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Motel Ely Budget Host

#4 of 8 Hotels in Ely
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1.0 of 5
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1047 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN 55731
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have the pleasure of writing another review. My friend have been coming to Ely to the North American Bear Center for years. We always stay at the Budget Host. It is older, classic type of motel, complete with Neon and a "Color TV" sign. It could be on Route 66, and as a Route 66 type, count me in.... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Motel Ely is a very comfortable, clean stay in Ely. The owners are very friendly, accommodating and helpful. The room was large and comfortable. Reasonably priced and located in the center of town, this was a good place for us to stay as we were traveling through the area.

Thank Michael R
Chicago, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owners are really nice people, and they have a good, if basic, motel. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, everything is as it should be. There is even free wi-fi. I recommend the motel if you are in Ely.

Thank Moonshadow51
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Room was very clean. Roger and Debbie the owners couldn't have been more helpful. They offered up places to see and to eat. They actually make you feel like family. We certainly will stay there again on our next trip Ely

Thank Orlan C
Parkers Prairie, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The owners are super nice and accommodating. Very comfortable beds and pillows, just what we needed after a 300 mile motorcycle ride. It's a mom and pop that is well taken care of, close to restaurants, bars, park, and gas. I would recommend this hotel to people that spend their day out and about who want a comfortable room to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We booked two rooms 6 months in advance to stay here the night before a week long trip of canoe camping in the BWCA. When we arrived we were told they had no record of our reservation. We produced a print out of our online reservation with a confirmation number. But we were told matter of factly that they had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well, staying in Ely could be expensive...So the Budget Host is an option. It couldn't be..it is!! The rooms are not upscale or fancy, but very clean and they're doing well for a nice stay. It is a little as in early times (and that has it's charm). The patrons are very, very helpful and always in for a chat...explaining... More 

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Remer, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you are looking for CLEAN, well decorated rooms, a comfortable bed, awesomely friendly staff and a continental breakfast to boot all for a very reasonable price, this is the place to get it in Ely. A short walk to the "downtown" Ely area, this convenient location is one we will return to for certain!

Thank bkb2011
Madison, Wisconsin
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you need to bunk overnight before a trip into the BWCAW this is a good place to stay. The room is clean and friendly staff at the desk are very helpful. The price is a little higher than it would be in a non-tourist area but that is to be expected. Can't go wrong here for a comfortable, clean... More 

Thank mzungu333
Orr, Minnesota
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The room was updated and very clean and quiet. The outside still has that 60s look but in a vintage charming way...don't be deterred by this! Your room will be great and the owners are really pleasant. The only "downer" if you could call it that is the parking is a bit tight as the lodging is a big U... More 

Thank AshRiverGal
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