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“What a find. We recommend it!” 4 of 5 stars
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South Pier Inn on the Canal
Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
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116 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What a find. We recommend it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We decided to go to Duluth to watch the 4th of July fireworks. This hotel was recommended to us by a friend and we liked it so much we have reserved a room for the same time next year.

Its a small hotel, very nice. Rooms are bright and clean with big windows and a small balcony. Liked the private entrance for each set of 3 rooms and it was right on the canal. Great place to walk and see the ships coming out of the canal. We walked most of the day on the 4th and took a quick nap before the fireworks. The owners have a nice flower a few houses down and we got some lovely shots of the flowers.

The breakfast was good, staff was friendly. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Get a water view room if you can but all are nice.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Just came back from an awesome stay at South Pier Inn. You can walk to everything that downtown Duluth has to offer and enjoy a long walk down the beach. Watching the ships pass by your room is a unique experience. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Clarksville, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I love Duluth, and this hotel is perfect. I would definitely go back. Like another reviewer said - great views, luxurious rooms and fantastic location - close proximity to Canal Park but great seclusion.

Pros:
*Close to all the action but also secluded.
*Limited rooms so private feel
*Free continental breakfast including delicious coffee
*Luxurious rooms and hot tub
*Awesome views and nice balcony
*Fluffy robes

Con
*Harbor view is not nearly as exciting as a bridge view and no view of Lake Superior (Room 701 has a harbor view)

Room Tip: Get a bridge view room - the harbor view is a little boring. If you get Room 601, you should be abl...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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St. paul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Just came back from a long weekend trip for my birthday with my husband. Went back and forth between hotels before settling on South Pier Inn. Check-in girl was aloof and uninterested. Room was clean and comfortable with amazing views and great location. Some updating in the bathroom was needed (fan and sink had loud shrieking sound). Only really bad thing was the cleaning of the room. We used the jacuzzi tub one night and I was irritated it wasn't cleaned the next day. It deterred me from using for the rest of our stay. Really, the only "cleaning" that was done was restocking towels and making the bed. Hotel needs work in this area. Otherwise good stay.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leclaire, Ia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

This hotel has great views, luxurious rooms, and a perfect location just close enough to Canal Park but far enough away for some seclusion. The location just great, plus there are a limited number of rooms so it had a private feeling other larger hotels nearby do not. Staff were courteous and accommodating. We'll be back!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The only issue we had during our stay was the water pressure in the shower. It was ridiculously low. But this didn't justify a lower rating because the time we stepped in until the time we left everything was just awesome. The hotel the view and especially the staff. I would come back anytime.

I forgot to mention. Jessica was awesome.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This place is just perfect. They have the best views, friendly staff, amazing rooms, great prices, and not too touristy. There are fireplaces in many of the rooms and Jacuzzis. I only hope this does not get too popular and then I won't be able to get a room next time!

Room Tip: Definitely get a room with a lake or canal view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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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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