TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 557 times:
Hi SKYTEAM (formerly HARTSFIELD)...
Both TWA and Delta operate out of the Blue Concourse (TWA at gate 44A, Delta out of gates 50-52 at the very end of the concourse. TWA is closer to the terminal). TWA flies the new 717 here (currently twice a day I think, out of their 8 or 9 daily flights to here).
MSP is shaped like a giant "H". The horizontal bar of the "H" is where the main terminal/ticketing/shopping areas are. The four vertical bars are the concourses.
Hastings is quite a ways from Downtown Minneapolis (about 30-40 minutes). It's much closer to Downtown St. Paul (about 20 minutes), but for nightlife excitement, Minneapolis is the place to be. The Doubletree Suites hotel is nice - big rooms, and not outrageously expensive. You can walk to the warehouse district/bar district. The Hilton, Marriott, Radisson, Hilton Marquette, and Hyatt are all quite expensive. There's a Holiday Inn Express and Quality Inn downtown you might want to consider.
The Mall of America is 5 minutes from the airport. It's very easy to get there from the airport.
Hastings is a nice little town on the Mississippi River. Not a heck of a lot to do there though.
If you're a hockey fan, Minnesota's new NHL expansion team (The "Wild") starts playing in early October at the new $130 million Xcel Energy Arena in Downtown St. Paul. You probably wouldn't be able to get tickets though.
SKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 555 times:
Hello, Thanks for the information. Out of total curiousity, How did you know my former username??? The Doubletree Suites Hotel sounds like it might fit my budget. MSP sounds huge!!! Is it bigger than DFW? I was going to find a hotel in Hastings, But I knew it was kinda small. I like hockey, and I would kill to see a Minnesota Wild Game
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 554 times:
Hey SKYTEAM. A combination of things gave you away: your use of capital letters and exclamation points, you talking about where you live (near MCO), your username appearing shortly after the Skyteam announcement along with "HARTSFIELD" disappearing, and your user profile.
You can get a room at Doubletree for about $100 a night. If that sounds expensive, I don't think you're going to get a whole lot cheaper in downtown (if you're lucky, maybe you can find something for $80 a night). I don't know if there's even a hotel in Hastings. I think I might have seen a Best Western there or something (I drive through there when going to one of my company's facilities about 40 minutes south of there). How come you can't stay with your girlfriend??
MSP has 96 gates, plus a few more at the charter terminal. There's a spotting lounge one level up where the Green Concourse connects to the main terminal area. I've never been to DFW, so I don't know how it compares in size. MSP has been undergoing a massive renovation/expansion. (BTW, MSP is MUCH nicer than STL.) They're building an undergound people mover from the parking ramps/rental car areas to the terminal, as well as another people mover along the outside of the Green Concourse. The Twin Cities new light rail system will also eventually link the airport with downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the Mall of America.
The Twin Cities metro area population is over 2.5 million. The population of the cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul is 640,000. The two downtowns are 9 miles apart (Dallas/Fort Worth are about 20 miles apart, I think). Minneapolis is sleek, modern, etc. St. Paul is more like a quaint European city. It is the capital, has a mammoth Cathedral, and a fantastic new Science Museum overlooking the Mississippi River (you should ask your girlfriend to take you there).
One bit of advice: If at all possible, come here before the end of October!!! The fall is beautiful here, but after October, you're risking experiencing the frozen hell Minnesota is known for (although the last 3 winters have been really mild). Summer is fantastic here. Makes it worth living here.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 548 times:
DFW is still larger than MSP, which only has 90 gates. Downtown Minneapolis is about 45 minutes-1 hour away from Hastings in rush hour, so you might want to stay in Saint Paul, as there are several nice hotels there (St. Paul Hotel is one of the best). Hastings is kind of a long way from the cities, so expect spending some time on the road to get to places like the Mall of America.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 550 times:
Hey NWA man, I just left out of gate 96 last weekend. Did they not number consecutively?
Also, how do you think he's going to be able to afford the St. Paul Hotel?? As a St. Paulite, I think St. Paul is great, but he's probably going to want to stay where the action is (although you're right, Hastings is a hell of a clip from downtown Mpls).
BTW Skyteam, the St. Paul Hotel is a 5-star hotel where the President has stayed 2 or 3 times. There's also two Radisson's in downtown St. Paul, an Embassy Suites, and a new Holiday Inn opening in January right across the street from the hockey arena.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 544 times:
I know there is a gate 96 at MSP, I've seen the new addition to the Green Concourse. However, when the MAC began to number the gates, they left out a few. Here are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
Gates that don't exist...
27, 32, 39, 40, 57-61, 64.
Skyteam could have some cash, and want to splurge on a room for he and his girlfriend (although Minneapolis has a number of four and five star hotels). I would probably want to stay where the action is too...like the Marriott? at City Center.
SKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 542 times:
You guys are the best, The reason I'm not staying wit my girlfriend is because I like having my own space in a hotel, and if her, and I want to splurge we wont have to worry about anyone seeing us. I dont mind driving a long time, and I'm used to the freeways clogged since I live near MCO. MSP sounds really cool, and I cant wait to get their.
Branvan3k From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 168 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 541 times:
Hey, MPLS is a real pit of a city.. It may be nice if you live in another city.. sort of a scaled down version of many other urban centers. But in reality its pretty boring, the city virtually shuts down at 1am (Bar close?) so the nightlife isn't highly recognized.
The hotels in the town are nice, but the Hyatt was a 'warzone' of sorts during the preeceding animal genetics conference the barricades could possibly still be up(?)
Hastings is a quaint little town, situated on the river, not that far from the city (off of 35)..
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 540 times:
AC_A340: Yes, they are that close together.
Branvan3k: If you grew up here, you probably have a different perspective. Yes, the bars close at 1, but you live in one of the most cultural, cleanest cities with one of the best, if not the best, economies in the U.S. If all you want to do is get drunk, then move to Wisconsin. Or, if you really want to live in a "pit", try the south side of Chicago, East St. Louis, or Flint Michigan. And what the hell do the losers coming in from out of state one weekend to cause trouble at the Hyatt have anything to do with the quality of Minneapolis??? And no, Hastings is nowhere near 35. Look at a map dude.
NWA man: Thanks for the gate info. Those damned MAC people are always screwing with people's heads . If he wanted to splurge in downtown Mpls, I'd probably suggest the Whitney.
BTW, I'm either in St. Paul or Eagan. Do you work for NW or just like them?
USAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 530 times:
I have a plane spotting place since I assume you like watching planes. If you go into Fort Snelling Cemetary which is on 24th St. (HHH terminal is on that street too) or you can take Post Road which turns into 24th. Once in the cemetary you head to the back of it (north). There is a big hill which you walk up and you can see almost all of the airport. You are about 100 feet above the tarmac so it is pretty nice.
Also, when your done with that the Mall Of America is a nice place to visit.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 523 times:
I'd hate to lose the hub if NW were ever purchased. They're an essential component of Minnesota's economy. Obviously, my loyalties lie elsewhere, but you can't live here and not fly them. I appreciate all the non-stops as well. Just don't appreciate the corporate culture, or the genuinely rude service I've observed on several occasions.