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“Quiet Retreat!”
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Can you picture yourself relaxing in this exquisite space for a weekend?
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1000 square feet of luxury and privacy, Call to ask about Writer's Retreat rates Two person Japanese size soaking tub with air bath bubbles
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Can you picture yourself relaxing in this exquisite space for a weekend?
1000 square feet of luxury and privacy, Call to ask about Writer's Retreat rates
Two person Japanese size soaking tub with air bath bubbles
Vessel sink from local potter Lu Ommen expertly placed in Amish cabinetry
The perfect anniversary getaway
Homemade bread, Amish eggs, coffee, tea, etc provide breakfast when YOU want it
Sheets, towels and yukata (Japanese bathrobes) are lined dried  on site, most seasons
About us, after teaching for 25 years in Japan we are enjoying sharing our love of Japanese culture
Japanese farmhouse style cabinets made by the Amish master Mr. Yutze of Granger MN
Yes, we have cable television and wifi but also a fireplace  and jigsaw puzzles.
Japanese antique chest and Chinese style chair with
Only 5 minutes from Harmony/Root River Bike Trail, the Loft has an interior and exterior entrance.
The wild flowers are beautiful this year, saw two monarch butterflies in August.
Along the bike trail, stop to see the sinkhole exhibit provided by the Harmony Historical Society
Asahi Beer glasses found at the flea markets in Tokyo will hold your favorite beverage.
Your view from your private deck complete with new Sunsetter awning.
@Hegel photographer overhead view of hibachi
If you see our chortan (pile of rocks) you are at our driveway. Welcome!
Newly opened business Weddings at Asahi.
Repairing shoji doors and window covering
Large closet hidden by shoji doors.
Winter season is also popular with our guests. Doug loves to blow snow  from the driveway.
We have a great connection for cross country ski and snow shoe rental
Although the summer flowers are gone, on a sunny day you can enjoy relaxing in sunshine
Sections of the bike trail only need a small amount of snow to be enjoyed.
We have hosted honeymoons and many anniversary celebrations but Rosie and Vern 'take the cake' 64 yr
New sign marking the interior entrance to the Asahi Loft.
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Harmony, Minnesota

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greenwall...
MN
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Quiet Retreat!”
Reviewed December 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

My new wife and I had the opportunity to stay at the Asahi loft for a week to celebrate our marriage! It was a great experience! The loft offers everything you need to enjoy a time of rest and relaxation.

Top of the list for us was cleanliness! The loft was very clean, and met our expectations of a home away from home. Everything from living space to bathroom to kitchen was great.

The loft offers wifi, which was capable of decent speeds, and afforded us the ability to stream video. There was enough bandwidth for both of our devices to be running at the same time.

The fresh bread was awesome! Cindy had it along with some cheese and crackers available at our check in. She generously offered us an early check in which was above our expectations! It was nice of her to allow this since the loft was unoccupied the night before.

There is easy access to the Harmony. While we were there, we visited the local grocery store, as well as the local drug store. The people in both places were very friendly, and while the selection was not a "Mega Store" selection, it had everything we wanted and more.

The loft is also centrally located to several different areas. We enjoyed visits to Prestion, Lanesboro, and Decorah during our stay.

We will definitely plan to visit the loft again in the future, and I would have no problem making a recommendation for others to stay here as well!

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Liked best: Cleanliness!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 17, 2014
Thank you for taking time to add this review. I think that the Loft is the perfect honeymoon retreat space and I am pleased you found us. Cleanliness is so important in feeling at home and I was beaming when reading your comments. Also I was very pleased to read your comments about our wifi service! Do come again! Perhaps you can celebrate your anniversaries here.
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mkf122014
Des Moines, Iowa
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Zen Retreat”
Reviewed October 6, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

