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“I travel extensively and this is my favorite hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East

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Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   120 7th Avenue Southeast, Saint Cloud, MN 56304   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 hotels in Saint Cloud
Apple Valley, MN
1 review
“I travel extensively and this is my favorite hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2009

As 50 something regional manager for an industrial door company, I travel extensively, especially in the Midwest. At the price point this is be best value. While some hotels at much higher prices might be more elegant, this one meets the needs of my family, business associates, and me, very well. It is not Ritz Carlton or Drake but I’d put it on par with any new, well-run Hampton Inn, anywhere.

This like-new Country Inn is right at the intersection Hwy 10 and 23, near the new MN 23 bridge over the Mississippi. No road noise can be heard in the rooms. The Mississippi runs through Downtown St Cloud and along the campus of St Cloud State University So the hotel is very close to both. There is even kind of a secret bridge about a mile south that scoots you on campus within minutes, or take the big bridge and it is still really close. The hotel is close to everything, highly visible, but tucked away and kind of land locked. After you get off Hwy 10 by the Copper Kettle, you kind of drive this littel maze to get back in there. But worth the trip.

When I call on customers, have meetings, or just visit the area for family fun, within a 100 radius, I usually stay at the Country Inn & Suites St Cloud East. In fact, even when my boss is in the area (Prez of our company based in Ohio) riding with me, we stay at least one night at this hotel, when Up North. He says its great, too.

Sometimes my family joins me on weekends. We might check in on Friday, play at the hotel that evening, then drive 2 hours north on Sat towing our boat. Even when we spend a day in the Brainerd Area Lakes Area, we go back to this St Cloud area hotel to again stay on Sat night (better & lower price than around Brainerd). Then, Sunday morning, we are less than 2.5 hours from home! (Very ez on the ol' family budget). We eat breakfast at the hotel, maybe hit Cabalas in Rogers, and we are back home in Apple Valley before the heavy traffic swamps I-94 late in the day! More pleasnt, easy, safe, and economical.

Other times we might hunt pheasants at a preserve 15 miles east of the hotel, ice fish at area lakes, take in the local granite quarry park, or ski south of town, or drive up to Sauk Center to the auto races. Sometimes the hotel even has coupons to nearby golf courses.

There is a Cub Foods store within blocks, a way cool Coborns grocery 2 miles north, and a Target store between the hotel and the river (one block west). St Cloud State even has Big 10 Hockey, if you can get tickets.

Most rooms have frig and microwave.

There is a hole-in-the-wall liquor store about one block north. My favorite affordable wine is Gallo Sonoma Reserve cav. They sell it for $10. Go figure! Taxes must be lower.

The parking lot is super safe. I would have not fear of leaving valuable stuff in my car or boat (and do). The hotel is bordered on the west by a collection of little, neat, quaint cracker box homes built about WW2. Low crime area. There is a newer Taco Bell is two doors down. There is a quiet, super clean Firestone store behind the hotel (they often change my oil while I sleep!). With a punch card you get 3 oil & filter changes for $45. What's that $15 each?

Excellent restaurants within minutes along Hwy 23, part of a big shopping area stretches for about 4 miles west of St Cloud (in the suburb of Waite Park). You name it, its out there.

The indoor pool and in floor whirlpool super clean and safe. Rest rooms and shower on deck, a few feet away. You need a hotel key card to get in there. No glass allowed. Small and shallow but fun. You often have it to yourself. You know that awful smell most hotel pools have. Not this one!

Breakfast is above average with eggs, sausage, cheese sticks, and you can coat your fresh waffle with strawberries! This offering is simply better than most of its type. Coffee is always on and fresh.

Rooms smell great and are super clean. No sign of wear or tear. We have a king Select Comfort bed at home that we love, and we actually like their conventional mattresses better! Very, very comfortable. Tons of pillows. Towels are white, plentiful, and like new.

Great choice of cable without having to worry about what the kids might watch. (Yes, you dare touch the very clean remote.) Has elevator and power-operated front sliding doors, plus awning so you can unload in the rain. I like to use one of their 4 wheeler luggage carts to transport the heavy stuff. And the hotel faces south (its back to the north wind) which can be a big deal in the winter.

Guests seem to be sharp, well educated, upscale, and upper middle class. Even the occasional construction guy guest will have silver temples. (He' a boss, I suspect, while the crew is down the street!). I've never seen a semi truck in their lot. The corporate headquarters of Coborns Inc. is two blocks east. This is their hotel of choice for corporate guests. That's how I found it. I bet I've stayed there 25 times over the last 3 years.

Hotel was built after the Minnesota Clean Air Act. Rarely do you see anyone smoking, and if so, there might be one or two folks out of the country porch far from everyone else.

There are never late, noisy parties. I've been there when wedding parties have almost the whole place! Stay on a winter weekend and you might have two girls basketball teams and maybe a boys hockey team, plus parents, and, believe it or not, they are quiet and well-behaved. Simply amazing. A testament to the management's ability to keep order? (And/or maybe very thick walls? Boring quests?)

Staff defines Minnesota nice. Friendly, they know their stuff, work fast, will go the extra mile, and the cookie jar at the front desk is always at least half full. And if you make a mess at breakfast, there tends to be someone with a smile and the right attitude right behind you to clean it up! Everybody acts like the customers are kings (or queens, or princes, or princesses, as the case may be.) At check out they hand you the bill, give you a smile, and a big thanks. None of this slide-it-under-the-door nonsense. Check out on average: 8 seconds. Check in, if you have made a reservation...maybe 30 seconds, plus or minus a cookie and some talk about the weather, or maybe da wonderful Vikes and da evil Packers.

