We recently stayed at this hotel on a visit with our daughter that attends UMD. We arrived at the person at the desk was very friendly and asked what the purpose was for our visit to Duluth. I said that we were visiting our daughter and he said that they had a special rate for parents of UMD students. It was a lower rate than what I had originally booked the room, so that was a pleasant surprise. He also upgraded our room. The room was very clean and the staff very friendly. We didn't stay for breakfast so I can't comment on that. Our experience has always been a good one at this hotel. We make this hotel our first choice when looking for a room for the night, but it fills up fast. It is close to many restaurants, Miller Hill Mall and other shopping. A great place to stay and good cookies.