I was hesitant about our stay at this motel based on other reviews. I am glad I saw the reviews and were aware of what to expect. The other/new hotels in the downtown area are built on the peninsula/pier area and they charge for being newer ($200 for this weekend), whereas the Best Western was $110 each night. For such a large price discrepancy, I was prepared for the different, my spouse was upset with how much we were paying for each night here. It was obvious the room had been freshly wallpapered, and you could see patches or other things that were on the surface that were just covered up (texture outlines of uneven surface underneath).
The room smelled musty/moldy, and made us wonder what it looked like a few months before. There was one television stand. The fan in the bathroom did not work. We had two bath towels, two hand towels and two washcloths. One of each size was newer and slightly fluffy and the other was basically threadbare. We had a king size bed, the tall dresser with tv on it, a small dresser which doubled as a suitcase stand for us and two beside tables, as well as a table and two chairs. The bedspread appeared to be fairly new as well. The bed was quite comfortable.
That said, the vent in the bathroom probably didn't work because when one looked at it, the vent itself was covering drywall that had about eight one inch drill holes in it. The musty smell combined with two or three dead honey bees in the window was suggesting even with having the hotel room being booked, it still was not aired out before we arrived. The room was non-smoking; however, one could still smell the smoke as people would walk by the a/c unit smoking.
The hotel also does not have enough parking space for all hotel rooms. We were sure to be back early and to park and then walk three blocks down to Superior Street so we'd have a parking spot inside the hotel area. Otherwise, it was parking up behind the hotel in a gravel lot that just screamed, "do not leave anything of any value in your car".
As my title says, this part of Duluth looks to be having a revitalization occurring. From the photo on the front page here, the building just beyond the BW is the OLD Carnegie Library building which is not in use any longer, or so it appeared. The next block contained the old high school, built of the same rock, which we could not tell if it was in use any longer or not. Walking down the various streets was a good way to see a part of the community most never see.
I would not cross this hotel off your list, just be aware of your surroundings, be aware of what you are getting and if you're fine with paying $113 instead of $200 a night for a hotel, then this IS your place!
Rooms are on a main level and an upstairs. No swimming pool, no restaurant, free basic breakfast, though hubby was disappointed there was no chocolate milk.
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