The number of hotel rooms in Winona is growing, but many groups feel there are still not enough.
Pat Mutter, director of Visit Winona, said her staff frequently fields calls from people coming to Winona who can’t find rooms.
Mutter says events in the city continue to grow that prove difficult to book rooms for, whether they’re graduations from one of the colleges or universities, music and cultural events, or corporate-sponsored gatherings.
Local arts organizations have similar observations. Dave Casey, assistant director for the Mid West Music Fest, said the group hears comments and complaints from both attendees and acts performing regarding the lack of hotels room space, particularly in the downtown area.
Mid West Music Fest emphasizes promoting Winona’s downtown and the walkability of the different festival venues and events, but Casey says – “Then you can’t walk to your hotel,” unlike the La Crosse leg of the Midwest Music Festival.
There are plans for more Winona hotel development. In addition to the reopening of the AmericInn in its new spot on Pelzer Street, which brought 70 rooms, the planned hotel at 946 Mankato Ave. would add almost 100 more. The development agreement for a four-story, 96-room Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Hotels is under discussion and moving to the City Council this month.
A smaller number of hotels is proposed for downtown Winona as part of a larger development project as well.