My friend and I opted for a quick overnight getaway, and chose Duluth because we wanted to explore the old city and dine at the upper Midwest’s last revolving restaurant open to the public. JJ Astor sits on the top floor of the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Duluth, and offers an incredible dining experience. The hotel itself is a unique circular design, which assures no one of a long walk down an endless hallway. The hotel is 16 stories (or 15 if you omit the non-existent 13th floor) and features 200+ guest rooms.
Opened in 1970 as a Radisson, it’s one of the longest continuously operating hotels in the city, under one namesake. From reading other reviews, clearly, if you desire a brand new all-suite hotel, then you shouldn’t be staying at the Radisson – then again, no where do they claim to be new and all-suite. You will find well appointed and comfortable guest rooms that are clean with modern amenities. The rooms are smaller, typical of the time period when the hotel was constructed. However, you’ll find modern features such as an HD TV and free Wi-Fi. The Internet connection was fast and easy to connect. We didn’t watch TV. Complaints by other reviewers about noise concerned me, but it was not an issue at all. Our room was on the 15th floor, the highest for all guest rooms. The location is convenient to downtown attractions, and you can certainly walk to the touristy areas if you choose. If you’re looking for comfortable accommodations in a full-service hotel (they have a pool and hot tub too), you won’t be disappointed. We dined for dinner Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning. Dinner was remarkable at JJ Astor, and breakfast was great too!
If I had any suggestions, it would be for the ownership to immediately paint the parking garage – it’s definitely an eyesore, and long overdue for paint. I’m guessing it’s managed by a 3rd party, but it should still look fresh. It’s free, so I can’t really knock off a star for the hotel. Because the hotel is older, don’t expect to pack too many people with luggage in the elevators. We reserved online through the Radisson website which assured us a great rate and fair policies for the reservation. All the staff we encountered in the restaurant, at the front desk as well as by phone/email were very polite and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duluth's landmark hotel located in the heart of Downtown Duluth. Enjoy our indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and newly renovated fitness center. Enjoy relaxing by the fireplace in the newly renovated lobby. Also enjoy the only 360 degree rotating restaurant JJ Astor located on the top floor of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview
- Duluth Radisson