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“Just fine with no reservation” 3 of 5 stars
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Aspen Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1711 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604-0667   |  
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Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Grand Marais
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just fine with no reservation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We were lucky to get a room here on a busy Saturday night in GM. The Visitor Center gave us a few recommendations for places to check for vacancy, and since this was on the south end of town (to far to walk to the restaurants), it would get us home sooner the next day. Room was clean and it was nice to have a fridge and single-cup coffee maker. The windows open to catch a slight breeze off the lake, but there is some highway noise, so ask for a room away from the highway if you like to open the window. We would prefer some healthy choices at breakfast; doughy white bagels and sugared cereal were the only options. Some fruit or juice, and whole grain toast or bagels would be appreciated. Prices in this area are high during the season, so while its no value, its probably on par with others. I wouldn't seek this place out, but if its a last resort, its just fine.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Honestly, we meant to reserve at the Aspen Lodge, but this former Super 8 has apparently been bought by the company that owns the other "Aspen"hotel in town and been renamed accordingly.

Once we got over our confusion, this was just fine. It served our purpose of a clean place to sleep and shower while we went up the Gunflint Trail. The room was just an unexciting but clean room, the bed was comfortable, the location was not in town center but it was all OK. It's not on the scenic side of the road, but they don't charge scenic prices either.

We'd probably do it again as a perfectly good stopping place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wisconsin
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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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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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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 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 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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113 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 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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95 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 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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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 #9 of 11 Hotels in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Aspen Inn 2*
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 Eight
Grand Marais Super 8

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