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Forum staff reports, Published August 17 2013

What the national press says about the Hotel Donaldson

Since its renaissance and establishment as a regional destination, the Hotel Donaldson has been featured in multiple travel stories in newspapers and magazines around the country. Here’s a taste:

“This being Fargo, the 17 rooms start at just $129 a night –but with heated floors, cloud-puffed comforters and custom-made furniture, the Donaldson ‘ranks up there with any four-star hotel I’ve ever been in,’ said Wayne Richards, a human resource consultant from Atlanta who travels to Fargo often on business.

“‘I feel like I’m in the middle of Manhattan or Los Angeles,’ added Helene Cole, the president of Altara, a computer firm based in New Jersey.”

Los Angeles Times

“When the Coen Brothers started filming Fargo a decade ago, little did they realize it would provide a spur for the eponymous city to change its image…

“The change over the last decade has been so huge that some American travel writers are now calling Fargo the hottest thing between Minneapolis and Seattle. And there’s no doubt that the Hotel Donaldson plays a major role in the city’s newfound status as a hip hangout.”

Metro Magazine

“Flat-screen TVs, luxurious bedding and WiFi in every room. You’d expect these goodies in an urban boutique hotel, but in Fargo? The 17-suite Donaldson isn’t just unexpectedly chic, it’s a neighborhood anchor.”

Budget Living

“Boutique hotels tend to sprout up in hipster locales – think Frisco and SoHo. Now, North Dakota has HoDo.

“Yes, this is Fargo – a city once dissed on the big screen and now bent on reinvention – which recently spawned a poster child for upscale lodgings in the Hotel Donaldson.”

Minnesota Monthly

“Forget the Coen Brothers’ black comedy. Far from being a frozen wasteland, Fargo has the makings of a dreamy weekend – starting with the sophisticated, contemporary Hotel Donaldson.”

USA Today

“Urban-chic rehab of 1894 fraternal lodge, sparkplug of downtown. Each suite designed around a local artist – one bathtub fills from the ceiling; all filled with Bose stereos. Rooftop planted with prairie grasses, hot tub. Restaurant known for local bison and regional art.”

National Geographic Traveler