That's in Fargo? This was our first thought when we saw photographs of Hotel Donaldson, located in the heart of the North Dakota city made famous (for better or worse) by the Cohen Brothers. The second was, Good bones...
Although at first glance, the Donaldson seems to adhere to the standard "urban contemporary" look we see in so many modern hotels, it actually has subtle but strong connections to the local aesthetic. The hotel's collection includes 50 regional artists, and suites are designed around a featured artwork.
Originally designed as a lodge, the building dates back to the 1890s. Owner Karen Stoker renovated and reopened the space in 2003. Exposed wood beam ceilings and warm brick walls reflect the structure's sturdy character, and a rooftop landscaped with prairie grasses provides a chic hang-out spot in summer.
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Photos: Hotel Donaldson