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.
- 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