Midwest Living Review
Looks can be deceiving, and never has that been truer than with Fargo's Hotel Donaldson. Its redbrick exterior and Arts and Crafts-style entrance hark back to 1893, when it was built. But the interior is a marvel of modern accoutrements and luxury. The hotel offers just 17 suites, each built around pieces of original art by regional artists. The premiere room centers on a Japanese soaking tub, with water cascading from the ceiling and overflowing the tub sides; the bed sits on an elevated platform. Each room has its own design, but certain features are universal, including turndown service with house-made truffles, multiple phone lines, high-speed and wireless Internet access, LCD flat-screen TVs, Bose stereos and in-room safes. You have to head to the second floor for the check-in desk and a gathering area with a balcony overlooking downtown. Here, they serve breakfast: fresh fruit, granola, hard-boiled eggs, juice, coffee and pastries. They pour wine alongside an appetizer platter of fresh bread, crackers, sausage, cheese and spreads around 5 p.m. The basement fitness center includes a treadmill, elliptical machine, free weights, punching bag and steam shower. Room rates from $169. The hotel boasts the 125-seat HoDo Restaurant, an upscale dining venue with dark walls and funky fixtures that give it the feel of an art gallery. The menu features many vegetarian options in addition to such entrees as pan-seared chicken breast, bison filet mignon, Atlantic salmon and New York strip steak. An adjoining lounge serves drinks and a tapas-style menu. During the summer, enjoy your libations under the stars at Sky Prairie on the Roof, the outdoor bar.