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About the Depot - Awards

The last train may have pulled away in 1971, but with its enduring character and unique offerings the Depot has since gathered a collection of more recent honors and accolades:

2012

  • The Depot Rink is named City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities for the Best Place to Ice Skate.

2009

  • The Depot Rink is named City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities for the Best Place to Ice Skate.

2008

  • Xcel Energy presents The Depot Minneapolis with the Hotel Energy Conservation Award. This award celebrates the achievements of organizations in the hospitality sector that have taken significant steps to reduce their energy use.
  • The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is named "Hotel Of The Year" by the Minnesota Lodging Association.
  • The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is named "Top Lodging Pick for Family Reunions" by Midwest Living Guide in the March/April issue.
  • MN Meetings & Events Magazine Best of 2008 Award for "Best Special Event Venue."

2007

  • Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of 2007 best of award for "Best Reception Site."
  • MN Meetings & Events Magazine Best of 2007 Award for "Best Banquet/Reception Site."

2006

  • The Depot Ice Rink is named "Best Indoor Ice Skating Rink" by Mpls St. Paul Magazine in the annual Best of the Twin Cities edition.
  • Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of 2006 award for "Best Reception Site."

2005

  • The Depot is named "Best Hotel Pool and Best Family-Friendly Hotel" by CitySearch.
  • Meeting's & Events 2005 "Best of" Awards: The Depot wins both "Best Banquet Facility" and "Best Holiday Party Venue."

2003

  • Awarded "Best Banquet Facility" by Minnesota Meetings and Events.
  • Reader's Choice Award by City Pages: the Depot Rink wins "Best Place To Ice Skate". Chosen two consecutive years, 2002 and 2003.

2002

  • The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission & Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awards The Depot with "2002 Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse" for the Milwaukee Road Depot.
  • Honor Award by The Preservation Alliance of MN (for preserving the historic resources of the state)
  • MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Reception Site (selected by Editorial Advisory Board).
  • MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Ballroom (selected by Editorial Advisory Board)
  • The Depot Waterpark is awarded "Best Hotel/Resort Waterpark" by Aquatics International and is featured in the Best of Aquatics Magazine.
  • MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Holiday Party Venue (selected from a readers' poll).

2001

  • Convention and Visitor's Association's "O.D. Gay Award". For making the most significant contribution in promoting tourism in Minneapolis.
  • American Institute of Architects "Divine Details Award". Awarded to Shea Architects for their ingenuity in designing The Depot's train-shed curtain wall.
  • American Institute of Architects "Project of The Year" award received.
  • City of Minneapolis Planning Dept. & Committee on Urban Environment "CUE" Award for "Significant Achievement in Design and Aesthetic Excellence" for the Milwaukee Road Depot.
  • Minnesota Shopping Center Association "Honorary 2001 STARR Award" for redevelopment, renovation & restoration for Milwaukee Road Depot.

1999

  • City Business "Best in Real Estate - Redevelopment" Award for Milwaukee Road Depot.
  • City Business "Best in Real Estate - Best Overall" Award for Milwaukee Road Depot.
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