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“Surprise in St. Paul”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel 340

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Hotel 340
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis
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143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Surprise in St. Paul”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

I live in the Twin Cities and had no idea this hotel was here. Located on the top floors of the University Club, Hotel 340 provides convenient access to downtown St. Paul. There is a large construction project going on in downtown St. Paul and access to the hotel is difficult, but surprisingly we were not disturbed by construction noise. That being said our room was off of the construction street. Rooms are large, beds and bedding comfortable and upgraded showers were a plus. Hardwood floors in the rooms and ours also had coffee machine and refrigerator - great for our traveling family. Although the University Club does provide a "continental breakfast" (think cereal and bad muffins), there are a few better alternatives within walking distance. Best part about this hotel is its excellent downtown location - within walking distance to the Ordway, Science Museum, and Farmer's Market. A very nice surprise and pleasant alternative to other hotels in the area.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2011

Stayed at this hotel for two nights in June 2011 for a wedding. Could not have asked for anything better. This is the perfect boutique hotel with rooms that are each unique and offer upscale, upgraded decor and amenities. This is a great alternative to all the branded hotels you see everywhere. The manager was great and provided the best service to our entire group. If your looking for luxury with terrific customer service at an affordable price, this is the place to stay! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2011

The aura is awesome, the history is fantasic, Ryan the manager is doing a great job. I travel 250 days a year all over the globe and this hotel has now become a staple for me for business or pleasure. I can't say enough about it. Get the bigger room for 30 dollars more, trust me you won't regret it. This is not a bed and breakfast, it is a grand hotel. The suite has a sectional couch, 46in TV, free Internet, free dish tv, and the 60000 sq foot athletic club opens labor day. St Paul is awesome during the summer.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

I have mixed emotions about this hotel. The lobby and front desk is in a beautiful open area with a great look. The rooms are up at the top of the building, and looked great, with hardwood floors. The bed was comfortable, and everything we needed was there.

The bathroom situation was a little strange. Because these rooms used to be half the size, with shared showers down the hall, the room's shower is split from the rest of the facilities. An odd configuration, but we managed to work with it.

The employees were great when available. They seemed to be doing more than one job at a time, so it occasionally took longer to find someone, but once you did, they didn't stop until you were satisfied, and were very flexible with schedules.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Hotel 340 during a trip to St. Paul to see a Wild hockey game. The locations was just perfect. We were able to walk to and from the game even on a cold MN winter night. We stayed in Room 1112. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated, and had decent city views. We loved the hardwood floors and the big comfy king bed. We woke up to a bright sunny room and it made for a wonderful start to our day. The bathroom is tiny, but manageable, The only issue we had during our stay was that we don't know the skyway system very well so it took us a little while to figure out how to get to the hotel from the parking garage. We definately will be staying at Hotel 340 for all future St. Paul stays.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2011

Stay was a great pleasueable experience, old world sophistication pleasently updated wonderful in room accomodations.
It appearrs that further updating is proceeding rapidly will be even better next time.Front Desk was a wonderful new experience we are in Hotels 35 nights a year some creditability in this review.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel 340

Property: Hotel 340
Address: 340 Cedar St, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1100
Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Saint Paul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel 340 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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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