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Rochester Minnesota Hotels - Finding Good Rochester Minnesota Hotels in The Home of the Mayo Clinic

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Rochester, Minnesota is the home of the famous Mayo Clinic. Mayo is known as a top medical center and it attracts patients from all over the world, particularly for speciality care. As result, many of the hotels in the city cater specifically to people who are visiting Mayo or its related hospitals. This creates some unique considerations in selecting Rochester Minnesota hotels for your stay.

If you are visiting the Mayo Clinic, you will want to start your hotel search with the Kahler Grand Hotel. Situated right next door to clinic buildings and hospitals and connected by pedestrian subways, the Kahler Grand Hotel has catered to patients for many years. From another era, this huge 600-plus room hotel does show its age a bit, but services more than make up for a little faded glory. You will find shuttle service to any part of the Mayo campus and to airports; wheelchairs available in the lobby; 24 hour room service and business center; allergy-free rooms; and weekly or monthly rates for lont-term stays. It is a full service hotel, with pool, fitness center, three restaurants, hair salon, barber service and 65 shops nearby. A newer Kahler hotel, The Kahler Inn and Suites, is also adjacent to the Clinic and offers spacious rooms with sitting areas. Perhaps what distinguishes the Kahler hotels is the exceptional service provided by the staff. Accustomed to serving people who may be facing difficult medical circumstances, the staff is especially thoughtful and kind.

The other large hotel connected to the Mayo Clinic by pedestrian subway is the Rochester Marriott (Mayo Clinic Area). More modern than the Kahler Grand, the Marriott is also more expensive. Its rooms are beautifully appointed and it has restaurants, a pool and wireless internet. Other hotels in varying price ranges can also be found within walking distance of the main clinic, such as the Day’s Inn Downtown, Springhill Suites by Marriot and Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn.

If you are visiting Rochester for reasons other than a clinic visit, you may prefer to focus your hotel search outside the immediate downtown area. If you want proximity to the airport, try the Country Inn and Suites, Rochester South. It boasts large comfortable rooms with adjoining sitting rooms that are equipped with refrigerators, coffee makers, and wireless internet service. Complimentary continental breakfasts are included. Also close to the airport, you’ll find Sleep Inn and Suites, Days Inn South, Comfort Suites, and Extended Stay America South. Be sure you pay attention to the location because in Rochester Minnesota, hotels of the same name are scattered throughout the city. A Days Inn is right next to the clinic but another one is right near the airport. The airport is in South Rochester, so that’s where you want to look.

You can also go north via Highway 52, which will lead you eventually to Minneapolis-St. Paul, and find several Rochester Minnesota hotels close to the two main shopping areas, MarketPlace Center and Northwest Plaza. Try the Country Inn and Suites North; Extended Stay America North; the Comfort Inn; Hampton Inn and Suites North; or the Microtel. All of the Rochester Minnesota hotels mentioned here, north or south or downtown, provide shuttle services to the Mayo campus. The downtown Marriott is the only exception.

Are there any charming bed and breakfasts among Rochester Minnesota hotels? Unfortunately, if you want the charm of a small hotel that styles itself as a bed and breakfast, you will have to drive a bit. Perhaps the closest is the Oakenwald Terrace, about 18 miles to the south of Rochester. The six beautiful guest rooms have sitting areas and the breakfasts are said to be the only meal you need until dinner! Or you may venture a little ways north, about 20 miles, and find yourself at the Barteau House Bed and Breakfast. Located in Zumbrota, Minnesota, the Barteau House has four guest rooms with private baths and the property has delightful walking paths and a pond. For other bed and breakfast choices, you will be traveling 30 miles or more, but the charm may well be worth the drive. Try the Tefte House, the Jailhouse Historic Inn, or the Fillmore House B & B.

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