Bloomington has been a hotspot for Minnesota tourists for decades due to its proximity to both of the Twin Cities, the airport, and the Mall of America. But did you know that Bloomington has a lot more to offer than easy commutes? There are tons of dining and shopping options within the district, as well as regional parks where you can ski, hike, or bike. There are also lots of great hotels. Here are some of the best places to stay in Bloomington:


Staybridge Suites, Bloomington

This hotel is a quick drive from Hyland Lake Park Preserve. This massive park contains a Nature Preserve, ski area, disc golf course, and a lake. You can participate in dozens of sports throughout the four seasons, including snowboarding, sledding, paddle-boating, kayaking, canoeing, biking, hiking, and snowshoeing. After all this exercise, you’re going to need a snack!  Head back to the Staybridge Suites for a free evening meal Monday through Wednesday, or get on the complimentary shuttle to the Mall of America to enjoy one of their many restaurants.

Staybridge Suites is only a short drive away from Edina, Eden Prairie, and Minnetonka, which all have excellent dining options too. When you’re finally ready to call it a night, head back to the hotel and relax in the comfortable, plush bedding, and dream of the free hot buffet breakfast awaiting you the next day!

Hampton Inn, Bloomington West

Another great option for the Bloomington area, the Hampton Inn provides a complimentary hot breakfast for every guest, and also has a 24/7 convenience store on-site to ensure your every need is met. For a taste of adventure, head southeast to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and explore over 70 miles of trails. And if the weather outside is uncooperative, you can always explore the 24 hour fitness center or indoor pool. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to nearby Kincaid’s Steakhouse or Poor Richard’s Common House for a meal and a drink. Back at the hotel, drift off to sleep on clean, fresh bedding and take advantage of the free in-room movie channel.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington

Not only does the Hilton Garden Inn provide a free shuttle for the local area, including the Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, it also has a restaurant on-site: The Garden Grille and Bar. This is a great dining option if you don’t feel like going out after a long day of work or shopping. Room service and beverages in the Pavilion Lounge are also available. Normandale Lake Park, less than a mile away, is a favorite for hikers, bikers, and runners, throughout the year. And within the hotel, guests can enjoy the round-the-clock fitness center and indoor pool. 


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