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Reviewed 8 September 2015

My husband and I were looking to spend a long weekend in Wabasha, MN for vacation. (We are that couple who's first date was Grumpy Old Men). We wanted to stay in Wabasha for convenience. We chose the historic Anderson Hotel due to the positive reviews we read. The hotel is fantastic. Check-in is between 12pm-7pm. We were travelling from the eastern side of WI and would arrive after hours. Our hotel key was taped to the front door of a nearby shop. There was a key to the hotel and a key to our room. We were able to let ourselves in with ease. There is no elevator in the hotel. Our room was on the third floor. Very clean and just what we needed. Small bathroom attached with a shower. If a room is not booked the doors are open so you can see what other rooms are decorated like. We did pick out a few other rooms we'd like to stay in next time.
Of note, the hotel is a block from the bridge connecting MN to WI. Every Friday night in the summer there is a concert under the bridge. That was very cool to put into town, listening to the band.
Breakfast is served from 8am-9:30am. It was great! Homemade french toast bake, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels/toast, boiled eggs, coffee juice. Everything was hot and very good.
The hotel is right in the heart of downtown so everything is within walking distance. We could see the river from our hotel room. We were able to walk to the Eagle center, restaurants. The town is decorated for fall, very festive. Lots of picture opportunities.
The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. Maps of the area are available if needed. but really, just a quick question to the staff and you'll know where to go.
We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend to anyone else. The hotel building itself is very old, updated with amenities but still keeps the feel of the past. It's kind of like staying at grandma's house.

Room Tip: Rooms are on 2nd & 3rd floor w/no elevator. some have a view of the Mississippi River. Not all have a shower;Some have a jacuzzi instead
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shannon M
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Rachel Y, Owner at Eagles on the River & Historic Anderson House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Not only did you clearly have a wonderful stay with us, Shannon, but you took the time to share the whole experience on TripAdvisor. Thank you so much for the glowing recommendation! It also sounds like you're eager to return someday soon, and we can't wait to welcome you and your husband. Let us know if you'd like to book a specific room next time -- we'll help make it happen!

Best wishes,
Rachel Yenter

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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Continuously running hotel since the 1850s! Floors creak and furnishings are period. Staff was gracious but not present very often.. There is a room with museums facts. Not haunted as far as I could tell :). A little bit tired, but worth it. Breakfast was OK, not great. But worth the price. They leave some rooms open so you can see the assortment of furniture.

Room Tip: Remodeled in the 1980s but you can still see 1880
  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank RMJ H
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Rachel Y, Owner at Eagles on the River & Historic Anderson House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Thank you for the kind words about our historic hotel, RMJ! We're definitely not haunted, but we are trying to preserve the historic qualities of our hotel with some updated amenities. Expect even more attentive, available service next time -- if there's ever anything you need, just ask!

Best wishes,
Rachel Yenter

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Reviewed 10 August 2015

This is the real deal if you want authentic, historic accommodations. Each room is individually appointed. The baths are all modernized. Good Wi-Fi. There are wonderful common rooms on the ground floor and a bar/pub in the basement.

The hotel is a block and a half from the Mississippi River and a short walk from the heart of the town and the National Eagle Center.

Room Tip: Corner room 25 is superb with sitting area. 7 is similar and almost as comfortable.
Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Tom F
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Rachel Y, Owner at Eagles on the River & Historic Anderson House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Thank you for the many kind words about our hotel, Tom! You really got to the core of our entire concept: We've sought to preserve the historic qualities of our hotel while adding some modernized amenities. Glad to hear you loved the experience! Please join us again if you're planning to return to Wabasha.

Best wishes,
Rachel Yenter

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Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

So my wife and I stayed here for our wedding night. I'll start with the good.

1. The king suite was spacious with a nice jacuzzi tub and waiting room. Although there were some cracks in the ceiling and some of the wallpaper was peeling, this is to be expected since the building is about 150 years old. The bed was comfortable and the decor was quaint and nice.

2. We received a 10 percent discount for ourselves and guests, along with a coupon book for surrounding wabasha establishments, which was nice.

3. Being within walking distance of local bars and about a block away from the river. The views were great and quite romantic.

Now for the bad..

1. The hostess at the front desk was very short with us and our guests, not so much thanking us when we checked out. I don't need a stranger to stroke my ego, but a thank you would have been nice.

2. The brunch on Sunday morning was subpar to say the least. We showed up shortly after 8am, and the brunch was supposed to last from 8 to 930am. By 815, the biscuits for the biscuits and gravy were all gone, and when the staff was asked if more would be prepared, she stated "I'm not sure. I don't think we have any more". And then she dissapeared. A guest decided to have some yogurt, and about half way through it, discovered that it was expired by over 2 months. And since the kitchen staff had dissapeared, we weren't able to inform anyone.

My father, my mother, and myself had all worked at the anderson house when we were younger. The present incarnation of this wonderful establishment is hindered by the subpar staff (when you can even find one).

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
7  Thank Josh W
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

This almost 150 year old building had the most comfortable bed I have slept in while on vacation. We checked in 30 minutes before they closed and were told that there would not be breakfast. A $15 coupon was handed to us to use at any local eatery for breakfast. I asked if the room would be discounted since this was a B & B (and a reason we chose to stay there) or if the coupon was in lieu of a discount. Slight pondering by the staff, in lieu of was the response. We had some items that needed refrigeration but there wasn't one in our room and the small cooler with ice in the lounge area would not accomodate it. The staff person said it should be fine in the kitchen which then we could get at 9 a.m. when we didn't have breakfast. 5 pm arrives and staff is gone, building is locked up and we were the only guests. That was kind of cool. That night the room was quite warm even with windows open - 1st part of May - no ceiling or occilating fans available. Sleep was difficult, but the bed was very comfortable. Morning arrived, the outlets in the lounge where coffee pot/microwave were did not work. It's an old building with lots of history. Music is left on all night through the hallways, that wasn't great. I don't know who the most recent owners are, they were not present. Location is great, building is fantastic, owners may need improvement.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Jennifer W
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