As a frequent traveler for both business and pleasure, I find the South Pier Inn to be a gem in a sea of less-than-average hotels. My husband and I travel to Duluth several times a year to visit relatives, and we try to stay at the South Pier Inn as often as we can. Our most recent stay this past weekend was exceptional. We stayed in a panoramic suite, which has both a view of the canal and a view of the harbor. The living room of the suite was the perfect backdrop for a late family Christmas celebration--gorgeous view, fireplace, Christmas movie playing on the DVD player. My parents spent a good amount of time watching the wildlife outside using the binoculars and telescope provided in the room. The suite itself was impeccably clean and had all the conveniences of home--including a mini kitchen area.
We're practically "regulars" at the South Pier Inn during the off season months. The staff is always friendly and approachable, the check in/checkout process is painless, and the snacks in the lobby area are fantastic. The little croissants are a bit of heaven.
While we'd love to keep this gem to ourselves, we've told all of our friends and family about the hotel, and we've encouraged people to visit Duluth purely to stay at the South Pier Inn. The location is the best way to experience the best Duluth has to offer--downtown, Canal Park, and massive ships passing next to your window.