I have stayed at this hotel at least eight times, and I will probably stay here another eight times within the next few years. Several buildings comprise the hotel: there is the main one with the front desk, breakfast room, and restaurant; one across the parking lot, and one across the street. I have stayed in all of the buildings. The main building is more convenient, I suppose, (also more expensive), but I prefer the other buildings because the rooms are all small suites, like a studio apartment really, with full kitchens, double beds, or a king. Some living rooms also have fold-down Murphy beds, firm but comfortable. If you are going to be in town for several days, I highly recommend getting the suites. It's a great value. The kitchens are sparsely furnished, and it varies from room to room, but there are usually enough utensils, plates, cookware, etc., that you can get by if you want to cook something simple. Full-size fridge, microwave, oven, coffeepot are all available. If you get tired of eating out, despite the great restaurants in the vicinity, you can always make some pasta.
Another great thing about this hotel is the shuttle service, which starts at 5:30 a.m. and goes until ten p.m. The drivers are fantastic, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The shuttles loop all day between the hotel, Mayo Clinic, the hospitals, the mall. They will drop you off at a restaurant and come pick you up later. Park your car in the lot, and you won't need it until it is time to go home.
Breakfast is fairly good; there is a waffle maker and usually a decent fruit salad, and some protein choices. If you can't eat before having tests at the clinic, the Dunn Brothers coffee (I think) is very tasty. Breakfast starts early. The hotel restaurant, Twigs, is a good choice for at least one meal. It has an eclectic menu and I have never had a bad meal there. Try the pear and walnut salad!
On the few times I have ever had a problem at Soldiers' Field, such as a leaky toilet, or needing extra bedding, it has been taken care of very quickly. The internet works great. The staff is very used to dealing with Mayo Clinic patient issues and will make accommodations for you if at all possible.
This place is not fancy, but it is a great value. The convenience of the shuttle, the helpful staff, and the good restaurants add to its desirability.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ideal location in Rochester! This full-service Minnesota hotel, near the Mayo Clinic, is located in the historic district of downtown Rochester. The Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field is conveniently located in downtown Rochester with easy access to local area attractions, events and business locations. Guests will find the Mayo Clinic, Saint Marys Hospital, Mayo Civic Center, historic Mayowood Mansion, Apache shopping mall, Graham Arena, and RCTC Regional Sports Center nearby. Each well-appointed room at this Rochester hotel features free wireless high-speed Internet access, free long distance access, an iron/ironing board, coffee/tea maker and hairdryer. For added comfort and convenience, The Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field comes equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center, laundry facilities, and Twigs, our award winning restaurant. Guests will appreciate the hotel's Express Courtesy Shuttle to all Rochester downtown destinations including Mayo Clinic and Rochester International Airport. Hotel guests will appreciate the complimentary expanded hot buffet breakfast buffet offered every morning. Additional hotel amenities include an extra large indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and video arcade area. A friendly staff is ready to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Soldiers Field Tower Hotel Rochester
- Best Western Rochester
- Rochester Best Western