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“Lovely Get Away!” 4 of 5 stars
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South Pier Inn on the Canal
701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802   |  
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Minneapolis, MN
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Lovely Get Away!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We recently stayed for 2 nights at the Soth Pier Inn. This was our second visit. Its a great place to check in and unwind, especially when they are offering a mid week special rate! Its an exeptional value this way. The one room suite was bright and very comfortable. We brought some DVD movies to watch and were happy to see that they have upgraded their TV's.
Nice place. We will go back again when they offer another good deal!

Room Tip: We like the rooms that face the harbor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My husband and I had a quick overnight at South Pier Inn in Duluth this year. The view is the yes, and the Inn is friendly, clean, and simple but beautiful. We had Valentine's Dinner at the Glensheen Mansion, and enjoyed the view of the canal through the night. You do hear a bit of noise from the bridge, but it's worth it. Bring earplugs if you must, but the view of the bridge, and the hill were fabulous, a good value for Canal Park.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

This inn is a great value. I had a 2-night business stay and will plan to stay again. I liked its unique features -- its location just on the other side of the lift bridge, its design and its impeccable cleanliness. I also appreciated how the bathroom fixtures, carpets and linens all seemed quite new. I walked across the bridge to meet colleagues for dinner in the Canal Park area (where there is a wide range of restauant choices and some lovely shops).

I chose a lower cost room so was not facing the lake, but with the big windows and balcony I still got a feel for the overall setting. Breakfast in lobby had good coffee but mostly just pastries. This is not the place to be if you are looking for a lot of amenities for business travelers such as a workout room, but it is a great value overall.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

We stayed here for the first time in May of 2011 and were wonderfully surprised. We love the lake and the huge ships and this place is perfect for both. We also loved the fact that we could park the car and walk to the Canal Park area. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We intend to make this Duluth trip an annual one, and will always stay here.

Room Tip: We preferred the "canal" rooms over the harbor rooms, but it's purely a personal choic...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

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.

Room Tip: The panoramic suites have the best views and the most space, but any waterfront room will be a great...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

I am almost afraid to write this review because I would love to keep South Pier to myself. My sisiter and I were in Duluth for a quick overnight trip and decided to stay at the South Pier. I was so pleasantly suprised. Our room was fresh and clean and very comfortable. We had terrific views of the harbor and the lights of the city up the hill.
In the morning I got to see the lift bridge in operation close up and watched as an ore ship came into the harbor. Very Impressive.
I had my coffee with Betty the owner and Jamie at the desk. Everyone could not be more friendly. We were in walking distance to shops and good places to eat. Not to mention the fact that it is close to all of the lake walking trails. I honestly can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stayed here November 25-27, 2011 during a weekend getaway to the Twin Ports. We were greeted by friendly desk staff, provided with a clean, comfortable room, and locally baked snacks available anytime. We had a canal view room located right at the base of the Arrowhead Bridge in Duluth, and were treated to ships passing through the canal and under the bridge not 100' from our balcony. The room was large (1 bedroom suite) and clean, and after and evening in the cool night air, it was great to come back at night and sip some wine while enjoying a soak in the 2 person jet tub in front of the fireplace.

The breakfast included with the room consisted of fresh baking from a local bakery, fresh fruit, yogurt, juices, and coffee. It was very nice, and my only issue with it was the lack of a protein option such as peanut butter or boiled eggs.

All things considered, we had a very relaxing weekend here and would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: We liked the canal view room as it provided an excellent view of the lift bridge and the Duluth wate...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#5 Family Hotel in Duluth
#14 Business Hotel in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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