There is seldom any competition for the top-notch PC and printer in the lobby. In-room high speed is flawless, wireless, and like a rocket. I use it often. The place is warm and cozy, too, even though new and big. I think any couple would find this a nice place to stay while in town to celebrate an anniversary, for example. Warm lighting, nice furniture, big firepalce in lobby, and lots of class.

So this is a great value. You will not be disappointed.

Do I sound like the owner or manager of this hotel writing a favorable ghost review on the sly? Absolutely not. In fact, I have no direct association with the hotel and I don't know the GM or the owner. Don't even know their names. If I've interacted with them (probably have) I never knew. Every employee acts like an owner, so you really can't tell who is who.

Don't believe me? If you would want to speak with me personally to get my endorsement first hand, I suspect that could be arranged. You could call the 800 number at our corporate office (the hotel's front desk could help you get it). If you call me, my office would forward your call directly to my cell phone.

Mostly, I'm gushing all over this hotel because these guys have treated me very well over the years, this is just a great place to stay, and I think I would be doing anyone a favor by recommending it.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StCloudEast, General Manager and Director of Sales at Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East, responded to this review, October 29, 2009
DouginMinnesota~
Thank you for such a wonderful review of our hotel and of the St. Cloud area. We appreciate your business very much and taking the time to complete the review for us. We know that we have met before, but as you mentioned our entire team of associates at the hotel takes great ownership in the hotel and pride in a job well done so it can be hard to seperate us all.

We will contact you personally to thank you for your raving review of our hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Tammy Haga
General Manager
Lyn Kaczmarek, CHSP
Director of Sales
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Mankato, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

I stay at this Country Inn and Suites several times each year. It is a great place with great staff. It is very clean and the entire property is well kept. I've stayed at a number of places in St. Cloud over the years and by far have found this Inn to be the best in the area. The breakfast is very good. For me it is a very convenient location on the east side of the city and close to St. Cloud State University; and will be even more so when the Highway 23 brdige reopens. I'd recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StCloudEast, Director of Sales at Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East, responded to this review, October 21, 2009
Thank you so much for response for our hotel. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to having you stay with us again very soon!

We are also excited to let you and everyone know that the Hwy 23 Bridge ribbon cutting is on Monday, October 26th and the bridge is scheduled to open within about 7 days following the ribbon cutting!

Sincerely~
Lyn Kaczmarek, CHSP
Director of Sales
lmkaczmarek@sandcompanies.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

We received a 25% off coupon for our next visit. Very nice! The hotel was very clean, very quiet.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StCloudEast, Director of Sales at Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East, responded to this review, October 15, 2009
Thank you for staying with us. We hope that you can enjoy your coupon by staying with us again soon.

Lyn Kaczmarek, CHSP
Director of Sales
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Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

When traveling on business to St Cloud, MN I choose to stay at the Country Inn & Suites St Cloud East, primarily due to the customoer service and comfort of the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StCloudEast, Director of Sales at Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East, responded to this review, October 15, 2009
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with the hotel. We are ranked in the top 25th percent of Country Inn & Suites for our service and we appreciate that you noticed.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Lyn Kaczmarek, CHSP
Director of Sales
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Winona, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

We stayed one night and booked through Priceline for $40. Great location across the road from the mall, nice restaurants and tons of other shopping. Great breakfast with egss, sausage, rolls, cereal, waffles you make on your own, oatmeal and fruit. The lady cleaning the breakfast area was very pleasant. Cleaning up all the time we were eating. No dirty dishes left behind. The hotel itself is fairly new. Our room was nice with a king bed. We stayed a few weeks ago at the Fairfield Inn across the street and it's very comparable. The Country Inn & Suites is a little more homey. They have cookies by the fireplace and internet for guests to use. Staff was very friendly. Didn't use the pool. Overall nice place for $40.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cottage Grove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

The staff and facility at the Country Inn Suites in St. Cloud, MN is bar none the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

I hold every hotel that I stay in to the standards of the Country Inn Suites in St. Cloud, MN, and there are few that can measure.

Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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StCloudEast, Director of Sales at Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East, responded to this review, October 2, 2009
Thank you for taking the time to post information regarding the Country Inn & Suites St. Cloud - East on TripAdvisor.

We look forward to welcoming you back to St. Cloud when your travels bring you this way. Please let me know if there is anything that I can personally do to make your future stays a great experience.

Sincerely~
Lyn Kaczmarek, CHSP
Director of Sales
lyn.kaczmarek@countryinns.com
320-252-8282
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

I have always enjoyed my stays at Country Inn locations and this time was no exception until it came time for breakfast. There was not a single table (out of 15 or so) that didn't have spilled milk or excessive debris left from previous visitors. We managed to find one that we could clean up sufficiently enough to actually eat, but I noticed that the rather elderly woman working the breakfast area never did bother to clean up any of the other tables even as she was busy restocking the yogurt, milk, etc. She seemed blind to the fact that the room was a pit. I would hesitate to stay here again based just on this experience.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 120 7th Avenue Southeast, Saint Cloud, MN 56304
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Cloud
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Saint Cloud
#8 Family Hotel in Saint Cloud
#9 Business Hotel in Saint Cloud
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites Saint Cloud East 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
I Love this Country! Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites St. Cloud - East. Our guests enjoy our "Healthy & Hearty" Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and on-site guest laundry. We also offer complimentary highspeed wired & wireless internet access for our guests. We'll have you saying I Love this Country too! ... more   less 
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