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GrandStay Hotel & Conference Apple Valley
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Apple Valley
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Grantsburg, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
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“Fairly standard hotel with suites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

My daughter and I stayed here in August.
Pros: Spacious suite, esp for $: If extended stay it has small kitchenette; Close proximity to MN Zoo (with shuttle if you want it) : Great breakfast (esp since it is included): Clean : Daughter loved the Bath and Body products as toiletries

Cons: small pool (although we had it to ourselves so it worked); slow elevator; smaller breakfast area; had some trouble with wifi

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Grandstay gives a terrible first impression. The baggage carts are hard to steer and there aren't bellhops. The elevators are slow. The wifi doesn't work on iPhones or iPads (4 failures in our party, not just me) and the guy at the front desk can't help and the third party who manages their computers doesn't answer his phone. These are things which every Motel 6 and Days Inn figured out long ago and here is this joint with pretensions at being a hotel and price to boot and they don't know how their own system works.

It got better after a while with no help from the staff. My cousin figured out the WiFi, but he has worked at Hewlett Packard for about 40 years. The restaurant is about what you would expect from a land with white bread franchises stretching out as far as the eye can see.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

What a great hotel! The shuttle service to and from the Minnesota Zoo is very convenient! I will definitely stay at GrandStay again! The pool is a bit small but it served it's purpose! The kids had a blast! We all slept great and didn't hear a peep from other guests! We were exhausted though....put on some serious miles at the zoo:).

  • Stayed August 2012
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Grandstay in Apple Valley, MN has always been clean and cozy. The rooms are nicely laid out and the whirlpool suites are a good value for such a large room. The breakfasts are pretty good and the staff is helpful and friendly. My only advice....ask for a room not directly above the in-house bar....it's noisy

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

Large hotel in an a nice location. It was clean and the rooms were nice with a separate room with the queen bed, also a full fridge, microwave, stove and dishwasher in the kitchen. The pool however, is VERY VERY small. But it works to take a dip. That have a basketball hoop and golf putting hole outside which kept the kids busy.

They don't allow anyone out of their rooms after 10 pm! As group of adults outside sitting around chatting (and not being disruptive), we were told we had to go to our rooms since it was 10 pm.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Almonte, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

I recently returned from a two month stay at the GrandStay in Apple Valley. What great service! Everyone became like family and I could not have been happier with my stay. Complimentary airport shuttle, as well as transportation to and from the zoo and Mall of America. How perfect is that?!
Very nice breakfast each morning including sausage, eggs, waffles, cereal, etc. Oh, and COFFEE! All to enjoy in the comfortable lounge like table setting. The room was comfortable. There is a small outside sitting area with a BBQ available for use. This is set right next to the small basketball court area and putting green. There is a pub attached (not hotel run) with great prices and wonderful pub fare. The hot tub is large but the pool is on the small side. All in all, I would definitely return to this hotel with no hesitations. Very well run establishment.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

I'll get right to the point. If you're looking for an extended stay property and are willing to give up a little in order to same some money, then this hotel may be just right for you. Let's be clear - this hotel is definitely a notch below what you would expect from something like Staybridge, or one of the nicer Homewood Suites, but it is certainly a step up from something like Extended Stay America or Microtel. Compared to one of the nicer extended stays, I'd say they're about 80% of the way there at about 80% of the price.

There are some definite highlights here. First and foremost, the staff is wonderful. They were friendly, helpful, and it actually appeared that they enjoyed their jobs! The hotel is located a couple of blocks off of any roadway, so traffic noise is not an issue. There are lots of "conveniences" nearby. Within walking distance (I'll call that 1/2 mile each way) are 3 grocery stores, a Super Target, a couple of pharmacies, and probably 2 dozen fast-food and "family casual" restaurants (fine dining will require a long drive). The hallways were clean, the lobby was clean, the breakfast area was clean, and my room was clean. The kitchen area was immaculate, but not as well stocked as I'm used to. You can certainly read plenty elsewhere for an complete list of amenities.

At this price point, not everything is perfect, of course. Breakfast was neither awful nor great. The bedding seemed a little below par for this hotel class - nothing to make you feel like you were at the Motel 6, but it is obvious they "saved a little money" when buying beds and bedding. It is a little disappointing that they have no King beds in any rooms. There were two TVs, but they were curiously small and dated - basically old 19-inch square LCD monitors. I didn't have any time for TV viewing, but it would have been frustrating if I did. We had no noise at all from vehicle traffic, but some areas of the hotel are "people noisy" (particularly by the bar). I was traveling alone and don't mind such things, but my wife would have thought the color choices in the room a bit off.

The power went out about 2 hours before I was checking out (it was a widespread outage) that lasted about 45 minutes. That took the elevators out of commission - even after the power came back on, so I had to lug my stuff from the 3rd floor down to the ground floor. I didn't mind doing that, but I noted that the stairwell in the wing I was staying in did not go all the way up to the 4th floor. This left me wondering how the people on the 4th floor in that wing get out in an emergency. I'm guessing the stairwells in the other end of the building go up all the way - but I'd hate to find that way blocked off in case of a fire. I'm sure the fire dept would never have approved the building if there wasn't a safe exit, so I'm just saying that you'll want to check out the emergency exit situation AT THE TIME OF CHECKIN if you are on the 4th floor, rather than trying to figure it out during the confusion of an emergency. Of course, that is good advice anywhere, but particularly so at this hotel.

If you're looking to stay 3 or more nights at a hotel, or just want a suite hotel in general, you're definitely going to love this place compared to the Days Inn 2 blocks away. If you're hoping to get a Staybridge Suite at a Microtel price you won't find it here. If you want something that sits somewhere between those two points and is priced between them as well, then you probably won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Property: GrandStay Hotel & Conference Apple Valley
Address: 7083 153rd St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124-7289
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Apple Valley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Apple Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — GrandStay Hotel & Conference Apple Valley 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
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