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The Merryweather Inn

2316 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55812-1807
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#8 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Duluth
Luxurious suites, warm hospitality, and outstanding food awaits you in this grand 1904 Georgian Colonial Revival mansion. One of Minnesota's architectural gems! Six lavishly decorated, suites with private baths, fireplaces, lake views and private porches. Relax with a board game or book in the Library, take in the local history in the Music Room, and sip a cold beverage on the Grand Porch. Romantic breakfast served in Dining Room. Innkeeper’s evening reception. Experience the grandeur of this magnificent mansion for your next event or stay in Duluth.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Game room
Entertainment staff
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Separate living room
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Bridal suite
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Grade: 51 out of 100
22Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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Msjesssica7 wrote a review Feb 2021
Rochester, Minnesota7 contributions
Wonderful short winter trip to Duluth after a long time without traveling due to the pandemic. This was a great place to stay! The property was classic, clean and very beatify. John was so kind as a host. We felt welcomed and right at home. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a calm, relaxing getaway with their sweetie! We will definitely be going back in the summertime. Not to mention reserving this was simple and Beth made it easy.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Steve M wrote a review Feb 2021
Minneapolis, MN12 contributions10 helpful votes
We had some good friends who had a great experience here so we decided to stay a night on our way up to the Gunflint trail. The location was convenient right off of 35 and the house was stunning for a structure built in 1904. John was our tour guide, history buff and chef for the morning breakfast. He was and we felt like we were staying with family. While the outside temp dropped to -21 (air temp, not windchill) the house was toasty warm. We even picked up dinner and ate it in the "music room" on dishes put out by John so we did not have to eat on the plastic provided by the restaurant. Would look to stay here again when we are up north.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: We had the blue room- living room, large bedroom and king sized bed.
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Jody B wrote a review Sep 2020
Sartell, Minnesota103 contributions24 helpful votes
After not being able to travel for months and missing our 25th anniversary trip in June, we needed to have a getaway, and the Merryweather Inn was perfect! We appreciated the hard work being put in by Beth and her dad, John, to renovate this huge old mansion. It was interesting learning about the history of the house and the city as we stayed here. Highly recommend the self guided walking tour of all the east end mansions, as this house is included on that tour! Looking forward to coming back and seeing the development of the Merryweather Inn in the next few years!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Robert wrote a review Aug 2020
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
This B&B had amazing vintage charm, great hosts, and wonderful decoration. There is a lovely garden, plants all over the house, and plentiful seating indoors and out. Our room had a couch, a sun room, and a balcony. It was so cozy and comfortable. What blew us away was the fantastic three course breakfast with fruit, corn bread, and a strawberry cake. Would absolutely stay here again next time I'm in Duluth.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Merryweather Inn, Owner at The Merryweather Inn
Responded Aug 21, 2020
Thank you Robert! It was so nice to have you stay! Stop in again soon!
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Amber H wrote a review Aug 2020
Cold Spring, Minnesota, United States12 contributions3 helpful votes
I'm not the type to write reviews but my husband and I are avid B&B people and love to check out new ones each year for our anniversary. So I am writing this in hopes that it helps the innkeeper as well as the guests. We stayed at the Merryweather in the Carriage Suite so I cannot speak for the rest of the house but I would say our room was overpriced for the accommodations. The wallpaper was pealing, bathroom tiles were loose, the coffee in the kitchen was past the expiration date, and when we were shown to our room it was not entirely clean as the innkeeper pointed out. She did proceed to wipe down the table and take out dirty glasses, but with that intro it makes you wonder about the rest of the room. Probably our biggest problem was the bed. It says it's a queen but if so, it's the smallest one I have ever slept on. The more pertinent issue was the headboard was unattached and banged into the wall and bed anytime you moved. When we talked to the innkeeper she was kind but seemingly unapologetic and did not offer any discount or solutions. I understand that she is very new and young and it is truly unfortunate that Covid hit when it did. I imagine there is a lot of stress. However, I think it is wise to let customers know what to expect and provide a discount if you have not had time to renovate a particular room (at one point, she talked significantly about all the things she disliked about our suite and how she planned to change it... great plans, but maybe not the conversation to have with people who are spending hundreds of dollars per night to stay there.) Here are some suggestions: offer a discounted price for the rooms you have not renovated yet (why are they the same as the redone nicer rooms? it makes customers assume they have all been renovated). And then offer a $50 coupon or something if they book again after the renovations. It's a great way to get people in twice. Also, do the little things like buying quality toilet paper (not stuff you can see through), giving a full house tour, and sending an email before guests arrive. These are basics I have experienced at every other B&B and I think it will help you keep customers coming back or giving referrals. The food was delicious and they were nice, but for $450 on a Thurs/Friday, I think it needs a little more. As for now, I won't be back.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Merryweather Inn, Owner at The Merryweather Inn
