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“Great for the price” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Pinconning, Michigan
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171 hotel reviews
Reviews in 180 cities Reviews in 180 cities
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
“Great for the price”
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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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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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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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106 reviews 106 reviews
74 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

Well if price is what your looking for, I guess this is the place. I think I would rather pay a few more bucks and stay in another place next time. We stayed in the newer section and all looked ok, then when we entered the room there was a strange smell, it smelled like a heavy cleaner masking something else kind of a musty smell. The beds were your standard no frills super 8's, and the pillow were the same low quality. As we went to sleep we kept hearing a tap in the bathroom. We heard this all night long and at one point pinpointed it to a wall behind the toilet. Never did figure what it was, but it kept us up most of the night. The breakfast was the normal bagels and muffins. On a positive note, the Sara Lee sweet rolls were pretty good. All in all, if price is what you want it will still set you back $90 but I would rather pay $120 down the road.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Derby
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2007

THE SUPER 8 IS PERFECT FOR PEOPLE TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET!! Use an AAA or AARP card for 10% discount.

It doesn't proclaim to be a 5* luxury hotel! It is cheap and cheerful. The international staff were very helpful and always willing to assist with any problems. There was a young gentleman behind reception called Massimo and he was most charming. Try to get a room in the newer section. Slightly more xpensive..i think maybe another $20 but worth it.

The 'continental' breakfast leaves alot to be desired but who cares because you cap nip down in to the centre of town and get a fab breakfast!!!

There is great room for parking and if you love the snow, there's plenty of room for snowmobiles galore!!

Overall, cheap and clean.

Stayed February 2005
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Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2006

A swanky resort the Super 8 is not, but if you need a bed, a shower and a quick bite to eat on your way out the door in the morning, this place will suffice at a rate about half of other places in town that are frankly not that superior.

Sure, I had to replace the batteries in my TV remote and the breakfast isn't exactly robust, but the bed worked fine, the rooms were as clean as I could hope for, and everything in the bathroom worked.

This is a great choice for the budget traveler.

And come on, who doesn't bring shampoo when the travel?

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Winthrop, MN
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2006

Having read the review from the family from Chanhasen, I guess I would expect that from someone used to a "high Maintenance" neighborhood.

Now from a more mid-range couple that travel on a budjet.

We had no problem with the fornt door, the lobby did not smell of cigarettes, nor did any other place in the motel. We found the service staff friendly, the front desk person very knowledgable with the surrounding area and the rooms clean and comfortable. We even had the thrill of seeing a wolf come out of the forest beside the motel right outside our room.

We stayed there for a total of 4 nights and have already booked our room for this year. It is the perfect "base camp" for the fall color explosion of Northern Minnesota.

If you are looking for the fancy hotel with all they have to offer and are willing to spend a couple of hundred per night, then by all means do it. However, if you are looking for a good room at a fair price. This motel is for you.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2003

When you first TRY to walk into this motel the door is jammed. When you finally get it open, and walk into the hallway, You SHOULDN'T be surprised to notice that the hallways smelled like cigarettes. When you got into your room (to get away from the lung cancer hallway, you will notice there is only 1 packet of shampoo for 4 people (what a joke hahahaha that wasn't funny!!!!!!. If you hate to swim, you're in luck there is NO pool in the super 8 motel, but there is a very nice hot tub and deck.

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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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