For an extended stay, this is a great place for a lot of reasons. Mayo patients and families get a full kitchen, including an oven (in all but the studios). That helps manage costs as well as diets that can be tricky. The full size refrigerator is also a great addition.
Rooms are nicely sized. We had a one bedroom suite, and our daughter took a studio. Beds were very comfortable. Good closet space.
A few things we didn't like: in the one bedroom suite, the bathroom is off the bedroom, so if you have someone using the sofabed, or even guests over, that can be difficult if someone is napping. Also, the seating was limited--just a loveseat-sized sofa, which is too crowded for three people. These rooms desperately need a comfortable chair, preferably a recliner.
there is a big desk, and a pull out sort of table, but no dining table. Again awkward, so you really wind up balancing plates on your lap. They did bring us two meeting room chairs, so at least we had a place in the bedroom to sit and put on shoes and socks. We also used it in the living room as an ottoman, using the wheeled desk chair as our lounge chair--not ideal, but better than sitting on the floor.
That being said, overall, this is worth it, and isn't too bad in a one bedroom suite for just two people.
The breakfast is fine, and the lobby is very nice, with a fireplace.
The pool here is really one of the biggest indoors, and if you have kids, it's a blast. Both the kiddie pool and the adult pool have waterslides, and the kiddie pool also has a fountain. The hot tub is pretty warm--we like it a tad warmer, but it will do.
The pool is a double-edged sword so to speak--the first weekend we were there, there were 12 childrens' birthday pool parties. The hotel was packed with families and lots of children, and the pool area was so noisy it was definitely not a place to relax until late at night. Some parents could be better at controlling children in the hallways, but thankfully they were young enough the noise was only during the daytime.
The Mayo Shuttle offers Mon-Friday trips to the clinic and hospitals. While the location is close to some shopping and restaurants, it's not an easy walk if you are carrying bags or it's cold. And, the wind chill is usually a factor in the winter. It was quite cold during our stay.
We rented a car, though, and parking is free. There's a Costco and movie theater close by, and it's not a long drive to Mayo. Mayo offers a reasonably priced parking pass. The shuttle is fine if you're relatively healthy, although it's a long and sometimes bumpy ride. A post-surgical patient may find it uncomfortable, depending on the surgery.
Overall, when we stay at a TownePlace, we know we're not getting luxury, but that's not what we needed for this visit. We've used the brand for some vacation stays, and again, it's what you expect and want from a property. Space and relative comfort, as well as kitchen facilities are important for us, and this helped.
I know we'll stay there again, hopefully in warmer weather.
Rear view is prettier, but not a noisy street. Not too much parking lot noise.
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