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BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelly Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   161 St Anthony Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55103-2362   |  
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Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Saint Paul
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It is the perfect location for seeing the Capitol, Historical Museum, St. Paul Cathedral and James J. Hill Mansion. We had no idea when we booked hotel how close and convenient it was. Everything was in walking distance. Also, not far from Mall of America and Airport. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area.

  • Stayed July 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Checked in super late(@4am) . Quick check in, late night desk help was efficient...up to room. Slept. Woke up... went looking for room service/restaurant menu... found 3 empty alcohol bottles in bureau... clean room? NOT! Long black hairs in bathroom....and they were not ours..super gross! Dirty dishes sitting by the ice machine from Friday night to Sunday when we left...cleaning staff was there, but no one seemed to want to pick it up.

Great view of the Cathedral and central location to our event... bar staff recommended GREAT breakfast location(they were no longer serving), front desk staff could not tell us which way was north?!

I would give the bar staff 4 stars and the hotel itself 1 star...dirty and on the edge of a ghetto area....Treat yourself to a better hotel!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Iowa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Liked: comfy beds, frig and microwave in room, nice pool area and spa, location, offer beer and a decent house wine in restaurant/bar, value, quality maid service
Not impressed: restaurant on premises is cafeteria-grade quality (and sometimes nobody is around to serve you), hotel is updating (linens), but is still teetering in the 90s in places.
Pool note: There is a nice spa, sauna, and large pool (about 30 ft. long) for laps. The depth goes from 3 ft (ladder, no steps) to 9 ft. We let our kids dive from the deep end although "no diving" signs were in the deep end. There is also a small, round kids' wading pool (about a foot deep).

Room Tip: One side faces parking lot and sears (faces the capital, but you can't see capital b/c of other...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, USA
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Best Western Kelly Inn falls into the “generic highrise by the interstate” category of hotels. With the right expectations, it can be an adequate place to stay.

We were in town for a wedding, which happened to be the same weekend as the MLB All-Star Game, so everything was more expensive than usual. We used Hotwire to save money, and were placed at the Kelly Inn.

* What I Liked *
The Kelly Inn is located near the State Capital, across the interstate from downtown St. Paul. It is near both I-94 and 35-E, so you can get to many places in the east metro fairly quickly. There is a hotel shuttle that can take you to downtown.

There is ample free parking, and the beds were relatively new and comfortable. The hotel seems clean and competently run. There is free wi-fi.

The new Green Line train has a station about a block away, so you can walk to the station and take the train to downtown Minneapolis. We did that, and it was fun.

* What I Didn’t Like *
You always read about thin walls and loud neighbors on Trip Advisor reviews, but this was one of my first personal experiences with it. Yes, the walls are very thin. Our neighbors talked fairly loudly in their room one night, and our sleep was disrupted. They were not playing music or partying, just talking, but the noise came right through.

If you care about décor, you probably won’t like the dated wallpaper or the cottage cheese ceilings or the low bathroom ceilings. I don’t really care about that, but it’s something to consider.

Otherwise, the Kelly Inn is just generic and plain. It is not the kind of place I normally stay, and is not located near anywhere I wanted to go, but it worked all right for our needs. It lacks character, but you don’t expect character at the Kelly Inn. It was reasonably priced, particularly in comparison to the hotels in downtown Mpls where I wanted to stay.

If you have business at the State Capitol or want a relatively central location for a family trip to the Twin Cities, the Kelly Inn should be fine. I didn’t like it as much as most reviewers here, but it met my needs.

Room Tip: The southside rooms have views of Interstate 94 and downtown St. Paul. The northside rooms have a vi...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Two friends and I ate in this hotel's on-site restaurant, the Sweetwater Grille & Bar.
When first entering it smelled of old grill grease; we stayed anyway but should not have.
I ordered the beef taco salad. The bowl, itself, was thin and dark and looked as if it was soaked in oil. The beef had no seasoning, it was just browned hamburger. On it was finely shredded lettuce, a few chopped tomatoes, a small amount of shredded yellow cheese, 6 slices of jalapenos, a large spoonful of sour cream and a small plastic cup of salsa. It had no flavor except for the bite of the jalapeno. I tasted, but did did not eat, the greasy bowl it was in. $7.95
Another friend ordered the Cuban sandwich of pork, chicken, dill pickles with aiole sauce on a long ciabatta bun. The pork was a round, deli/lunchmeat slice of pork, not juicy Cuban pulled pork. The aiole was mayo with chopped garlic in it. $10.95
The third friend got a Philly cheese on a ciabatta bun. She upgraded from chips or fries to onion rings. She ate half her sandwich. She said it was okay. $12.95 as she ordered it.
We will never go back.
This hotel is located on the edge of a mall with Sears and it's parking lot on one side. Very convenient to the state capitol, the Minnesota History Center and the newly-opened Green Line commuter train.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SouthDakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This hotel is very nice. The location was great for us since the addition of the metro green line. The parking lot has plenty of room. The outdoor bar area was somewhat of a mess, newspapers blown around and other garbage. The rooms were clean and the layout was good. Bed was comfortable, nice sheets and blackout curtains. Not much traffic noise. Lobby was very well appointed. Bar and restaurant were closed when we were there on the 4th of July.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Manheim
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

On par with most decent hotels, this wasn't lacking in any particular
area, nor shone extra brightly in any either. The room was clean, the
bathroom was clean, the beds were comfortable and gave a good night's
rest. The location is near the Roman Catholic Cathedral (within walking
distance) and you can get right on the highway. But it's not located in an
overly scenic part of town. The hotel parking lot entrance was hard to see
the first time we entered, it shares a very large lot with another
business but there is no cross over area so we had to circle out on the
road quick. The view from our "back side" room was only the roof area -
which wasn't a problem as we weren't there to see the hotel; although my
parents had a great view of the cathedral from the front side of the
hotel. There was no discernable noise from the road or outside in our
room, it was quiet. The general condition and age of the building is good
and it seems everything is kept in pretty good condition.
The pool area is indoor. The pool is spacious enough for a large group and
fine for lap swimming. The room doesn't have a lot of windows so there is
not a lot of sunlight and there are not a lot of internal lights so the
room seemed "dim".
The restaurant area in the hotel was very understaffed, one morning no
waiters showed up for work and there was no breakfast in the hotel. We
found a good restaurant after driving, but if our schedule had been tight
we would not have had time to search the area for a place to eat. I won't
ding them much on service since it's likely to not happen that often.

Room Tip: The front side, toward Rt 94, has a nice view of the Cathedral and City Capital.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 161 St Anthony Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55103-2362
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Saint Paul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelly Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of St. Paul’s best hotels, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelly Inn provides lodging accommodations near the Xcel Energy Center, Rivercentre Convention Center, The Minnesota’s State Capitol, and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. We are also convenient to area businesses such as Lawson Software, Ecolab, and 3M and area attractions like the MN Science Museum and the Ordway Theater.When visiting St. Paul, Minnesota make the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelly Inn your first choice for St. Paul Minnesota hotels. ... more   less 
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