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“Helpful Staff and great location if you're going to the MN State Fair” 5 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Bandana Square
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1010 Bandana Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55108-5107 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Saint Paul
St Paul, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Helpful Staff and great location if you're going to the MN State Fair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Helpful staff, clean rooms and hotel plus a free shuttle to the greatest fair in the states. New bar with sliders and chips if you don't want to walk to Gabe's which is only a mile away. Pool (remember to ask front desk for a towel during night time hours) that is kept clean with table around to sit and relax.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wisconsin
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Parking across the street in ramp. Check in fast and friendly. After a five hour drive in construction I wanted a beverage but the bar closes at 9pm, what? Lol, is bed time at ten? There was nothing within walking distance. Stayed two nights here while attending a wedding. Our room was spotless and large. Bed very nice and comfy. Slept well here. Quiet. Skip the "meh" breakfast and head to Hells Kitchen for music and great food.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

What an interesting hotel. Way off the beaten path, in an office park. Building was odd ... Cement floors. Quiet in a Shining sort of way. Darkish .. Not unfriendly, but it felt a little creepy. Too quiet. Can't put my finger on it.

The staff was exceptional, really very kind. Extremely clean. Breakfast oatmeal was consistent. Bar atmosphere was like another Stephen King film, but the beer was good.

It was perfectly clean, safe, quiet, had excellent beds. They had a very generous pet policy, and it was a pleasure staying there while I had my dogs. Especially good for the dogs because I was so close to Como Park, and the grounds of the office park are nicely manicured. Battle Creek dog park, 15 minutes away, is an awesome 35 acre park.

Would I stay here again? You know, I probably would. As another reviewer said, it does grow on you. But they really need to brighten up the place.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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atlanta, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Everything including the location was less than adequate. I would not recommend to anyone. The value was not there...for the price you would anticipate cleaner more modern amenities. There were no elevators, rooms were not very clean and the odor was less than pleasing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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welovetrips, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Bandana Square, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Dear Guest, I am always saddened when a guest does not enjoy their stay with us. Please accept my apologies for your disappointment. Rest assured that we take to heart absolutely every bit of guest feedback we receive. I am also excited that we will be going to a 100% non smoking hotel next month, and we will be upgrading our hotel soon to a more modern feeling hotel while at the same time keeping the unique historic train depot feel that we are so widely recognized for.

Please feel free to contact me personally so that I can get to work on fixing the issues you experienced right away.

Kind Regards,


James G.
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Some of the reviews have been rather critical of the property - I certainly didn't experience anything really bad. The chair in the room, and the carpet, both show signs of age, and looked worse than they are. The layout of the building is unique - that might be a problem for some, but I found it interesting. I don't think there is an elevator - I was on the first floor so it wasn't an issue for me. Parking is adequate, though again somewhat different that you might expect (a parking garage across a quiet street.) The pool looked small (I didn't use it). Breakfast was quite adequate, and the WiFi worked well. The bed was very comfortable. Bandana Square is a good location to the fair and several schools. The room price for a decent city spot was reasonable. I'd return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bismarck, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

It was an easy location for the conference, shopping and eating out. Bed was good. Had HBO so I did not miss Newsroom. There was an iron and board. The lay out of the building is like and maze but doable. Music in parking lot was a nice touch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Great experience overall, Continental breakfast was typical for a motel. Liked the historical feel of the building, rooms were clean, and the proximity to ST. Paul Campus and the state fairgrounds were great. Staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Address: 1010 Bandana Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55108-5107 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)
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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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Saint Paul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Bandana Square 2.5*
Number of rooms: 109
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