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“Doesn't live up to the hype” 2 of 5 stars
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102 North Second Street, Stillwater, MN 55082   |  
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Stillwater
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“Doesn't live up to the hype”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2007

Friends had suggested the Lowell Inn due to its interesting historical character. This was indeed, the best part of the Inn experience. It is clearly extremely old, and its quite baroque lobby and landings are interesting. However, we have stayed at many other 'historic' inns and B & Bs that are far superior in quality, and it appears that the Lowell Inn is relying upon its 'historic' status more than anything else in attracting business.
Our room was tired in decor, with the bathroom mirror lit so dimly we could hardly see our reflections, and a very noisly, grinding ventilating unit. View was of part of the roof and some equipment. But worst was the bed - a lumpy, sagging matress and scratchy sheets. We declined the very expensive meals available for extra charge, as we had read in a guidebook that the food was just 'average'. This impression was reinforced when we returned at about 8PM to a powerful smell of stale frying oil overwhelming the lobby and stairs.

The "continental breakfast" consisted of what looked like refrigerator pastries and orange juice in little plastic cups.

Stillwater is an attractive weekend getaway, but we would not stay here again.

Stayed June 2007
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2007

This is a quiet, historic hotel from the 1930's, beautifully restored and one block from the busy Stillwater downtown district. My room was relatively inexpensive and very unique, with antique furnishings. Very much the atmosphere of an old B&B. The lobby is ornate and also has a high-end restaurant. Free use of computer & Internet was a plus.

  • Liked — beautifully restored
  • Disliked — continental breakfast was slim
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2006

The Lowell Inn was a beautiful inn with a historic feel as you enter. The food was wonderful, the service terrific, and the rooms were romantic. I will be back to visit!!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lowell Inn

Address: 102 North Second Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
Location: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Stillwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
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

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