Midwest Living Review
Occupying the top floors of The Kahler Grand Hotel, this property is designed for guests who demand high-end personal service -- and have a high-level credit card limit to go with it. Its 44 upscale rooms are well appointed but not fussy, with flat-screen televisions, on-demand movies, DVD and CD players, cable and Wi-Fi access, and a handy in-room printer-scanner-fax-copier. Rates also include a complimentary European-style breakfast (hot items, plus cheeses, cold cuts, crusty bread and such), afternoon tea and evening hors d'oeuvres served in the private lounge. Comfortable and convenient? Certainly (well, except for the Internet access, which proved difficult). Worth the eye-popping rates that start at $450 and climb all the way to $3,000? Hardly. The room appointments and other amenities are really nothing you wouldn't find on the concierge floors of any fine hotel in any city. The International Hotel's rates reflect its wealthy international clientele -- that would explain the international newspapers, multilingual staffers and four Mideastern cable channels -- who are here as patients, or families of patients, of Mayo Clinic. If you're like the Saudi Arabian royalty that snaps up 28 rooms without a blink, then the rates aren't an issue. But most visitors will find the city's other hotels offer plenty of comfortable accommodations at more realistic rates.