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“Wonderful and relaxing for business travellers”
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Rivertown Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Stillwater B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 23, 2010

We were, I think, unusual guests at the Rivertown Inn. We were an eight-person group of lawyers, tired and stressed after a long business trip from London through the mid-west. As soon as we reached the Rivertown Inn, we felt the weight lift from our shoulders. Mary, the innkeeper, and a member of her staff greeted us warmly and took us on a tour of the property. She indulged our shrieks of delight (quite literally) as we discovered room after room of Victorian splendor, and gave us helpful information about the practicalities of each room as we figured out who would sleep where. After days of bland corporate rooms the detail and luxury of the Rivertown Inn’s rooms were astonishing and wonderful. Each room is named after an author (mostly 19th century British writers, though there’s also Longfellow, Austen and Agatha Christie) and decorated in a style inspired by the author’s style and with subtle witty references to their works. Each of us was convinced that our room was best – a testament to their individual charms.

We then wandered around the beautiful grounds – we were there in early October and the foliage was stunning – and came back to drinks on the porch, followed by a delicious five-course meal cooked by Chef Ray, served with a different wine each course to complement the food. He also prepared the breakfast next morning – an astonishingly good omelet, apple tarts with whipped cream, homemade muffins and pastries. Having an excellent and creative chef catering to us felt like the pinnacle of luxury.

Apart from this fantasia, Mary was incredibly helpful with small practicalities: transferring luggage, computer access, obtaining particular drinks, and letting us know how to do laundry. Overall, our trip was restful and unusually lovely. The combination of attentive, helpful, welcoming staff and the extraordinary building (and very comfortable beds!) refreshed and relaxed us. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to come here on a romantic weekend rather than business, but it was pretty wonderful for us!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 7, 2010

We travelled to Stillwater with another couple. We reserved both rooms in the carriage house - we had the Agatha Christie and they had the Oscar Wilde. The rooms were gorgeous and the bed in the Agatha Christie suite was fabulous. We had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before so this was new for us. The wine and cheese hour was fun. Breakfast was excellent although very sweet and rich. Yes, it was a bit pricey but the rooms are amazing!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

This was our first B&B experience and first visit to Stillwater and both were amazing! The Rivertown Inn is beautifully decorated and the staff and chef were wonderful. The rooms were very romantic and the food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely visit again!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We stayed in the Oscar Wilde suite. The room was wonderful but it is at the top of the stairs and is beautifully decorated in the victorian style. The tub is a little tricky to get in and out of and the room needs brighter lights near the reading chairs. The bed is an unusual shape and very soft. The light above the bed is beautiful but you need to watch your head. The main house and grounds are glamorous. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The wine and cheese hour was delicious. The breakfast was tasty but need to be served at a warmer temperature. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

This is a wonderful place to stay with your best friend. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and the food was fabulous. The hotel staff were super friendly and helpful. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for a little get-away to celebrate our anniversary. It was beautifully decorated, the service was wonderful and the breakfast was delicious. We have stayed in at least 4 B & B's in Stillwater but I think this is the clear winner.
The chef packed us a lovely picnic that we took down to the waterfront. I highly recommend this. It was a little chilly but a great thing to do on a beautiful fall day. We enjoyed some hot chocolate on the balcony upon our return. We are already talking about our return.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

My wife and I have been to over a dozen B&B's in the midwest. Nothing tops the Rivertown. To go to Stillwater and stay anywhere else seems like it would have made the trip less memorable.

Everything was perfect. The room, the decor, the food, the service... Everything! Particular points of interest: The breakfast is an experience, first class chef using fresh, local ingredients. The room was perfect, stayed in the Oscar Wilde Suite (the most romantic bathroom we have seen). The decor was breath-taking (you have to see it to understand). The service was first-class, friendly, accomodating, knowledgable.

For what you get, the prices are quite reasonable.

It is located at the top of a hill, so when you stuff yourself at every meal you can get some great exercise.

Again, my wife and I have stayed at over a dozen B&B's, none that we have been disappointed with. Nothing compares to The Rivertown.

Everything was perfect!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rivertown Inn

Address: 306 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4932
Location: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Stillwater
Price Range: $246 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rivertown Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1884 at the height of Minnesota's logging boom, Rivertown Inn is a magnificently restored lumber baron mansion turned boutique-style inn offering sumptuous suites, impeccable service and extraordinary luxury. The inn offers seven individual suites and two bedchambers, each with a unique literary-inspired decor featuring elegant furnishings, rare antiques, live-flame gas fireplaces and private spa-quality baths. Indulge in a gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef and in the evening, gather for light hors d'oeuvres and fine wines at evening social hour. Enhance your stay at Rivertown Inn with a variety of unique packages designed to add to your special memories. Rivertown Inn also offers fun and informative monthly cooking classes featuring hands-on instruction and plentiful food and wine samplings. ... more   less 
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