For the past 14 months, since my wife was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, we've stayed in Rochester, MN in a few various hotels. In one stretch, my wife spent from April through December 2011 in Rochester, and every 2-3 weekends, I'd bring the kids down to see her.
She is now at home and has appointments every 4-6 weeks.
One of our favorite places to stay is the Hampton Inn and Suites.
The Hampton Inn is located on the north side, and has shuttle services running quite regularily to the Mayo Clinic.
Their staff is world-class, greeting me by name, and even greeting me in the same manner when I just spent 7-8 hours in the car and am half-asleep.
Their continental breakfast is outstanding. After about the tenth time I've stayed there, I've only seen a hot menu item more than twice. They have so much variety, it's amazing. They even have an assortment of muffins, bagels, and english muffins.
They have an exercise area and even a pool, accessible through the second floor. It's typically open until midnight, and there is both a regular pool and a sizeable hot-tub.
The manager, Dan, is the epitome of world-class, always friendly and is a very hands-on manager. I've seen him many times out sweeping the parking lot or driving the shuttle van. On one occasion, my youngest daughter was acting up. Dan came up to us, asked if she was alright, and offered her a small piece of candy. She immediately smiled. The gesture made her day.
The Hampton Inn and Suites is located just off of the main Highway 52 North. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, as well as a Target and Wal-mart.
Out of five stars, I give them a full five.