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“Beautiful But Lacking Hospitality” 2 of 5 stars
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2309 East First Street, Duluth, MN 55812-1808   |  
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Ranked #5 of 11 Duluth B&B and Inns
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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17 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful But Lacking Hospitality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

We travel alot and have had the good fortune to experience many Bed and Breakfasts across the U.S. This is a beautifully restored historic bed and breakfast. We would have loved to have heard the history but the college student who checked us in didn't know the history and the owners were nowhere to be found. 'Mystery wine' and crackers were set out for guests in the evening. The house was such a masterpiece but the B&B is lacking the most important features - warmth and hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis MN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Cotton Mansion in one of the carriage house rooms. The restoration of the building is beyond description. Intricately carved woodwork, stained glass and grand rooms look as they might have looked originally. There are a number of rooms on the second floor of the main house, but we chose to stay in the carriage house. There was another room adjacent to ours in the carriage house but it didn't deminish our feeling of intimacy. The beautiful fireplace, privacy, whilrpool tub was truely an escape. The bathroom and bed were comfortable. There was even a small CD player with relaxing cds to play, a nice touch. A short walk over to the main house in the morning for breakfast was a bit brisk, but we didn't mind. We dined with the other couples staying there in the main dining room. Ken and Kim know how to serve a fine meal. The food, grand atmosphere and conversation was very memorable. We do like our privacy, but sharing the meal with strangers in such a glorious setting was actually very special. Thanks to Ken and Kim for your hard work of restoring and sharing this gem and creating a unique get away.

Room Tip: The main house has 4 or 5 rooms on the second level. They are arranged around the main very grand st...
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  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

We spent the weekend at the Cotton Mansion and had an absolutely fabulous stay! Ken and Kim were very gracious hosts and made us feel right at home. They provided us wonderful accommodations, delicious eats, and delightful entertainment. It was the perfect get-a-way during a busy, hectic Christmas season. We have stayed in other B&Bs, but no other experience can compare. I think my husband summed it up best. You can tour historic homes, but rarely do you have the opportunity to live and be part of one. It will be hard to go to any other B&Bs. Thank you Ken and Kim for a wonderful weekend!

Room Tip: All the rooms are amazingly beautiful so you can't go wrong with any of them; however, I loved s...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roseville, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Wonderful place for a celebration. Historic mansion with great rooms, wonderful service and hospitality. Convenient to downtown Duluth, great restaurants up old Highway 61 nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Whether in the main building or in the carriage house the rooms are spacious, cozy and relaxing. Nice place for a get away.

Room Tip: One room in mansion facing lake superior with it's own balcony is worth the extra.
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  • Stayed November 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

From the moment you enter the drive way of the mansion, you feel regal! The hosts are most gracious. The mansion is truly a history lesson of dulth, with many historical pictures and books to look at. The rooms are so very romantic as well. Breakfast was fabulous. If you are looking for a romantic place to stay in Duluth, you will not be disappointed one bit!

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Robbinsdale
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We have stayed at the "Cotton Mansion" a number of time's,for the simple fact that the service and hospitality is genuine and warm! My husband and I always have a quiet,relaxing weekend! The breakfast that we always look so forward to, is "spot on!" You need to make a reservation and stay,you will love it!

Room Tip: All of the room's are great! You could go their website to get a look at each room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Cotton Mansion during my first trip to Duluth, and it was absolutely wonderful. We planned our visit to the city only one week before we went, and we managed to get into the B&B through another guest cancellation (I had emailed through the website to be put on the wait list). It was such an unexpected surprise to be staying at a B&B, rather than a chain hotel.

We arrived late from the Twin Cities on a Friday evening, and our room in the Carriage House (Bella Flora) was waiting for us with soft, relaxing music playing and dim lighting. The room was large compared to an average hotel room - seating area, as well as a functioning fire place and large whirlpool (equipped with bath salts) in addition to the shower.

Breakfast was in the main house, which is gorgeous. Other reviews speak of its history - it is truly breathtaking. Coffee is served around 8, and breakfast is at 9 with the group at one large dining table - mostly other couples ranging from early 20s to early 50s. The group was lovely - a little awkward at first but then people started talking about where they were from etc. Stuffed French toast (some of the best I've had) and Eggs Benedict made breakfast a treat (and filled you up). Ken and Kimberly, the owners, are very aware of any food allergies or specifications - you can simply ask. Since we had checked in late, Ken and Kimberly took the time to show us around the house. There is a phone in the foyer that has their number where they could always be reached. After breakfast, Ken spent some time speaking to the group about newer restaurants/places around Duluth. We also had fruit, wine, and cheese which is served around 4-6 in the main house.

On Sunday, we asked Kim if we could keep our road bikes in the carriage house after checkout while we went hiking - she was more than happy to help out how she could! The Cotton Mansion was the perfect way to spend a weekend in Duluth - it felt like you were going home after a fun day of activity. I would stay here every time I came to Duluth - you will not be disappointed! It was incredibly romantic if you are traveling as a couple.

Room Tip: There are two rooms in the Carriage house (Bella Flora and the Garden suite), which is a separate bu...
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Address: 2309 East First Street, Duluth, MN 55812-1808
Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A premier bed and breakfast inn, located in the heart of Duluth's Historic Mansion District, specializing in honeymoons, anniversaries and romantic retreats. ... more   less 
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Cotton Mansion Hotel Duluth

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