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Archer House Hotel Review: This charming 1877 French Second Empire inn is strategically located in the heart of historic downtown Northfield. It sits along the picturesque Cannon River, between the campuses of St. Olaf and Carleton College. A confusing warren of shops fills the street level of this property, but your eventual arrival in the lobby makes the trip worthwhile. The attractive reception area features a grand front desk and dark woodwork. The hotel offers 36 individually decorated rooms, two distinctive restaurants, a charming coffee café and a comfortable lounge, as well as a collection of unique retail shops. The guest rooms are decorated in country style, rather than the expected high Victorian. While the bathrooms feature whirlpools, the accommodations are in general pleasant but not exceptional. Guests can also enjoy the numerous shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries sprinkled along Division Street.