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“Great view of ships!” 5 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
New Ulm, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great view of ships!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Awesome view of the ships coming and going from the lake. Loved the brightness of the room. The duck made from two wash clothes was adorable. room carpet was dirty, but not terribly disturbing. Right next to the lift bridge.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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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Eau Claire, WI
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11 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed at South Pier Inn on July 30-31, 2013. We were looking for a nice couples getaway location close to Canal Park where we could just park and walk to most locations we wanted to enjoy. This was just the ticket for us. We loved the views of the bridge from the balcony and the room itself. We loved the quick walk to dinner and other sites in Canal Park and only left once to go hiking at Gooseberry Falls and a few other spots up the shoreline. We had breakfast out both mornings, so I can't comment on the morning fare offered in the lobby. The receptionist was very helpful with a location question we had and other staff we encountered were all very friendly. We had a balcony room overlooking the canal and really didn't hear the horns and whistles of the bridge and boats, which can be very loud, during our stay. The room was pretty quiet. We loved the jacuzzi and size of the room as well. The mini fridge was handy for keeping water cold for our walks.

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  • Stayed July 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at South Pier in a room overlooking the canal and lift bridge. The view was great, room clean, bedding better than most, and staff was very friendly. We felt lucky to have found the place and won't stay anyplace else in Duluth in the future. It was pricy, but a view like that likely doesn't come cheap.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in a canal view suite and had an amazing view of the aerial lift bridge going up and down for the lake freighters and tourist boats. We also watched a sailing regatta going out of the harbor. We got wonderful pictures of the bridge lit up at night and enshrouded in fog in the morning. The suite was well laid out and very clean. The front desk staff were friendly. My only complaint would be that the continental breakfast should include more items.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Winnipeg, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Location was amazing, Lovely walk over the bridge to Canal Park. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby and nice area for walking. Hotel clean, well managed by a very friendly staff. Beds small and room nice but nothing special. Location made up for it though.

Room Tip: I am sure the lakeside rooms were nicer but quite expensive
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This hotel is located right on Lake Superior and is a stones throw from the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. We booked our room using TripAdvisor and Priceline. We were told when we checked in that the room I requested was not available. While the hotel upgraded us to a larger room, I was disappointed that we didn't get the room I'd asked for.

Everything about this hotel is simple. It is configured into town house style rooms that can be adjoined to allow for different combinations of spaces. All have outside entries and balcony's or patios lakeside. Our room faced the shipping harbor and was literally 10 feet from the shore. The common spaces were efficiently furnished. Coffee service was available all day. Just enough parking for everyone.

Our room was furnished for someone on vacation. No business traveler need apply. Couch, a couple of chairs, coffee table and console furnished the main room. A DVD player was on the mantle of the gas fireplace. The kitchen had a microwave, sink and fridge. The whirlpool was in the main room and was clean and inviting. The huge windows offered lots of light and a beautiful view of the lake. The separate bedroom was simply furnished and faced the parking lot.

I spent a lot of time on the little patio outside our room. It was very private, peaceful and offered the best view of the ships entering the harbor.

While we could hear the bridge bells and some walking around from those staying above us, the room was quiet overall.

Breakfast was good. Pastries, fruit, cereal, yogurt, juice and coffee.

I would look forward to staying at this hotel again. It has been a long time since I have stayed in a hotel that reminded me to take it easy, unplug, and enjoy the simplicity of a clean, comfortable room. The lake was a bonus.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Missouri
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40 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was a great choice for us, because I was absolutely fascinated by the Aerial Lift Bridge. The room was very comfortable, we stayed in a Queen Bed Waterfront Suite (which wasn't really a suite, but as comfortable as one) and it was good size. We loved the tub in the room, and the balcony, and the windows overlooking the harbor. Oh, and it was nice having the mini-fridge, and the coffee (in-room and with continental breakfast) was great!

We stayed three nights. The hotel was easy walking distance to restaurants in Canal Park, and walking to the places we ate downtown was feasible, but we chose to drive (a little chilly). I really rate this as one of the best places I've stayed in terms of suiting our tastes and being wonderfully relaxing.

  • Stayed July 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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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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