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The Confluence Hotel to Open in Hastings

The new hotel offers groups a unique river town experience in a renovated, historic, turn-of-the-twentieth-century building

By Todd R. Berger

8.23.23 The Confluence Hotel in Hastings, Minnesota
The Confluence Hotel along the Mississippi River in Hastings will open this fall. | Courtesy of The Confluence Hotel

The Confluence Hotel, a captivating new boutique hotel, opens this fall within the beautifully renovated H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Factory in Hastings, 30 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Flanked by the banks of the Mississippi River dowtown, the 77-room hotel will feature a signature restaurant and ballroom. The north corridor, stretching to the water’s edge, houses an impressive nine lifestyle suites. Reservations will be accepted starting in September 2023.

Great efforts have been made to restore and repurpose the building’s most significant elements. These include the distinctive metal cupolas and roof, the tall factory windows made of multiple panes of glass, original wood beams, and diamond-plate flooring. The cupolas have been fully restored, serving as a prominent architectural feature, showcased in the hotel’s logo.

The Confluence Hotel offers comfortable guest rooms averaging 475 square feet, thoughtfully designed to showcase the building’s original aesthetic. Many rooms feature the charm of exposed brick walls, while second-floor rooms boast cathedral ceilings adorned with original exposed beams, enhancing the room’s sense of space.

All rooms are furnished with a combination of wood and carpet flooring and modern quartz countertops, creating an elevated style. To add to the hotel’s unique character, some finishes have been crafted from recycled metals and artifacts sourced from the original build, resulting in inviting patina finishes that can be seen throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s nine lifestyle suites feature open-concept, full-size kitchens with unmatched views. The Confluence Hotel invokes an environment of work and play, a water’s edge experience where adventure enthusiasts are made and traditions are born.

The hotel will feature a social, open-concept lobby adjacent to the bar and dining room. A front drive will provide direct access for registration and dedicated spaces to load and unload luggage conveniently, and a parking ramp directly across the street will provide longer-term parking.

Missi’s will be an elegant and approachable restaurant, embodying an unpretentious, charming atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it aims to provide an elevated dining experience. The restaurant’s culinary focus revolves around upscale, contemporary charcoal flavor profiles, with some creative delights to rotate seasonally. Missi’s will strive to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, allowing the dishes to reflect its unique and innovative approach to classic New American inspired flavors.

The menu draws inspiration from the abundant natural resources found in the heartland Midwest, including forests, streams, lakes, and fields. Missi’s menu will prioritize seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, ensuring freshness and supporting regional producers. The kitchen is equipped with a Mibrasa charcoal solid fuel grill to create exceptional flavors, adding a special touch to its dishes.

Missi’s outdoor dining patio offers captivating views of the river. BKYD, the hotel’s backyard, is a multitiered outdoor space designed to provide a relaxed and inviting spot for drinks and social gatherings. BKYD is a versatile venue that can host events. It serves as a vibrant and engaging space where guests can unwind, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and experience lively entertainment while taking in the picturesque river views.

The Ballroom at The Confluence Hotel boasts unmatched views of the Hastings Bridge and the mighty Mississippi River. With approximately 6,000 square feet and a pre-function landing for cocktail gatherings pre- and post-event, its location is destined to make memories for all who gather there. The ballroom features adorned ceilings with original wood beams and large windows that provide splendid views all the way around.

Situated east of Jaycee Park, the hotel provides convenient access to park amenities. The Riverside Terrace and Waterfront at The Confluence Hotel will be available to accommodate outdoor events, ensuring a suitable space for open-air gatherings. Whether making use of The Ballroom for large-scale indoor events or enjoying outdoor festivities in the nearby park, the hotel offers versatility and access to enjoyable amenities for a variety of occasions.

The hotel’s name, The Confluence Hotel, was inspired by the coming together of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, just a short distance from the site. The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority bought the building in 2010 to revitalize the riverfront area to better connect with the downtown retail area and foster a greater regional tourism draw. Local developer Pat Regan has been working with City Properties Group, a group known for the redevelopment of old properties along riverfronts, to bring the project online. Initially hampered by the pandemic, then supply chain shortages, the hotel is expected to be fully open and operating this fall. IDM Hospitality Group, known for its high quality and inviting boutique hotels across the Midwest, will provide hospitality management services.