If you enjoy beautiful scenery, biking, hiking, golfing, fly fishing, shopping, Amish history or gourmet restaurants, come to Harmony, MN. But be sure to stay at Asahi Loft to enjoy the serenity of fine craftsmanship, a most comfortable bed, a cozy fire, home baked bread, an air bubble soaking tub, slippers, kimonos, and a very gracious host.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Oct 9, 2014
Thanks for taking time to add a review and such a well written review at that! I won't tell the entire Flipkey/TripAdvisor audience where they went fly fishing, but both Doug and I knew immediately the spot they commented on in the journal entry. Fly fishing is one of the best kept secrets of the area...but we have maps.
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Kathy R
Alleman, Iowa, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Inviting Japanese loft guaranteed to bring a peaceful and relaxing stay��”
Reviewed October 5, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

I was so glad to stay at Asahi lofts. (Beautiful Japanese decor, dishes, including robes and slippers for guests) It was as wonderful a place as the pictures show and even more than expected. We came to the loft and found homemade bread and warm apple crisp waiting for us plus some refrigerated items for breakfast. Because we stayed 3 nights we got $50 Harmony money to use at local places. Because of all this I felt it was quite a bargain at $125 a night. There is much to do in the area: Amish tours and shopping, great restaurants like Quarter quarter, the root river bike trail, a cave, hiking and beautiful parks and bluffs to see and so much more. It rained and was cold our first day but we found the loft a great place to sit in front of the fire and read books. A very tranquil and relaxing place that I hope to visit again.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Oct 9, 2014
Thank you for taking time to add a review. Indeed these guests experienced nasty weather, but embraced the quiet and took advantage of the tranquility of the Loft. Sometimes a weekend away is meant for slowing down.
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mnquilter
Hastings, MN
1 review
“Fantastic”
Reviewed September 18, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

The Asahi Loft is a beautiful place. We especially appreciated the refrigerator stocked with basic foods. The fresh baked bread was delicious. We only stayed one night but hope to stay longer next time and we will be back.

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Liked best: Quiet and private location.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 23, 2014
Thanks for taking time to post a review and we hope to host you often.
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Sandy Chr...
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
1 review
“A peaceful little paradise”
Reviewed August 24, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Asahi Loft was a perfect place for our little getaway. It was not far from our home yet we felt like we were far away! We were pleasantly surprised by the spacious loft- supplied by everything you could need and more. The fresh cut flowers,homemade breads,fruit,and chocolate were treats we enjoyed on arrival.The kitchen was modern and well appointed, and eating off the beautiful china and pottery bowls made it very special. The air tub was great! We left feeling very relaxed and discussing when we could come back!!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 29, 2014
Sometimes finding a place that is near to your home just adds to the possibility of really relaxing when you get there. Thank you for finding us and thank you for taking time to add a review.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Charis L
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
1 review
“A different, relaxing experience”
Reviewed August 17, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Asahi was a memorable experience! It was different to stay at a place with so much detail into making the place relaxing. Mixing in Japanese culture is fun idea and it was fun to try on the yukatas that are available to wear. We explored Harmony and visited the Niagara caves, but just staying inside the Loft was equally as appealing. I highly recommend going for something different to do, and to get away for a weekend!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Aug 21, 2014
Such delightful guests! Photographing them in their yukata under the red /orange torii gate was a new experience as an innkeeper. The Asahi Loft has allowed us to keep in touch with young people and see our experiences through their eyes. Thank you for coming to Harmony and thanks for adding this review.
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Jessica B
Glenville, Minnesota
1 review
“Peaceful and relaxing stay with all the ammenities.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

If you're looking for a weekend retreat, I'd definitely recommend the Asahi Loft in Harmony, MN. My sister and I were celebrating with our Mom for her birthday and stayed for a weekend getaway. We loved the space and amenities provided and owner, Cindy Ofstedal, was very accommodating and quick to help answer any questions. Having stayed at several B & B style hotels in the past, I would put Asahi at the top for cleanliness, a peaceful setting, great home-made snacks and the large space available to enjoy time away from home.

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Liked best: The atmosphere
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Aug 15, 2014
Thank you for taking time to add a review on your stay at Asahi Loft. Saw your "mom" enjoy her quiet time on the deck while the daughters were still sleeping. A recent guest was an very early riser and asked if we could use a little WD 40 on the door so she could sneak out. Great suggestion! The Loft is spacious enough for everyone to have their space.
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