Had a wonderful night here. I only wish I could have stayed a second night, but they were completely booked. There are only about 10-some rooms in the hotel - not even enough for our group. If you are thinking about staying here, I'd book early and get the room you want.
We came up with a paranormal group, and did an investigation at the hotel. Compared to the hotel that we stayed at the second night - this place was a dream. I will say that if you stay on the second floor you will hear the people walking around above you, and you may here the people talking in the rooms next to you, but it wasn't that bad. It's an old building - and it wasn't any worse than the 100 year old apartment I live in, so I was used to it. Bring earplugs if you think it will bother you. The AC drowns a lot of it out.
There are some repairs needed in the hotel - it seems as if the roof leaked at some point, and there is a sign at the desk explaining that they were advised not to fix anything until the insurance claim is settled. The room I was in, room 11, seemed to be well kept.
The staff was extremely attentive, and even served us food well after they should have been closed, because our investigation ran until 2AM. Occasionally, you have to track someone down if you need something, because they do not sit at the desk - they keep very busy.
I got to see the inside of one of the rooms that had 2 queen beds. The room was unusual, because as you enter their is one room with one bed, and then you go through a doorway where the other bed is, and there is a hall that leads to the bathroom - but you would have to walk through the second bedroom to get to the bathroom.
I did have an experience in the hotel. I saw a woman (ghost) leaning over our bed at about 4 AM, but it disappeared as soon as I saw it. I was so tired, I just went to sleep after it happened.
I only have a couple cons about the hotel:
If you are sensitive to scents, this might not be the place for you. They use heavy air fresheners here, because there is a fertilizer plant down the street. If the wind hits just right, your room might smell like poo - so that's why there are air freshener plug ins and stick ups everywhere.
The drapes on the bathroom are a little strange. I can understand some of the tight spaces, it might be better to use a drape instead of a door, but in our room, the drape for our bathroom only covered about 3/4 of the doorway. If you are staying with people that you are a little shy about doing your business around, than this might be a problem, luckily I was staying with my boyfriend - and we simply gave each other space when one of us was using the bathroom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel where author Sinclair Lewis worked for a short time. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palmer Hotel Sauk Centre
- Palmer House Hotel Sauk Centre, Minnesota