I spent four nights at the Lowell Inn while attending a classic car meet in Stilwater.
The lobby was fine, staff courteous though through a mix-up I had to wait for my room well into the late afternoon.
I used the stairs to get to the 3rd floor, I'm sure there is an elevator but I never bothered to use it as the stairways are wide and gradual.
The room itself was fine, very ornate in the French style. The bed was great. Wide and comfortable.
My room had a shower stall bath just off the main room. The stall was modern and functional, though it might be too small those of wide girth. The sink was styled on a clamshell mounted on a pedestal with gold platted faucets. Very ornate. I told a friend it looked like a place a French "lady of the evening" would have lived circa 1914. Now, that comment was made in jest, but you get the idea. It was better suited to a honeymoon couple than a solo guy in town to look at old cars.
Being an old building, AC was accomplished via a window mounted unit. Though small, it proved to be up to the job and was quiet enough. The hotel does have a newer addition which I'd assume has built in AC, so if you might want to ask for that if you're fussy.
I had trouble with getting hot water into the sink for shaving, I had to let the water run for an extended period.
My main complaint about the place has to do with something simple...the quality of the towels.
They were Old and thin. The quality reminded me of those I used in college or the military. Not only were they thin, they had seen better days. Really, the ones I use to dry my cars are nicer. In fact, a few days later I stayed at a Best Western in Wyoming with nicer, fluffier towels.
For a hotel trying hard to give a premium experience, it was a glaring letdown.
The rom was very clean and service seemed to be fine. The flat screen TV was also excellent.
I didn't have a large meal in the restaurant, but it seemed to be popular with locals. You can dine either in the main room or outside. It's on a quiet street, so traffic isn't a problem.
Also, another plus is the hotel is adjacent to the new city-built parking garage, so guest parking isn't a problem. Guests get a special code so they can enter the hotel from the structure. Parking is included with your room. The garage is well patrolled by city police.
It's conveniently located, two (very) short blocks from the downtown area. If you don't have to be within sight of the river, it's a perfect location since you're away from crowds and traffic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Lowell Inn and Restaurant and Banquet Center...where historic charm blends with contemporary elegance. Established in 1927, the Lowell Inn offers fine dining for business or pleasure and thirty-five newly restored rooms in beautiful downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. We are uniquely qualified to make your experience with us perfect, be that an intimate family celebration, a wedding, a groom's dinner or an anniversary. We also can accomodate formal events and business meetings. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lowell Hotel Stillwater