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South Pier Inn on the Canal

701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
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Ranked #3 of 32 hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011
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    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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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South suburbs
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

My husband and I have stayed here twice-very nice experience! Walking distance to the galleries and restaurants of Canal Park vicinity, and even walkable to downtown Duluth. THE place to stay to watch the big ships!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

My family has stayed at South Pier Inn a few times now. I think this is the best option for visiting Duluth. You couldn't be closer to Canal Park. The rooms are very comfortable, well designed, and clean. I love the view of the ships passing under the bridge. The last time we stayed at this hotel it was starting... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

I've stayed at this hotel/motel a few times; the last being my last time I will stay there. This hotel/motel is in much need of a updating. The best thing I can say about this place is the shower head was best I experienced on our trip. My wife and I stayed in 3 hotels in Duluth this trip and... More

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SouthPierInn, General Manager at South Pier Inn on the Canal, responded to this review

It is our primary goal to ensure that every guest has an excellent experience while staying at South Pier Inn, and we look to guest input to help us meet this goal. Within the past year, we have finished replacing every bed in the property, and all of our sofa sleepers have been replaced within the past two years. Our... More

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

We love stopping in Duluth after a week or two in the woods in the Boundary Waters and we've stayed at a few other places on Canal Park, but SPI is the best! More low key and quieter. While we did not have a view of the lake, we had a view of the harbor and Duluth that was great!... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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22 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

When we opened the door to our room we expected a typical hotel room - what we got was quite a pleasant surprise! The rooms are large, the views immense, and the service is top notch. Our room was just outside the canal - we watched numerous ships move in and out of the area port. Across the aerial bridge,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This inn has absolutely fabulous rooms with views that are astounding. The room we had featured a hot tub and glass windows overlooking the Duluth/Superior harbor and was only 25 yards from the famous Lift Bridge which allowed for some spectular opportunities for seeing ships "up close and personal". We were fortunate to score a room during Labor Day Weekend... More

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Menomonie, WI
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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

My husband and I were feeling the Winter Blues in January and decided to take a little trip. It was the perfect weekend! We booked the Whirlpool Suite (VERY worth the extra price), and absolutely loved it! Our view was amazing, the whirlpool replaced the need for a pool, and the continental breakfast was just right. We're not much for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Three high school friends planned and had a wonderful reunion at the South Pier Inn a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed watching harbor activity from our hotel room deck and living room. This room was fresh, clean, attractive and comfortable. And, since the hotel is so close to fun sights and interesting restaurants, it was certainly convenient. Hotel staff... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011 via mobile

I have stayed at most of the hotels in canal park. My wife and I loved this place. You are less then 30 feet from the water facing the harbor. Even though you need to cross the bridge to get to canal park. It takes less then 2 minutes to cross the bridge from the hotel. I have stage 4... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

My husband and I stayed here 2 days. I loved that we could stand on our oun balcony and watch ships come and go. Yet when the door was shut the room was surprisingly quiet. Bridge and ships both blow thier horns when they pass under. We couldn't hear any of that with the door shut. We kept it open... 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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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Duluth #2 Romantic Hotel in Duluth #5 Family Hotel in Duluth #15 Business Hotel in 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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