After speaking to a number of hotels, we determined that the group rates are generally a bit higher than just booking the room, so we did not block rooms.
Here are four hotels near the Science Museum.
The St. Paul Hotel 651-292-9292; high end, on Rice Park, across from the Ordway Theatre.
Closest to the event, walking distance, and very nice (Triple AAA ratings etc.) and expensive.
As of mid-April from the website: price/night for the Friday and Saturday in June: $209 plus taxes.
Holiday Inn Downtown 651-225-1515; Less costly, also close and still easily walking distance.
Only a block from the main event, it has an Irish pub in the place (The Liffey) and right down the street from the best Twin Cities pizza and one of the few Cannoli places around (Cossetta’s).
As of mid-April from the website: price/night for the Friday and Saturday in June: $124 plus taxes.
Crown Plaza Hotel: 651-292-1900. This was the Radisson and a very nice place back in the day. By June 1, they will have completely remodeled half the rooms from the studs out and by July 1 the hotel will be called the International.
As of mid-April from the website: price/night for the Friday and Saturday in June: $126 flat rate plus taxes.
Hotel 360: 651-280-4120. This is a boutique hotel built on the upper floors of classic St. Paul Building. It isa bit further away, but still a comfortable walk.
The prices run a full range with different size rooms. $109/night for an efficiency to $219 for a 2 bed/2 bathe suite. Parking is $17/day. There are other parking ramps around the area.
St. Paul is a city, a small city by some measures and the downtown is compact enough to walk practically anywhere. The St. Paul Cathedral is matched by the Capitol and either end of the John Ireland Avenue on the high points in the city. The Mississippi runs through the city and the Science Museum looks out over the river. It is a great city to walk around in and relatively quiet in the evenings.
The new green line of the light rail runs directly into downtown St. Paul. A single transfer to the blue line gets you to and from the airport and there is a blue line stop less than a mile from our house. There are bus options for transport as well, and metro transit has a good “plan your trip” section of its website. If you choose to rent a car, remember you are in a (small) downtown and will need to pay for overnight parking in a ramp.
Our suggestion: look at the websites and book now, ahead of the last minute, on your own, without any room blocking for the event. Call if you want more information.