For the money, this was a good place to stay. I needed to be within walking distance of Mayo's downtown campus, and this fit the bill. Despite the winter weather, I only had to walk outside a short block before I entered the Subway (the underground walkway that connects to the Mayo buildings, shops, and restaurants.)
The price was good, especially compared to the hotels attached via the Subway. However, you must adjust your expectations. This is an old property, and frankly the rooms can use some updating. The lobby is having a partial renovation, which is a good thing. I hope they continue and repaint it, the elevator, and the other common areas.
My room was clean, and passed my barefoot walking test. The kitchenette had a microwave and fridge with freezer, a full size sink and cabinets. That was great as I could store all the non-perishable items away. To me, that helps make it feel more comfortable.
The room was large, and I had a desk and table. There was a loveseat but it was awkwardly placed, so I didn't use it. I had a corner room, which was very quiet, but the window was small and the layout a bit longer and narrower than other rooms. The small window made it darker than I prefer, and the lighting was barely adequate for me.
Furnishings were OK, but the bathroom seriously needed updating.
My biggest complaint was housekeeping was pretty spotty. I always had clean towels, and the bed was made, but the sink wasn't always cleaned, I ran out of tissues, and I never got the right coffee packets for the in-room machine. Normally I wouldn't care, but the coffee downstairs at the continental breakfast was weaker than the single brew coffeemaker.
The breakfast was OK, but it's a continental, so no eggs or protein (other than peanut butter). They did always have fresh fruit, and it was a nice assortment in great condition.
I was pretty much only in the room to eat dinner, sleep, and shower, so it was fine. If I had to spend a full day in it tending someone who was ill, that could be a problem. It all depends on your personality and preferences. Compared to other nearby places, though, the price was much, much better. If you need proximity to the hospital in particular, it's a great location as the Mayo shuttles only run on weekdays, and if you need to visit on weekends you can walk.
In the summer weather, walking should be more of an option. However, in weather with biting wind chills, 5 blocks is a long walk, let alone walking a mile.
I'd stay there again, but you need to be able to manage your expectations.This is modest pricing, not luxury, and you can't compare it to a new property. Most of the people who stay there are Mayo patients and families, and try to save where they can. This is an option.
For a stay of more than a week or two, I'd personally look at the properties that offer a kitchen with a stove and full size fridge. However, you either pay substantially more, or must ride the shuttle or taxi to the Clinic, so it's a balance of activity and accessibility.
The front desk people were wonderful--warm and welcoming, and very helpful.
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