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“Great views and you can walk to everything” 5 of 5 stars
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South Pier Inn on the Canal
701 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802   |  
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Ranked #3 of 32 hotels in Duluth
Tacoma, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Great views and you can walk to everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just came back from an awesome stay at South Pier Inn. You can walk to everything that downtown Duluth has to offer and enjoy a long walk down the beach. Watching the ships pass by your room is a unique experience. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Clarksville, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I love Duluth, and this hotel is perfect. I would definitely go back. Like another reviewer said - great views, luxurious rooms and fantastic location - close proximity to Canal Park but great seclusion.

Pros:
*Close to all the action but also secluded.
*Limited rooms so private feel
*Free continental breakfast including delicious coffee
*Luxurious rooms and hot tub
*Awesome views and nice balcony
*Fluffy robes

Con
*Harbor view is not nearly as exciting as a bridge view and no view of Lake Superior (Room 701 has a harbor view)

Room Tip: Get a bridge view room - the harbor view is a little boring. If you get Room 601, you should be abl...
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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St. paul
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Just came back from a long weekend trip for my birthday with my husband. Went back and forth between hotels before settling on South Pier Inn. Check-in girl was aloof and uninterested. Room was clean and comfortable with amazing views and great location. Some updating in the bathroom was needed (fan and sink had loud shrieking sound). Only really bad thing was the cleaning of the room. We used the jacuzzi tub one night and I was irritated it wasn't cleaned the next day. It deterred me from using for the rest of our stay. Really, the only "cleaning" that was done was restocking towels and making the bed. Hotel needs work in this area. Otherwise good stay.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leclaire, Ia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This hotel has great views, luxurious rooms, and a perfect location just close enough to Canal Park but far enough away for some seclusion. The location just great, plus there are a limited number of rooms so it had a private feeling other larger hotels nearby do not. Staff were courteous and accommodating. We'll be back!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The only issue we had during our stay was the water pressure in the shower. It was ridiculously low. But this didn't justify a lower rating because the time we stepped in until the time we left everything was just awesome. The hotel the view and especially the staff. I would come back anytime.

I forgot to mention. Jessica was awesome.

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This place is just perfect. They have the best views, friendly staff, amazing rooms, great prices, and not too touristy. There are fireplaces in many of the rooms and Jacuzzis. I only hope this does not get too popular and then I won't be able to get a room next time!

Room Tip: Definitely get a room with a lake or canal view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Highly recommend this hotel. Customer service is exceptional. We were made to feel very welcome. Our Lakeview room was nice & bright with a great view of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Enjoyed the continental breakfast & afternoon coffee & cookies. Easy walk across the bridge to plenty of shopping & restaurants. Will definitely stay here again if we are back in Duluth.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Duluth
#2 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#4 Family Hotel in Duluth
#15 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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Also Known As:
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South Pier Duluth
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