Greater Grand Forks: A Tale of Two Hotels
Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba travel and food blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.
Accommodations abound in Greater Grand Forks. There is truly a room for every traveler – whether you need the comforts of home (and more) or are in search of a rock-bottom deal. Let’s look at a couple of options.
We have been staying at the Travelodge for so long that we still sometimes call it by its old name – The North Star Inn. There’s something to be said for a hotel that retains customers for decades upon decades. What the Travelodge might lack in fanciness, it makes up for in service and value. I’m not sure you can find friendlier front desk staff anywhere. And it’s not just one individual that stands out. They are all a joy to deal with and they always have been. The rooms are big – likely the biggest hotel rooms we’ve ever seen, each outfitted with a microwave and fridge. It has an old-style pool area and that means the pool itself is big – perfect for a game of keepaway with family and friends. The hot tub area was recently upgraded. The two older tubs were replaced with a large one. The pool lounge area is a great spot for flipping through the newspaper on a Sunday morning. Each stay includes a free buffet breakfast complete with make-your-own-waffles.
You know you’re on vacation the minute you walk into the contemporary lobby of one of Grand Forks’ swankiest hotels, the Hilton Garden Inn. Sumptuous sofas and comfy chairs are clustered around a fireplace that’s always glowing. There’s complimentary tea, coffee and cookies waiting for you. The hotel is connected via a skyway to the University of North Dakota, making it the most convenient place to stay if you’ve got business at the university. But even if you don’t, it’s an awfully nice place to be. The rooms feature plenty of room along with a microwave, fridge and coffeemaker. There’s a pool, hot tub and well-equipped fitness center. This hotel has an on-site restaurant, a bit of rarity in Grand Forks. The All American Grill serves a made-to-order breakfast along with a generous buffet table packed with fresh fruit, cold cereal and baked goods. The restaurant is also open for dinner and room service.
Anyone interested in booking a room at one of these fine option or any other in Greater Grand Forks, can do it right from the lodging section of the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website.