What is the Radisson Blu MOA?

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What is the Radisson Blu MOA

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My family and I were given an all-expense paid press stay in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

The Radisson Blu Mall of America. That was our pre-tax season little getaway as a family. I remember when I first saw the construction for the Radisson Blu. I thought to myself, “Oh that’s nice for travelers.” Since we live in Rogers, Minnesota, a good 40 minutes north of the Mall of America (or MOA), I saw no need to stay at the hotel. When I had the opportunity to “escape cabin fever” at the hotel this past January, I naturally took them up on the offer. I’m so glad that I did.

What is the Radisson Blu MOA?

For the Minnesotan, the Radisson Blu MOA is a destination within the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Situated next to the Mall of America, you can easily access the MOA through a sky way without ever setting foot in the freezing cold.

Hotel Lobby at Radisson Blu MOA

It’s an escape from your everyday life full of adventure. The Mall of American boasts a gross area of 4, 870, 000 feet and could easily fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside. The Radisson Blu MOA is situated perfectly for its guests to take in everything the biggest mall in the USA has to offer.

It’s a magical hotel where your children are treated like guests, not annoying, little tyrants, rather like respected guests. The staff of the Radisson Blu went out of their way to make us feel at home. I unknowingly forgot my youngest’s beloved pink bear at home and after searching for it with the manager of their valet service in my van, he offered to look in the Lost and Found in case it fell in transit. Teddy (the name of her bear) wasn’t found, however, they sent a replacement bear to the room in hopes it would help her sleep. The excitement of the new bear was enough to make for a good night’s rest.

Stuffed animals from Radisson Blu MOA

Children who are guests at the Blu are given either a loon or a moose when they stay at the hotel.

The Radisson Blu MOA is rich with Minnesota touches. For example, the wood that’s found in the FireLake Grill, the hotel’s awesome restaurant, is all re-purposed Minnesota barn wood.

Barnwood from Minnesota makes up some of the decor inside the Fire Lake Grill at Radisson Blu MOA

The hotel is also home to an amazing restaurant, FireLake Grill. Like I said before, the personal Minnestoa touches in the hotel is one of the best things about Radisson Blu MOA; the same can be said of the menu at FireLake Grill. It doesn’t get more Minnesotan than this: Minnesota Walleye Hash. It’s on the breakfast menu and features scallion, peppers, poached eggs & hollandaise, and broccolini.

Good Dinner, Breakfast and Desserts at Radisson Blu MOA

Legos to keep the kids busy at the FireLake Grill in Radisson Blu MOA

Legos are provided to keep the kids busy at the FireLake Grill in the Radisson Blu MOA

Easy access to Nickelodeon Universe, the theme park that’s in the center of the Mall of America. The theme park has 27 rides for all ages, a nightly light show (well, nightly as in Mondays through Thursdays), high ropes course called Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course, and a mini golf course Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. And in keeping with theme park tradition giant costumed characters wandering around ready for a photo opp.

Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America

Blue from Blues Clues wanders around the theme park waiting for photo opps with fans

It’s minutes away from SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, the largest underground aquarium in the world. We were able to get a behind the scenes look at SEA LIFE and it was fascinating. The tour included a look at the tanks from above, the room where they prepare food for the animals living in the aquarium, as well as the hospital room where they care for the aquarium inhabitants who are ill. Then we touched sting rays, wandered around the different exhibits and walked through the tunnels while the sharks and sea turtle swam over us.

SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America

I would definitely recommend booking your stay at Radisson Blu MOA. It allows you to experience the Mall of America in a way a Twin Cities local hasn’t before. You can spend days in the Mall, taking in the restaurants like Burger Burger for lunch and Zio for a homemade Italian dinner and when you’re tired from playing at Nickelodeon Universe or discovering SEA LIFE Aquarium you can make a quick walk back to the hotel for a rest.

So skip the fancy cruise and expensive Spring Break vacation and book your stay at the Radisson Blu MOA.

Family Fun at the Radisson Blu MOA

Family Fun with Marty the Moose Package

The package that my family and I experienced was the Family Fun with Marty the Moose. With the package you receive:

  • Your choice of either four tickets to SeaLife Aquarium or two unlimited-ride wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe
  • $10 per person SkyDeck Game card (maximum of four per room)
  • Kids Tent to keep

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valmg · February 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

I’ve never been to the Mall Of America but have heard about how enormous it is from a couple of people that have. That’s great that they sent a replacement bear up to the room.

Alli Smith · February 22, 2016 at 9:33 am

It’s been years since I visited Mall of America. I loved it! Next time I need to stay at the Radisson. Looks like a great place to stay.

Chelley Martinka · February 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

This looks like an amazing place to stay and I love that they have packages! I’ve never been to Mall of America, but I’ve dreamed of going- when I was a kid it didn’t seem like it could really exist!

Sophie O'Reilly · February 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

This place looks wonderful! You can fit Seven Yankee Stadiums inside?! That’s huge! Would love to go one day.

Anosa · February 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

What an amazing looking place, I am planning to go to Zambia this summer and been checking out the Radisson blu there as I have stayed there before and it is gorgeous though nothing as amazing as this.

Amanda Simkin · February 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

I have always wanted to visit the Mall of America since it isn’t too far of a drive from Chicago. Great to know that the Radisson Blu Moa is such a great place.

Tori Gabriel · February 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

This sounds like a great hotel. I love how they went above and beyond with teddy. What amazing customer service!

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green · February 22, 2016 at 6:34 pm

This looks like a lot of fun. I’ve never been to Mall of America. It makes me sad because I love to shop, I feel like I”m missing out. I love the stuffed animals they give, really cute.

Chantal Bernard · February 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Wow, what a neat hotel, as if visiting the MOA wasn’t fun enough! Such a great place for families of all ages.

Miles Basilio · February 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

I heard of great things about Radisson Blu MOA from my friend in Minnesota. We’ll keep this place in mind.

Terri Ramsey Beavers · February 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

Now that looks like a fun getaway. I’d love to take the grand kids there because I think they’d really have fun.

Echo (The Mad Mommy) · February 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun! I live pretty close to it too, but it could be a fun kind of “Stay-cation”! I love that they treat the kids so well!

Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com · February 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Wow looks like a wonderful hotel. I think Radisson is great. I’ve stayed at others before, but this one looks lovely!

ckrusch · February 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm

This sounds like an awesome hotel! I love how they went above and beyond to please your family!

WhispersInspire · February 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm

What a great place! looks very fun for the kids and adults! I’ve always wanted to visit the Mall of America!

Jasmine watts · February 24, 2016 at 5:36 am

This place looks wonderful! I would love to stay there!!

Rebecca Swenor · February 24, 2016 at 6:21 am

The Radisson Blu MOA sounds amazing to stay at for sure. It looks like you had an amazing time indeed for the whole family. I love the idea of the Family Fun with Marty the Moose package. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

BohemianBabushka · February 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

You can’t beat a family staycation where they treat your children as valued guests. You can tell she had a great time- and so did you!! Glad you were able to make that happy memory. BB2U

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