The Hotel Cantieny was located on the northwest corner of N.P. Avenue and Fifth Street. The owner of the hotel was Anton Cantieny. Mr. Cantieny had come to Fargo in August 1879, first operating a restaurant and oyster house. In the spring of 1889, he opened the Hotel Cantieny and operated the hotel until he sold out due to ill health in the fall of 1892.
At the time the hotel and bar opened, the following notice was printed in the June 4, 1889 Daily Argus:
A. Cantieny, long known as one of the most enterprising men in Fargo, has taken possession of the Webster building, 501 Northern Pacific Avenue, and is dispensing the "beautiful ardent" to the boys. Tony is behind the bar and everyone is assured of the finest treatment and most gentlemanly service. The Hotel Cantieny will soon be open ready for business. Cantieny says it will be firstcalss in every respect.
The hotel advertised "basic accommodations" at $1.00 to $1.50 per day. The building that housed the hotel burned down in the fire of 1893 and was not rebuilt. Mr. Cantieny went on to operate a new and second hand furniture store, and died of consumption in May 1895.
"Enterprise Repeated", Daily Argus, (4 June 1889): 8.
Fargo and Moorhead City Directory. Fargo, 1881-1927.
"A. Cantieny Dead" Fargo Forum and Daily Republican (24 May 1895): 4.