Midwest Living Review
Since the 1970s, the Nicollet Island Inn has operated as a romantic little lodging in a historic building. The rooms are smallish, but charming. The inn is filled with antiques, and amenities include Aveda products and Select Comfort beds. Technology is up-to-date, with flat-screen televisions and wireless Internet. Several rooms face the river, but the outsides of the windows were rather dirty. The rooms, however, are spotless and attractive, with patterned carpets and wallpaper. You can leave your room key at the desk if you venture out -- there's someone on staff 24 hours. Rates From $179. Two pleasant patios are filled with flowers and tables, and the tall, stone building is attractive: a former 19th-century factory, it's got bright turquoise awnings above the windows and petunia-filled boxes underneath. Exposed stone walls and a commanding grandfather clock adorn the lobby. Fresh flowers abound for a welcoming feel. The on-site restaurant has a main dining room that overlooks the mighty Mississippi and a couple of smaller rooms for semiprivate dining or meetings. Dinner is available every night except Sunday, with seafood, steaks and chef specials. Breakfast is particularly pleasant, with great attention to detail. A lox and bagel plate comes with paper-thin onion slices, ripe heirloom tomatoes and a generous heap of capers. The coffee is good and strong. On weekends, Nicolette Island Inn Restaurant is where islanders -- there are several homes on Nicollet Island -- hang out. It's casual but elegant: wood, stained glass and filmy turquoise window dressings. Sandwiches and appetizers are available for casual meals, and there's a patio connected to Nic's for nice-weather dining.