The people of St. Paul, bless their hearts, have spent a considerable amount of energy in the last few months, reminding the national media and anyone else who would listen, that the Republican National Convention is in St. Paul.
That's not entirely true. The arena at which the nightly sessions are held is in St. Paul; that's true. But a convention is much more than the nightly session. Many of the official events of the week will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center. And the "core" of the convention is usually at "the official convention hotel." That's in Minneapolis (the Hyatt Regency). Moreover, the convention is wherever most delegates end up hanging out. That's not St. Paul either.
Of the 56 delegations attending the conventon, 26 of them are staying in Minneapolis, 18 in Bloomington and only 5 in St. Paul (Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas).
The social center of the convention is likely to be in two locations: the Mall of America and Nicollet Mall.
Looking to meet some rootin' tootin' delegates? Here are the delegate hotels:
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
hmmm, I guess Wyoming is stuck in Shoreview? That's kind of a bummer! How is this decided?
Maxine , et. al.,
Shoreview is not a bad place to be when you consider, S. Dakota and Connecticut in Maple Grove.
This isn't real estate Maxine, it's politics and numbers, numbers, numbers = location, location location.
Gotta say, as a "local" would rather be in Shoreview than Bloomington.
Nothing against Shoreview but if you're in Bloomington at least you can GET to Mpls. After you finish spending time at the Mall of America.
I think we should all head for the Country Inna nd Squites in Bloomington and take the Northern Mariana Islands delegation out to eat or something.
I'm guessing that's one lonely delegation.
Actually, Shoreview is on 15 minutes from downtown--closer than Maple Grove. We are equidistant to both cities. So Wyoming is a lucky state indeed! Shoreview was also recently voted one of the top 10 Cities in which to raise a family. So there you have it!!
But I believe Maple Grove was rated #1 on the "Great places to raise your family for only 5 days" list, Lily.
It was close, though, from what I understand.