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The Van Gilder Hotel
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 197 reviews
Funky Historic Hotel
User: cymopterus from: Salt Lake City, Utah
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 13, 2022
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
We spent two nights at this historic hotel and it was an experience. The hotel was old and in need of restoration. The furnishings and decor in the room were also old. The hallway was dirty and other construction material was piled along its walls. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. The hotel was fine for a couple nights.
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Old building
User: Ann43325 from: Owatonna, Minnesota
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 6, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
The room was clean, but it also had pealing wallpaper and crumbling plaster on the walls. No coffee in the room, but some available in the front parlor room. The television had streaming service - often didn't work. Not a terrible place, but certainly could use some updates and repairs.

Godawful
User: X8768OJmiked from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 31, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 1
How is this place still in business?!! Yes, it has some charm and potential but, as of this writing, dilapidated & skanky. Peeling wallpaper, peeling paint, no hot water. We had a broken window pane with makeshift plexiglass covering the entire window, so no fresh air. The staff places fragrance sticks throughout the hotel to cover up mold/mildew - the perfume smell is overwhelming. PS. I rarely do reviews, but felt a responsibility to others on this one

Unique Old Hotel
User: AdamNish from: Columbus, Ohio
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jul, 11, 2022
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
Truly a unique experience. A bit pricey for what was provided, but I haven never stayed in a hotel quite like this one. It had the most character out of any hotel. The water did take a while to heat up, but eventually got a bit more than luke warm for the shower. Supposedly the hotel is haunted, but unfortunately I did not have any experiences.
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Just don’t
User: Connector568964 from:
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jul, 3, 2022
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2022
Rating: 1
The historic Victorian charm of this building quickly wears off when you realize you are paying Hilton prices for a hostel experience. The building is deteriorating and dirty. Mold and dirt all over drapery, carpet, and shower curtain liners. Because of its age, the hotel is extremely noisy—I could literally hear my neighbor’s snoring and every step up and down the rickety staircase. No fridge or coffee in rooms-you get to battle it out for space in a mini fridge in the “coffee room” and then wait your turn to use a halfway functioning Keurig. My room had a view of the brick wall 4 feet away in the ally. For $300. Per. Night. Perhaps the owners of the hotel should invest some of the $300/night they charge into building maintenance and cleaning. Appalled at the price and lack of amenities. Plus side-great location downtown.

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