Each year, from the last week of August to the first week of September, Minnesotans gather for a revered state tradition: the Minnesota State Fair. Held on the state fairgrounds in St. Paul, the fair attracts more than two million visitors, and people travel from near and far to join in the festivities. If you’re heading over to partake of corn dogs and Sweet Martha’s cookies, beat the crowds by securing your accommodations early. Hotels fill up fast, so guarantee a room at one of the best by picking from our list of the top hotels near the state fairgrounds:
A quick jaunt to either Minneapolis or St. Paul, Roseville is the ideal location when the State Fair rolls into town. You can drive, bus, or cab to the fairgrounds while also enjoying great amenities. Start your day off strong with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and a workout in the 24/7 fitness center. Cool off in the indoor pool, then warm up in the hot tub. After you get back from the fair, you’re in luck - each room has a refrigerator and a microwave so you can keep your fried goodies fresh and heat up leftovers whenever you want. This hotel is also close to Rosedale Center, a shopping center with major department stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. So even after the fair has closed down, you won’t be short of fun things to do.
Another convenient fair location is the Home2Suites in Roseville. The clean, modern interiors are welcoming and relaxing. You can kick back by the indoor saline pool, or check out the fitness center, equipped with elliptical, treadmill, and free weights. In the evenings, sip lemonade outside on the patio near the fire pit. If you get hungry, there’s a snack market/convenience mart open 24/7 for all of your needs. There’s on-site laundry so you can wash and dry on demand, and don’t forget the free hot breakfast buffet every morning! A full kitchen including a mini-fridge and microwave will ensure that none of your fair food goes to waste.
While you’re in town for the State Fair, you might want to counterbalance all those cheese curds, cookies, and corn dogs by staying active. The newly renovated Shoreview is the perfect location for those seeking more adventure, with several golf courses and local parks. You can stroll around the gorgeous Como Park Zoo & Conservatory before indulging in your fatty fair favorites! With a 24 hour business center, snacks available around the clock, and a restaurant on-site, the Hilton Garden Inn can cater to any need, day in and day out. Check out our other hotels in north St. Paul.
Another great local option for State Fair accommodations is the Best Western Plus. This hotel is located minutes away from Boston Scientific and Land O’Lakes, making it a perennial favorite of business travelers and tourists alike. The indoor pool and complimentary hot breakfast buffet ensure it stays on pat with its competitors, and there is also a free shuttle service on weekdays that you can use to explore the shopping, dining, and corporate locations closest to the hotel.
A short way down the highway from downtown Minneapolis, the Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located for getting anywhere in the Twin Cities. Start the day right by grabbing a free breakfast before you head to the fairgrounds. Unwind after an exciting day with complimentary coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
When you’re ready to book your trip to the fair, give TPI Hospitality a call to book a room that’s close to the action and reasonably priced!