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“The bridge, the ships--a perfect place in Duluth!” 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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2013 Property of the Year
Ranked #4 of 32 hotels in Duluth
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The bridge, the ships--a perfect place in Duluth!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the South Pier Inn and it felt like coming home. We had stayed here for many years with our teenage son and all of us loved seeing the large ships come by right outside our window. We hadn't been back in 4 years and it did feel like coming home. Be sure to ask for a canal view room so you get to see the ships from your room. Be prepared for the warning bells from the lift bridge which has to be raised to accomodate the ships coming in or out of Lake Superior. We find the noise part of the charm. It's romantic to wake up at 3:00 AM to see a giant ship go right by your window as you lie in bed. It was quite foggy when we went to sleep and I got quite a picture of the bridge in the fog.

Our suite/room had a refrigerator, whirlpool, fireplace and binoculars to see the ships better! It was very clean with a small balcony. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 rating is that the air conditioning was not working very well and we had 95 degree weather! We told the front desk about it the next morning when we checked out and the woman was most apologetic and said she would get someone to look at it. We'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a canal view room if you want to see the ships up close and personal.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great boutique hotel! CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! Great views of the harbor and canal. Wonderful amenities (fireplace, hot tub, frig and microwave). Some suites with desks for business travelers. Easy access to main floor rooms - no steps. Very helpful staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is in the heart of Canal Park Duluth and is within walking distances to all of canal park and down town Duluth. It is kept very clean and comfortable. Lots of restaurants and shopping as well as a nice boardwalk along Lake Superior

Room Tip: No pool or fitness room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My wife and I started staying at the South Pier Inn not long after they opened and always try to stay for our Anniversary there whenever we are in Duluth. The rooms are great and you can't beat the views of Duluth. I try to watch the ships going through the canal when the Lift Bridge opens and have seen many of the largest boats on the Great lakes here. It's within walking and biking distance from all the Canal Park attractions and restaurants making it PERFECT! We will always keep coming back! :-)

Room Tip: They are all good but the Harbor View rooms are the best!
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  • Stayed August 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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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at the South Pier Inn for two days, August 21 and 22nd in the panoramic room (602). One of the nicest rooms I've stayed in in quite a while with a great view of the lift bridge and the Great Lake freighters. The lift bridge is a mavel in engineering and I can't begin to tell you how many photographs of the bridge I took. The bed was nice, the continental breakfast was good and the staff was very friendly. We met the owner outside in the morning and she was very friendly and helpful. I booked this in advance before the shipping was reduced so the ships were scattered and mostly in the early morning hours but I managed to see them all. I do not write many reviews but this hotel deserves a great rating and if possible, put this on your list to visit. Since I go to Orr Minnesota every year from Ohio, I now have a place to return to in the future. Thanks.

Room Tip: The panoramic rooms offer great views of the harbor and the chanel. The second floor offered great v...
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The lady at the front desk was very welcoming and nice. We stayed in a room that looked out towards the parking lot. It has a nice small deck to walk out on. The room was clean and well maintained. Nice location to walk to many different restaurants and shopping. We will stay here again.

  • 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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New Ulm, Minnesota
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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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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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