What an amazing hotel. It is beautifully appointed in every way. I had read other reviews where people had said they weren't sure where to go to check in when they first arrived. I could not understand this because it is very evident that you simply go up the grand flight of stairs to the second floor. The check-in is like a desk in a room, with chairs in front of it for you to sit down and sign in. The very polite gentleman that checked us in then gave us our keys which are attached to polished stone with the number of your room and attached to the key with a leather loop. He then personally showed us to our room. It was jaw-droppingly beautiful - very large and spacious with a very high, wood -beamed ceiling with an iron support beam going across. Part of the walls are brick. Our room had a king bed with the lightest, warmest duvet, tasteful furniture, and a bose system with CD's of local artists to listen to. The entire hotel is filled with art from local artists and each room is designed by one of the artists. The lighting system was amazing.
We had robes and slippers to use and the selection of food, wine and liquors (and other thoughful items) in the room to purchase were very thought out.
Each evening they offer a free wine and cheese in the main lobby which you can enjoy there or take to your room. There is a free continental breakfast, but you can also order a different breakfast at a fee of course, but it is very reasonable. It is brought to your room exactly on time and it is plentiful!
We also ate in the HoDo Lounge one evening and the HoDo restuarant the next evening. The lounge faces Broadway and is tastefully designed and was a great place to spend part of the evening. We had a wonderful meal in the restaurant and were treated to two suprises to try out from the chef. One was a crab cake and the other was chocolate to end the meal. I can't say enough about the food as it was superb.
The hotel is located in downtown Fargo which is a very charming area with a lot of the buildings or stores still sporting the old-style signage. It was such a pleasure being away from the mainstream, mall area. Also, don't let anyone tell you that parking is a problem with this hotel. They have valet if you choose to use it, but you can park for free on the streets or avenues which alternate each night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. which is more than accommodating for anyone. It did not cause us a problem at all.
There is a room-top bar with a spa and a fantastic roof-top view. The way the sun shone down on that space would be so wonderful in the sunmmer. Although the roof-top bar was closed for the winter, you could still use the spa if you wished. There is an adequate, beautifully designed (also with art) exercise facility in the basement.
I very much want to stay at this hotel again and I highly recommend it. What pure delight!
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