Stayed for one night at the Covington Inn on our way down the Mississippi. Not the easiest place to drive to, given the construction works on the access road, but Liz the comprehensive directions we got with our booking confirmation were easy to follow.
The 'Inn' has ample, well lit parking and a gentle ramp down to the jetty where the boat is moored.
Our room (the masters's quarters) was on the upper deck, with direct access to a spacious seating area overlooking the river and downtown St Paul. Impressive views by day: Spectacular by night. Great photo opportunities of the nighttime skyline and the tugboats going up and down river. For the middle of the city it was remarkably quiet, with only occasional sounds of traffic and trains across the river.
The room is up a narrow circular staircase, so not disabled friendly, but the downstairs rooms have relatively easy access.
Access to the city centre is over a pedestrian bridge and a lot of steps, but taxis are available.
Liz, the manager, was very welcoming and knowledgeable about local amenities. She's a wee gem and obviously works hard to make you feel at home.
Coffee was all set up the night before for those getting up early. The pleasant sitting room is a great place for breakfast, or just using the free - and fast - wifi and watching the river roll past.
We spent most of our time on the boat looking over at the high-rise Crowne Plaza, thinking how much more enjoyable it was here than being stuck in a cookie-cutter chain hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Covington Inn is a B & B on a renovated towboat on the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul. Come and relax on the deck all night and order in pizza or go to a fancy restaurant across the river. The four guest rooms all have private bathrooms, fireplaces for heat in the winter and air conditioners for the summer. This is a casual and comfortable romantic inn and the innkeeper is on-site for whatever help you need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Covington Hotel Saint Paul