I would definitely stay at the Holiday Inn - Lake Elmo the next time we visit the Twin Cities again. The husband and I stayed there for one night. The hotel is located off the highway in a nice quiet area. I also like that there’s a Credit Union across the street and if you head down Hudson Rd, there’s Kwik Trip and just across the bridge are stores like Target and tons of restaurants! We didn’t spend much time in the hotel and had to go to other areas of Saint Paul so it was easy to get on the highway and get to our destination. Even though Lake Elmo looks far on a map, it didn’t seem long to get to our destinations considering all of the construction going on and traffic.
We were on the 1st floor and stayed in the typical standard room with a king size bed. Beds were comfortable. I was pleased with the standing shower and bathroom was extra roomy. This seems to be the trend for newer hotels.
The walls are not as sound proof. Next time I visit again, I’ll probably request a room on the higher floor. I noticed there was a lot of noise and commotion going on above us that would wake us up in the middle of the night. We didn’t get to use the pool but did check it out and it’s quite big. There’s also a hot tub.
One thing to note, if you add breakfast to your package, keep in mind it’s not completely “all inclusive.” Basically, if you add breakfast to your stay, make sure to ask about it when you check-in. The Receptionist will give you a $10 off voucher for each person staying (I think kids are free). Breakfast is through the Machine Shed Restaurant which is connected to the hotel. You can either order off the menu or go with the breakfast buffet which is $10.99 per person. Not sure if the breakfast buffet is only available on weekends but we went with that instead of ordering off the menu.
(The Receptionist that checked us in actually forgot to give us our vouches so we had no idea until the next day when we went for breakfast and had to go back to the front desk .)
We still had to pay the difference for both of us, which was only a few dollars but if I knew this ahead of time during booking, I think we would have opted out and ate somewhere else. In the past, we’d stay at the Holiday Inns Express and breakfast was always included so we had no idea what to expect.
Another thing I noticed with the hotel was with the carpets in the halls. Not sure if they were being replaced or something else was being done with the carpets but it was noticeable they were really loose and some areas had rugs over them to cover the looseness.
Overall, comparing the price of our room to other Holiday Inns around the area our stay was pleasant and I will definitely stay there again next time we visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay just 10 minutes from downtown St. Paul at the Holiday Inn and Suites - St. Paul, Lake Elmo. Recently renovated, this property offers a welcoming decor and modern furnishings. Located conveniently close to downtown St. Paul, we are within minutes to the 3M Headquarters, Bremer Financial, Andersen Windows, Target, and Hartford Insurance/Woodbury Financial. We are also close to great shopping and dining in Woodbury, and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Enjoy our amenities such a complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, our 24-hour business center, new redesigned fitness center, large indoor pool and spa, and the award winning Machine Shed Restaurant. Our elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites are perfect for the busy business traveler or a family traveling to the St.Paul/Minneapolis area. With over 6,000 square feet of event space, Holiday Inn & Suites Lake Elmo offers the perfect space for corporate events, business meetings, weddings, and various social gatherings. Our unique ballroom, The Pavilion at Lake Elmo, provides guests luxury and comfort with its vaulted ceilings, large windows and wooden beams. Our professional event planning staff and full service catering team are here to make each event a memorable experience. Traveling frequently with Holiday Inn? Ask to sign up for IHG Rewards on your next visit to earn points for your travels! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Lake Elmo
- Wildwood Hotel Lake Elmo