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Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lutsen
Thief River Falls
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“North Shore Vacation”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Family vacation to the North Shore. Booked several months in advance in order to get a lake view at this historic lodge and very glad I did (Does cost more but I thought very much worth it). The Front Desk attendants were very friendly and so was the night security man (Nice to see that). Rustic and warm with the fire place blazing and live music to greet us on our arrival. Our Son loved the big indoor pool while my wife and I enjoyed the large hot tub. We did not dine in the Resort because we were biking, hiking or sight seeing during our beautiful travels in and around the Resort. Again, the view from our room in the morning and evening were absolutely beautiful--especially with the sound of the River running adjacent to the property. I am sure there are cheaper locations to lay your head but spend a little more just one night in order to wake-up to that beautiful view of that huge lake.

Room Tip: Get a second floor corner Southeast facing room--what a view!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We were here for a wedding and found the Lutsen Resort to be really pleasant. We opted for a garden room since we stayed 4 nights but I would definitely upgrade to a water view room next time! The garden rooms are nothing to write home about, but ocean view are great. Overall a really quant, charming place to stay with a very nice staff!

Stayed June 2014
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Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

What sold us on the resort were the added activities at no charge, but only two activities were available in early June, one being a hike on the Superior River Cascade Trail which there was no cost for where we accessed it from Hwy. 61 (so could have done on our own). We really enjoyed the kayaking, but the hour of instruction and outfitting beforehand could have been done in half the time.
That aside, even at the Livingsocial reduced rate, the Sea Villa we stayed in was a disappointment. Yes, the location and proximity to the water were exceptional, but only if you are content sitting at the old and uncomfortable picnic table on the deck, or walking the small stretch of shoreline while waiting for one of the three fire pits to become available (the one closest to us was monopolized by the pot smoking partiers in the condo next to us.) I couldn't imagine more than the 2 of us being comfortable if we had to stay inside for any length of time. The bed and sofa had to be originals, the bathroom tiny (luckily neither of us was too tall to fit in the tub/shower), the fridge super noisy (especially being located just outside the bedroom door), the front door screen continuously fell off until we figured out it was put in upside down. We expected rustic from the descriptions, but this was outdated plain and simple. We did feel lucky to have a condo nearest to the entrance as the gravel drive and parking areas were hard to navigate with all of the potholes.
Besides the kayaking, the only highlights were having the pool/hot tub to ourselves and the live music at the lodge Saturday evening. The staff we encountered were very nice and besides our neighbors, the people we met were kind and without airs. Our one purchase from the Pub, the walleye sandwich, was overpriced and nowhere near as good as the walleye basket at Dockside Fish Market.
This was our first visit to the area, and we will definitely be back to explore, but we will seek our accommodations elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cotton MN
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

my wife and I truly enjoy the ambiance and history of this beautiful resort. The main lodge sits right on the shores of Lake Superior and the mouth of the Poplar river. This resort offers several lodging options from townhomes to rooms in the historic main lodge. This resort also offers several different seasonal activities for guests. From kayaking,snowshoeing and guided hikes to music on the shores of Lake Superior. My wife and always look forward to dining at the Lodge. Dining here is like stepping back in time. There is also a lot of interesting documentation at the lodge about the history of this resort. For those looking to escape from the norm try out this resort.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a Lake view room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just spent one night at the Lutsen Sea Villas. We were to have stayed there again tonight (had a living social deal) but checked out in favor of finding somewhere more suitable for us. I have to agree that the view and distance from the lake is amazing, but that does not make up for the dark, cramped, shabby and worn villa that we stayed in. We felt like we were in a cave and it was claustrophobic. There had been an attempt to update the villa somewhat (kitchen area) but for the most part it looked like it was still the original interior from the 70s. The bed -- queen??? really???-- was the only thing that fit in the bedroom and may have been the original mattress from the 70s too! Loft??? Send your kids up there if you want to punish them and/or want to chance a tumble down the steep (and strange) ladder contraption. For the price these units go for and to have Lutsen's name and reputation attached, they (Lutsen) should be ashamed. We have stayed at Lutsen's Poplar River condos several times and really liked them, plus have eaten at the main lodge many times. Based on these good experiences, we expected so much more of the Sea Villas. We will definitely not stay at the Sea Villas again nor recommend them.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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LutsenResort, Director of Sales at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Julie: I am sorry you found the lodging you stayed in disappointing during your recent stay. You are correct that the view and distance from the lake is amazing and I apologize that you found the Villa not what you expected. I’m glad that you’ve been pleased with your previous several visits to our property and have enjoyed the dining options here. I hope these previous positive experiences will bring you back to our resort in the future.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed at the Resort over Memorial Day weekend. Although our accommodations were a little "rustic" (no air-conditioning/not super fancy), we had a fabulous stay here. The staff was all incredibly friendly and helpful. There was a pizza/movie night for the kids that allowed my husband and I to spend a few hours together without paying a babysitter. There were three campfires on the beach we used to roast marshmallows. Beautiful area close to lots of great trails and attractions. Price was also really reasonable. We'll return in the fall when we don't have to worry about not having air. Was really beautiful and a great place for our young family.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed with friends at a Lutsen Resort Sea Villa recently. Maybe it was the gray overcast and wet weather conditions, but the Sea Villa itself was dark, dank and not very pleasant to hang out in.

Our small group of four adults was anxious to check out the Lutsen Resort Sea Villas. We arrived late Friday afternoon and got checked in immediately - no waiting. The hotel clerk was fast and friendly and we found our two bedroom condo (with third floor lofted bunks) very quickly. The condo itself was sparsely appointed. It's my understanding each condo has a different owner and the owner of C3 has recently made some nice upgrades to the place (new granite in the tiny kitchen and bathrooms, new carpet). The furniture, though, left a lot to be desired. The apartment sized sofa and tiny barrel chairs were uncomfortable. The beds, on the other hand, weren't bad.

This particular unit is sandwiched between two other condos. The entire home is dark and dim with very little natural light. It felt like a dungeon most of the time - again, weather was not cooperating with us, so we spent a lot of time indoors - playing games at the dining table. We planned to make most of our meals in the condo, but the kitchen was poorly appointed. In fact, we even purchased a bottle opener for the owners and left it in the drawer for future visitors. You're welcome!

After 48 hours, we were all ready to get out of the cramped space. One might think that since there were only four of us, there would be plenty of room to spread out, but the design of the space meant that unless we were in the bathroom or bedroom, we were sitting within arm's reach of each other the entire stay.

Once again, I recognize that had the North Shore weather gods cooperated, my review of Lutsen Resorts Sea Villas might be different, but given that 50% of your time spent on the North Shore is going to be foul weather, you need to consider space indoors to accommodate your group. Lutsen Sea Villas doesn't really make the grade when it comes to this one criteria.

Room Tip: If you stay at Lutsen Resort Sea Villas, ask for an end unit so you can get maximum natural light!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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LutsenResort, Director of Sales at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Chuck: I’m sorry that the weather was not cooperating during your last visit and that the Villa felt small when you found yourselves indoors much of the time. I’m sure you were not planning to spend the weekend indoors! We apologize that you were disappointed in your visit and hope that you might consider trying a larger unit during a future visit.
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Property: Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
Address: 5700 W Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Lutsen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lutsen
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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