Hotels, Motels and Lodging in Rochester Minnesota

By: George Wellington

Before taking any type of vacation, one of the most important things to consider is where one will be spending the night. When visiting Rochester, MN, the quest to find an affordable hotel or motel may be even more important if that visit will require an extended stay in town due to multiple trips to the Mayo Clinic. Lodging in Rochester can fulfill almost any over-night need with a wide range of places to stay. These include hotels, motels, campgrounds and RV parks, bed and breakfasts, extended stay options, and a few non-profit locations associated with the Clinic. Prices range from under $50 to over $100, depending on location, amenities, and type of accommodation.

Although Rochester is one of Minnesota's larger cities, there are still a few RV parks and campgrounds to stay at that offer a more rugged visit. For those who desire a sturdy roof over their head, however, the traditional motels and hotels are available as well. Although many people now making the terms interchangeable, motels and hotels do differ. A motel, short for motorists' hotel, is basically a small collection of rooms that face a common parking lot. Usually, there are not many amenities offered at a motel, but this is not always the case. Luxury motels do exist. Hotels, on the other hand, are larger buildings that provide the same function, but offer more amenities, such as a restaurant, a swimming pool, meeting or conference rooms, and exercise equipment.

Rochester also offers a few Bed and Breakfast (B&B), or guesthouse, options. These establishments are ones that offer a place to stay, as well as breakfast, in return for payment. Most often, they are simply private homes with one or two rooms available for guests to stay in, but occasionally they are homes with historical significance or ambiance.

If your stay in Rochester is a result of a visit to the Mayo Clinic, almost all of the available lodging options offer a Courtesy Clinic Shuttle. This provides an easy and effective way of reaching appointments on time, without having to worry about parking. Many people visiting the Clinic require multiple visits over a period of a few days. Traditional lodging may be fine for those people, but if visits are necessary for weeks or months, other options may be necessary. One can find those in extended stay apartments located throughout the city. Also called apartment hotels, these locations offer a flexible type of accommodation. Length of stay can range from a few days to months to years, with prices that are usually cheaper than standard hotels. The process is similar to renting a real apartment, but in this case, there are no fixed contracts. Occupants can leave whenever their business is concluded.

There are also three non-profit lodging options that are directly associated with hospital patients, most commonly visiting the Mayo Clinic, including the Gift of Life Transplant House, Hope Lodge, and the Ronald McDonald House. Gift of Life Transplant House offers a high quality and affordable place to stay for transplant patients and their families. Hope Lodge is a temporary living area for cancer patients and their families, and the Ronald McDonald House gives support and lodging to families of children who are receiving care at the Mayo Clinic. These three places do all that they can to make living easier during times when emotional strength is being tested. They offer a high-quality level of care and hospitality that will not be forgotten.

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