The good: Fantastic location if you are in downtown St. Paul, wonderful historic building that has been decently renovated to apartments/hotel. Renovations appear to be ongoing. Our floor had a wonderful lounge area which would be good for sitting with family or friends, and the breakfast dining area is large as well. Breakfast was adequate but not fancy - coffee, juice, boxed cereal and a few pastires.
The bad: St. Paul is confusing enough to navigate, but the hotel does not do enough to help guests find them. The website doesnt say (or didn't when I made my reservation) but the best off-street parking available is in a parking garage across the street. The hotel was unable to tell me when I called what the price per day is to park there (FYI - ~$22/day). My confirmation email stated that the parking garage was connected by skyway, but fails to note *which* skyway to take, and there are no signs at all. Once you get in the building, there is a large poster with "Hotel 340" on it, but again, no direction as to where to check in or that you should take the unmarked door around the corner to get to the elevator. Given that I knew the hotel rooms were only on the upper floors of the building, I thought it might be possible the reception was somewhere up there. It *is* on the 1st Floor, under the giant sign marked "University Club." There is also a with a tiny letter-sized sign propped on the desk saying "Hotel 340." Extremely easy to miss, and its kind of funny that the one sign that is up is for the historic club and not the actual hotel. Hopefully this helps whoever goes after me though!
One final tip - the blinds on the windows don't block out as much light as normal hotel blinds do. I recommend bringing a sleep mask, though the room itself was great, clean, and the bed quite comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel 340 is a 56 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown St. Paul. The hotel is housed in the original University Club building and is listed on the historical register. There are numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as access to the river walk which provides stunning views of the Mississippi river as well as the downtown area. All of the rooms at Hotel 340 include updated flat screen televisions as well as hardwood floors throughout. The hotel's suites feature kitchenettes. Many rooms also boast a river or city view to add to your experience. The hotel lobby provides a spacious area with luxurious couches and chairs to relax in while enjoying a drink from the hotel bar. The second floor mezzanine level provides access to the St. Paul sky-way system which allows for indoor travel to various St. Paul businesses and local event spaces. The Saint Paul Athletic Club is also located within the building and is available to our hotel guests free of charge (MUST BE 18 OR OLDER)! Luxurious steam showers, saunas and a beautifully tiled lap pool is also available to use during their normal business hours. And if you have any extra time, please inquire about their fitness and yoga sessions during your stay! ... more less
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