Yes this hotel is downtown Duluth near the lake but OMG those steep hills I wouldn't want to try driving to this hotel in winter. Asked the desk clerk how do people cope driving there in winter he said they don't! The cross streets run parrel to the slope and are flat but the connecting streets run up the steep slope and are very challenging, add in some one way streets and it gets very interesting. By now you might be thinking I live somewhere flat and am not used to hills but you would be wrong I'm very used to driving on steep roads but downtown Duluth has steep hills on steroids! Drving at night it got really tricky.
The hotel it's self was built in the 70's and it does show. We paid the extra for a lake view room and sadly I'd say not worth the price. Sure the view is good but the rooms only have one smallish window, for a mordern building for the extra price I expected more window. The only way to see the view is by standing right at the window and leaning over the A/C heater unit, not like most hotels featuring a view with windows that span the width of the room.
The room itself was smallish and the bathroom cramped, the best thing about the bathroom were the nice thick fluffly towels. The tub could use a grab bar for safety,had the typical water saver shower head I've come to hate (why not make it a hand held /personal shower type head at least I could get clean every where), the tile grout was looking a little grubby and the tub old. One nice point is the new curved shower rod and nice shower curtain that keep the water inside the tub, no flood in this bathroom! On the downside was unable to get hot water when I showered @ 530 a.m.. Also cheap tp and could have used some kleenex in the bathroom.
Good sized closet with a iron and ironing board, a couple good full length mirrors are also a nice touch.
The Sleep Number beds are okay had a good enough sleep on them. The sheets looked nice and fresh clean but the duvet covers had some stains. The A/C was working well (extremely hot weather when we were there) and was very welcome but was a little on the loud side but it did help mask traffic noise and the cool was so welcome.
The internet in the room worked and well wasn't slow.
The best feature of the room was the LG 38" flat screen TV.
Other than that the room just looked slightly tired I would guess it's been a few years since the last remodel and it's starting to show.
Can't comment on the resturant as it was closed by 2 pm so we couldn't get a late lunch after we checked in and we were out to a wedding by supper time. Also wasn't open till 6:30 am and we were on the road by then. I had heard from friends it is a nice resturant with good food and a great view so was dissappointed we didn't get to sample it.
The desk staff were all friendly and nice, even the man who had worked the night shift on a very busy night (hotel was full to capcity due to several events in the downtown area) he was still cheery and friendly at the end of his shift.
The lobby is a little odd in that the desk area is oddly placed away from the elevators, with the service elevator closer to the desk than the guest elevators. The desk placement makes sense from where the guests enter the hotel from the parking area.
I really had thought a Radisson Hotel would be a little better than average but this one isn't. If you have business in the downtown area it would be a handy location but I think you can get a better view of the lake driivng around the city.
If you are headed to Duluth to shop the mall and the stores in that area I'd say stay at motels near the mall area espically in winter and avoid the steep slope to the harbour and some of the confusing intersections ( really some have 8 roads running into them).
- 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:
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