This is a decent historic hotel that was renovated in the 1980's and has not been touched since - the overriding impression was that this was probably the height of chic about 30 years ago. While our stay was not unpleasant (our room was spacious and comfortable), it was not remarkable in any way other than having the notion reinforced that the 1980's were a bad time for historic renovation and popular style decisions at the time were inclined to disguise, rather than showcase, historic features. It is unfortunate that the historic lobby is not used as a lobby and is something of a museum-type afterthought rather than a feature proudly displayed to arriving guests. The parking garage is quite tight with tight curves and low ceilings and would be rather frightening if it weren't in Red Wing. On a good note, the service was nice and we enjoyed our room service in the morning. The location is good as far as walking around the downtown and looking at the shops. However, the room rates are rather high and I feel that the value isn't there for what we were hoping to be a much more charming property. Perhaps a more sensitive renovation with a fresh crop of room updates would make this a more romantic and elegant destination worthy of the prices asked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are few places as gratifying as the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. From eagle watching to skiing, there’s plenty to do outside. Or if you prefer, there’s really no need to leave the building once you arrive. Fabulous restaurants, an intimate lounge, luxurious rooms and a pampering spa all await you. Book today and let us create a memorable experience for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St James Hotel