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Water Street Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #6 of 8 hotels in Stillwater
GreenLeadersBronze level
Hopkins, Minnesota
1 review
“Second Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

From the moment you enter the lobby, you have stepped into a vintage era; from the grand piano, lush-covered antique chairs, to the pink crystal lamps you will feel like royalty. My sister and I first stayed at the Waterstreet Inn last summer and enjoyed a 2-room suite overlooking the St. Croix. Our room was huge and perfect for a small group to enjoy a few cocktails before dining. For our sencond retreat, we elected a smaller suite with a downtown view and we were not disapponted. The room was perfect: huge, carved Victorian bed with fresh, whiter than white linens, cozy fireplace, balcony over-looking downtown, and the "cannot live without" jetted, garden tub tucked into the suites corner. We loved it! The location is unparalled, the service was on the spot and eager to please, the room was so quiet and perfectly furnished. My sister and I have decided to make the Waterstreet Inn our regular destination at least 3 times a year! Leave the waterparks, noise, running kids and chaos to the motels and choose the Inn for an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

If you love downtown Stillwater then you'll love the location of this historic Inn on the River. It's close proximity to restaurants and shops keeps everything within walking distance of the front door of the hotel. An Irish Bar and a restaurant are also located right in the hotel.
The room we stayed in was decorated with beautiful antiques and had quite the charm. The room was spacious and even had a fireplace and whirlpool bathtub. There was a gret view from the river and it was clean and comfortable.
The downfall of the place was as advertised as a B & B the second B was in the restaraunt and you had to pay for it. The price for the lodging was a bit over the top, the lobby wasn't welcoming and parking was a little confusing. If you have lots of money and want a really nice room then you might just really like the Water Street Inn.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hopkins, Minnesota
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Other then a really nice location I don't have much great to say about this place. We ate at two separate restaurants and both times the service was not good. Both of our servers seemed like they were very new and had no idea what they were doing. We did enjoy the bartender at Charlie's. The staff was friendly but did not go out of there way to be helpful, for instance, taking our luggage or even offering bell service. I think I would have liked this place more if I didn't feel like I payed for the Marriot and got the Motel 6.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

It is kind of run down, over priced, very loud... Would not go back. The only benefit was the location. It could be a great place if they paid attention to the guests not associated with weddings and did some minimal repairs to their rooms...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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minneapolis
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We recently stayed there a few weeks back and were treated like royalty. Yes we stayed there during a wedding weekend and we did not get at all the weddings are bigger then us service as a previous poster said. We were greeted with smiles. We checked into our spacious room at 4 pm as stated on their conformation email states and our room was standing tall. Clean spacious and cool on a hot day. We did however have a few hiccups in our travels which were dealt with with promptness and humbleness by the staff. When calling the desk for directions and advice on travel from the airport we got direct yes and no answers and told which taxi to take. Our flight was delayed three times and we were on the ropes. The person at the desk was prompt in getting back to us and lining up a quick and reputable cab company.He also took care on the way out our boarding passes which were changed at the last minute. Upon arrival as stated we had smiles as stated. He helped our elderly mother to the room by walking us directly to a tricky to find elevator and made sure she was looked out for the whole stay.We ordered ice to our room and the same guy was at our door within three minutes of calling. Our room as I stated had a few issues and the same person again was there fixing our hot tub and TV. We did ask a lot of the desk during our trip and never once got the put off no matter how petty our issues were. We called own to the desk and asked if we could get a dinner reservation at 9:55 at night and guess what the guy made it happen he even got us seated where we wanted even though it was really busy. The food was ok but portions are small for the price. Hotel food, it is that way everywhere you go. The second day we had great service again from everything we asked for but our guy wasn't there. We were told he was the afternoon shift. Well when we came down for dinner and asked where to eat tonight he said "here" we simply said we did yours last night and want another which he promptly gave us a list,food type choices and then called over and made our reservations for us. He also said hey now do me a favor and don't miss our live Irish music in the pub and our wine list which is and was beyond the best I have ever seen. We went into the pub right around 11 pm and once again had great service,the front desk guy checked on us again and made sure we were treated like gold. My elderly mother had the best feeling from this , she used to be a hotel reviewer corporate places. This is not a corporate place but run like a smooth oiled machine that makes you feel at home. We read the reviews before and wanted to tell everyone this is not bad at all,something must have been different with them. We got nothing but the best and treated with empathy all throughout our stay. Some people seem bitter writing back months later. By the way this person he speaks of is I think the exact person we dealt with. I think it was at least. I wish I had read his name tag but didn't. About 6 foot and blond with a slight accent was our guy ,couldn't be the same person.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Twin Cities, MN
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

My wife and I booked a room at the Water Street Inn for June 24th, 2011, to celebrate our anniversary. We live nearby and had eaten at Charlie's on a couple of occasions in the past.

