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AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center – Mankato, MN

By • Sep 2018 • Category: Business Snapshot (Sponsored)

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AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center Sales & Events Manager Taylor Besse and General Manager Ashley Sprenger.

Only The Best for Their Guests

The newly-remodeled AmericInn has been hosting Mankato visitors for over 20 years.

Many businesses have come and gone on Stadium Road, but the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center has managed to thrive for 21 years at its campus location in Mankato. Over the years, the hotel has grown and changed several times. In 1999, twenty rooms were added, and in 2008 a Conference & Event Center was created, along with four extended-stay suites with kitchenettes.

Most recently, the AmericInn underwent a million dollar renovation. General Manager Ashley Sprenger is thrilled with the upgrades, and appreciates the positive feedback from guests and the local community. “It’s a lot more modern than the typical AmericInn that has the lodge feel to it.”

“We remodeled all of our guestrooms, a little bit of the conference center, our lobby, our pool, and added a meeting room where breakfast used to be.” Ashley is particularly excited about the new breakfast area. “Bringing it out to our lobby was the best decision we made. The old breakfast area was way too small.”

The AmericInn hosts many youth and university teams who stay the night for weekend tournaments. “They all come down to breakfast at the same time.” Ashley was determined to design an area that encourages an efficient flow during breakfast. “We have so much more space now.” The new breakfast area allows the AmericInn to offer more options than other hotels. In addition to cereal, juice and pastries, they are now able to offer eggs, breakfast meat, Belgian waffles and pancakes.

The entire renovation took more than six months to complete, and Sprenger faced many challenges during that time. “We saved the lobby for last so we would have as little impact on our guests as possible during the renovation.” Sprenger’s commitment to providing “the best for our guest” began eight years ago when she started her career with AmericInn as a housekeeper.

The room that was formerly used for breakfast has been remodeled and converted into the Minnesota Room, a flexible space that can be used for corporate meetings and trainings, team gatherings, groom’s dinners, and so much more. Sales & Events Manager, Taylor Besse looks forward to getting creative with this space and all the possibilities it creates.

The Conference Center also received a facelift and brand-new AV equipment. Besse loves the flexibility this space offers. “There is a divider wall down the center so we can create two even galleries when needed. We have two new projectors and wireless microphones. Our screens come out from the ceiling and they can be moved to any side of the room depending on the groups’ needs.”

Besse strives to promote the Conference & Event Center throughout the community, attracting new and repeat groups with the modern and flexible spaces she can offer. Besse is committed to paying attention to every little detail, and delights in hosting BNI meetings, Skillpath trainings & seminars, as well as an annual Kwik Trip hiring event.

Sprenger and Besse expect the renovation to offer more opportunities to serve the Mankato community. “We’re here for you. If you haven’t been here in awhile, stop in and check us out!”

Americinn Hotel and Conference Center

Location: 240 Stadium Rd, Mankato, MN 56001
Built: 1997
Remodeled: 2018
Phone: 507-345-8011
Visit: Website

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