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“Classic Old Hotel with Tons of History...” 4 of 5 stars
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St. James Hotel
406 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Red Wing
Victoria MN USA
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178 reviews 178 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Classic Old Hotel with Tons of History...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you want to stay at a classic old hotel, this is the place for you. We had a "premium" room that had a lot of space in it. The bathroom was quite small, but the room was very large and comfortable. All along the river (both MN side and WI side) there are train tracks. It is hard to get away from the train noise, no matter where you stay. Our room was a corner on the street side (away from the river and train tracks) and the noise was not bad. This hotel has tons of history and pictures from an era gone by. You could spend a few hours walking the halls and looking at the historic pictures.

Room Tip: River front has a great view, but the trains make a lot of noise. Street side is much quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Picture this: Memorial Weekend, beautiful sunny 75 degree day, outdoor wedding with reception at the historic St James Hotel. Nothing could be more perfect because it was perfect. Nicole and her staff at the St James made this one of the most magical days ever for my son, his new bride and our 250 friends and family. From the planning stages to the actual day everything went as clockwork. From the cocktail hour to the reception to our beautiful hotel room that night and into the next day at gift opening it was just the most wonderful time. Classy establishment and classy staff. Thanks so much for an amazing experience!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 89 cities Reviews in 89 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

When I called to make a reservation I requested a specific room on the 4th floor and the clerk told me he would mark it as "do not move' so we assumed it was locked in. Our friends also made a reservation and asked for a room next to ours on the fourth floor. When we checked in we were told our room was on the third floor and not the one we booked. Our friends reservation was moved to the other side of the building in the "new" section of the hotel and they were upgraded to a suite which they did not ask for or want. We were trying to get the reservations sorted out when another clerk rudely voiced his opinion accusing us of giving the desk clerk "guff". We were totally surprised by this type comment since all we were doing was trying to find out who changed things or what happened. We ended up getting rooms near each other on third floor. The desk clerk gave us breakfast vouchers to make up for the mix-up, which was nice.

Our room was fine and the bed was comfortable. We had a nice sitting area and a rather small but adequate bathroom. The last time we were at the St James (which was a few years ago) our room was not clean; full of dust and cobwebs. We were a bit skeptical about booking here again but thought we'd give it a another chance since it used to be our favorite get away. Based on our experience with the reservation and the rude treatment we won't be back. I gave it an average based on the comfort of the room alone.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Waverly, Iowa
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My fiance and I spent a wonderful night at this amazing historical hotel. Our evening started with a wonderful meal at the Port....our server, RITA, was so helpful and our meal was just wonderful! After our meal we headed up to Jimmy's....since it was a Tuesday night and close to closing it was very quiet....and BEAUTIFUL! Our bartender, BILL, was truly one of the highlights of our trip. He told us a lot of history about the place, and even though it was very close to closing accomidated us and made us feel so welcome. Our room was so comfortable and the sheets felt amazing. Bathroom had snuggly bathrobes also.The next morning we had breakfast at the Veranda. Our server, LYNN, was charming and funny and the food was amazing. ALL OF THIS AND I HAVENT EVEN MENTIONED THE SHOPS LOCATED IN THE HOTEL! It was so unique to walk into a historical hotel with shops that make you feel like you're in Paris. Thank you all for a wonderful stay. Kudos to the St. James for a wonderful staff. WE WILL BE BACK!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sanibel, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

All the modern conveniences set in a grand river town landmark. All rooms have been renovated and are quiet and elegant with antique furniture that take you back to the days of the river steamboat. Downtown location with many rooms overlooking the Mississippi River. One of my all time favorite hotels.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had a really nice overnight stay this past Memorial Day weekend. People at the front desk were polite and helpful. The hotel was very clean, well maintained, and tastefully restored in a way that hearkened to its original glory, but brought it into the 21st century. Our room (#306, "The Elinor") had a flatscreen TV, iPod docking station, king size bed (very comfortable!), and partial views of the river. We were even surprised with turndown service after we returned to our room at about 9 o'clock.
I expected some hallway and adjacent room noise considering a) it was a holiday weekend, b) there was a wedding party in the hotel, and c) historic hotels haven't been super soundproof in my experience. But the only noises I heard all night were a couple trains sounding their horns while coming through town.
The Port on the lower floor of the hotel is a good place for dinner and a drink. Cool solid wood bar, great bartender.
The St. James was certainly a far more memorable stay than any other chain hotels could have provided. I would recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Our daughter and her new husband spent their "mini-moon" at the St. James in May of 2014. Their room was beautiful, Red Wing was lovely, but the most amazing thing was the attentiveness of the staff and management at the hotel. They paid close attention to every detail, and really went out of their way to ensure that the young couple felt cared-for and had the best experience possible.
Thank you so much to the staff of the St. James, the bartender up at Jimmy's Pub, the wait staff and cooks at the Veranda and all the people responsible for their intimate dinner at The Port.
We have been patrons of the St. James Hotel for over 30 years, and it's good to know that their tradition of excellence continues!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 406 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Location: United States > Minnesota > Red Wing
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Red Wing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 62
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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