Age has not been kind to the Holiday Inn in Duluth. Wherever you look you'll see signs of age and decay, not just in the hotel, but in the atrium and the business that surround that part of down town.
In the rooms you'll see the most basic of accommodation, ordinary beds, 90s furniture, and a bathroom that looks like a public restroom. Stark old white tiles, leaking shower heads, old fashioned metal bathtubs, and signs of age.
On one side of the hotel you can get a lake view, which is quite pleasant, and on the other side you'll be looking back at the hill that Duluth sits on. But which ever way you face, expect to see some creepy large spiders come out and build webs and sit outside your window all night. I've stayed in the hotel on four separate occasions on different rooms and floors, and always seen the creepy spiders. Very weird, you'd think the harsh winter would finish them off.
I understand that many hotels wait far too long between refurbishments, but that doesn't explain the stingy supply of cheap towels and basic bare minimum toiletries.
In the so called Holiday Center many shops have closed, those that remain open have very limited opening hours. Get back to the hotel at 5:30pm on a Thursday as I just did, and the place is like a ghost town.
I thought the staff were nice, the WiFi was fast, and the view is excellent. I understand that they are refurbishing the rooms slowly and beginning the process of sprucing up the hotel which they should have started years back.
The biggest problem I had above all else was the price. Part of my stay exceeded $200 a night, and would have been even more if I had paid asking price for my room and not been upgraded because of my IHG Rewards Platinum Elite status.
I've stayed in hotels all over America, and beyond. I've stayed in some incredible hotels for far less. For me once the price of admission tips over $200, I'd better be wowed. Take away the view and the location, and you have a hotel that's worth maybe $75 a night. Charging such a premium and then providing such a basic stay is just not acceptable in my book. Although granted there's not a ton of competition this close to the center and on the Skywalk. But given the mass exodus from the downtown of the local businesses, and ghost town like appearance of it, I'm not even sure what one gains by staying right in the down town.
In short, expect to seriously over pay, expect to be deeply unimpressed, and you won't be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn And Suites Duluth Downtown
- Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown Hotel Duluth
- Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown Hotel
- Holiday Inn Duluth
- Duluth Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown is the largest, full service, NON SMOKING hotel in Duluth. We are centrally located in the heart of downtown on the hub of the Skywalk System; directly connecting us to DECC. We have two pools, saunas, whirlpool, children's wading pool as well as three restaurants within the hotel. We offer complimentary shuttle service, free parking, free Wi-Fi, 24HR business center and a 24HR fitness center. Room variety includes Lakeview rooms and Kid, Jacuzzi, King, and Two-Double Bed Suites. Welcome! We'd love to have you as our guest! ... more less
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