This trip was a pleasure trip that turned into a experimental cancer treatment trip (but thats not the point of this story)..
SO, lets talk 340! from the vintage canopy donning the front door to the chain lift system still used in the windows . this building is authentic. this building is a little spooky one of the other reviews stated. But its an amazing spook. Its dark with a little bit of macabre.. But within the macabre there are the welcoming signs of the pineapple. i had the pleasure of staying in a lovely room facing the First National Bank Building (which has always been a fav of mine). I had a two room king suite. 4 poster bed in large bright beautiful bedroom (again with windows that open with those authentic window chains) The bathroom was a little small but the the fixtures, stone work and bright feel made up for the lack of space. the living area was beaming with natural light. the kitchenette had all the normal items the cabinetry was a lovely dark brown with black counter tops. very comfortable, with a hint of elegance. all around just so very pleasant. i had to leave for a night (thats tonight) because i hadnt booked and extended stay was playing it by ear and tonight they were booked solid... I even offered to stay in the lobby along side the magnificent fireplace, grand piano belting out the good ol' crooners that we all love. the adjectives that come to mind when describing Hotel 340's lobby are strong, masculine with a hint of the macabre, sturdy, timeless. BUT the cherry on top seriously was the staff.. A+++ jessica you're the bees knees! I am staying tonight at the Crowne Plaza (part of the IHG Group) which i am a priority member and believer you me...... I AM RUNNING back to the 340 as soon as i can. This hotel was more expensive, nasty dirty, lacking personality, rude, and as the gentlemen at the front desk said " we are a convention hotel". i've taken 15+ pics of my room here at the plaza, and for being a hotel recognized world wide certainly has dropped the ball on so many levels. The Hotel 340 would fill the shoes of a world recognize hotel so much better than the "plaza" Book the 340, enjoy the amazing architecture, history and peace and quiet! oh so quiet!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel 340 is a 37 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown St. Paul. The hotel is housed in the original University Club building and is listed on the historical register. There are numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as access to the river walk which provides stunning views of the river as well as the downtown area. All of the rooms at Hotel 340 include updated flat screen televisions as well as kitchenette amenities and they all feature hardwood floors throughout. Many rooms also boast a river or city view to add to your experience. The hotel lobby provides a spacious area with luxurious couches and chairs to relax in while enjoying a drink from the hotel bar and the mezzanine level provides access to the St. Paul skyway system which allows for indoor travel to various St. Paul businesses for all of our visiting business travelers. ... more less
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