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Rivertown Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Stillwater B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chanhassen, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

We celebrated our first Valentine's Day at this Inn in 1984, and with our children finally old enough to be left home alone, we went back to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. We plan to return again! We stayed in the Christina Rossetti Bedchamber, since I am a fan of Pre-Raphaelite art. It was lovely--cozy, comfortable, and very clean. (A very large person may not be comfortable in the attached bath, since it is a very efficient use of space.) There are curtains separating the bath from the bedroom--no door, which is fine for intimate couples. The ventilation was great, with a remote controlled AC unit as well as a gas fireplace in the room.

Check-in time is 4 pm, and if you are there promptly, you will be able to see the other rooms before they are occupied. They are all different, so it is fun to include this on your tour of the house.

The food and wine were great. There was a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room (along with bottles of water). The social hour from 5-6 pm offered delicious snacks (cheeses and crackers, including one that was homemade using cheese, salami, fruit, etc.). Get there early though, since the offerings were not replenished.

Breakfast was served at 9 AM, and we came downstairs to find beautifully set dining room tables. The five courses filled us up so much that we didn't eat again until 5 PM. It was very delicious, health-conscious food, prepared in house with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. It was presented beautifully, and the chef explained each course.

The porch and gardens of the beautiful property were also very inviting, and we look forward to sitting outside during our next visit. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood up the hill from the downtown, an easy walk.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the Oscar Wilde Suite and the experience was a perfectly romantic get away. The room was exquisite...feeling more like an apartment in some palace then a carriage house suite in MN. It provided a wonderful escape and an ideal reteat to reconnect and rediscover. Then, as if the room was a secondary part of the experience, each morining brought a delectable breakfast that is engagingly explained by Chef Remler and expertly presented. The staff is tastefully unobtrusive as they carryout their tasks and yet remain primed to provide for each and every special request as needed.

Although this was our first B&B experience I sense it is unique in it's offering and rare in it's execution. We will be back!

  • Stayed May 2012
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minneapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012

My husband and I loved celebrating our anniversary here at The Rivertown Inn in Stillwater, MN. We stayed in the Lewis Carroll bedchamber tucked under the eaves on the third floor. It had a very comfortable king sized bed, fireplace, whirlpool hot tub, and whimsical decor. I especially loved the dangling pocket watches, quirky mirror, and beautiful chandelier. There is a terrace just outside the room to step out onto to look at the view and stars. We were welcomed with a tour of the house and wine with scrumptious horsderves. There was a refrigerator filled with Fiji waters and sodas, and a tray full of cookies. The service, chef, gardens and detail of the house were outstanding! A top-notch breakfast was served by the chef who came out to give an intro. to each course. Delicious! Stillwater is a great town to visit as well. I highly reccomend staying at the Rivertown Inn!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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eagan, mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

We've been to the Rivertown several times and will definitely go back. The rooms have been updated over the last couple of years to make them even more comfortable and cozy. On our last visit, we stayed in the Tennyson suite. Two fireplaces (one gas--near the bed and the other electric--near the sitting area), a HUGE tub, cozy sitting area and very comfortable bed made the room wonderful. We enjoyed the social hour with several different wines and a big assortment of crackers, crisps, cheeses, meats, and fruit and brought some homemade cookies back to the room with us for an evening snack. We chose to have the continental breakfast delivered to our room in the morning. The chef delivered it personally and set it up in the room. He brought everything (fruit compote, baked oatmeal, scones, muffins, coffee, and orange juice) except the vegetable strata which was only being served in the dining room. Overall, a relaxing stay.

Room Tip: Rooms on the third floor (Tennyson suite, Lewis Carrol room, and the Jayne Austen stuite) are a bit...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

This was an incredible experience, and our favorite Bed and Breakfast by far. The home is furnished with unbelievable artifacts and eclectic furnishings. It is kept up to the best of standards with many different types of rooms to choose from .We stayed in the Lewis Carroll Bedchamber on the top third floor. It was very unique and immaculate, complete with a whirlpool tub and your own fireplace!The king sized bed was awesome, with wonderful linens, pillows and trappings...LOVED IT! We had our own bathroom and the stay was quiet and peaceful. The staff was wonderful, attention to detail was important to them to help make your stay memorable. The chef was entertaining and informative when we attended the breakfast in the morning. The meal was excellent, all local goods and organic, and we enjoyed meeting the other guests staying as well.After questioning the others who were also there, all were pleased with their rooms. The gardens are beautiful and I only wish the weather would have cooperated even better to spend some quality time out on the porch and wandering about.....definately worth a return visit. I would highly recommend a stay here.

Room Tip: You may want to stay on the main floor, second floor , or the Carriage House ( suites), as the third...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Rivertown Inn perched on the top of a hill in Stillwater is absolutely beautiful. We reserved the Agatha Christie Grand Suite in the carriage house. I was stunned at the feeling you get when walking into it. As the hostess pointed out all the amenities and and gave us our key stamped with the word Agatha, we were taken back to a time of opulent luxury on the Orient Express. This suite gives the impression that you are traveling in your own private accommodations on that train. Every attention to detail and comfort is evident here. The hot tub is in a separate room and is huge with colored underwater lights and lovely robes and bath products. The bath room is another separate area and features a steam room and rain shower. We loved the wonderful king size bed and gas fireplace. The lighting creates a mood with dimmers and softy lit Tiffany lamps, it is extremely romantic! Coffee is delivered to your door each morning, nice to have in your private garden area. They serve an excellent breakfast and the staff was amazing. They are dedicated to your privacy and comfort. Everything was perfection!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

We attended an event in Stillwater, which is why we decided to stay at Rivertown Inn. Our stay in the Alfred, Lord Tennyson Suite was too short. We didn't spend much time in our room or at the house, but the time we did spend there was very comfortable. The staff of this beautiful bed & breakfast have paid close attention to every detail, soft towels, quality toiletries, and romantic decor. The grounds were well kept and inviting.

Our special, five-course, themed breakfast was well researched and delicious. I enjoyed that Chef Ray explained how each dish was prepared as it was served, and especially loved the house muffins.

I did have a couple of small issues that I brought up with management, and they were resolved quickly and graciously. Very much appreciated!

I can't wait to stay here again and explore more of this amazing property.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rivertown Inn
Address: 306 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4932
Region: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Stillwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Rivertown Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1884 at the height of Minnesota's logging boom, Rivertown Inn is a magnificently restored lumber baron mansion turned boutique-style inn offering sumptuous suites, impeccable service and extraordinary luxury. The inn offers seven individual suites and two bedchambers, each with a unique literary-inspired decor featuring elegant furnishings, rare antiques, live-flame gas fireplaces and private spa-quality baths. Indulge in a gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef and in the evening, gather for light hors d'oeuvres and fine wines at evening social hour. Enhance your stay at Rivertown Inn with a variety of unique packages designed to add to your special memories. Rivertown Inn also offers fun and informative monthly cooking classes featuring hands-on instruction and plentiful food and wine samplings. ... more   less 
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