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“Incredible views, remodeled room, and a great value.” 5 of 5 stars
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Caribou Highlands Lodge
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lutsen
Minnesota
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Incredible views, remodeled room, and a great value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2010

My wife and I went to the resort for a three night stay on Sunday-Wed. We located a great value online which included $75 dollars in gift certificates to Moguls Restaurant. We paid approx $100 dollars a night for the room, which was an incredible value.

The Good: The hotel has an amazing location with breathtaking views. You are able to ski out of this resort which is a great perk. The room we stayed in appeared to be recently remodeled. It was beautiful and tastefully done. The room was clean.

The pool and workout facilities were adequate and expected for this type of resort. We have no kids but this would be a good place if you did as they have both an indoor and outdoor pool. Also noticed pre planned activities for kids. The Wi-fi connection was great and free, almost unheard of for hotels these days. The front desk also offered complimentary snow shows. Give them a try it is fun.

The average: Moguls restaurant has many items to choose from(Including above average wine selection and phenomenal beer selection). From prime rib to burgers you will be able to find anything you desire. I believe they are going for a high end food quality. Some of the items were good but others including the ribs were poorly done. It was clear the ribs were reheated from the day before or earlier in the evening. That being said the service (John) was phenomenal. I would recommend giving this place a shot but know it is probably hit or miss. We used our gift certificates so really we had nothing to complain about.

After a afternoon of cross country skiing we tried a cafe in the town of Tofte called Coho. It was fantastic. A bit expensive but all homemade and fresh ingredients made it worth it. Just another option.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

The lodge was awesome. We had a very nice room, just like the pictures online, with a great Jacuzzi tub and wood fireplace. Moguls restaurant in the hotel is fantastic. Get the prime rib. We will go back to this hotel or sure!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

What a great way to experience the Lutsen area! The Poplar Ridge Homes are relatively new. What struck me most was how much room there is. We stayed in a two bedroom. The home was in great condition for a rental unit. Master bedroom was huge with its own bath. The second bedroom had two twins and a queen which would work great for kids OR a second couple. These were all on the second level.

The entry level was completely unexpected. A very well furnished kitchen with granite countertops and new appliances. The stone fireplace was surrounded by a huge, comfortable couch and HDTV. We did not take advantage of the gas grill on the deck. The crackling fire really helped our crew relax after a long day on the mountain.

Criticisms are few. The pool is on the other side of the resort so you will be hopping in the car to get to there in the Winter. I would not consider these units ski in / ski out. We ended up driving two minutes up to the ski area.

One last tip- Tired after a long day on the mountain and looking for a quick easy dinner? Drive five miles away to Tofte and get a take and bake pizza from the Coho Cafe. Lots of delicious choices.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2009

Just returned from an overnight at Caribou Highlands where we stayed in the main lodge. The hotel feels very new and we found the room to be nicely furnished. The one main problem is that the heating unit does not cycle off when a certain temp is reached so we were up several times during the evening to adjust temp (first too hot, then too cold). Flat screens in every room and they offer you the choice of two movies from their DVD collection or two games or a combination of either when you check in. Nice touch!
Our room overlooked Moose Mountain and the view was spectacular!

Don't miss dining at Moguls. Excellent food and excellent service. Make sure to say hello to "Whiskey Dick" who is the bartender. He will also light up a bonfire for you if you ask!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We returned to Lutsen for the 5th time in 6 years. I don't think there is a more beautiful place in the upper midwest. Besides the natural beauty, there were also plenty of things to do for our 8 and 11 year olds--swimming, hiking, alpine slide, gondola ride, skipping stones....

We stayed at Caribou Highlands in a Poplar Ridge home--very nice as is the whole resort. There are also many options for dining in the area.

Don't miss a trip to Grand Marais--you'll feel like you're in Maine!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We had a wonderful time staying at Caribou Highlands. The staff was always friendly and accommodating. Our room was spacious, nicely appointed and the location was perfect (centrally located on the North Shore). We dined on property two times, both meals were excellent.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

My husband, our daughter and myself stayed at CH on 9/5/2009. We arrived at 12:30am on September 6th. Gina put our room key in the entry of the building as the office was closed. We went to our room to go to bed as we all were very tired from driving...the sheet were dirty on BOTH beds...lots of hair strands and spots on the sheets, blankets and pillow cases. Plus, my daughter slept on the hideaway bed with a mattress that was so thin that it felt like she slept on the metal springs. We have called the GM Stephanie three times and left three messages with no return phone calls. The gal at the front desk thought a $20.00 reduction for the night was sufficient when we checked out at 8:30am on 9/6/2009. I think that our experience was unacceptable. One of the garbages even had garbage in it in the bathroom. I just felt grose - we don't sleep in other peoples dirty sheets and blankets...I felt bad for my daughter...we could have left but it was late, we were tired and the room had already been charged to our card. And, then to top it off - we were double charged which has been corrected.

I have never experienced a resort experience like this...and I am not happy with the service of no return phone call from the GM - Stephanie.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612
Location: United States > Minnesota > Lutsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lutsen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Caribou Highlands Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota's and the Midwest's largest ski destination located at the tallest mountain in the Midwest. Caribou Highlands is Minnesota's favorite ski resort. Our location nestled in amongst the Sawtooth Mountains just one mile inland from Lake Superior's North Shore, offers great views and a unique ski experience. Where else can you get big skiing and enjoy the unbroken Lake Superior horizon at the same time.The mountain views as enjoyed from our lodge rooms, condos, townhomes and spacious four-bedroom Poplar Ridge log homes are magnificent. Take the mountain gondola to the top of Moose Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of wide open water of Lake Superior.A Minnesota Family Ski ResortOnce you arrive at Caribou Highlands family ski resort in Lutsen, you'll find so much to do that there's no need to drive further. We have many resort activities that are offered as complimentary guest services, and are included in the very popular Explore! program. One of our most popular activities is the Mountain Kids Camp where kids are entertained with games and activities that are both challenging and fun. With so many choices of activities, it's nice to know there are also many ways to relax. There are three spa areas at the resort and an indoor pool. ... more   less 
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