My family has been staying at the Great Northern for about 10 years. The original owners when we started going were awesome and it was a very nice place to stay. It's still a great place - but like someone else said, the standards are a little lower up north. We thought we'd try a different place up north this year and it turned out to be DISGUSTING and was only $5 cheaper a night than the Great Northern.
The rooms are always clean - I was in the room when the cleaning crew came through and they are all middle-aged nice women who live in the area. I've never had a problem with the room being dirty, it's just an older motel.
I've used the pool, 2 hot tubs, and sauna in the past. This past weekend, the motel was packed with snowmobilers (to be expected in the winter) and it was actually very quiet. Our room overlooked the lake & snowmobile trail, but we had no complaints. We were also able to stay in the "pet wing" because they allow dogs and were very accommodating.
We spent a night in the bar - normal, average bar but drinks were pretty cheap. I've ordered room service from the bar/restaurant before and it's your good greasy bar food (which I happen to love!) The "continental breakfast" is really just toast, juice & coffee but it was still up at 11am which was nice. The bar/restaurant also has an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $8, but we didn't try it.
Overall, it's an older motel/hotel but still a great place to stay if you want to experience the north woods. It's minutes from downtown and near a grocery store, Subway, etc. If you're not looking to rent an expensive cabin for a week, this is definitely the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring beckon you North to the Great Northern Motel. We're offering fun for the whole family including hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, swimming, and more. You will never get bored! Our motel has 80 rooms available, plus we now offer are very spacious and comfortable whirlpool suite. You'll feel like you're right at home. We include a complimentary breakfast every morning you're with us; and pets are also welcome. ... more less
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