It must be great to be a motel owner in Duluth. You can take advantage of the cheap labor and costs of doing business that come from being in the Upper Midwest, yet you can command outrageous prices for your product. I guess I could understand an EconoLodge being more than $100 a night (I actually saw some poor sucker coming in on a Friday night and paying $140 a night!) But, in fact, $100-110 for the Econo Lodge is not out of the question when you look at what the Radisson and Comfort Suites and other more "upscale" places are getting. It's supply and demand. Someone needs to add several hundred more hotel rooms to that market right now,
That said, the Econo Lodge offers friendly personnel, a nice breakfast in a nice breakfast room and a pool and "whirlpool," the latter of which is actually hot water being gently swirled around by a few jets. It's nice, but perhaps not the muscle-relaxing experience you'd hoped for.
The room was average. The bed was okay, nothing special. The room was quiet except when a truck was warming up its motor outside the window.There was a small refrigerator and microwave, which was a plus. The bathroom was clean but the shower was underpowered. We found it hard to regulate the heat, in part because the control was not a thermostat but just a knob that you turned.
In short, I've stayed in this area before and have always been mystified by by the high prices. This place is no worse than the rest, and at least they seem to be good folks who try to take care of their customers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clean economy hotel located at the Duluth, Minn. airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Airport Hotel Duluth
- Econo Lodge Duluth
- Duluth Econo Lodge