Sat next to a couple from the Greensboro LOC during the Gala and Sheraton has invested millions in renovation to the point of tearing out the old drywall. Independent restaurants, not hotel related are still a minimum and I was told to go to an area of town called Friendly. I did enjoy Old Salem last time as well as the warehouse called Replacements that has practically every pattern of china known to man, as well as, a cool museum in the back.
Going back to a city within a few years comforts me because I still remember the rink layout, hotel distance and other landmarks. No orientation needed.
I'm told that no hotels are within easy walking distance by those who attended last time. Can anyone tell me if there has been any new development near the arena since then. Is there anything closer - walkable?
No hotels within walking distance. There is only one BBQ restaurant within walking distance.
I'm sure Chipso1 would love to see warmer weather in Saint Paul. Just checked weather.com and the forecast for Saint Paul for January 20 is a high of 12F and low of -15F. Forecast for Tuesday January 21 is a high of 1F and low of 0F. I haven't decided about 2016 U. S. Nationals yet, but I'm not really counting on warm weather .
At the Greensboro booth in Boston, I was told there would be a parking pass offered for $30.00 for parking at the arena for the whole week. Sounds like a good deal to me. I'm fortunate I live close enough to drive (8 hours) and will have my car. Also, a work friend offered me a free place to stay 40 minutes away.. Thinking about it.
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I liked the shuttle service in Greensboro. Had no problem getting to the arena. The downside for me in Greensboro was getting back to the hotel. It seemed like a kind of long wait for the shuttle and then it would sit for quite awhile until every seat was full. I also had a friend who drove and dropped me at my hotel a couple of nights, so my experience getting from the arena to the hotel was limited to 3 nights.
Weirdly I had the opposite problem in Boston. It seemed the way the routes were set up was to pick up fans at the Westin and Renaissance and then the Seaport Hotel. On Thursday morning I was the last person to board an early shuttle that was almost full when it stopped and quite a few fans were left waiting for the next shuttle. On Saturday morning I was not able to board 2 shuttles because they were already close to full. I finally got on a 3rd shuttle (so waited 1 hour). Getting back to the hotel at night wasn't a problem and I always got on the shuttle within a few minutes.
Thanks to all for providing feedback on parking/shuttles. It's a 12-13 hour drive so if I go, I might think about the benefit of having my own car there! (and being able to take a LOT more stuff along than I could on a plane, LOL!)
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2014 has been bitter (down to minus 30 at times)... even those of us who live here were complaining (although as I write this, it's 32 degrees and very pretty out). Nationals last a week... it's possible to have days of bitter and days of "not so bad" in the same week.
Yes, I completely understand....I live outside Cleveland and last week we had a low of -11F with a windchill of -30F. Today its about 26F and more cold air is expected with lows below zero. I thought the shuttle in Saint Paul worked out very well. I did not stay on the skywalk because the hotels were more expensive. As I recall the volunteers did an excellent job at the end of events of lining people up inside the Xcel Center until the appropriate shuttle appeared. No one was allowed to stand outside and wait. I thought they did an excellent job! Also, for the people who are thinking about going there were also shuttles to the hotels that were on the skywalk though I don't know what the plan is for 2016. The skywalk hotels were about 1/2 mile and some people dealing with physical problems were not able to walk that far.
I have no idea what the plans are, and certainly the Skyway hotels would be the most convenient; there's also Holiday Inn (I think it's a Holiday Inn) a couple blocks from the Xcel that's not on the Skyway. For people that don't care about being able to run back and forth between the arena and the hotel quickly, an alternate plan would be to stay in one of the downtown Minneapolis hotels (there are more of them, and might be slightly less expensive because they have to compete with each other) or The Commons Hotel on the U of MN campus, then just hop on the Light Rail which should take you really close to the Xcel. It would be far cheaper, and faster, than driving and parking every day.
Do you know what the closet light rail stop to Excel is?
It will be the "Central" stop (the "Green Line" of the LRT is scheduled to open this Spring), about 5 blocks away - looks like it's right by the Hotel 340, which would give it access to the Skyways. If you look at this map (http://www.metrotransit.org/metro-system ), the Blue Line is open now, the Green Line will be open this year.
Thanks for the map impromptu
A friend and I just put in our ticket order! I haven't been to nationals in years and she's never been. We'll book our room once we know what the schedule will be. We're getting all-event tickets.
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