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“This place was incredible. Staff helped me with medical ER's in the middle of the night.”

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The Towers at the Kahler Grand Hotel
Ranked #27 of 52 Hotels in Rochester
Boca Raton, Florida
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“This place was incredible. Staff helped me with medical ER's in the middle of the night.”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

This place doesn't just have awesome staff, the rooms are like apartments. Really nice apartments. Super clean and this is another hotel that makes you feel like royalty. You kind of get the feeling that a lot of Mayo Clinic people stay here since it is right across the street.

Great place.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Eagan, Minnesota
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Stayed here for a three day conference a few weeks ago. Loved it!! The front desk were very helpful and accommodating. I got exactly what I had requested when I made the reservation. The room was on the tenth floor and was very quiet. You would not remember that a VERY busy reception area and hospital were a short elevator ride away. The decor was up to date and modern. Housekeeping straightened up every single day. The room was nice and fresh smelling by the time we came back each day. The hotel is the top two floors of the Kahler Grand hotel and so just adjacent to the Mayo Clinic.There are stores right across the street and up the road. Excellent hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Mexico, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the International Hotel. On both visits the rooms have been very nice, the hotel itself, located on the top two floors of the Kahler, is very quiet and private. If you need a quiet place to recover, this is it. The 24 hour lounge is good when you can't sleep and need to rattle around outside your room a bit. The concierge service is truly spectacular. They made any request my wife or I had come true. I heard "we can do that", or "I can get that for you" numerous times. From getting the exact newspaper we wanted to making more salmon appear at the complimentary breakfast in the lounge, they are there to make our stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. These people are used to working with world leaders, celebrities and royalty and it shows. Pure professionalism.
Another big plus is being able to take an elevator directly to the connector to Mayo. You never have to go outside. I can be from my room to the 15th floor doctor's office in well under 10 minutes.
Also close via sky walk to a Barnes & Nobel located in a refurbished theater. It's pretty neat. Tons of food options close by, many offering al fresco dining. A lot of art near by--explore the neighborhood if you get the chance.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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chicago
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

I stayed at the International Hotel during a visit to the Mayo Clinic. I had stayed at the Doubletree and the Marriott previously, and wanted to compare the International. It is a nice place, but I am not sure that I would stay again.
PROS:
High end finishes. Mahogany woodwork, nice furniture, nice bath with slightly outdated finishes.
24 hour lounge with concierge
Key access only floor
Quiet, unless you are near the elevator.
Very clean room
CONS:
saggy bed
elevator bangs when it runs
very very slow internet in lounge, none in room (and lots of attitude from the front desk after an hour with tech support)
temp controls in room don't work
few places to sit comfortably in lounge
meager food choices in lounge
no ottoman for chair in room. This is the worst after a day of walking the Mayo Clinic.

Being a repeat Mayo visitor, I have 4 things that I would like at the end of a long day-
a place to rest my weary feet in my room, a concierge lounge to have breakfast and a hearty snack in the evening (many times you just don't want to leave the hotel) with a comfortable place to sit in the lounge, and internet access, and a clean room. Unfortunately the International provided only one of these.
They do provide a turndown service with a handful of loose pretzels and some root beer barrel candies. (????) No mat provided by the side of the bed.
Would I return? Probably not for the value and comfort. The Marriott and Doubletree both offer concierge floors with plenty of amenities for a much lower price and equal comfort. If you need total privacy, however, this may be your place.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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milwaukee
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

I was booked at the Kahler Grand and the second I saw my room (the 2nd time I had been there) I switched to the International. I was there to be with my dad while his wife is at the hospital, and he loves the Kahler, but I never realized the International was within the building. The second I go off the elevator it was completely different! the carpeting, the doors, the whole atmosphere! I had a room with 2 queens because my brother was there that night, and the room was huge and beautiful. There was a nice sitting area with a 1/2 bath, then the separate bedroom which was huge. Both rooms had their own tv. The beds were plush and the bathroom gorgeous! The conceriege service was wonderful, there was a nice breakfast, afternoon tea and snacks and drinks later. After getting back from the hospital late I went up to the lounge to ask the conceriege where I could get a glass of wine, and he very kindly brought me one. (Room service only sold bottles), the lounge was also open 24 hours and had soda/juices/water available. Loved everything about it!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
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Brookfield, WI
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

I've stayed all over the city on business and there is no comparison. Bathroom is right out of a Martha Stewart photo shoot -- granite, marble and brass fixtures. I didn't want to get out of bed it was so comfy. Loved the concierge lounge with the free breakfast and afternoon appetizers. Only gripe would be that I wish they had true High-Def signal on flat screen (I know it's being picky!).

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Chicago
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Reviewed 22 October 2006

I just stayed at the International Hotel and I loved it.
5 Star service from the Concierge to Housekeeping. The room was extra large, with flat screen tv's, you even had your own phone number to the room. The Concierge lounge was wonderful from the Breakfast, afternoon tea and the snacks at night.
THIS HOTEL IS TOP OF THE LINE!!!! If you have a chance PLEASE choose the INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Towers at the Kahler Grand Hotel
Address: 20A 2nd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3040 (Formerly International Hotel)
Region: United States > Minnesota > Rochester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 52 Hotels in Rochester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Towers at the Kahler Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Towers at the Kahler Grand is Downtown Rochester's most luxurious destination. Comprised of 44 high-end accommodations and featuring an exclusive lounge with dedicated service staff, the Towers at Kahler Grand Hotel is the city's only 5 star amenity hotel - and it is connected directly to Mayo Clinic via climate-controlled skyway and subway pedestrian walkways. Every stay at this luxury hotel in Downtown Rochester is enhanced by expert concierge service, access to a private lounge with European-style breakfast, daily afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and an array of fine after-dinner liquors. The hotel's discrete private spaces include multiple sitting areas and a private meeting room. ... more   less 
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