An old friend from DC was visiting and I had to show her the Lake and landscape that nourishes my soul. Normally, I stay further up the North Shore; but we were trying to do a little north and a little south shore. Finally a hotel I would be proud to recommend to anyone traveling for business or pleasure. The design of the hotel seemed to be trying to capture the spirit of the Ahwahnee Lodge of Yosemite Valley. Though it doesn't have the ancient ghosts of that great place, it is a beautifully done modern version with large windows that allow for the sublime grandeur of the lake to be front and center.
I would hazard that during school vacations that this place is full of families and boisterous children, but that is what Canal Park is in the high season. If you want to visit for a romantic or more adult vacation than avoid school holidays.
It is at the west end of Canal Park but still an easy distance to walk to most of the shops and restaurants there with the added bonus of being on the boardwalk path if one wishes to walk to Fitger's and the shops in that direction.
Continental breakfast was good with stuff your own omelets, make your own waffles, potatoes, fruits, great coffee, yogurts and all the usual. Plenty of seating though, it can be a bit noisy if there are many children in that area. I grabbed coffee initially and then went back to the room and waited for another 1/2 hour. The crowd thinned and it was a peaceful meal. That is why I would caution anyone who didn't appreciate a family friendly environment to either be very flexible in your day or avoid Canal Park during school holidays.
Really a great stay. Bathroom was large. Two queen beds were comfortable. We had a balcony with patio furniture. It would have been nice if they would have shoveled the snow so that we could have opened the door fully and enjoyed the space a little more. Strict no pet and no smoking policy.
Overall great place.
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- Also Known As:
- Canal Park Hotel Duluth