The GOP is out with a list of hotels where delegations will be staying during the Republican National Convention. Like the floor seating arrangement (still to come), it's a good chance to view how much punch a state has in the big scheme of things.
Sorry, South Dakota, Connecticut and Puerto Rico. Enjoy the view out in Maple Grove. Even American Samoa got closer to the action.
As for Minnesota, it gets the downtown Hilton Garden Inn. It's not exactly the St. Paul, but it's among the closest hotels to the Xcel.
So who gets the St. Paul Hotel? Arizona, of course, home of the convention's star.
It's interesting that only 5 delegations are being housed in St. Paul, the official convention city. And the official hotel for the convention -- and this is important because it's where a lot of the action happens -- is the Hyatt... in Minneapolis. So the bulk of the delegates and media will only have to come to St. Paul for a few hours each evening.
Here are the assignments:
Alabama - The Marquette Hotel
Alaska - Ramada Mall of America
American Samoa - Four Points by Sheraton Minneapolis
Arizona - The Saint Paul Hotel
Arkansas - Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Airport
California - Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Minneapolis South & Sofitel Minneapolis- Bloomington
Colorado - Four Points by Sheraton Minneapolis
Connecticut - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Maple Grove Northwest Minneapolis-Arbor Lakes
Delaware - Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites - Minneapolis
District of Columbia - DoubleTree Guest Suites Minneapolis
Florida - Minneapolis Airport Marriott
Georgia - DoubleTree Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place
Guam - DoubleTree Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place
Hawaii - Embassy Suites Bloomington
Idaho - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Illinois - Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Indiana - Embassy Suites Bloomington
Iowa - La Quinta Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington West
Kansas - Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Bloomington at Mall of America
Kentucky - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Louisiana - Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North
Maine - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Maryland - Embassy Suites St. Paul-Downtown
Massachusetts - Crowne Plaza Bloomington
Michigan - The Northland Inn
Minnesota - Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul City Center
Mississippi - Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Airport
Missouri - Ramada Minneapolis Northwest & Water Park
Montana - Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites - Minneapolis
Nebraska - Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites - Minneapolis
Nevada - The Saint Paul Hotel
New Hampshire - Hilton Minneapolis
New Jersey - Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
New Mexico - Holiday Inn Minneapolis Metrodome
New York - Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Northern Mariana Islands - Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Bloomington at Mall of America
North Carolina - Holiday Inn Minneapolis Metrodome
North Dakota - DoubleTree Guest Suites Minneapolis
Ohio - Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis & The Marquette Hotel
Oklahoma - Four Points by Sheraton Minneapolis
Oregon - La Quinta Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington West
Pennsylvania - Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
Puerto Rico - Courtyard Minneapolis Maple Grove/Arbor Lakes
Rhode Island - Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South
South Carolina - Hilton Minneapolis
South Dakota - Courtyard Minneapolis Maple Grove/Arbor Lakes
Tennessee - Ramada Mall of America
Texas - Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul-Riverfront
US Virgin Islands - Radisson University Hotel-Minneapolis
Utah - Sofitel Minneapolis - Bloomington
Vermont - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Virginia - Radisson University Hotel-Minneapolis
Washington - Crowne Plaza Northstar Minneapolis-Downtown
West Virginia - Crowne Plaza Bloomington
Wisconsin - Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Wyoming - Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis St. Paul-Shoreview
The East Metro didn't get any convention money (a Sheraton is being built in Woodbury that some officials had hoped could attract some business).
The East Metro didn't get any convention money
No matter which definition of "East Metro" one uses (Ramsey, Dakota, Washington counties / 651 area code / 550, 551 ZIP Codes), I count four listed hotels (three in downtown St. Paul + the Hilton Garden Inn in Shoreview) as being in the East Metro.
It's somewhat puzzling that the Holiday Inn River Center, which is literally across the street from the Xcel Energy Center, isn't begin used — maybe that's for the media.
Sorry for the confusion, my definition of east metro, is east of st. paul. I realize the usual definition is east of Minneapolis.
In any event, St. Paul is playing second fiddle on the convention. Not surprising, I guess.