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“Floating Heaven!”
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Covington Inn
Ranked #3 of 7 Saint Paul B&B and Inns
Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Floating Heaven!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

This was the best B&B experience ever! It's wonderful little towboat renovated with 4 charming rooms and suites, each on a different floor.

Between our Mates Quarters with its own porch and bed next to the open windows, the lovely sitting /dining room, the communial porch on the main floor, the fabulous deck upstairs, and the fantastic breakfast, I can't decide which is my favorite. Oh wait, yes I can: it's Liz, the innkeeper!

Liz unites the whole experience with her wonderful hospitality, down to earth friendliness, and professionalism.

We will be back as often as we can, and even bought a gift certificate for our kids anniversary!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary in the Pilot House suite and it was a unique, wonderful experience. The suite is on 2 levels with the bedroom and bath on the second deck (floor) and the sitting room and private outside patio on the third deck (floor) in the old pilot house. You are on the south side of the Mississippi River looking toward the skyline of St.Paul. The boat is permanently moored and there was no rocking motion. In the morning, I took a nice walk along the Harriet Island Regional Park pathways. We watched the crews from the Minnesota Boat Club downriver on Raspberry Island sculling both evening and morning. Liz, the avuncular host, was very personable and made a fine breakfast of cinnamon French Toast with fruit and turkey sausage. I would highly recommend this venue for those looking for an upscale "Huckleberry Finn" experience on the river.

Room Tip: The Pilot House suite is the largest with 2 rooms and a private outdoor patio on the third deck,
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Just wanted to add that Liz is just a wonderful hostess and manager. You really could not ask for better customer service. My husband and I were just delighted with her attention to detail, kindness and professionalism. Enjoy your stay!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2013

My mom, dad and I stayed here while I was in town for business to try something different. We really enjoyed it! Far better than some fancy hotel downtown. We reserved the Pilot House Suite and I slept up in the wheelhouse on a fold out couch and my parents stayed downstairs. Worked out perfectly. Liz, the owner and innkeeper was very nice and helped us with all kinds of local to dos.

Room Tip: The Pilot House Suit is great because you get the wheelhouse and upper deck to yourself.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Minnesota
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

As a surprise for my hubby, I booked the Pilot House Suite at the Covington Inn and he totally loved every minute. This tug boat moored on the south side of the river across the Wabasha or Robert Street bridges, close to Harriet Island, was converted to a restaurant and then into a bed and breakfast that combines nautical with fun and comfort. As we stepped aboard, I knew we were going to love it. Even though the weather was dubious (dull and damp), the Mississippi River was alive with wonderful views. We entered the breakfast salon with LIz, our host, who then showed us up a winding staircase to our suite. Our cozy bedroom was filled with everything we needed, including a fast responding fireplace that added extra cozy! The bathroom was right off the bedroom, a narrow room with shower, large stainless steel sink and all the amenities. The best part came next: up a narrow metal staircase to the pilot house with 360 degree views of the river, park and downtown St. Paul. Amazingly, as we unpacked and relaxed here, the clouds cleared and out came the sun. We were able to enjoy sitting on the deck, right outside our room, watching geese, small houseboats, and a variety of water birds right in the heart of the city! We left to find somewhere to eat and found ourselves wanting to rush back so we could enjoy every moment of this unique place. There are other suites available: the river room is at water level with portholes and cozy nooks, the mate's quarters is a smaller room but still very nice, on the same level as the breakfast salon, and the master's quarters is on the second floor accessed by the spiral staircase. As darkness fell on St. Paul, we enjoyed looking at downtown lights, watching train, river and road traffic in the distance. No noise, completely tranquil. In the morning, we saw kayakers paddle by in the quiet of an early Sunday. We then enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with orange juice, coffee and a platter of deliciousness: sausage links, french toast, caramelized apples, bananas, fresh strawberries, blackberries and a large dollop of fresh cream on top. In her mariner hat, LIz exudes energy and a love for her boat and the city. This is not a froo-froo b&b - it is a place that takes you back to an earlier time when this hard-working tug pushed petroleum boats up the Mississippi. It provides all you need and more for a peaceful stay and will prove to be a most unique experience you will talk about. The Covington Inn has received awards such as "Best Kept Secret" and has been featured in travel magazines around the world - and we can see why. Highly recommend to everyone, book the Pilot House Suite where you can sit up top and watch the world go by.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. In the river room, you will be at river level and able to watch ducks floa...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed for our wedding night in June! We were delighted to have the whole place to ourselves, which meant we got a free upgrade. The multi-level sweet is spectacular! We enjoyed a perfect romantic evening together followed by a delicious breakfast. Everything was perfect!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. George, Utah
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173 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Literally on the water - it's a converted tug - in the center of St. Paul. Who would believe sleeping on the Mississippi could be so calm? Four very comfortable rooms/suites, each with a great gas-fired fireplace and bathroom. Even outside decks - not really needed in January, but they would be fun to enjoy in the summer with great views of the river and downtown St. Paul.

Topped off by an excellent breakfast, complimentary mini-chocolate bars in the cozy and comfortable sitting room.

Best news - No TV in the rooms. I didn't even ask about wifi!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Covington Inn
Address: 100 Harriet Island Road B3, Saint Paul, MN 55107
Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Paul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Covington Inn 1*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Covington Inn is a B & B on a renovated towboat on the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul. Come and relax on the deck all night and order in pizza or go to a fancy restaurant across the river. The four guest rooms all have private bathrooms, fireplaces for heat in the winter and air conditioners for the summer. This is a casual and comfortable romantic inn and the innkeeper is on-site for whatever help you need. ... more   less 
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