2019 NDT University of Minnesota

Hotel and Room Information

The hotels for the 73rd NDT hosted by the University of Minnesota are now accepting reservations.

The main hotel is The Graduate, [https://www.graduatehotels.com/minneapolis/] which is located on the campus.  It is a five- to ten-minute walk from the hotel to the Union where the announcement room will be and the various competition buildings.  The METRO Light Rail from the airport stops in front of the hotel.  We highly recommend that you not rent a vehicle as parking is not included in the rate at the hotel and is expensive.  You will not need a vehicle to access competitions or restaurants.  For people driving to the tournament, the campus has satellite lots that are a 10-15 minute walk from the Graduate hotel, and have a much lower daily rate.

The rate for the hotel is $140 per room for up to four persons, and $194 for suites.  Internet is included in the rate.  The cutoff date for reservations is February 26, 2019.

You can make reservations in two ways:

Call 612-379-8888, Press 1 for Reservations and ask for the National Debate Tournament.



We have also secured a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott, [https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspdc-courtyard-minneapolis-downtown/].  It is one stop further from The Graduate on the METRO Light Rail.  The rates are $135.00 for up to four people per room.  The cut-off date to make reservations is February 19, 2019.   The Courtyard is adjacent to campus, but it is fifteen- to twenty-minute walk to the Union and competition rooms.

To make reservations, mention the group name ‘National Debate Tournament’ via phone (877-699-3216) or to book online use the reservation link below…

Book your group rate for National Debate Tournament


Free workspace is available in classroom buildings adjacent to The Graduate on Thursday, March 21 2019. If you would like to reserve a room for your team, please contact Dr. David Cram Helwich before March 10, 2019 [helwi012@umn.edu]


These restaurants are in the Stadium Village area, directly to the east of The Graduate hotel (turn left as you leave the front entrance)

  • Afro Deli (Somali)
  • Applebees (if you must)
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Bona Vietnam
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • Caspian Bistro
  • Chipotle
  • El Loro Mexican Grill
  • Hong Kong Noodle
  • Kimchi Tofu House
  • Korea Restaurant
  • Kowloon
  • Little Szechuan (very good, many veg* options)
  • Mesa Pizza
  • MyBurger
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Raising Canes
  • Stub and Herbs
  • Tea House

These restaurants are in the Riverside / Seven Corners area (near the Courtyard / UMN East Bank)

  • Acadia
  • Barrakallah (Somali)
  • Chipotle
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Jambo! Kitchen
  • Jewel of India (lower quartile of Twin Cities Indian restaurants, but, close)
  • Lucky Dragon
  • Malabari Kitchen
  • Masha Allah
  • Mediterranean Deli
  • Red Sea
  • Republic
  • Sagal Restaurant
  • Townhall Brewery

These restaurants are in Dinkytown (north edge of campus), a less-than-10-minute walk from The Graduate

  • Al’s Breakfast (there will be a line, and there is a reason for it)
  • Annie’s Parlor
  • Blarney Pub & Grill
  • Burrito Loco
  • D.P. Dough
  • Erbert & Gerberts
  • Five Guys
  • Frank from Philly & Andrea Pizza
  • Kbop Korean Bistro
  • Loring Pasta Bar
  • McDonalds
  • Mesa Pizza
  • Purple Onion
  • Qdoba
  • Shuang Cheng (solid take-out)
  • Subway
  • Tim Hortons

The following restaurants are veg*-friendly. If you would like recommendations, please reach out to DCH:

  • Birchwood Cafe (farm-to-table)
  • Blackbird Cafe (brunch + eclectic)
  • Common Roots Cafe
  • Eureka Compass
  • Fasika’s (Ethiopian)
  • Fig + Farro
  • Foxy Falafel (Mediterranean)
  • French Meadow (parent restaurant of the branches in MSP, DIA, etc.)
  • Ghebre’s (Eritrean)
  • Hai Hai (Southeast Asian / fusion)
  • Hard Times Cafe (vegan-only, diner)
  • Herbivorous Butcher (vegan-only)
  • Holy Land (Mideast / Mediterranean)
  • J.Selby’s (vegan-only, diner + eclectic)
  • Kimchi Tofu House (Korean)
  • Pizza Luce (vegan- and gluten free-friendly–pizza + subs + pasta)
  • Reverie (vegan)
  • Revival
  • Seward Cafe
  • Spoonriver (New American)
  • World Street Kitchen (multiple options)

Finally, DCH’s recommendations:

  • Blue Door (Jucy Lucy’s, veg*-friendly)
  • Brasa Rotisseries (veg*-friendly)
  • Broder’s Pasta Bar***
  • Cafe / Restaurant Alma (breakfast / prix fixe)
  • Colossal Cafe** (breakfast)
  • Grand Pad Thai
  • Hai Hai (Southeast Asian / fusion)
  • Hen House Eatery (breakfast)
  • Himalayan (Nepalese)
  • Homi (Tex-Mex)
  • Nicollet Diner (24-hour diner, veg*-friendly)
  • Pizzeria Lola***
  • Quang (Vietnamese)
  • Saint Dinnette
  • Spoon & Stable
  • Travail


We are fortunate to have some highly-renowned breweries in the Twin Cities, and many of the finest craft breweries are relatively close to campus. The following options are within easy walking distance of the METRO light-rail:

These breweries are only a short Uber ride away: