Skip to main content
Publish date:

Having already won architectural plaudits, Lora Hotel opens in Stillwater

It's Stillwater's first new hotel in 23 years.

Stillwater continued on its recent trendy streak with the opening of the Lora Hotel in its downtown.

The $13.5 million hotel, the first development for Portland, Oregon-based Provenance Hotels, opened its doors to its first guests on Monday.

The project has already won acclaim from Architectural Digest, which named it among its "15 Best-Designed Hotels Opening This Summer."

That's in no small part down to the efforts of Minneapolis' ESG Architecture & Design, which has transformed buildings that formerly housed the Joseph Wolf Brewery into a 40-room boutique hotel that abuts the stone cliffs at the end of Main Street.

It still retains much of the 1886 brewery's original features, including natural limestone walls, carriage passageways, and exposed wooden beams.

It's also home to no fewer than three food and drink outlets, including the full-service restaurant "Feller," the coffee and juice bar "MADE," and craft cocktail bar called "The Long Goodbye."

Provenance Hotels says "The Long Goodbye" is a cheeky nod to the famous "Minnesota goodbye."

Minnesota is a theme that runs throughout the hotel, despite its Oregonian origins, with guest beds topped with Faribault Woolen Mills blankets, while honor bars are stocked with Annie B'S Caramels and Old Dutch chps, among other local brands.

Today's Top Stories

– Minnesota man killed by falling tree, woman and 2 kids injured.

– Twin Cities couple get their own renovation show on HGTV.

– SIGN UP: Subscribe to our daily newsletters.

Local alcohol brands for sale in the hotel include Lift Bridge (obviously) as well as efforts from local distilleries.

You can check out its selection of rooms and suites on its website, but be warned that it's not a cheap stay – its introductory room rates start at $275-per-night.

It'll be the first new hotel to open in Stillwater since 1995, when the Water Street Inn was built, according to the Pioneer Press,

Next Up

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.


Stillwater's first new hotel in 23 years is nearing completion

The 40-bedroom hotel called Lora opens next month.

The Hewing Hotel's spectacular rooftop is now open to non-guests

The North Loop hotel has an enviable view of downtown Minneapolis.

Grand View Lodge to add boutique hotel to Gull Lake resort

It claims it would make it Minnesota's largest resort.

Check out the first 'modern' hostel set to open in Duluth

Bookings will be taken for the Hostel du Nord from Saturday.

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Best Hotels in Midwest' features 4 from MN

Grand View Lodge in Nisswa also made the list for 'Best Resorts in the Midwest.'

Deal struck to re-open security checkpoint at MSP Airport hotel

The organization that runs MSP Airport has agreed to temporarily pay for the checkpoint to stay open.