Every time we go to Duluth for a weekend getaway (a few times a year), we try to stay at Fitger's. We actually get pretty sad, and have once canceled a planned trip, if the hotel is booked.
We got married in Duluth and stayed here before and after the ceremony. They couldn't have been more accomodating on letting us take pictures in the rooms, the lobby, the staircase, etc. They also moved us from separate rooms the night before, to a room for "the new couple" the remaining nights of our stay - they did the actual moving of our luggage and such while the wedding and reception took place. There aren't that many places that would do that for you, OR I would trust to handle my baggage, but Fitger's is one of those places. The valent parking at check-in is a nice touch, too.
This particular stay, we found a package deal online that included the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race with our stay. The nice folks shuttled us the half hour to the race, and just told us to call when we wanted to be picked up for the return trip. They made sure we had VIP passes for a select viewing area, and promo material. I don't know if I would have attended a sled dog race if I didn't get such a great deal from Fitger's, but we had a total blast!
One of the nights of the stay, we went to a Thai place for dinner and had leftovers. We wanted to eat them for lunch the next day, but weren't in a room with a microwave. The front desk told us to bring it down to them. They got us plates, silverware, and napkins, and heated the food for us. It was busy at the time, but they never made us feel like we were putting them out.
If you stay lakeside, I would recommend turning all the lights off in your room, opening the lower half of the windows (in the summer, of course), pushing the curtains open across the length of the room, and watching/listening to the lake and the boats. So peaceful! I almost slept on the floor that night, which wouldn't have been bad, but the beds are so comfy, it would be a shame to waste them.
The restaurant isn't right in the hotel, but it's just down the stairs from them. But you can order from them for room service, which is a huge bonus. Generous portions and unique ingredients are part of the reason we always have at least one meal in. Plus, the shopping complex attached to the hotel has some really fun shops, restaurants and a brewery! What more could you want?
Overall, our favorite part of this hotel is that almost every single room is different from the rest. We have our favorites, but we also try staying in a variety of rooms in case we find a new favorite. I'd tell you about the cool brick in our #1 pick, but then it would be booked when we make reservations. :)