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Aspen Inn
1711 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604-0667   |  
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Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Grand Marais
Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“good basic hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

This is a good basic hotel. Nothing fancy but the rooms were clean, the bed was fine; the hotel was quiet. You could open the window and let the fresh air in. We stayed here one night before heading up the Gunflint Trail to stay at one of the resorts. The price was right. The people who worked here were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Spend a little more and get your monies worth. I WILL NOT stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Port Washington, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

This hotel allows dogs but be wary. Dogs are only allowed in smoking rooms. Apparently a smoking room entitles you to not only the smell of heavy smoke, the smell of rotten fish.

Regardless of the smell, the room was a complete pigsty. The shower had silverfish crawling all over it, and the bathroom sink had hair all over it.

The front desk staff refused to put us up in another room, and would only return half of our money.

The Super 8 is one of the cheaper hotels in Grand Marais, but your better off spending a few bucks somewhere else. In the end my wife and I car camped in one of the state parks, minus $50 plus dollars.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Superior, Wisconsin
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106 reviews 106 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011

A great hotel on the lake. Nothing fancy, but very clean and very friendly staff. Recommended if staying in Grand Marais.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medina, Ohio
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94 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

Sometimes, when it's pouring rain and thundering hail, all you need is a hot shower and a soft bed. This place provides that. My wife and I took refuge at this property after a treacherous storm chased us out of the Boundary Waters area. We didn't care about the amenities of a resort, or the views of the hotels in town, so as this was an unscheduled stay, we gladly paid about half the price of the other hotels. I'm not sure if I would make this the destination of a romantic getaway, as it doesn't have the charm of the resorts or in-town properties, but it is a clean, basic, well-priced no-frills alternative.

The property is located south of town, probably not within walking distance. It is an older style drive-up motel (which we didn't mind, actually, given the driving rain). The exterior is very dated. We found an excellent rate on orbitz on the same day, and the clerk had no problem finding the rate. We didn't use the hottub, but it looked clean from the lobby.

The room was also dated, but very clean. This was especially true with the carpet, air conditioning unit, and furniture. The only aspect of the room that looked relatively new was the bathroom. The room had a fridge and a very large bed.

The breakfast in the morning was free, but weak. There were cereals, coffee, and muffins. Given the cheap rate, though, I didn't mind.

I would recommend this hotel to those who don't necessarily see Grand Marais as a destination, but rather, a stopover to somewhere else. The rate is great, and the room is decent, if basic.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pinconning, Michigan
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278 reviews 278 reviews
172 hotel reviews
Reviews in 183 cities Reviews in 183 cities
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

The room was one of the less expensive rooms in Grand Marais, and I was very happy with my decision to stay here. The room was nice and smelled fine. The wireless internet worked very well, which is not always the case. The staff was friendly. The hotel was very quiet too, though that may depend on where your room is. My only complaint would be that there is no view of the lake from the hotel, which I would have liked, though that is a very minor issue.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thunder Bay, Ontario
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

My father and I stayed here as part of the Lutsen ski package, which was an amazing deal. Basically, if you were to pay for the 2 day lift ticket deal, it is the same price to take a package with 2 days of skiing and 2 nights stay, so I naturally did.

Check in was great, the staff were friendly and I found the room to be very clean and adequate. I have stayed at several Super 8 hotels in Canada in the US and this one is certainly above the standard. The hot tub was in good order and the sauna heated up quickly to a temperature of roughly 80 Celsius, although you could set it lower if you like. My only complaint was that the hot tub area closed at 10 pm, although the staff closing it up didn't seem to mind the beers we were drinking despite the no alcoholic beverages sign.

The family restaurant directly next door was also very convenient, but I wouldn't consider it to be a family restaurant than a pub. Great food and cheap drinks.

I have seen some complaints that this isn't really like a resort hotel like some of the other accommodations in the area. Have you ever stayed at a Super 8 in a city? Why would this be any different! I have previously stayed at some of those other places in the Grand Marais area which position themselves as being in the pristine and north, which I'm sure some people coming to the area care about, but I don't. It's probably because I'm from Canada, not looking for that experience or to pretend that it exists in this area, relative to where I;m from anyway, which I suppose is contextual.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Aspen Inn

Address: 1711 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604-0667
Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Grand Marais
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aspen Inn is nestled at the edge of the forest, conveniently on Hwy 61 as you come into town from Duluth or the Twin Cities. Tucked in behind northwoods landscaping, it fits right in with a peaceful, North Shore getaway, as many rooms overlook quiet aspen and spruce. A guest favorite... our spacious whirlpool- sauna centered in a sunlit room, is off a relaxing deck, surrounded by spruce, aspen and lilac for privacy.Guests may choose from a room with a king, two queen beds or family suite. All rooms are air conditioned and have refrigerators. Near restaurants and entertainment or minutes from the center of Grand Marais and Lake Superior. -Giant whirlpool spa, sauna, sundeck -Free WIFI and Continental Breakfast -Free local calls, voice mail, and message service -Free guest laundry -Truck, bus or trailer parking with winter plug-ins -Cable TV - 52 channels - HBO -Pets with permission ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aspen Hotel Grand Marais
Super 8 Grand Marais
Super Eight Grand Marais
Grand Marais Super 8
Grand Marais Super Eight

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