I’m not a fan of Big Hotel lodging. I don’t usually need concierges, and lobby bars, and exorbitant fees for internet access. When I do stay in chain hotels, I prefer Residence Inns, because I’ll take room comfort over squads of service staff to appease my every whim.
The Wales House is essentially a boarding house, and a very nice one at that. It’s run by a very friendly couple who live there, with their daughter and their very pretty dog Sky.
The room rates are cheap cheap cheap, and with it you get a very clean room, free wi-fi, and a light breakfast. There are no teevees in the rooms, but there are two teevees in the House’s spacious common areas.
It’s also almost ideally located. It’s very close to the main drag in Dinkytown (the neighborhood of the U), which means it’s a short walk to Al’s Breakfast, my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis, as well as bookstores, coffeehouses, and the like. It’s also a very pleasant walk from downtown, which you can make across the Stone Arch Bridge.
Heading towards downtown, across the bridge
So, if you’re plans are taking you to Minneapolis, even if on business, consider the Wales House!