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South Pier Inn on the Canal

701 S Lake Ave At the foot of Canal Park's Aerial Lift Bridge on Park Point., Duluth, MN 55802-2401
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 06/23/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/23/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 32 hotels in Duluth
Travelers' Choice
Located on Park Point at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge adjacent to Canal Park, South Pier Inn is Duluth's premier hotel for shipwatching. This 29 unit boutique hotel offers 20 waterfront suites each featuring a whirlpool, fireplace, private balcony and breathtaking views of the Duluth Harbor or Ship Canal. This family-owned property offers the amenities you'd expect in a larger hotel, yet provides the level of service and attention to detail you'd only find in a small, independent establishment. Complimentary continental breakfast and free wireless internet. Awarded "Best Small Hotel in Minnesota" by the Minnesota Lodging Association.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Taxi service
Gift shop
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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City view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Bay View
Harbor View
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Vicki L wrote a review Today
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin1 contribution
Wonderful boutique hotel at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge! Watching the ships enter and leave the Duluth Harbor from our balcony was priceless. The hotel is clean and quiet and offered a nice continental breakfast. Staff was always polite and helpful. We met one of the hotel owners while we were having our coffee on the hotel patio—she was delightful! It was fun to hear part of their story and get useful tips about the area. The location can’t be beat—across the bridge so it’s away from the busiest Canal Park traffic, but close enough to walk to all of the amenities that you want—restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and entertainment. We only used our car one time—late at night for a pizza run, only because the restaurant wasn’t delivering anymore that evening. When it was time to check out we didn’t want to leave, and we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
nolan k wrote a review Yesterday
Eden Prairie, Minnesota1 contribution
Amazing room overlooking the water. We will definitely be coming back! I will say for the price that the bed could have been more comfortable. They were in touch the week coming up and made accommodations very easy!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Bethany wrote a review Oct 13
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My family had a great stay here! It was a quick trip and we had never stayed at this hotel before, but I would definitely book this again! Right next to the Aerial lift bridge, we could run out quick and catch the bridge in action, but also walk across to Canal park for dinner, shopping and cozy hot chocolate on a cool evening. Staff were lovely and the rooms were clean and comfortable.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Kathy D wrote a review Oct 13
Saint Paul, Minnesota31 contributions13 helpful votes
Have stayed at South Pier Inn several times, but on my bucket list was to stay in the panoramic suite. When we decided to go to Duluth for a friend's birthday it was actually available! We decided to splurge and it was beyond our expectations even with a little rain. It later cleared up and there were plenty of ships right outside of our balcony. It was the ultimate for ship watching. Wish we could have stayed for a month. The next morning there was even a loon right outside our window along the shore. I don't know how common this is on Lake Superior, but I got plenty of close up photos of ships and loons. This was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Jerry B wrote a review Oct 10
Schofield, Wisconsin265 contributions40 helpful votes
Stayed two nights for our anniversary. All staff we encountered from the front desk to housekeeping were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. Rooms were clean and spacious. With a firepit out front with chairs, light breakfast, and a view if you are canal or bayside. The price was worth the special occasion.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: stay bayside
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Frequently Asked Questions about South Pier Inn on the Canal
Which popular attractions are close to South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Nearby attractions include Lake Superior Art Glass (0.3 miles), Solve Entertainment Escape Rooms (0.7 miles), and Aerial Lift Bridge (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Conveniently located restaurants include Northern Waters Smokehaus, Vitta Pizza, and Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Is South Pier Inn on the Canal located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Duluth.
Are there any historical sites close to South Pier Inn on the Canal?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate (3.2 miles), Clayton, Jackson, Mcghie Memorial (0.8 miles), and Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (0.8 miles).
Does South Pier Inn on the Canal have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is South Pier Inn on the Canal accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.