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“Never been so exited to be in the room” 4 of 5 stars
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South Pier Inn on the Canal
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802   |  
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Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in Duluth
Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Never been so exited to be in the room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went here because my mom has wanted to for a few years now..... We went this weekend and it was fantastic. The furniture in the rooms is nothing fantastic, but the view in the corner suites is fantastic! It was so nice to see the ships glide by your room window. The staff is very friendly. The breakfast are not much, but they get their pastries from a local bakery and they are delish, but if you are looking for the American breakfast, this is no it. It exceeded my expectations, although a little spendy for the rooms, the view was worth it. The bathroom was pretty clean, except for the picture that looked very dirty. This is a room that you enjoy being in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Nicely appointed rooms and close to all the sites and activities in the Canal Park area. However, for the price and the expectation of a higher end suite, I was surprised by the tiny plastic utensils in little cellophane packages and plastic cups? I have trouble drinking wine from plastic....sorry. Sometimes it's the little things you remember. Otherwise, lovely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SouthPierInn, General Manager at South Pier Inn on the Canal, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and I hope you will visit us again the next time your travels bring you to Duluth.

Also, thank you for your comment regarding the plasticware. For the convenience of our guests, we do also have glassware available upon request. I'm sorry that you were not made aware of this option.

Please feel free to call on us if we can be of any assistance.
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

There is a big difference between a family owned motel and a corporate motel -- and in the big scheme of things it does not really matter that much how much you pay for a room. What's really neat is the same owners and manager will probably still be here next year to remember and thank you.
We are from Alaska and the "Arctic Entry" to our room was much appreciated. During the Winter months --- or for windy and rainy conditions, it is nice to have the two-door design to pass through -- one to block the elements and the 2nd door then is to your actual room. You park near or directly in front of your room, and the lobby is only two or three car lengths away. You will want to visit the friendly lobby for refreshments, maps, history and conversation.
The shower! I rarely see a shelf design where shampoo, the razor and other items actually remain on the shelf during the shower and do not get washed to the shower floor. Also, a very good hair dryer, a magnified lighted mirror and plenty of fluffy quality towels and so many other personal touches -- way too many to mention.
The multiple rooms were more like a suite and contained a Jacuzzi type tub. From anywhere in the room (or the tub) during shipping season you may "discretely" view the possibility of a 1,000 foot grain or iron-ore boat and also the Duluth City night lights. Also, TV's, stereo equipment and video games.
The gas fireplace will give you that added warmth on a cold winter or foggy night along with a gratuitous adult beverage and pillows-pillows everywhere -- on the bed in the drawers and on the couch ...
If you forget binoculars. No need. There are a pair in the room along with a spotting scope and tripod and window glass everywhere with verticle blinds which I cannot afford in my own home.
A long bathroom counter ... enough for two people to have their items conveniently laid out.
When the weather is good for walking, there is no need to take your car out of the parking lot. I'd guess there are over a dozen good eating places within a short 5 to 10 minute walk just across the lift bridge. In season, watching the lift bridge from your deck is one of the reasons you come to Duluth. The "Lake Walk" is nearby and you can travel a ways up the North Shore.
In the lobby, gourmet coffee, rolls and fruit are available -- all day long and with a computer and printer.
The Army Corp of Engineers has a "Shipping Museum" a block away; please don't miss it.
When I'm on vacation, I want to relax. This is a place where you actually don't need to leave your room to enjoy --- remember the tub and blinds ...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We loved the architecture and the amenities at this clean, tastefully decorated hotel. During our late February visit we were walking back across the lift bridge shortly before 8 PM. We looked up to see a pure white snowy owl fly overhead and perch atop the bridge. The golden bridge and the white owl were especially beautiful against the dark sky. It was a breathtaking experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Eau claire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The hotel is very clean, the hosts are accommodating, and the rooms are very nice. However...the beds are like sleeping on the deck of one of the freighters you see go thru the canal. Very uncomfortable, as are the pillows, and bedding.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marquette, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This place has well designed rooms to take advantage of shipping action on Lake Superior. Where else will they call you in the middle of the night if you want to watch ships go under the lift bridge? The continental breakfast is ample and there are many personal touches. It is a short walk across the bridge to food and shops in Canal Park and walks along the beaches can be entertaining year round.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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duluth, mn
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I have made it a year end/anniversary tradition to stay at the South Pier. It is a very pleasant, clean, comfortable place and we've enjoyed a number of passing ships through the canal over the past number of years and a great December 24th storm one other year (a nice place to ride out and view Lake Superior in a gale). The staff is friendly, the rates could always be a bit better, but overall, we like it enough to come back at year end for four years now.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about South Pier Inn on the Canal

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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#5 Family Hotel in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — South Pier Inn on the Canal 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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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