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South Pier Inn on the Canal

701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
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Ranked #4 of 32 hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. Our room was clean and romantic. Our room had a jacuzzi tub and a fireplace. The view was amazing. You are situated right by the lift bridge. It's also very quiet and within walking distance to canal park. The only complaint I would have is for the price you pay they... More

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minneapolis, mn
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202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

South Pier Inn is located immediately across the Lift Bridge: walking distance to the Canal Park area but also slightly removed. Smaller, very friendly staff, modest free breakfast, clean rooms with views, jacuzzis and fireplaces. Rooms with higher numbers (700+) face the inner Western Harbor--no lift bridge view, but also quieter--no lift bridge traffic hum and much quieter for boat... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has it all: Close to restaurants and shops, Huge ships coming through the canal just yards from the hotel, close to the beach for walking and swimming, lift bridge just out the door, beautiful rooms. Enjoy!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the South Pier Inn in June 2014. We had a nice suite. It had a great view of the harbor/Bay. It was very clean. A very short walk to everything in Canal Park. Right over the bridge and we were having cocktails at Grandmas! We were able to sit out on our balcony and watch sailboats. The... More

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Michigan City, Indiana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We splurged on the upper panoramic view and are thrilled we did. To see the Canal Bridge being raised and watch the ships and boats come in and out - what could be better? The suite was very comfortable with a fluffy down comforter and cozy pillows. Probably the best night of sleep I've gotten in a hotel room. Bathroom... More

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Winona, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here with my boyfriend, and we weren't looking for a hotel crowded with kids and something very quiet and we were very satisfied with our choice. It was right across the lift bridge so at any hour of the day/night you had beautiful views. The whirlpool was amazing and very relaxing. The beds were pretty comfortable. Even though... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Duluth has created a tourist district, Canal Park, with many shops and restaurants. The district ends at the famous Lift Bridge, beyond which there are only private houses. Except for the South Pier Inn, which sits exactly at the end of the bridge. The view is unique and wonderful, it is a 2-minute walk to the tourist district, but it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly quiet, love the convenience of being just across the bridge from Canal Park. Staircase lights for upstairs rooms are motion sensored. Bed faces window and balcony instead of a wall, which added to the ambience in that it felt less like "just another hotel room". I booked only 3 days in advance. Parking-lot side is not bad, but I... More

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Philadelphia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view is what bumps this review up to 4 stars. Internet access, if you could connect at all, was painfully s-l-o-w. I mean hair-growing slow! Couldn't even get on at 10PM, but at 5AM managed to connect, but s-l-o-w. The wake up call - the first call we got (at 1:54am) went to the living room phone, not the... More

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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic location. Right next to the aerial bridge. We had canal side and loved the chance to sit on the balcony and watch the ships come in and go out. You can even get a wake up call in the middle of the night to watch them. The fireplace was warm and the bathroom huge. I like the private... More

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Address: 701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
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Located at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge adjacent to Canal Park, South Pier Inn is Duluth's premier shipwatching hotel. Our 20 waterfront suites each feature a whirlpool, fireplace and private balcony, offering breathtaking views of the Duluth harbor or ship canal. This family-owned property offers the amenities you'd expect in a much larger hotel, yet provides the level of service and attention to detail you'd only find in a smaller establishment. ... more   less 
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