Located in Minneapolis on the campus of the University of Minnesota, The Commons Hotel is a stylish option for meetings in a college setting. The hotel is running an incentive program—including a two-night hotel stay and a discount on the cost of the meeting—for planners who book at least 150 room nights by the end of 2014.
The 304-room hotel has 20,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes 10 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and two patios. The largest space, the 5,200-sq.-ft. Meridian Ballroom, has 15-ft. ceilings and holds 368 for banquets, 600 for receptions, 600 theater-style and 306 in a classroom setting. The 4,000-sq.-ft. Pinnacle Ballroom accommodates 320 theater-style, 260 for receptions, 240 for banquets and 150 in a classroom setup. Wi-Fi in all meeting rooms is free. The 10 meeting rooms range in size from 546 to 1,000 square feet, accommodating 40 to 100 theater-style or 20 to 36 people in a conference setup. Group activities include Jenga and spelling bees, as well as “Mad Scientist Breaks,” which are designed to spark participants’ creativity.
The Commons Hotel’s location on the University of Minnesota campus allows planners to take advantage of other campus event spaces as well. There are a number of large and small meeting venues, including Campus Club, which can hold up to 220 attendees; Elmer L. Andersen Library, which has three conference rooms and an atrium; the 1,126-seat Ted Mann Concert Hall; and many classroom spaces.
Photo credit: The Commons hotel