Where to stay at the Mall of America? Hyatt Regency Bloomington


Are you traveling to the Mall of America? I can understand wanting to go there. I was mesmerized by all the stores, rides, living plants, Crayola Experience and Nickelodeon Universe. I went there for the TBEX travel conference over Memorial Day Weekend.

I researched where to stay and decided to accept an invitation from the brand new Hyatt Regency Bloomington. I loved my executive suite. It is beautifully appointed with plenty of room to work or entertain. This hotel is located on the light rail and is only two stops from the airport or the Mall of America and the hotel also has a shuttle to both places. One day I strolled over to the Mall of America at sunset. I love the location; it is really pretty as you walk through the park to the hotel from the train.

hyatt day timeChef Paul Lynch invited me to his garden just outside the Hyatt Regency Bloomington and explained about his straw-bale beds that grow fresh vegetables for his amazing hotel restaurant, Urbana Craeft Kitchen. He also has a bee aviary project nearby at the airport. Learn all about it in this video with Chef Paul talking to me in the rain. In his kitchen, he told me about his very first baking project when he was six and he used his sister’s easy bake oven to make a pie. He is leading the way for regional, seasonal, sustainable hyper-local edible landscapes.

Eating at Urbana Craeft Kitchen was truly fantastic! I had eggs and latkes one day for breakfast and learned about aebelskivers, although I cannot really pronounce it correctly–they are tasty! I highly recommend the cinnamon waffles.

Everything is worth trying here especially on the dinner menu! There are many local treats and you can even eat outside on the patio. Chef Paul and his team create a seasonal menu that changes every two months and the food tastes fantastic. I highly recommend you stay at Hyatt Regency Bloomington and eat at Urbana Craeft Kitchen.

Lisa Niver for We Said Go Travel

July 2016

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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