After our unfortunate experience at the hotel, I sent the following email to the manager (whose card I was given by the front desk staff), but despite my email and phone messages, I have NEVER RECEIVED ANY RESPONSE. I don't like to post negative reviews, but I feel obligated to inform other potential guests to make plans elsewhere.

We had a reservation for Friday, June 24th. When we made the reservation, our original intent was to stay both Friday and Saturday nights at your hotel. When I called and made the reservation, I was told that Saturday night was booked due to a wedding. The person put my name on the waiting list, but said there were six parties in front of me. So, we made a non-cancelable reservation for Saturday night at the Afton House Inn.

At 7:30 in the morning, the day before our reservation, someone from the hotel called me and asked if I was interested in Saturday night, because a room had opened up. I informed the representative that we had booked Saturday night elsewhere, and that reservation was non-cancelable.

When we arrived Friday afternoon, the front desk manager Todd, and his assistant, couldn't locate our names in the stack of rooms that had yet to check in, or on the master list for the day.

They informed us that the hotel was booked, that they couldn't accommodate us, and asked if we were sure we had a reservation. Then the younger gentleman had an idea, looked in the computer, and found our reservation under Saturday night. We were then informed that our reservation was for Saturday night, not for Friday.

I produced the reservation confirmation email on my phone that showed Friday, June 24th. Todd seemed perturbed at my polite insistence that we in fact had a reservation for Friday night.

They both basically blamed the manager (AJ [--]) and said he probably changed our reservation when he called me Thursday morning. They then tried to call him, but he was unreachable.

Todd suggested we try to find a room elsewhere, and offered to help find a room, and asked the other gentleman to call around. Todd said the manager would be on duty at 7am Saturday, and would deal with it then, and and proceeded to helping other guests. While the other attendant was calling around, I just called the Afton House Inn, explained the situation to them, and luckily they had an open room. Their representative was very gracious and accommodating, the opposite of what we felt from the Water Street Inn staff. The attitude and service difference between the Water Street Inn staff and that at the Afton House could not have been more opposite.

The perception we got, especially from Todd, was that we were the ones who had made mistake and showed up on a day when they were really busy dealing with a large wedding party. The only sort of apology I remember from you staff was a comment as we were turning to leave, from the younger gentleman who said something like, "I apologize about that."

Todd never took responsibility, or offered any sort of help, other than to see if he could get us a reservation elsewhere. The kicker was, as we were about to leave, I went to the restroom, and my wife overheard Todd make a comment to the ladies who had been waiting in line behind us something about having a drink after having to wait so long!

I think the only way we would have felt more unwelcome as we left, was if we had been physically escorted off the premise.

We live nearby, and frequently visit Stillwater, and have eaten at the Charlie's restaurant a couple of times, and we were really looking forward to staying overnight in Stillwater.

This trip was to celebrate our anniversary, and with three young children, getting away for two nights is nearly impossible. (This was the first time in three years we have been able to do that).

I don't quite know how we could have been more embarrassed or disappointed. I would have recommended that Todd, the front desk manager, be terminated, but no-one from the hotel responded to my phone calls or emails.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Schaumburg, IL
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

We just got back from a Wedding at the Water Street Inn.....Their website basically describes the hotel correctly....You need to be OK with an older looking Victorian hotel. We had the basic room overlooking the street....it had a balcony for two....A little musty smelling, but pretty clean.....Although the shower was not lit and the ceiling had some cracks and plaster kind of peeling off....Beds were squeeky and we all felt very expensive, but it was August and on the St Croix

The location is great, you are on the St Croix and close to many shops, bars and restaurants......The food was good at the hotel wedding and at breakfast....

There were four of us couples, and none of us loved our rooms....but did love the location..

The staff was great and very helpful....

We ate dinner at Whiteys across the street which was great....Freighthouse next door was excellent for drinks at night...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Water Street Inn

Address: 101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
Location: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 hotels in Stillwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Water Street Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Water Street Inn in the heart of Downtown Stillwater. All guestrooms with double whirlpools, most with fireplaces and balconies overlooking the River. Restaurant with indoor & outdoor seating, Irish Pub overlooking the river, meeting, banquet and wedding facilities for 2 to 300 people. Stillwater’s only Inn on the River. ... more   less 
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