Responded Aug 18, 2020
We are sorry you had such an unpleasant stay. That is certainly not our intent you check in. However, had you addressed these issues with me, I would have been happy to correct them at the time. The only issues mentioned were that you felt the mattress was too small and the headboard had detached. I am very sorry you felt this way, but the mattress is indeed a queen size, with regular queen size measurements, as you read from the label and as I indicated when you texted me. Our mattresses, bedding and towels are all brand new. When we went over to fix the headboard, you did not permit us to enter, so we were unable to fix it. The coffee was not expired. The date you saw, is in fact, the date it was roasted. Thank you for pointing out how fresh our coffee is. The tiles were not loose when I had cleaned the room. It is an old house, and sometimes things decide to break at inconvenient times. In no way did the loose pieces impact your ability to use the facility. Nonetheless, I could have fixed it, if you had mentioned it. We don’t like our guests to have maintenance issues, but when problems are made known to us, we take care of them right away. As for housekeeping, I take a long time to make sure the rooms are extraordinarily clean for guests. I wouldn’t want to stay in a place that isn’t clean and I don’t expect my guests to do so. I double and triple check the rooms when guests enter the room in the unlikely event there is a housekeeping issue that needs to be addressed. In your case, although the dishes and table had already been cleaned, they were not up to my standards and I took care of it right away. Due to Covid, toilet paper is at a premium. I am happy to get what I can when I go to the store, but unfortunately we are sometimes limited on options and consistency. If you had looked, there was another roll of some fluffier stuff right beside the toilet. We like to provide options for our guests.
 Our website, and receipts and invoices, clearly state that we are under renovations and making changes to better serve our guests, and our prices and photos reflect the room you selected. If you had called to ask, I could have guided you towards a room that would have better suited your needs. Our prices are extremely reasonable in comparison to other properties in town, including hotels. Thursday and Friday nights are considered part of the weekend. Tax is an additional cost you need to consider when booking any room at any facility. I was hoping in our discussion you would have been excited about the changes we are planning to the carriage house suite, but I realize now, you were not receptive to vision. In the future, I will be more cautious about how I approach upcoming changes with guests. As for tours, I am unable to give full house tours when the rooms are occupied with guests. In addition, we must limit access to the suites and house due to covid. However, had you asked, I would have been more than happy to share some of the history of the house and grounds, and common spaces. One and two star reviews are extremely damaging to a small business, because they can linger for years. And posting the same damaging review on multiple platforms is extremely detrimental and is intentionally causing harm. We are not a large property, and really wished you could have given us the opportunity to correct these things. Opening a business during the most unpredictable and ever changing environment is beyond difficult. I may be new, but I am not naiive. I, unfortunately, cannot afford to give you the free night stay that you wanted. If it was so disagreeable to you, I would have allowed you to check out, and refunded the second night. But you did not say anything and decided to stay a second night. In the future, you need to let staff know as soon as there is a concern so that it can be remedied.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Merryweather Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Merryweather Inn?
Nearby attractions include Pilgrim Congregational Church of Duluth (0.2 miles) and Reef Bar (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Merryweather Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Merryweather Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a fireplace, and a separate living room.
What food & drink options are available at The Merryweather Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at The Merryweather Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Merryweather Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe, Tavern on the Hill, and Black Woods Grill & Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Merryweather Inn?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does The Merryweather Inn offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Merryweather Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate (0.9 miles), Clayton, Jackson, Mcghie Memorial (1.9 miles), and Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (1.8 miles).
Does The Merryweather Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.