Dear Macalester Students and Families:

Today we are able to share additional information about the hotel option we will provide for student housing.

The college has contracted with the Drury Plaza Hotel (175 10th St E.). Residential student-athletes are required to live at the Drury unless they receive an approved housing exemption. Depending on the number of other (non-athlete) students who select this option, returning third-year and fourth-year students whose housing contract was voided and those who are on the waitlist due to fall 2020 study away cancellation may be housed at the Drury or, if the demand is too great, at a second nearby hotel. The amenities at this second hotel may be different.

The Drury Plaza Hotel is located in the Lowertown residential neighborhood of St. Paul. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the college will fully rent the hotel. This means that Macalester students will be the only occupants. The college will have full control of the hotel and will operate it as an extension of our housing program. Should the college need to close based on public health guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, students will be required to depart and will receive a room and board refund for the remainder of the semester. As they would in a residence hall, students will be required to vacate the hotel during the winter break closure. However, their personal belongings may remain in their room.

Hotel access is only available by key card. Residents must have their key card to enter the hotel. There are surveillance cameras covering the parking lot and hotel entrance. The hotel also has 24-hour front desk staff and an overnight security guard patrolling hotel hallways and the parking lot.

The college will run a shuttle service to transport students to and from campus. In addition, the hotel is a 10-minute drive from campus. There is a light rail stop three blocks from the hotel and a Metro Transit bus stop (Route 63) four blocks from the hotel. The bus ride is about 20 minutes from the hotel to campus. Students with cars will be able to park them for free at the hotel. Hotel parking is street-level.

Rooms are suite-style and will include bedding, a desk, sofa, TV, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, a mini-fridge, and a microwave. Housekeeping will come into the rooms once a week to change the linens and do a light cleaning. Students may opt-out of weekly housekeeping. Beyond this weekly service, students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean. Students will provide their own toiletries. Macalester’s Information Technology Services team will work with the hotel to ensure the wi-fi meets the needs of our students.

Because storage is limited, we recommend that students only bring the items they need. While we are working on a space to accommodate bikes, there are not currently bike racks.

Although we strongly encourage students residing in the hotel to select an on-campus meal plan, students residing in the hotel are not required to do so. A hot breakfast will be provided each morning at the hotel. There is a Lund’s grocery store located 1.5 blocks from the hotel and a number of restaurants within walking distance. There will not be any space available for cooking.

The hotel will follow the state’s COVID guidance, and those public health protocols being used on campus will apply to the hotel. Lobby furniture will be spread out to support social distancing. The hotel pool will be closed, and the fitness room will require reservations.

Detail on move-in and shuttle schedule between campus and the hotel will be provided later.

Coco Du
Assistant Dean for Residential Life


Published: 7/13/2020