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Archer House River Inn
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

We stayed at The Archer House when we went to Northfield to visit our daughter and friends of ours. We spent one night at The Archer House and found it to be a nice, quiet place to stay. The lobby is quiet and nicely decorated. We chose a lower price room because we would be arriving rather late and leaving early the next morning. We felt like we were staying in someone's home - very lovely decor. Our room was very small so next time we would choose a more expensive room. There is a shower curtain for a door to the bathroom which might bother some people and we didn't have a hair dryer and they did not have one at the front desk. These things didn't seem to matter as the atmosphere was so unique and it was a nice change from staying in a chain hotel. We also enjoyed dinner and drinks in their basement. Delicious food and relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank travelgirls2
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

This is an old hotel with a lot of what I'll kindly refer to as "character". But, options are limited in Northfield and in our experience Archer House offers the best accommodations in the area. Front desk and staff are friendly and helpful, rooms are clean and location is ideal for visiting Carleton and St. Olaf. The recent renovation is complete and we found our bed to be very comfortable and everything in the room other than the black out shade to be in good working order.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank FormerCheeseHead
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Sadly while the location is terrific and staff is good the beds are so uncomfortable in some of the rooms one cannot sleep. Plus wedding central the weekend we stayed and LOUD!!!

The staff tried to get it under control to no avail.

This experience could be so much better with some money invested in better beds and doors on the bathrooms. Ewww. Love the idea of the old hotel and does have it's high points but twice in different rooms beds very unforgiving.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank triptroll
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

If you are looking for a cookie- cutter hotel, go else where. If you are looking for a historic hotel under renovation with spectacular views downtown and of the river, this is perfect. It reminds me of Fitger's in Duluth (although without the brewery).

  • Stayed: October 2010
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1  Thank r0b1nh00d
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

This was the worst hotel experience we've ever had, and that's saying something. The room was right above the fan for the restaurant, and the air being pumped upwards was rank. It smelled like sewage, not exactly a come-on for the Tavern Restaurant. There was no door on the bathroom, and the bathroom had a window right next to the pillow of the bed. The room was so small you could not lie on the floor and when my husband could not sleep (mattress was so soft and tilted it was impossible to find a comfortable position), he lay down on the floor in the little hallway by the door.

Surprisingly, there was a great restaurant on the premises called Chapati. It was closed on Monday, so the first night we had awful greasy food at a pub down the street.

Room Tip: There may have been better rooms. Overall maintenance seemed very poor though.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank savvyT
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