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Interview with a hotelier: Karen Burgum, Hotel Donaldson

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  Site Where: 101 Broadway [map], Fargo, ND, United States, 58102
December 29, 2004 at 3:23 PM | by | ()

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Hotel Donaldson is a true destination hotel. How do we define a destination hotel? We hear about a hotel, go to the website, and say we have to go to the property...now. Then we realize it is in Fargo, ND, and without missing a beat, we are on Hotwire looking for low fares to Fargo in the middle of December none the less! Now that is a hotel with charisma.

This hotels founder and owner, Karen Burgum, is known as the “godmother of downtown Fargo” not in a Vito Corleone way, but not in a Rose Nilan way either. Thankfully, she is somewhere in between. The retired software executive bought a building in downtown Fargo and turned it into an energetic, locally relevant, hotel.

What do you think of when we say Fargo? Well, when you are done reading this interview you will still think of that movie, but you might also think of a cool little hotel in the midst of a recovering downtown.

Yah, you betcha.

Read the interview after the jump.

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Hotel Donaldson: A Boutique Destination in Fargo

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  Site Where: 101 Broadway [map], Fargo, ND, United States, 58102
October 21, 2004 at 5:59 AM | by | ()

Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, ND, is said to be one of the best boutique hotels in the United States. We know, you might be thinking: Fargo?  Best anything? Ha! But if you are a hotel maven, and we know you are, you should take a look at this place.

On their website, Hotel Donaldson professes: "A hotel stay should do more than just refresh the body.  It should renew the senses, inspire the mind, revive the soul and connect a person with their surroundings."

We couldn't agree more, and when we find a hotel that appears to personify experience, we get that tingly feeling all over.  Even though this hotel is in the middle of Fargo, this is the kind of place that makes us consider jumping on a plane and heading to Fargo for a night, just to experience this hotel for a night.

Inside, the Donaldson feels more like hip San Francisco or New York than midwestern Fargo, and its hotel roots run deep. Starting as a "working man's hotel" in 1917, Karen Burgum bought the property in 2001 and spent two years on an inspiring renovation.

Work of local artists hanging on the wall, LCD flat screen tv's, and the coup de gras, heated bathroom floors.

We are going to spend the rest of the day looking for some excuse to go to Fargo.  There is a sentence we never thought we would utter...

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