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 all of the restaurants, bars and shops of Dinkytown (Al's Breakfast is a must-visit: it's worth the queue).
The B&B is more geared up to longer visits and academic visitors: there is an academic feel to it and the communal areas feel much like university common rooms. However I am sure everyone would feel welcomed, and I heartily recommend staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wales House is a fully furnished historic home with 10 guest rooms and many spacious and inviting areas providing the charm of an old world inn. As the first and longest established guest house in the University of Minnesota area, we have hosted almost 5000 guests from over 67 countries, fostering a truly international community in this turn-of-the-century home. For the past 20 years, we have been the lodging of choice for visiting scholars, researchers, physicians and others for stays ranging from two nights to one year. Many of our guests return for more visits once they experience the friendly atmosphere, appealing spaces and great value for which Wales House has become known. Please note, we are NOT a B&B, but a guest house. Accordingly, we offer a light, organic continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wales House Hotel Minneapolis