Where is the Republican National Convention?

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

  • Maxine

    hmmm, I guess Wyoming is stuck in Shoreview? That’s kind of a bummer! How is this decided?

  • Minn whaler

    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.

  • Bob Collins

    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.

  • Lily

    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!!

  • Bob Collins

    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.