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Alexander Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Winona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Located in a lovely part of Winona, this B&B oozes character. Richard, your host, is a gentleman from the old school.

All the public areas downstairs are high Victorian and make you feel quite grand.

The former home of a local tycoon, I was given his suite. The tester bed was very comfortable and luxurious.

The bathroom has been updated gently as it has the original white subway tiles, which I love.

The towels were lovely and the toiletries were by the excellent local brand, J.R Watkins.

Other than a TV and stereo, there are no other amenities in the room. There's limited parking onsite and free wifi throughout.

The suite came with a large sunroom which I used as my office.

Come evening and all the pillows and shams were removed from my bed and placed near the window seat...and a glass of Bailey's was left for my nightcap...perfect.

Breakfast in the sumptuous dining room was an extravaganza over which we all lingered way too long! It was hard to leave.

Definitely the place to stay in Winona.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Elegant is the way you feel when staying at the Alexander Mansion B + B. This is our third visit over the last four months. It is “hands down” our very favorite place to stay. Richard is an impeccable host, greets guests with a smile, handshake, lovely decor and entertaining stories about the mansion and previous owners. From the wine served in front of a romantic fire in the library, to the nightcap/chocolate turndown service to the absolutely exquisite five course breakfast there can’t be a better place to stay. Richard has created a perfectly splendid B + B. When visiting Winona, MN, this is the ONLY place to be!

Room Tip: We have stayed in both Mary’s room and Maude’s room. Maude’s room is very large, has a fireplace, a...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

My family and I just stayed at this incredible bed and breakfast and we can't say enough about our stay. We had a late arrival and Richard greeted us with wine and great conversation. The breakfast was incredible. I'm afraid I might have created monsters as I'm not sure my Granddaughters will ever want to stay in another hotel. They won't stop talking about their rooms and the breakfast Richard served. Especially the surprise treat at the end of the breakfast hour. We will be back when we can stay more than one night.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have stayed at the Alexander Mansion twice in 2013, and plan on returning, again in 2014. The house, itself, is charming. The owner, Richard Grabow, made everything, just right for me. He picked me up at the Winona Amtrak Station, lights a fire in the fireplace on a chilly morning, has the best stories to tell, while I eat my breakfast. Breakfast, is perfect. He starts his guests with fresh fruit, homemade pastries, organic salads, and an entree, that comes out, piping hot, and delicious. Everyone, at the breakfast table, is introduced to each other, making everyone feel very welcome.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Maggie T
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Alexander Mansion is a beautiful bed and breakfast home in Winona, MN. Everything was excellent from the moment I walked into this home. Richard gave me an incredible tour of the house He is very knowledgable with the historical information about the home and the surrounding area. The daily breakfast was an incredible 4 course meal that kept me going all day long. Kudos to the baker. Love Ruth, she is a wonderful person and very attentive. I plan on visiting this establishment again in the summer. Look forward to that visit. Thanks Richard, Ruth and the baker. Donna Fraser from PA.

Room Tip: The room I stayed in was wonderful. All rooms would be excellent. I took the tour and saw them al...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Our daughter attends Winona State University and upon our visit to the school we stayed in one of the hotels which was not cheap and did not have a very clean experience. We decided to check out the two B&B's that are very grand looking from the outside and one would not let us look at their establishment but, Richard was very eager to show us his home when we stopped by so we booked with him the next time we were in town. We have stayed here about 15 weekends and have booked another 6 weekends for this winter (our daughter is an athlete so we come in for many meets). Our extended family has also stayed with us and they look forward to their returns as well. We have to say that it truly has become our home away from home! We have our favorite rooms, however they are all impeccably clean, comfortable beds, and you feel like you are definitely on a little vacation. Richard is the best conversationalist and can tell you anything about the property and house as well as the surrounding area. This little town has a great history museum and art gallery, great places to eat lunch and plenty of exploring opportunities. Richard shops for all fresh ingredients every day for his guests for breakfast the next morning. You will definitely not walk away hungry and it is absolutely the best breakfast you will have ever tasted from the first course to the fourth course!! We have tried all of his entrees and everyone of them have been outstanding!!! The evening wine and chatting by the main fireplace is also very nice and relaxing and in the summer you can sit out in the screened porch. Each night Richard will turn your bed down and leave a little night cap and chocolates which is such a nice touch! Two places you have to eat dinner while in town is the Fish House and Signatures, you will not be disappointed! Give Alexander Mansion a try, you will have a wonderful experience we promise you! Richard goes out of his way each and every time to make sure that you are completely comfortable, he is absolutely the best host and his sincerity will bring you back again and again! We can't thank you enough Richard for allowing us to share your home with you!!!

Room Tip: Mary gets the best morning sun. Maude is the most elegant and best bed, the suite is just awesome wi...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We could not be happier with our second visit to the Alexander Mansion! From start to finish - everything was PERFECT!!! Of course the 4 course breakfast is AMAZING!!! This old mansion has been restored to it's original grandeur & makes you feel relaxed the moment you walk in the door! It is such a wonderful place because of the various venues to read, enjoy a glass of wine or engage in some entertaining history. We will be back again & again! THANKS!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 274 E Broadway St, Winona, MN 55987-3732
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Winona
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Winona
Price Range: $131 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Alexander Mansion Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn is conveniently located in downtown Winona between the Mississippi River and Winona lake. The Inn is surrounded by a private acre of gardens and trees. The perfect spot for both leisure and business travelers. Luxurious and comfortable furnishings, art, classical music, real wood fires, healthy delicious food and great books abound. In the mood for "Casablanca", "Now Voyager", or "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", just ask; we love to do movies. Full concierge service and all business amenities available. Flexible breakfast times and menus for business travelers. In room work stations available. For solid comfort, convenience, and style we invite you to be our guest. ... more   less 
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