As the largest city in North Dakota, Fargo draws visitors from across the prairies and beyond. Among the main attractions are the Plains Art Museum, the Fargo Air Museum, and Red River Zoo, plus shows and concerts at the FargoDome. It’s quite the college town too, with some 10,000 students attending North Dakota State University, which gives the place a buzzy, youthful vibe. Plus, the frontier city has a historic downtown with no shortage of restaurants, shops, and bars (often filled with NDSU students, of course). Here are some of the best hotels in Fargo for you to choose from.
You’ll find this boutique hotel, arguably the most luxurious in town, right on Broadway in downtown Fargo. The rooms adhere to a minimalist Nordic design, with clean lines and a few nods to the pioneer heritage of the city. The rooms all feature floor-to-ceiling windows but consider getting a suite if you want wraparound windows with formidable views. The hotel restaurant, Rosewild, is a destination in its own right, with an innovative focus on a mix of fermented and foraged foods, plus plenty of locally-sourced meats.
This Marriott-owned hotel is located in the southwest of the city, and is a good bet for travelers with a location right off the I-94 exit; downtown Fargo is about a 15-minute drive away. Element offers a wide range of bright and tidy lodgings, from a regular room with a king-sized bed up to a family suite that sleeps four; all rooms have kitchenettes and some studios offer a full kitchen. Guest perks include a fitness center, indoor pool, and a sprawling outdoor patio where you can fire up the barbecue and chargrill your family’s dinner.
If you need a place to stay where you can really settle in, this all-suite hotel in Fargo is an ideal choice. Its self-contained apartments all offer full kitchens, and separate bedrooms with room for groups of up to eight (in one of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites). Expect homey accommodations decorated in soothing cream and beige tones, with guest hangout spaces in the form of a comfy lounge and patio. The location is handy, too: it’s right next to the FargoDome, with the airport just a short drive away, and the university is within walking distance.
Part of a mini-chain with two other locations in South Dakota, Clubhouse offers rooms and suites decked out in earthy tones evocative of the Great Plains. All rooms feature king or queen beds; groups can book a family suite, and there’s a presidential suite with a whirlpool tub in case you’re in Fargo to romance your sweetie. In the evenings, you can trade travel tales with fellow guests on the backyard patio with fire pits; other extras include an indoor pool, a gym, and a generous buffet breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy and waffles. The hotel is close to the West Acres Mall, and a 15-minute drive from downtown.
This hotel in the city’s southwest corner offers appealing rooms with polished wooden headboards, with deep emerald or ruby color schemes adding sophistication to your sleeping space. There are a few family options – a boon, given that the Red River Zoo is just a block away and Thunder Road amusement park is also within a walkable distance, plus the hotel comes with an indoor pool with a waterslide (for the kids) and poolside bar (for the parents). West Acres Mall is steps away, and you won’t starve, either: you’re just a short walk away from popular dining options such as Granite City Food & Brewery and Lucky’s 13 Pub.
This hotel in Fargo has a convenient location one block off Broadway, in the heart of downtown. Inside, you’ll sleep in rooms that have a timeless minimalist design: white walls, polished wooden floors, and chic Nordic-style furniture. Attractions such as the Plains Art Museum, Hjemkomst Center, and Viking Ship Park are right on your doorstep, and while the hotel has an on-site restaurant – 84 Italian Steakhouse, serving up pasta and prime cuts of beef, you’re surrounded by Fargo’s choice dining options, from Vinyl Taco (Mexican) to Pounds (contemporary American fare).
This no-fuss Hilton hotel is located right by the Sanford Medical Center – handy if you’re visiting kids studying at medical school, and directly off I-94, a 20-minute drive from downtown. The simple rooms have everything you need: air conditioning, wifi, a kitchenette with microwave, and a 40-inch HDTV. Social areas, including a charming patio with a firepit and indoor lounges, are a good place to mingle with fellow guests, and you can grab some pizza from the hotel restaurant, Made Market, and then work off the calories at the on-site gym and pool.
This artsy hotel in downtown Fargo has just 17 rooms in a 19th-century heritage building. Each room is uniquely designed by a local artist: some have exposed brick and vaulted ceilings, and all have eye-catching artwork and characterful furniture. The hospitality is top-notch too: there’s a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour daily, plus complimentary coffee and pastries each morning. For something more substantial, make a reservation at the in-house restaurant HoDo, with a focus on locally-sourced fare. A rooftop bar and hot tub seal the deal.
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