Minneapolis’ Hyatt Regency to be GOP committee HQ; McCain likely gets St. Paul Hotel?

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis will be the headquarters for the Republican National Committee, but the official convention business will be conducted 10 miles away at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.

Maria Cino, convention CEO, announced the headquarters this morning at a St. Paul news conference. She said the hotel’s size, space and meeting rooms were all factors in selecting the headquarters, as well as assigning state delegations to 35 area hotels.

Those hotels — most of them in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington — will house the delegations from the 50 states and six U.S. territories. The Courtyard Minneapolis in Shoreview, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park seem to be the furthest from the action in St. Paul. Cino said delegates will be housed no further than 35 to 40 minutes away.

Sixty-six other hotels will house the media and other visitors. All those hotels, too, Cino said, are within the 35- to 40-minute range from Xcel.

The Minnesota delegation gets to stay in downtown St. Paul, at the Hilton Garden Inn. South Dakota gets Maple Grove. And Arizona gets the St. Paul Hotel, where, presumably, John McCain would stay.

In all, organizers have reserved 16,000 rooms in 101 area hotels; GOP officials expect 45,000 delegates, media and other visitors.

Here are the official delegation hotel assignments for the 2008 Republican National Convention:

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 and 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

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