My wife and I just stayed two nights at the South Pier Inn in Duluth and could not have been happier! We were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary so we booked the upper level Grand Panoramic Suite and we were blown away by the stunning views, the cleanliness, and quiet that the room offered to us. The bed room was extremely comfortable with excellent linens and pillows on the king size bed, however we spent most of our time out in the living room with views of the harbor, Duluth cityscape, canal and aerial lift bridge.
We loved having the monocular and binoculars provided in the room as it really allowed you to get a close up view of the ships across the harbor.
The room was extremely clean. Both my wife and I have a low tolerance for dirty hotel rooms, and I didn't see a single thing out of place.
We've been to Duluth several times for fun and have stayed at a number of very nice hotels within the city (the last time we stayed in one of the penthouse suites at Fitgers), and while all of these other hotels were very nice, the South Pier Inn is our favorite by far.
I felt a little nervous booking here due to a couple of the recent reviews, but I honestly have no idea where they were staying, it wasn't this gem.
Granted, I don't think I'd ever stay here unless I could get a canal or harbor facing room. Don't spend the money to stay here and look at the parking lot. :)