A number of dependable, brand name motels can be found nestled amongst the emerald green valley of Mankato, Minnesota. The year round warm weather, created by a fissure in the earth's crust that heats the surface air, draws scores of tourists each year and has resulted in an abundance of lodging accommodations. Most of the area motels, however, are geared more toward those who are traveling on a budget and do not require the high-end amenities consistent with large scale hotels.
The 56-room Comfort Inn is conveniently located close to the Mankato Regional Airport, River Hills Mall and Old Main Village, the latter of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The pet-friendly property features a safe at reception for stowing valuables, an indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, valet cleaning service and free bus parking for large tour groups. In addition, a continental breakfast is offered complimentary to all guests. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, all with pay-per-view and Wi-Fi; some also have a microwave and small fridge. FEMA-approved government travelers are eligible for discounts, while frequent guests may earn points through the Choice Privileges rewards program, which can be redeemed for gifts, free nights and airline miles.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
The AAA-rated three-diamond Country Inn & Suites By Carlson sits right at the intersection of Highways 14 and 22, next door to the Grand Champions Sports Complex and less than five miles from the Carnegie Art Center and Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Motel amenities range from a fitness center to a guest laundry to an indoor heated pool and spa. Additionally, corporate travelers can make use of an unstaffed business center with computer and printer, FedEx/UPS pick-up, and more than 4,500 square feet of meeting room space. Guests get a free breakfast with eggs, waffles and fruit, while an adjacent T.G.I. Friday's serves lunch and dinner. Rooms come standard with easy chairs, work desks and 32-inch flat panel HDTVs. Children 18 and under stay free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Fairfield Inn Mankato
The 100% smoke-free Fairfield Inn is a Marriott-owned property providing easy access to local points of interest such as the Mount Kato Ski Area and Minnesota State University campus. Recreation includes nearby hiking and biking trails, bowling and horseback riding as well as an on-site swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel also offers express check-in and check-out, valet dry-cleaning and free newspapers in the lobby, while front desk staff can assist guests in setting an appointment for a body scrub or massage down the street at the Liv Aveda Salon and Spa. And dining options include more than a half dozen restaurants of all kinds within a mile. Guests can choose between rooms with one king, one queen or two queen beds, all with plush pillow-top mattresses. No pets are allowed on the property.
Super 8 Mankato
The Super 8 Mankato is an AAA-approved budget motel located off Highway 169 near the scenic Minnesota River, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy golfing, fishing and scenic nature walks. Late summer also brings Minnesota Vikings fans, with the training camp just around the corner. Guests can make use of an on-site health club, wake-up service and light breakfast served daily, which can be delivered right to their rooms. For lunch and dinner, local eateries like Ruttles, Happy Chef and Pub 500 are all close by. Room choices include smoking or non, handicap accessible and pet-friendly. Cable TV with HBO and free wireless Internet are standard, while some rooms even have recliners. Special discounts are available for government employees, AAA cardholders and seniors with AARP membership.
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