there.

This is one of the memorable stays for me in 2016. The location, the service, the room and the lounge, etc. are so nice. One free annual night certificate allowed us to stay free with upgraded room, lounge access with complimentary breakfast, and complimentary airport shuttle. Thank you Club Carlson credit card.

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