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“Mariner Motel in Silver Bay” 3 of 5 stars
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46 Outer Drive, Silver Bay, MN 55614   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Silver Bay
Batavia, Illinois
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Mariner Motel in Silver Bay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We were doing a road trip around Lake Superior and we were just looking for a place to spend the night and get back on the road early the next morning, (and without spending too much). The Mariner turned out to be just that. The place is definetly dated and has some interesting furnishings. The room was very clean and comfortable and the shower was great. The place is well maintained, and a value for the price.
If your just looking for a good place to spend the night and get back on the road, (and you,re not too picky), for the price it will be a good pick. And yes, the gentleman might be precieved as a tad cantankerous at first, but he does warm up.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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St. Paul, MN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Pretty good price, and better maintained than many of the old-school motels. Good for the price, but there are definitely better options in the area. But if you are just looking for a cheap bed for a night or two, this is fine.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Duluth, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This motel looks like it was built in the 60s, and it has been well maintained. It is a period piece (e.g. solid block walls with simple decorative touches, neon lighting lining the eave of the roof), but in a good way. No noise problems, perhaps due to the thick block walls. We had a two room unit, and it was spacious, clean, and comfortable.

The owner is a character but we enjoyed him. Maybe other people caught him on a bad day.

We'll definitely stay here again on our next trip to the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ames, Iowa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is a great price for the location and the room was clean. Not luxury but the price was great and the staff was wonderful. We got in late and they were very nice. This was one of the few places that accepted animals.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

We stayed there after hearing the rate up the street at Americinn. For $75 plus tax we got a one bedroom apt. w/ sliding door separating bathroom/bedroom (queen) from livingroom/bedroom (smaller bed) with fridge. It was pretty clean although I sensed a smell of cigarettes. WiFi was almost unusable (we were in unit 42 I think, way at the end) Owners are fine. BUT there is no air conditioning so even though it wasn't terribly hot outside, inside was horribly stuffy. Fans can only help so much and having them on all night can be unpleasant. There is a nice grocery store (a rarity in this area) Zupp's, just up the cross_road.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

On a budget? The Mariner Motel is a decent place to stay. Clean and just off the highway!
As to the other people's comments. The owner is "colorful" he was joking and fun with me.....but I could see the rude side if you were going to cancel. He is an old guy, arn't they all that way?
I stayed in the middle of the hotel in a single room, and the Internet was good. Just playing games on my phone, and email. Never had a problem.
I would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eagan, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We made a reservation recently. Because of health problems we had to cancel. Tried to cancel with the owner and was treated terrible. He said he didn't want us at his motel and hung up. We've stayed there in the past and usually tried to ignore his attitude. There is now way around it, he is bitter and rude. If his place goes under it's his own fault.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 46 Outer Drive, Silver Bay, MN 55614
Location: United States > Minnesota > Silver Bay
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Silver Bay
Number of rooms: 15

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