Hotels in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-8888, Reservation Hotline: (612) 379-8430, or 1-800-822-6757
This hotel is located on the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota, across from the U of M Hospital. There is a complimentary shuttle service to the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, Downtown Minneapolis, the Metrodome and other locations within a 5-mile radius. Each room is equipped with complimentary wireless internet,a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The Commons Hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness center stocked with brand new equipment from Life Fitness.
Contact them directly at the numbers listed above and ask about the University Rate.
Directions from International Airport ( MSP)
Follow Highway 5 north out of the airport to Highway 55 which veers to the left. At the first light you want to continue going straight (not to the right), it turns into Highway 62. Follow this 2 or 3 miles to 35W going north. Take this to the Washington Avenue - East Bank U of M exit. Follow Washington Avenue to the East Bank, over the river and through campus, the hotel will be on your left between Harvard and Walnut Streets.
By light rail
Take the Blue Line from Terminal 1 or 2 towards downtown Minneapolis
Transfer from the Blue Line at the Downtown East Station and cross the track to get on the Green Line heading east towards St. Paul
Depart the Green Line and get off at East Bank Station and you will see the Commons Hotel east, approximately ½ block from the station
Adults Standard Fares (13-64):
Regular Hours..... $1.75
Rush Hours (M-F / 6:00-9:00am & 3:00-6:30pm) ..... $2.25
Youth Fares (6-12 & Seniors 65+)
Regular Hours ..... $.75
Rush Hours (M-F / 6:00-9:00am & 3:00-6:30pm) ..... $2.25
All fares (Excluding the Downtown Zone) include a transfer. This gives you unlimited rides on buses and METRO lines for 2 ½ hours.
Days Inn University
2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-9303, 1-800-325-2525
This hotel is located on the edge of the U of M’s Minneapolis Campus. They offer the following complimentary services, shuttle to/from the Minneapolis Campus, a deluxe continental breakfast, USA Today, local phone calls, in room snack and free parking. It is located next to a Bakers Square Restaurant.
Call the numbers listed above for reservations and ask about the University Rate.
Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport: Follow Highway 5 north out of the airport and take Highway 55 which veers to the left. At the first light you want to continue straight (not to the right), it turns into Highway 62. Follow this 2 or 3 miles to 35W going north. Take 35W past downtown to the University Avenue Exit and go right (east). Take this past the U of M campus, which will be on your right, down a few blocks, at Washington Avenue you will see the hotel on your left.
Roseville Days Inn and Suites
2550 Cleveland Avenue N, Roseville, MN 55113,
This hotel is located 3 miles north of the U of M St. Paul campus. They offer free parking, continental breakfast and WiFi.
Call the number listed above and ask about the University Rate.
Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport: Follow Highway 5 north out of the airport and take Highway 55 which veers to the left. At the first light you want to continue straight (not to the right), it will turn into Highway 62. Follow this 2 or 3 miles to 35W going north. Take 35W about 3 miles past downtown to the County Road C - Cleveland Avenue exit (the first one after the Highway 36 split). Follow County Road C which veers to the right and goes back under the Freeway. At the first light take a right onto Long Lake Road. At the next light take a left into their parking lot.
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Ham Lake
13440 Highway 65, Ham Lake, MN 55304,
(612) 755-2100, 1-800-634-3444
This motel is located about 10 miles south of Cedar Creek (towards the Twin Cities) on Highway 65. They offer a variety of rooms, from singles to one grand master suite. The rates run from $72 to $129 (plus tax) and vary depending on the number of people in the room.
Directions from the Twin Cities: Take 35W North to the U. S. 10 (formerly 118) exit, follow this about 2 miles and take the Highway 65 exit and go north. Follow this for several miles (8-10) to 133rd Avenue and take a left. [There is no signal light here, but it is between the first and second signal lights after Highway 242. If you get to Bunker Lake Blvd., you have gone too far.] Take a quick right onto the frontage road. The hotel will be on your left about ¼ mile down.
To get to Cedar Creek, get back on Highway 65 going north and follow the directions located elsewhere on this website.
Crossings by Grandstay
300 South Garfield Street, Cambridge, MN 55008,
This hotel is located about 10 miles north of Cedar Creek in the city of Cambridge. It is next to a McDonald’s and 4 blocks from downtown Cambridge, other restaurants and a movie theater. They have a pool, whirlpool, free Wi-Fi Access, coffee maker in the rooms. Their rooms range from one with 2 queen beds to one with its own whirlpool, king size hide-a-bed, microwave and mini fridge. The rates go from $84 to $139 per night.
Directions from Cedar Creek and the Twin Cities: Coming out of Cedar Creek take a left and get back on County Road 24, take the first right, which is still County 24 and go to the stop sign which will be Highway 65 and go right. Follow this north about 8-10 miles to the second Cambridge exit, which is the bypass to County Road 95. You can see the Country Inn south of the bypass behind McDonald’s. (Please see the Cedar Creek map elsewhere on this website.)
If you are coming from the Twin Cities, take 35W north to the U.S. 10 (formerly 118) exit, follow that about 2 miles and then take the Highway 65 exit and go north. Keep on 65 until you get to the second Cambridge exit, which is the bypass to County Road 95 and you will see the Country Inn south of the bypass behind McDonald’s.
A range of services offering travelers transportation to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is available including: Light Rail Transit, Buses, Car Rentals, Taxis and Shuttles. Click here for detailed information.
Shared shuttes to local hotels run around $20 each way. Taxi Fares: Downtown Minneapolis is approximately 12 miles from the airport, with fares averaging $39-$49. The distance to downtown St. Paul is approximately 8 miles and fares average $31-$38. A $6.50 fare will be displayed on the Taxicab meter at the onset of your trip. This fee includes a $2.50 flag drop and a $4 airport access fee.
The Blue line Lightrail runs from both MSP airport terminals to downtown Minneapolis. The connecting Green line runs through the University of Minneapolis Campus and on to downtown St. Paul. Light rail fares for adults are $2.25 during rush hours (Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 am and 3 to 6:30 pm) and $1.75 at other times. Tranfers between lines are included in your fare.
MSP airport has a list of nearby hotels with free airport shuttles. Click here for the list.