Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Minnesota is frequently referred to as one of the United States’ most LGBTfriendly states. Though legislation outlawing same-sex sexual activity remains on the books, it has not been enforced since 2001 when the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
Rochester has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Bachelor Forum or Avenue Pub & 140 Alex Bar & Grill are the most famous gay bars in Rochester, MN.
Rochester is a city on Lake Ontario, in New York State. Old industrial buildings cluster near the Genesee River’s High Falls. A vast collection of toys and dolls forms the core of the Strong National Museum of Play. The George Eastman Museum, on the early-1900s estate of the Kodak founder, has photography exhibits, film archives and gardens. Rochester Museum & Science Center has hands-on displays and a planetarium.

Top attractions to visit in Rochester

1. The Towers at The Kahler Grand 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester

The Towers at The Kahler Grand
The Towers at The Kahler Grand

This Rochester, Minnesota hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from the Mayo Clinic via pedestrian walkway. A classic European breakfast is served daily, and each guest room includes a flat-screen cable TV.

Free Wi-Fi is provided in every elegant room at The Towers at The Kahler Grand. An in-room iPod docking station and refrigerator are included for additional convenience.

An indoor pool and a fitness centre are available at The Kahler Grand Towers. Guests can make use of the on-site business centre, as well.

The Lounge hosts an evening cocktail reception and afternoon tea hour. Room service options are prepared daily.

Set atop the historic Kahler Grand hotel, this upscale hotel is connected to the Mayo Clinic via a skywalk and pedestrian subway.

Plush rooms and suites come with marble en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour telephone access to a Mayo Clinic nurse (fee). Some suites add kitchens and fireplaces.

A complimentary breakfast buffet is provided, as well as all-day light snacks and nightly cocktails. Other amenities include an indoor rooftop pool, a sauna and a fitness center. On-site parking is also available (fee).

The Towers at the Kahler Grand is Downtown Rochester’s most luxurious destination. Comprised of 44 high-end accommodations and featuring an exclusive lounge with dedicated service staff, the Towers at Kahler Grand Hotel is the city’s only 5 star amenity hotel – and it is connected directly to Mayo Clinic via climate-controlled skyway and subway pedestrian walkways. Every stay at this luxury hotel in Downtown Rochester is enhanced by expert concierge service, access to a private lounge with European-style breakfast, daily afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres, and an array of fine after-dinner liquors.

The Kahler management and staff go well beyond normal expectations to provide a level of service that makes guests feel valued and cared for. They have a genuine appreciation for their customers and a sincere desire to especially help those who are staying at the hotel in order to be in close proximity to Mayo Clinic. I highly recommend this hotel.

I have been staying at the Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester for over ten years. It is a consistently positive experience – from booking to departure. Staff is genuinely polite and caring and strives to accommodate every need. The concierge floor is “over the top” from comfort and service.

The Towers is a separate hotel wing of the Kahler Grand. It was handsomely remodeled maybe five years ago. The Towers is accessed by room card in the elevator and is concierge-based. The decor is transitional, not heavy and old but also not stark and cold contemporary. We’ve stayed several times. It is a sweet experience, convenient to the Mayo Clinic, and consistent from stay to stay. Great staff from management to housekeepers. Highly recommended.

This is “the” place to stay in Rochester. It is a bit pricey, but worth every dollar. The Kahler Towers is very very comfortable and the staff is exceptionally accommodating.

Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester
Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester

How much does a room costs at The Towers at The Kahler Grand ?

Prices start 180$/night for Executive King Room. The Executive Suite is  230$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Featuring a flat-screen cable TV and a spacious seating area, this suite also offers an iPod docking station and a fridge.

Where to book online – The Towers at The Kahler Grand  – Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN  – you can find the best hotels deals in Rochester during Lilac Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Rochester MN on  or  or and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN

Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

This non-smoking hotel has rooms with cable TV, a complimentary breakfast and a free grocery assistance service. It provides laundry and dry cleaning services. Apache Mall is 2.5 miles away.

Residence Inn Rochester’s rooms have modern furniture which includes a pull-out sofa bed. Room amenities include pay-per-view and a cozy fireplace.

Each room has a well-equipped kitchen area which is fitted with microwave, stove and dishwasher. The open-plan kitchen joins up with the four-seater dining table.

Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area organizes regular social events during the week. It features a small picnic area where guests can enjoy barbecues.

In the bustling Downtown district, this casual extended-stay hotel is a 10-minute walk from live music and sports at the Mayo Civic Center, and a 13-minute walk from the Rochester Art Center.

Streamlined suites, ranging from studios to 2-bedroom units, feature kitchens, living areas and pull-out sofas, plus flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemakers.

Hot breakfast is complimentary. There’s a gym, a BBQ area and a convenience store, as well as a business center and a meeting room. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available, and parking is offered for a fee.

All the comforts of home, all the convenience of a hotel, directly connected to The Mayo Clinic via an underground walkway. Our all suites hotel offers full kitchens in every room as well as complimentary breakfast, a lounge area and an outdoor patio to enjoy.
Fairly new and friendly staff. On the subway system and close to the Mayo complex. Rooms are quite small but adequate. We had a one bedroom suite with a complete Kitchen. Quiet and windows ventilate. You won’t be disappointed. A nice Marriott property.

 I found this to be a nice home away from home. Spacious rooms with convenient furnishings- desk, table with two chairs, sofa, plenty of outlets to charge devices.

I most appreciated the evening social hour with free appetizers and drinks. While we were there this was held 6-7:30 Mon-Wed. There was also a nice full breakfast each morning.

Staff were friendly and accommodating. Bed very comfortable. Location of the hotel is approximately two blocks walking from Mayo Clinic. You can walk outside or underground in what they call “the subway”. Please note there are no subway cars/shuttles in this subway, it is a walking area only.

