Apr 19, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
The city of Minot is probably most well known for the major Air Force base it hosts that bears the same name, but it's also a major regional center for commerce and the arts. Minot also regularly draws aviation history enthusiasts, visitors to the Roosevelt Zoo, and tens of thousands of attendees of the annual North Dakota State Fair.
Due to regular business and military traffic, Minot has a sizable inventory of hotel rooms. There are also a good range of options from budget to upscale three-star chains.
Outside of the North Dakota State Fair, which takes place each July, Minot is not a major tourist destination. Hotel price spikes are more likely to be caused by an influx of military personnel transitioning to the base, or oil company workers being temporarily housed. Some other events that bring decent traffic into the city include the Big One Art & Craft Fair in November and the Norsk Hostfest in September / October.
As far as seasons go, summer is definitely the most pleasant time to visit. Expect biting cold and heavy snow from early November on that can potentially last into April.
In recent years, the oil boom at the Bakken field put pressure on all types of nearby housing and hotel inventory. As of 2017 there is no longer nearly as much activity, however, and hotel prices in Minot have stabilized. On the average night of the year, expect rates that would generally be considered reasonable for any average city in the country - starting at about $40 USD per night for budget hotels, and ranging up to $100-120 USD for the very best properties.
If you want to be as close to the North Dakota State Fair as possible (or Roosevelt Park or the Nodak Speedway, which are both in the same area) your best bets are the Holiday Inn or the Fairview Lodge, both of which are in walking distance. Most of the other lodging options in the city are centrally located near Highway 83 and are a short and easy drive, however.
If you're visiting the Air Force base, it's located about 12 miles north of the city along the 83. There are no closer hotel options than the ones available in the city.
Don't expect resorts or five-star rooms in Minot, but there are some very nice upscale business-oriented chains. These include the Hampton Inn & Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express and La Quinta. And while the name "Vegas Motel" might not immediately make one think of upscale lodgings, it's actually one of the nicer places to stay in the city and hosts regular live music performances.
Minot is home to quite a few of the national budget chains like Econo Lodge, Days Inn, Super 8 and Microtel. Expect normal rack rates of around $40 to $50 USD per night. You'll find a few local motels that might do even better on price.