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Solbakken on Superior
Reviewed October 27, 2011

We just spent three nights in cabin #4. It is a newly undated 2 bedroom cabin right on the lake. It was so relaxing to hear the sounds of the waves crashing against the shore line. We took our two boys whom had a great timing climbing and playing on the rocky shore line. It was a perfect location for us. We were close to all the parks and great hiking trails. We did not spend much time in the main lodge area but it looked very nice and relaxing. The cabin was small but we all felt cozy and very comfortable in it. We went late in October and needed the heat on which felt great in the cabin. Made it feel like a true north woods cabin. it was great to come back to the cabin and relax at night, play games and enjoy the peace and serenity of the big lake! We would absolutely stay there again!

Room Tip: The cabins were great, never saw the rooms in the lodge. The motel looked a bit rough.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We've been coming to The North Shore for 20some years and this was the first place we ever stayed. We don't come back every year, but when we want some quiet down-time it is the perfect spot. It is a throwback in time with teeny cabins and the soothing sounds of the pounding Lake Superior waves. Great rock hounding and reflective time on the smooth rock shore. It is close enough to stores, but you still feel like you are away from it all. The rooms are well kept for their age and if you don't want anything fancy, you'll love it here. Book early though!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

Our daughter introduced us to this family-owned resort with 3 distinct types of lodging on the grounds - motel rooms, cabins & suites in the main lodge. It is all very rustic, with homey furnishings. Our 3 room suite sleeps up to six, had a working fireplace (wood provided) with a full kitchen including oven & compact dishwasher. While we could hear Highway 61 traffic, the sound of the lake was louder. Our windows looked out on the woods & the lake below, with a deck & grill. The sauna & hot tub were right upstairs, as was the lodge living room with games, books & wi-fi access.

Room Tip: Try to stay on the back side of the lodge or in one of the lake front cabins to minimize traffic noi...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

I enjoyed my stay in Lutsen. The Solbakken has some definite pros, but more cons.

Pros:
-Real wood fireplace in the suite
-Decent beds
-Bedrooms were clean
-Nice space for a 2-bedroom suite (kitchenette, dining area and living room all in one. Definitely big enough for the 4 of us comfortably)
-Kitchen had enough to get by

Cons:
-No hot water in the showers
-Coffee pot leaked horribly
-Heat in the rooms were difficult to work. It was either too hot or you had to have them off all together. The heaters also made an awful noise.
-Kitchen pots/pans, dishes, etc were a bit rough

Again. I enjoyed my stay at the Solbakken, you just have to go with an understanding of the rustic-ness of the resort.

Room Tip: The 2 bedroom suite in the main building was perfect for 2 couples.
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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed in cottage 2, right on the shore of Lake Superior. The cottage has 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen/living area. The cottage was very clean and the beds were comfortable. The kitchen includes full-sized appliances and a dishwasher. The deck if right above the rocks of the shoreline. There is a fire pit and chopped wood available for use. We enjoyed sitting on the deck, reading and relaxing. The area has a lot of activities available.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

We stayed in one of the fireplace suites with our two children (13 & 15). It was a large suite with two bedrooms (both with queen beds) and a fold-out couch in the living area. The kitchen & shower were a bit outdated, but functional. There are four cabins that are near the water that appeared private and romantic. The "lodge" is further from the water, but you can walk down to the shore. Unfortunately, the shore is rocky and the shoreline drops off steeply, so it's really not a place to spend much time. Attached to the lodge are motel rooms that looked a bit dingy. Inside the lodge, the gathering area was warm and inviting.

We stayed here because we wanted to rent a cabin on the shoreline. I would stay here again if we could stay in one of the cabins where you can hear the waves. Otherwise, I would try to find a place closer to shops and restaurants that was more up to date. The suites in the lodge are roomy and functional, but not quite what I was looking for in a cabin stay. When I saw the motel rooms from the outside, I was glad that we did not rent one of those.

Overall, our stay was pleasant. The price was reasonable. The facility was very clean. The owners were accommodating. We were a bit disappointed in the access to the lake and the shoreline. It was a good place to stay as a base camp for visiting other sites, but not a destination in itself.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

My wife and I went up here with our dog last year and loved it. Unfortunately for us, we just had to cancel our trip for July 22 of this year! So that means there's an opening! Book it people! You won't be disappointed!

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Solbakken on Superior

Address: 4874 W Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612-9515
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Lutsen
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Lutsen
Price Range: $77 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Solbakken on Superior 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Solbakken is a hidden gem in Lutsen on Lake Superior's North Shore. We provide home base in our cabins nestled along the shore as you experience the Northwoods. Solbakken is situated on seven acres of very special property with over 600 feet of Lake Superior shoreline for guests to enjoy! Our cozy accommodations feature an option for all budgets ranging from economy style units to luxury cabins with fireplaces. Enjoy a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing in winter and barbecuing in summer. Welcome to your home away from home! ... more   less 
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