Our family stayed here while attending a weekend event in Mankato. Having read the previous review we were a little apprehensive, but the price was right, so we gave Budget Host a chance. We ended up being very glad that we did. The building is older, but was clean and quiet. We needed two double beds but were given a room with two doubles plus a single. Our kids were delighted by the novelty of having three beds in the room, and the single turned out to be a handy place to spread out our suitcases. All the bedding was comfortable and in good condition. The hotel provided shampoo packets, wrapped soaps, and plenty of towels and wash cloths. There was a refrigerator and microwave in the room, as well as a TV. All worked fine. The shower was nice and hot and had good water pressure. The service was friendly. My husband wanted an extra pillow to put under his back, and they obliged without a problem. My husband and I used the free Wi-Fi from our 2nd floor room and it connected easily and worked perfectly on both of our laptops. The continental breakfast was a happy surprise. They provided two types of cereal, toast, muffins, doughnuts and other pastries, plus coffee, milk, orange juice, and apple juice. Our 11-year-old thought their orange juice was especially delicious. We arrived rather late for breakfast (around 8:30), but there were still plenty of items to choose from, and the staff was even restocking the pastries as we finished up. We took a walk around back and were impressed by the lovely park and pond which has a nice swimming beach. The weather was chilly when we were there, but we would definitely have made use of that in the warmer months. All-in-all a perfectly nice place to spend the weekend, at a very affordable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Interior corridors, 2 levels, 50 guest rooms, free parking.We offer clean comfortable rooms at affordable rates. All guest rooms are equipped with mini fridge, microwave, alarm clock, cable TV, HBO, direct dial phones, individual cooling/heating unit. Free local calls. Other amenities include: Free Continental breakfast, free high-speed internet with 24 hr customer support, coin operating guest laundry on site open 24 hr. Iron+ironing boards and hair dryers are available at the front desk. Located at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 169, the Budget Host Inn abuts beautiful Hiniker Pond Park. The hotel is a five-minute drive from Bluff Park, Spring Lake Park and Kiwanis Recreation Area. A 15-minute drive east across the Minnesota River leads you through downtown Mankato to Minnesota State University - Mankato. A 15-minute slide south brings you to Mount Kato Ski Area, a winter and summer wonderland. Mankato Regional Airport is eight miles away. ... more less
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