I was traveling as part of a fourteen person birding group in June 2010 when we spent an overnight at the Calumet Inn. I was the single person in the group and had a lovely room to myself; it was a large double Queen, clean, comfortable, and had one of the biggest bathrooms I've ever seen. I've read some of the previous posts regarding lack of cleanliness and bad staff attitudes at the Calumet in 2009. I saw none of those problems during my visit this year. The beds were new and firm with good non-allergic pillows. There was an operating reefer, AC, and micro in the room. When I discovered that my corkscrew was missing, the bartender gave me hers ("bring it back when you're done"). We enjoyed a couple of cocktails in the bar; prices were reasonable and service was good.
Our group also enjoyed a nice dinner in the dining room. My steak was a perfect medium-rare and, with potato, house Cabernet, an outstanding wild rice soup, and dynamite chocolate brownie with ice cream, the tab came to $27. The continental breakfast was adequate and could use some more effort.
I enjoy staying in historic hotels. Sometimes the rooms are "unique" or shower head water pressure is low, but I'm glad that someone spends the money to keep these treasures in good shape and I am proud to support their continued existence with my dollars. What a boring country we'll be when the entire place is "mall-ed."
- Also Known As:
- Historic Calumet Hotel
- Historic Calumet Hotel Pipestone
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Calumet Inn is now under new ownership! There are great and exciting things to come! We are aware of the previous ratings and are working hard to get the Hotel, Dining Room, Lounge, and Pub into a great place to visit again! Thank you for your input and please come see us to check out the NEW Calumet Inn that is in the works! ... more less
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