The staff is great and very friendly. Anna at the front desk was consistently helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. She was able to direct me when I needed help and extend my stay when circumstance changed. Big shout out to her.The room was very nice. Large space with full kitchen as you expect at residence inn. The hotel was quiet and the beds very comfortable. Plenty of space to store what I needed. Housekeeping kept it clean and well supplied.

The hotel is a little older, but done up so nice you hardly notice. The suites are very spacious: kitchen/living room combo attached to a bedroom/bathroom combo. TVs in both the living room and bedroom. Wifi included. Free snacks from 5 to 7 pm (not the greatest) but their breakfasts are very good and complete.
Try the fresh made cinnamon rolls. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Water temperature could use a boost as the showers were not the warmest. Indoor parking is $20 a day and is very convenient and attached to the office lobby. The prices are a bit steep. But so are all the other hotels in the vicinity. Tunnel access to the Mayo is a great perk. We asked for extra pillows when we booked and they were there ready for us. I will stay there again.

 A really nice morning breakfast, “subway” access to the Mayo Clinic (about a 5 minute walk inside away from the weather), and a great staff. I always use the complimentary grocery shopping service to take advantage of the suite’s kitchen and a laundry room on site is a definite plus! Other parties staying there also commented within my hearing that this was a great place to stay. The bed is very comfortable, the rooms clean, all the basics plus.

Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN
Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN

How much does a room costs at Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area ?

Prices start 190$/night for Queen Studio with City View.The One-Bedroom Queen Suite with Sofa Bed and City View  is  221$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a seating area, cable TV and kitchenette.

Where to book online – Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic Area  – Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN  – you can find the best hotels deals in Rochester during Lilac Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Rochester MN on  or  or and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Aspen Suites – Rochester 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Rochester Minnesota 

Aspen Suites - Rochester
Aspen Suites – Rochester

Offering a free transfer service to the Mayo Clinic Campus, 1 miles away, this all-suite hotel features a kitchenette with a stove and dishwasher in every room. The hotel is located across the street from St. Mary’s Hospital, and it offers complimentary WiFi.

A 32-inch flat-screen cable TV, microwave and refrigerator is offered in every accommodation at Aspen Suites. Guests can enjoy the included sofa bed and work desk. Extras include a recliner chair and coffee machine.

A fitness centre, on-site convenience store, and hot tub are offered for additional guest convenience. There is a 24-hour front desk and gourmet coffee is available in the lounge 24 hours a day. Guests can make use of the 24-hour business centre.

This casual all-suite hotel lies across the street from the Mayo Clinic and 3 blocks from Highway 53.

Subdued suites come with kitchenettes, dining areas, and sitting rooms with pull-out sofas, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and desks. Upgraded suites add separate bedrooms.

Complimentary perks include continental breakfast, guest laundry facilities, a shuttle to the Mayo buildings, heated underground parking and a DVD library. There’s also a fitness center, a business center, an arcade game room and a 24-hour convenience store.

Welcome to the Aspen Suites in Rochester, MN! Located just off of Highway 52 and less than 10 miles from the Rochester International Airport. Whether you are in town on leisure or business travel, we invite you to experience our award winning hotel which is conveniently located directly across the street from St. Marys Hospital and less than 1 mile from downtown and the Mayo Clinic.

Local businesses include IBM, Schmidt Printing, Kemps, Benchmark, University of Minnesota Rochester, and Rochester Community and Technical College.The Aspen Suites is an all suite hotel designed to let travelers feel more comfortable! Guests may choose from our studio, one bedroom, and the two bedroom/two bathroom suites; all featuring fully-equipped kitchens complete with full size refrigerators, 2 burner stoves, microwave oven and utensils.Our spacious living areas offer comfortable furniture and televisions with a DVD player.

All rooms come with free high-speed Internet (wired and wireless), two phone lines and personalized voice mail, ample closet space and storage areas, 24-hour business center with computer terminals, complimentary guest laundry, fitness center, and whirlpool spa. All guests will enjoy a free deluxe breakfast every morning and an evening Suite Social on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings where we serve a light snack.

The Aspen Suites is great choice for those looking for a suite for an extended stay. The rooms were large, nicely decorated and comfortable. My room had a comfortable Queen bed, large couch, easy chair, as well as a nice size kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, range, and dishwasher.

Every staff member I encountered couldn’t have been more helpful and pleasant. The complimentary breakfast was so-so but my expectations are never high for hotel freebies. The dining/waiting area is warm and comfortable.

This is probably the most convenient, certainly to the Francis building. The underground parking would be a great plus in the snowy icy months. There is actually a garage door and it is enclosed which would make it much more comfortable!

The room is very nice with sleeping quarters separate and behind a door, and the kitchen is actually stocked with plates, silverware etc. There is a two burner stove and a full-size refrigerator, coffee pot and microwave. The breakfast is pretty much the same as Springhill suites. But Springhill Suites, while it has a kitchen sink microwave and refrigerator, does not have plates/glasses, etc. or a stove. I don’t think anybody can out do the Springhill Suites staff on Minnesota nice though, they are some awfully nice people!

Bottom line, Aspen costs more than competitors, nicer rooms/full kitchenette than the competitors; climate controlled parking, no frequent flier program, right across street from Francis bldg.

Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester

How much does a room costs at Aspen Suites – Rochester ?

Prices start 124$/night for Queen Studio. The One-Bedroom with Two Double Beds is  141$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Featuring a kitchenette with microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator, this suite offers a separate seating area and a sofa bed. Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV are provided.

Where to book online – Aspen Suites – Rochester  – Gay Friendly Hotels Rochester MN  – you can find the best hotels deals in Rochester during Lilac Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Rochester MN on  or  or and see more  reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.