Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bloomington at Mall of America |
Perfect for Family OR Business Travel
Disclosure: This was a complimentary stay to help facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own!
Last month I had scheduled travel to Bloomington, MN for a business event I was attending. I had not been to this area of the country in almost 16 years! I was not very familiar with the area, so I started researching hotels on the internet. I almost immediately found a name that I could trust, The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®. I have stayed at other Country Inn & Suites and was very familiar with the hotel. When I realized it was directly across from the mall I was sold – that is where I wanted to stay. And I’m glad I did!
This was one of my only solo trips. Even for business, I tend to travel with co-workers, friends, or family. But for this trip, I was alone. Safety was a big concern of mine. The poor front desk people. I called them every single time I would think of a safety question. I asked how safe the area was. I asked about the walk to the mall. I asked about the transportation nearby and how safe it was. I asked about safety after dark as some of my events would run late into the evening. I was happy with the answers and of course, I couldn’t be 100% sure until I arrived. Everyone was right. This was a great, safe, secure area in my opinion. Daylight hours and after dark.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bloomington at Mall of America sits directly across from the mall. You can walk there with no issues. There is a walkway above the road for safety. You can climb the stairs and walk across to the mall or you can take an elevator. There is a free hot breakfast buffet daily. And there are 2 restaurants within walking distance – both are connected the building, but you have to go outside to get to their entrances (IHOP and TGIFridays)
I spent quite a bit of time by the fireplace above working during my stay at this hotel. The layout actually reminded me of a hotel in Fremantle I stayed at while I was travelling through Australia. I’m a people person. I like to people watch and as I said before I don’t usually travel solo, so it was nice to have a place to go in the lobby that was comfortable to work on my laptop.
There was also plenty of space at the desk in my room to get some late night work done in peace.
Plugs and outlets seem to always be an issue when I travel for work or play. I have a laptop, phone, backup phone charger, apple watch, camera, and sometimes my ipad to charge. If I have family or co-workers sharing my room, that doesn’t leave much for others. No worries at The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bloomington! All of these outlets were in the living space near the desk. There were plenty more in the bedroom:
Another must have when traveling for business. Coffee for those early morning meetings and events. The hotel had plenty available both in the lobby and in our room.
I tend to workout more when I’m on work related travel. More time to myself maybe? I don’t know the reason, but I do it. I was able to hit the fitness center every morning while on this trip. Plenty of clean equipment and tv’s to keep me entertained.
When traveling with family, there are a few must-haves that I look for before booking a hotel. First, a hot breakfast included in the cost of the room. This not only saves money, it saves time. No stopping at restaurants on the way out to enjoy the day. No rushing around in the morning. Love this perk at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bloomington!!
Space! I love the size of the rooms. I had the business suite, which was perfect for me. However, a family of 4 could definitely be comfortable in the same room. The hotel has other options for families as well. The king bed was huge. And the sitting area had plenty of seating as well as a pull out couch. Perfect. The bathroom was the perfect size as well. No complaints.
The indoor pool is a huge perk if you have the kids along. BONUS: if you don’t have the kids along, there is a one hour time period where it’s adult swim only!
And I love the microwave and fridge located in the room. If you have kids, you know they get hungry often. Keep snacks handy in the fridge for evening snacking! Heat up leftovers, pop popcorn, or enjoy cold drinks using these convenient appliances.
These perks are great for everyone:
*Free airport shuttle
*Convenient walk to the mall
*2 restaurants connected to the hotel
*Train stops across the street at the mall for convenience
And there is PLENTY to do nearby. The mall is across the street. It has all the shops you can think of, dozens of restaurants, a theme park, and an aquarium! Plus a movie theater and probably a ton more. It’s so big I didn’t get to see all 3 stories!
St. Paul is a train ride away as well. I headed down the water for some relaxation and delicious food.
For more information about the Country Inn & Suites by Carlton in Bloomington, MN, be sure to check out their website: Country Inn & Suites