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“Great views, nice people.” 5 of 5 stars
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South Pier Inn on the Canal
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Dayton, Ohio
1 review
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“Great views, nice people.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at the South Pier Inn for two days, August 21 and 22nd in the panoramic room (602). One of the nicest rooms I've stayed in in quite a while with a great view of the lift bridge and the Great Lake freighters. The lift bridge is a mavel in engineering and I can't begin to tell you how many photographs of the bridge I took. The bed was nice, the continental breakfast was good and the staff was very friendly. We met the owner outside in the morning and she was very friendly and helpful. I booked this in advance before the shipping was reduced so the ships were scattered and mostly in the early morning hours but I managed to see them all. I do not write many reviews but this hotel deserves a great rating and if possible, put this on your list to visit. Since I go to Orr Minnesota every year from Ohio, I now have a place to return to in the future. Thanks.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The lady at the front desk was very welcoming and nice. We stayed in a room that looked out towards the parking lot. It has a nice small deck to walk out on. The room was clean and well maintained. Nice location to walk to many different restaurants and shopping. We will stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Ulm, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Awesome view of the ships coming and going from the lake. Loved the brightness of the room. The duck made from two wash clothes was adorable. room carpet was dirty, but not terribly disturbing. Right next to the lift bridge.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eau Claire, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed at South Pier Inn on July 30-31, 2013. We were looking for a nice couples getaway location close to Canal Park where we could just park and walk to most locations we wanted to enjoy. This was just the ticket for us. We loved the views of the bridge from the balcony and the room itself. We loved the quick walk to dinner and other sites in Canal Park and only left once to go hiking at Gooseberry Falls and a few other spots up the shoreline. We had breakfast out both mornings, so I can't comment on the morning fare offered in the lobby. The receptionist was very helpful with a location question we had and other staff we encountered were all very friendly. We had a balcony room overlooking the canal and really didn't hear the horns and whistles of the bridge and boats, which can be very loud, during our stay. The room was pretty quiet. We loved the jacuzzi and size of the room as well. The mini fridge was handy for keeping water cold for our walks.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at South Pier in a room overlooking the canal and lift bridge. The view was great, room clean, bedding better than most, and staff was very friendly. We felt lucky to have found the place and won't stay anyplace else in Duluth in the future. It was pricy, but a view like that likely doesn't come cheap.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in a canal view suite and had an amazing view of the aerial lift bridge going up and down for the lake freighters and tourist boats. We also watched a sailing regatta going out of the harbor. We got wonderful pictures of the bridge lit up at night and enshrouded in fog in the morning. The suite was well laid out and very clean. The front desk staff were friendly. My only complaint would be that the continental breakfast should include more items.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Location was amazing, Lovely walk over the bridge to Canal Park. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby and nice area for walking. Hotel clean, well managed by a very friendly staff. Beds small and room nice but nothing special. Location made up for it though.

Room Tip: I am sure the lakeside rooms were nicer but quite expensive
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Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: South Pier Inn on the Canal
Address: 701 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2401
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#2 Family Hotel in Duluth
#10 Business Hotel in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — South Pier Inn on the Canal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge adjacent to Canal Park, South Pier Inn is Duluth's premier shipwatching hotel. Our 20 waterfront suites each feature a whirlpool, fireplace and private balcony, offering breathtaking views of the Duluth harbor or ship canal. This family-owned property offers the amenities you'd expect in a much larger hotel, yet provides the level of service and attention to detail you'd only find in a smaller establishment. ... more   less 
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