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Holiday Inn St Paul Downtown
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Saint Paul
Reviewed November 29, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for the second time, and just like last time it was really nice. The hotel has been completely renovated, so apart from the slow elevators, it's pretty much brand new. The room was very clean and modern, the views of the river and bluffs were *amazing* and the hotel is perfectly located (about 2 blocks from the downtown core). The pool/whirlpool is very nice, as is the connected restaurant (The Liffey). All of the staff we encountered were very friendly, particulary the housekeeping staff.

Also the rate was only $110 plus parking (about $10 per day I think)...which is a great value for a downtown hotel, especially such a good one.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

I recently stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown/RiverCentre for a conference that was being held across the street. The hotel was very convenient to the Xcel Center and the RiverCentre (where the conference was held). The streets and area were very clean, friendly, and easy to navigate. There are many little bars and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, and I even found a place to get my hair cut.

My room was also always nice and clean. The heating/cooling unit, though, was loud and it seemed rather inconsistent. We never changed the temp, but some days it seemed very cold and other days it was hot! And ask for a room on the "inside" of the hotel. Our room was right on 7th Street and there was also a lot of traffic noise.

A few times on my trip I was in need of a quick bite, snack, or convenience item. There are no stores or places like this around the hotel - that is really my only complaint. I did eventually find a Walgreens which was a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel, toward more of the "downtown" area with bigger buildings.

Sometimes the front desk staff were helpful, other times they didn't seem familiar with the area. So be prepared to possibly do some area research on your own. Good examples - the staff helped me easily find a hair salon and also helped with bus schedules (which I later learned were outdated, but still fairly helpful) to get to the Mall of America. Bad examples - When asked where the nearest car rental facility was, no one could come up with an exact location or the name of the company so I could look it up myself.

The wi fi worked great in the room.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not on 7th avenue - traffic and bus noise was loud coming from the street!
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Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

When we arrived, we discovered that we had the wrong room type. One of the people with us had to sleep on the floor. We were stuck with that for two nights. The check in agent was unapologetic. She seemed to think it was somehow our fault. Then she was aburpt and somewhat rude. We were not compensated for the mistake.

The rest of the staff was friendly. The location is awesome if you are going to the Xcel Centre. The hotel is clean and was reasonably quiet.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Despite its reasonable price, our room was fairly spacious and included a microwave and refrigerator. Bed was nice and firm. Location was truly downtown, within easy walking distance of interesting antique shops. on 7'th street. Great 30's-era diner (MIckey's) just a few blocks up 7th street.

The in-hotel restaurant (the Liffey) was a decent Irish pub/sports bar, although service was way too slow. This didn't bother us because we were in no great hurry, but keep it in mind if you eat here. We were eating with a large group (about 12 people). They did have the good sense to bring out kids' food first.

The bar was fun, with interesting beers/ales on draft.

There were two hockey nights at the Excel center during our stay. Perhaps we were just lucky, but there wasn't a noise problem from this. We were on the 4th floor with a view of 7th street and the Excel center.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

I stayed at this hotel because it was close to the Excel Center for a concert I went to. The management were great at keeping things quiet at the hotel after the concert, they mentioned they hired security to allow their guest a peaceful stay. Usually guest at hotels after a concert can be pretty wild but we never heard any problems. The hotel is very nice, and in a very good area of town. The staff were friendly and very helpful. I would stay here again when I'm in St. Paul!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Pam W
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Excellent affordable hotel for attending events in downtown St. Paul. A snowstorm extended our wonderful stay for an extra two days due to cancelled flights and the Holiday Inn staff accomodated us with no issues. Room service breakfast from the Liffey is first rate.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

We have stayed here several times when my wife and I were attending Xcel Center events.
The hotel is well kept and staff very accommodating. Reasonably priced for its location. The pool is quite small, but then we are downtown.
The best part is The Liffey, an authentic Irish pub on the first floor. Nice beer selection, great ambience and friendly staff. All this and you are a two minute walk from front door of the Xcel Center.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the elevators
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 175 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2520
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Saint Paul
Price Range: $125 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn St Paul Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover all that downtown St. Paul has to offer at the convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn Hotel St. Paul-Downtown. You are in the heart of it all! If you are attending a hockey game, concert, or convention, you are across the street from Xcel Energy Center and the RiverCentre Convention Center. If you are visiting St. Paul on business, then you will appreciate staying within 4 blocks of Travelers, Infor, Ecolab, and many more companies. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America are only minutes away. If you are planning a family vacation, you are steps from the Science Museum of Minnesota and a short walk to the Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Children s Museum, Palace Theater, and the Ordway Center. We are also the closest hotel to Children's and United Hospitals. While you're here be sure to visit St. Paul's only authentic Irish Pub, The Liffey, located in our hotel. ... more   less 
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