Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
Disclosure – This is a sponsored post brought to you on behalf of Hilton Rochester. All opinions are 100% that of That Traveling Chick.
When my travel blogger friend, Sheila with That Traveling Chick, asked me if I would be interested in covering an event for her at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area in Rochester, MN. of course I said yes!
Sheila was unable to attend so I got the pleasure of enjoying 2 nights at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area in Rochester.
If ever you are looking for hotels near the Mayo clinic the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area hotel is your home away from home.
While I love traveling around the world, I’m also a big fan of staycations. In fact, I spent an entire summer exploring my own backyard here in Minnesota.
I had so much fun and discovered so many cool areas I decided to extend my staycation experience into the fall.
Hilton’s 100th Anniversary
I’ve lived in Minnesota for 26 years and initially thought I had never been to Rochester (even though it’s only 68 miles from where I live in the Twin Cities).
However, I now believe I’ve visited Rochester (maybe) twice – once to visit friends and then a hockey tournament.
Well, when you’re in hockey mode you really don’t see much other than the rink. It’s always a whirlwind during those tournament weekends.
So I was really looking forward to a staycation getaway with my husband to cover Hilton’s 100th anniversary red carpet event with the Mayo Clinic and to explore the area.
Arrival at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
Even with a steady stream of people checking in, our room at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area was available almost immediately.
Since I was attending on behalf of That Traveling Chick, the front staff needed to confirm a couple of details.
Check out the video I took of the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area Lobby while I waited for my room to be confirmed.
Occupying My Time
Taking this opportunity to walk around the beautiful and spacious lobby and take some photos and video while my husband parked in their adjoining covered parking ramp.
The hotel also offer valet parking and reserved stalls to charge electric vehicles.
In fact, I hadn’t even finished taking photos and a video when the front desk staff person came to find me – which I thought was a very customer-centric thing to do.
No wonder the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area is ranked within the top three Hilton Hotel & Resort properties worldwide for guest experience scores.
Isn’t this an amazing staircase? Makes one feel like a princess or something walking up and down this piece of art.
Hilton and the Mayo Clinic Connection
While Rochester is a fabulous destination for a staycation or vacation, many people are coming for a very different reason.
Many visit for medial reasons and need hotels near the Mayo Clinic, which makes this a perfect fit.
The nation’s #1 hospital and world-renowned Mayo Clinic is located nearby and accessible via the second-floor skywalk of the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area.
This modern hotel was designed to invoke a theme of nature in order to provide serenity for those seeking treatment at Mayo Clinic.
To bring this theme to life, public spaces throughout the hotel incorporate many different tiles, stones and woods.
A giant master staircase featuring hand-crafted wooden rails and granite stairs are positioned as the center focal point of the hotel lobby. (image above and below)
Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area Suite
Take a tour with me of our spacious Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area with beautiful views from the 14th floor (the hotel features 19 floors and 264 room suites).
A Good Nights Sleep
Some of my favorite features include the comfortable sofa overlooking downtown Rochester, the equally comfortable king-size bed, plenty of closet and drawer space, a full-length mirror, a make-up mirror (with a light), an in-room coffee maker, a mini fridge, a safe, complimentary bottles of water, robes and slippers.
And pillows. Now, you may think “pillows? What’s the big deal about pillows?”
I am an unapologetic pillow snob. I cannot sleep without a body pillow.
So I typically pack up my body pillowcase and bring it along and stuff it with a couple of pillows when I get to the hotel (often needing to request extra pillows).
No need at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area.
Plenty of pillows and they were long enough where it wasn’t necessary to need more than one for my body pillowcase (which my husband was grateful as I usually steal his extra pillow).
And the pillows were comfortable where we both enjoyed a good night’s sleep.
A good night’s sleep can never be overrated. You know when you can filter hotel searches with certain amenities? I wish they included a filter about pillows and white noise. I am a very light sleeper and travel with a portable sound machine.
However, it wasn’t necessary with the hotel room’s temperature control fan options (low, high, off). I need that white noise – anyone else sleep with the fan on even in the winter?.
Although we were located in the active downtown area, and our room was near the elevator, and it was the notorious first night in a strange place.
But nothing kept us from getting a good night sleep at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area.
The small things are really the big things
Another small detail why the Hilton Rochester Mayo Area gets my high rating? USB outlets to charge up our phones and iPad – located next to the bed!
How many times have you gone searching for even an outlet in a hotel room? Only to find them hidden behind the bed or over by the coffee maker.
Or only in the bathroom? It’s rare to find them right by the bed.
As a travel blogger who checks her phone as soon as she wakes up and the last thing to put down when falling asleep, this is a huge convenience that adds to a great customer experience at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area.
