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“Best of Duluth” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canal Park Lodge
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best of Duluth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

We went to Duluth the weekend of the Blues Fest - so basically just for fun and we were torn between two hotesl. We never once regretted our stay at The Canal Park Lodge. It was clean & comfortable. The room had a nice balcony overlooking Lake Superior, and was right in the heart of Canal Park - quite the happening place in Duluth.

Another nice thing about the hotel room was that it had a refrigerator and microwave, so we could bring our left overs (bread pudding) and save it for the next morning.

Canal Park in Duluth are a nice place to visit - it's beautiful and there is enough to keep you busy for the weekend.

Note: We visited in August and the lake water was too chilly to really swim in - it is pretty far up NORTH :)

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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thunder bay ontario
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44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

we stayed at the canal park lodge for one night in August . it is not our usual spot in duluth but it was available an short notice. what a pleasant surprise. this hotel is finished off much better than average with wonderful little touches of decor. it was the cleanest place we've stayed at in the last few years. the pool was immacculate as was the bathroom, and the view was spectacular. the hotel was recommended to us by a local - and he was accurate. we'll be back.

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Twin Cities
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197 reviews
78 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2008

The Canal Park Lodge is right on the lake and very convenient to the Canal Park area. Parking was a breeze and check-in very efficient.

The rooms have some nice touches including 32" LCD TVs. Bed was very comfortable and the bathroom very nice.

The free breakfast was sadly pretty lousy. The scrambled eggs appeared to be powdered (and tasted like it) and the area gets pretty crowded. For the price of the room, the breakfast should have been better.

A couple of tips. Avoid the first floor rooms. They are close to the walking path area and folks walking around. Also be aware that some rooms are handicap accessible and for us the shower was hard to use because of it. Note this is an excellent place to stay and very accessible if you are handicapped. Nice touch.

  • Liked — Location on Lake Superior
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minneapolis
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2008

A breath of fresh air in this town of old hotel options, Canal Park Lodge is doing everything right. It is the cleanest hotel I 've ever stayed in, including rooms, lobbies, pool and hottub. Craftsman woodwork and furniture in rooms and lobbies is comfortable and beautiful. The pool room is spacious and inviting for water play and socializing. The breakfast offerings are generous. Sited on the Superior Lake Walk, many dining and shopping options are close at hand. The staff seemed happy to see me and I look forward to returning!

  • Liked — pool room
  • Disliked — NOTHING!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minnesota
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56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2007

This is a lovely new hotel that replaces the budget (and dumpy) Park Inn. It is a little farther from the canal than the other hotels, but it is still a short walk to everything in the Canal Park area. As others have noted, the hotel is beautifully appointed. The rooms are nice sized with REAL art on the walls. I also liked the fact that the top of the windows (kind of small windows, for a lake view) open allowing you to hear the sounds of the lake all night. One thing they hadn't ironed out when I was there was the wireless internet connection -- in some (many?) rooms you have to stand in the hall to make the connection, although you usually can hold on to it to work in the room. Just grab a cable when you check in and save yourself the trouble. It isn't budget lodging, but it isn't overpriced for what you get either. (And spring for the lake view -- it isn't that much more!) I will stay here again.

  • Liked — Beautiful hotel in a good location right on Lake Superior
  • Disliked — Internet was iffy without a cable
  • Stayed September 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2007

The Canal Park Lodge is a new hotel that just opened in the Canal Park area of Duluth. They demolished an older property and built this craftsman style Inn. Rooms were large and beautifully furnished including fridge, microwave and flat screen TV. Ours was a King with a balcony which I would recommend for enjoying the view of the adjacent Lake Superior. The continental breakfast was staffed by 3 or 4 people who made sure that there was plenty of everything including waffles, eggs, breakfast meat and the usual cereals, breads, juices, coffees, etc. The pool was large and immaculate. The lobby area housed the breakfast room, a front sitting area with 2 computer stations, a large area to the rear housed leather sofas, chairs and flat screen TV.

Since the hotel is new it is extremely clean and fresh.

There are 4 or 5 other hotels in Canal Park and if you call the Canal Park Lodge you can negotiate very fair rate.

If you go their website the photos and descriptions are very accurate.

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St. Louis
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78 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2007

This is a lovely family-friendly new hotel right in Canal Park on the shore of Lake Superior. The back door of the hotel opens directly onto a lovely boardwalk and running/walking path that runs along the lakefront. The faux-lodge look of the lobby is done quite nicely and the rooms are spacious, albeit typical, rooms. Our room included a small refrigerator (without freezer compartment), microwave, coffee maker, and one of the best hotel hairdryers I've ever used! Many of the rooms have balconies or lakefront views; ours did not. The room was clean and beds extremely comfortable. The hotel was exceptionally quiet, always a plus in a family-type environment such as this. Our only complaints about the room were the lack of freezer section in the fridge and the shower. While the pressure was excellent, the temperature fluctuated tremendously throughout the shower. This is inexcusable in a new property such as this.

The expanded self-serve continental breakfast was acceptable for any eaters who are not terribly selective about what they put into their bodies. The majority of the guests seemed to enjoy themselves, judging from the copious amounts of food on most of their plates. There were the standard make-your-own waffles, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, various muffins, and english muffins, 2 types of juice, and several carafes of Caribou coffee. Unfortunately, the coffee was often empty and there were no decaffeinated tea bags offered. The eggs appeared to be pre-formed and looked like those that are served on Egg McMuffins and those types of things and I saw numerous guests making their own variations of that dish with what to me were the less than appetizing eggs, sausage, and bacon available on the hot buffet.

This hotel had a small workout room directly across the hall from our room. It was clean and the equipment was in good working order. There were several public seating areas with comfortable leather chairs, flat-screen tvs, and views of the lake. We didn't use the hotel's indoor pool but were told by several people that it was fun for the kids!

I realize that in a location such as Duluth the tourist season is a short one so the hotels and restaurants need to make their money when they can. Our AAA rate of just over $200/night for a standard non-lakeview room seemed a bit high to us. However, the location and views were excellent, parking free, and everything we wanted to do within walking distance so that is worth something.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — showers
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Canal Park Lodge
Address: 250 Canal Park Dr, Duluth, MN 55802-2314
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#8 Family Hotel in Duluth
#9 Business Hotel in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Canal Park Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
116 Upscale units in Duluth's Canal Park. This Newest Lakeshore Duluth Hotel features 100% smoke free guest rooms and meeting space, overlooking beautiful Lake Superior on one side, and is the gateway to the famous Canal Park on the other. Canal Park Lodge also provides easy access to the downtown area and the Lake Walk, with miles of scenic walking, running, or biking giving you a truly scenic view of the Duluth MN area. Great dining and shopping, the famous Grandma's restaurants are nearby, a timeless and local Duluth favorite. The Canal Park Brewing Company is located right next door for convenient dinning and the best pint of beer in the Twin Ports. We also feature an impressive lobby, complimentary hot breakfast, and a unique pool area. Enjoy a remarkable view of Duluth from one of our balcony suites. Our hotel is situated in the heart of Canal Park and at the end of the chain of hotels along Lake Superior, to offer you maximum comfort and privacy. We also offer great accommodations for groups or conferences in Duluth with meeting space, and food catered by Bellisio's & Grandmas Restaurants. ... more   less 
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