I stayed there for a week while at a conference at the university. What a great place to stay. Kelly and Julienne are very nice. Complimentary breakfast, and kitchen. Common area. The people they house are nice. Extremely clean, warm. Free wifi. Close to UMN and a nice downtown area. They have a great atmosphere, lots of interesting international visitors. I will definitely return to stay again.
This is more of a dorm for grown-ups than a B&B, with nice vintage furnishings and minimalistic service, though it's kept clean. Several notices posted around admonish you to take off your shoes, not open windows, etc, making it feel a little like Mother Superior is in charge. Breakfast consists of rather weak coffee in a thermos, sliced bread for toast, bananas, cornflakes, and airline-sized containers of jam.
I was just there for three weeks and had a really good experience. Clean, comfortable rooms, the other guests are quiet but friendly if you run into them in the common areas, and the owners are helpful and accommodating. The location is good, within walking distance of the U and Dinkytown shops and restaurants, and there are buses that will take you to downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The only possible downside is that it's on a street with frat/sorority houses, and it could get somewhat loud late on Friday night/Saturday morning. It didn't bother me, but I could see how it might bother someone.
I found the perfect home away from home here at the Wales House. Friendly and interesting guests and owners. Comfortable room with bathroom and a perfect supportive bed. Being a walker, I was able to walk all over the university of Minnesota campus, see the weisman art museum and the Mill City Museum and the stone arch bridge and that was just one day! Look forward to coming back!
I make annual visits to the University of Minnesota and this was my sixth visit to Wales House. As ever, the stay was a pleasure from beginning to end. Kelly and Julie are fantastic hosts: they are very willing to chat and to give advice about local attractions but are never intrusive. This time my family visited with me and they had plenty of suggestions for places for my wife and daughter to go while I was working - including giving exact bus and walking directions. The house was full when we visited - although there are parking spaces at the back of the house if these are full the on-street parking is free. You don't really need a car for most of your stay as plenty of bus routes stop within a couple of blocks of the building. The University is a short walk as are…