Red-carpet event celebrates Hilton’s 100th anniversary and partnership with Mayo Clinic
My husband and I were invited to attend a red-carpet event to celebrate Hilton’s 100th anniversary as well as their partnership with Mayo Clinic and its Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative.
From my understanding, this is the largest public-private partnership in Minnesota where these two types of organizations are working together to not only benefit the economic development in Rochester.
But to also offer a global center for the highest quality medical care for patients and the highest quality businesses – like the top-ranked Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area for patients and families of patients.
As soon as we and other ~400 guests arrived at the top of the escalator on the second floor, friendly human arrows (that’s what we called them during our corporate events) directed us to walk down the beautiful red carpet toward the talented violinist.
And, then guests were ushered into one of Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area’s ballrooms for the night’s festivities.
Everything was top-notch from the food buffets (they even had a wall of sushi) to the aerialists performing above our heads to the bar service to the guest speakers (from Hilton and Mayo Clinic) to the local classic rock band, Incognito, to the fireworks display outside the windows.
In my former career as a corporate communications manager, I participated on many event, meeting and convention planning committees over my 25+ years in the corporate world.
So I know personally and professionally all the details and hard work that goes into planning an event that appears effortless and perfect to guests.
With 20,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, I would recommend the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area as the perfect venue for conventions, weddings, business meetings and social events.
They know what they’re doing – and they do it well.
Check out what they have on the fifth floor!
On day two of our stay, I explored the Rochester Mayo Clinic Area to see what it has to offer.
And it’s a lot. If you’re looking for exercise or a place to unwind and relax, you can find much of it on the fifth floor.
One tip about the elevators: Always have your keyless room card handy as you’ll need it to access guest room floors.
Simply wave the room card in front of the scanner on the elevator keypad and then hit your designated floor.
You’ll also need your room card to access the 24-hour fitness center that comes with Precor® equipment – treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and more with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking beautiful views of Rochester.
The fitness center also offers towels and lockers.
And right next door is where you’ll find a heated indoor infinity pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room as well as a rooftop terrace with green space.
Again, you’ll need your room card to access the pool area as well as reentry from the terrace.
Pool towels are tucked away around the corner on the left next to the terrace glass wall.
You’ll find scenic running and bike paths along nearby Zumbro River. Additionally, guests staying on the 19th floor have access to the VIP lounge.
Hungry or thirsty?
Hilton Mayo Clinic Area offers two onsite restaurants and two bars and really who can ask for more when you are staying in a hotel.
If you only need a snack or beverage, you’ll find a small pantry of items available for purchase behind the front desk (you can charge to your hotel room or pay at the front desk).
One note: right next to the pantry is a nice informal and open office space where you can plug in your laptop if you’re looking for a space outside your hotel room.
Benedict’s for Lunch or Dinner
For lunch or dinner, you can find Benedict’s, which dishes up a variety of classic breakfast and lunch options, on the second floor.
This is also known as the skyway level. It leads you to the Mayo Clinic as well as other eateries and downtown businesses.
Businesses such as the Shops at University Square. Benedict’s is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse at the Hilton Mayo Clinic
You can find mouth-savoring dining options at the Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse on the first floor of the Hilton Mayo Clinic Area.
Located in the lobby, this steakhouse offers steaks (of course) as well as seafood, chicken, burgers, salads and soups and an extensive wine list.
They also offer a special drinking food menu if you prefer to sit at the bar (Blue Tavern).
Dining hours of operation are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
They also offer several happy hour options you may want to check out.
On the other end of the lobby, you’ll find The Social – a relaxing bar with TVs turned to the sports channels.
Earn Hilton Honors points – act fast for bonus points
Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program.
To celebrate the hotel’s opening earlier this year, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 points per night for bookings through Oct. 31, 2019 when booking directly with Hilton.
Things to do in Rochester – the City of Care and Innovation
My husband and I ran out of time to explore everything we wanted to do in Rochester – The City of Care and Innovation.
So we definitely plan to return and stay at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area again.
I’ll soon post my top things to do in Rochester and our experience at several area attractions – including the beautiful and historic Mayowood Mansion (pictured above).
In the meantime, you can find a visitor’s guide on the Minnesota’s Rochester website.
A special thank you to the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area and AVRA Hospitality for hosting my husband and me at their special event and at one of their top-ranked hotels in the world. We received the red-carpet treatment from the time we arrived until we checked out.
And thank you to Sheila with That Traveling Chick for asking me to attend on her behalf.
Although we received a complimentary stay at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area in exchange for content, I only share honest reviews and recommendations based on my opinions and my experience.
Karen Mellott-Foshier (aka kmf) is a travel and lifestyle blogger based in the Twin Cities who loves exploring the world with family and friends, yet also cherishes her solo travel, enjoys a good book and is always on a quest to find the best mac and cheese.