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“The Best spot on the North Shore.” 5 of 5 stars
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AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   150 Mensing Drive, Silver Bay, MN 55614   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Silver Bay
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“The Best spot on the North Shore.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

I grew up in the area and have been to almost every budget hotel/motel in the area. If you are traveling with children, snowmobiling or 4 wheeling, this is your place.

Pros
The pool is very nice for small children, only 4 feet deep at the deepest, and the water slide is a blast. Make sure your child is atleast 48". Hot Tub and steam room for cold days - check!

The staff is always friendly and efficient and has good knowledge of the area.

Rooms have a fridge and microwave, so you can just hit Zups in Silver Bay and food won't break your budget. The free breakfast isn't just frozen pastries.

The proximity to state trails, Lake Superior, and all the north shore stuff, makes AmericInn the perfect place to stay. I did a work from home week, from the hotel, letting my family enjoy the entire area while I was able to work. They considered it a vacation and I was able to keep my PTO days.

Cons
You have to drive to all dining, that's true for all hotels in the area.

The beds are pretty hard.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Central, MN
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

Nothing but average. Clean, great view of Lake Superior, and easy access to snowmobile trails. Very uncomfortable beds. Would recommend to everyone, minus the hard, flat beds.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

Length of Stay - One night, Thursday Oct 15.

Group - Me and my two daughters, plus a friend and his daughter. Kids age 11-14

Location - A mile or so up Hwy 61 from Silver Bay. Kind of off by itself on the side of the road, and nothing really within walking distance. But the hotel had delivery menus available from nearby restaurants.

We had been camping and bailed out due to the weather, so we did not have reservations anywhere. We were a bit concerned as this was the start of MEA weekend (a statewide school holiday, during fall color season, so north shore travel is very popular). We arrived about 2:00 pm and the extremely friendly and helpful hotel manager checked us in. We were able to get two adjoining rooms (so kids could be in one, adults in the other) and on the first floor (so we didn't have to lug all our wet camping gear up the stairs). We also used the dryer in the Guest Laundry for some of our wet things.

The rates are higher here than some of the other options like the older motels and cabins, but not as high as some of the newer resorts. But the Manager told us about a fall discount without even asking, so we did save a bit of money. I think each room was about $115 after the discount.

Room Type - 2 Queen Bed with micro and fridge. Lakeside. The rooms were very clean and everything worked fine. Because we had been camping we had food with us, so we actually used the fridges and microwaves to prepare our dinner.

The Pool - There was a steam sauna, a whirlpool, and a pool with a long twisty slide. The pool was a little on the chilly side, but not bad. The hot tub was warm, not hot, but not bad. The slide is only open during set hours and was staffed by a lifeguard. I think the pool was open all day though. There were a handful of tables set about in the pool area, and a coin-operated air hockey table.

Since we arrived so early we pretty much had the pool to ourselves for a few hours. But it certainly got very busy as more people checked in (I think the hotel was fully booked by the end of the day) and the weather was bad so I think more people stayed in. And at one point there was a large group of kids that used the pool out of the adjoining Hospitality Room and I don't think they were actually staying there, so maybe it could have been a birthday party or something? Anyway, the pool is only medium size so it got pretty crowded during the peak time, and there weren't enough tables to go around. But there were plenty of towels. I think that normally it wouldn't be so crowded at the pool.

Breakfast - A slight cut above "standard". They had cereal, toast, pastries, etc..., plus two waffle makers and sausage gravy (oddly there were no biscuits, so I used an english muffin). The breakfast area is pretty small but we waited until about 9:00 am and then had no problems, otherwise it was packed as we passed through each time to load up the car. But there were lots of hotel staff constantly attending to the area and restocking though.

Other - The Guest Laundry was one washer and one dryer, and in a large clean room. There was a public computer available and that evening it was speedy, but the next morning it was dog slow. Not sure why.

All in all it was a very good stay. We really just need a place to get out of the rain (snow!) and everything else was just a bonus. Everyone we dealt with with helpful and friendly (the Manager was great). the place was clean, breakfast was good, and I would say it was a good value.

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

I was able to book a few days before our stay and found a nice room for a nice price: A King room suite (King bed, Queen pullout sofa in the living room). Remember to directly call the hotel instead of booking on the Americinn site, you can get it cheaper.

The room was better than I expected. Clean, comfy and quiet with our own balcony with a great view of the lake. We did have a problem in the morning though. Our King suite was beside the swimming pool area so we could hear the shouts/voice of people swimming through the vents in the bedroom.

Don't expect a sumptuous breakfast. They only serve muffins/danish/toast/biscuits, waffles, sausage gravy, coffee, and juice. I guess that's to be expected from a hotel in a small town.

Service was as expected. They were responsive to our requests and seemed friendly as their job requires. I didn't feel that important as a guest though, but I guess I should only expect that in big hotels.

O and the "high-speed internet" was really slow. It took 10 seconds or more to bring up Yahoo mail or Gmail on first load. Facebook would error out repeatedly.

Overall it's a good value though.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

Because we were doing a quick tour of the North shore of Lake Superior and did not want to drive back to Duluth to stay at the end of the day we booked the Americinn of Silver Bay ......what a surprise!......it was new, nice "up north decor" had a kids water slide and a great continental breakfast....they even gave us directions to a small private Lake Superior beach behind the resort ....the only bad thing about the area is a lack of nearby restaurants....it kind of sits all by itself on the road....

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

Overall we enjoyed our stay here over the July 4th weekend. The amazing thing was that the place was not very busy. I mentioned this observation to the front desk clerk and he said it was because the rates were to expensive. I have to agree that the prices was a bit highter then most Americinns. Our rate was around $200/night for a two room suite. The room was nicely appointed with a mini fridge ( which froze everything!) a microwave. The beds were comfortable inclluding the pullout sofa. The rooms were separated by french doors with a see through material covering the window portion. This didn't provide much privacy for the bedroom I don't understand why they don't have solid doors to separate the rooms. The bedroom could use more black out drapes to keep the morning sun from waking us up. The door to the balcony had a small window that had a thin piece of fabic that also did not block the sun. The towels were on the thin rough side, could use to upgrade the towels. Other then these few minor complaints the room was comfortable and very quiet. The breakfast in the morning though high in carbs was very convenient. The staff put out bakery cookies and punch on July 4th which was very nice. The pool area was nice. The 100 ft water slide is only open at specific times during the day. The jacuzzi was very big and nice. The water slide was fun and the pool was clean and kept at a warm temperature. The staff was helpful and housekeeping did a good job. Overall it is a good choice, but I think if they don't lower the prices they will remain at low occupancy levels.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andover, MN
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2008

Made reservations online for a room, got to the hotel
to find they don't have the room I reserved. Those types
of rooms were not available at this hotel. No one bothered
to call us and tell us that. We drove 4 hours and didn't have a room.
Went to Cove Point instead. Much nicer and far better service. Americinn lost me as a customer for good. Tried to resolve situation with their home office, but nothing ever came of it. When mistakes are made, it should never be your customers who suffer! Thank you Cover Point Lodge for picking up the ball that Americinn dropped.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 150 Mensing Drive, Silver Bay, MN 55614
Location: United States > Minnesota > Silver Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Silver Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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