I stayed at Barker's Island last March with friends. After the Edgewater in Duluth lost our reservation they were the only hotel that had vacancies, although we did have to become members of the wedding party (but that's another story).
The first room we were given (non snoking, two double beds) had already been assigned to a guest. So, back at the front desk the clerk upgraded us to a poolside suite for no extra charge.
The rooms are your standard remote Canadian/US upgraded in 1984 older carpeting, bedding, wall art, abused bathrooms, wood composite furniture fare. Which was expected, and well deserved for $60 a night.
However, after returning from shopping less than an hour later the hotel pool, lobby, and corridors were full of kids and families. This wasn't unusual, except for the volume of children and parents. The pool and surrounding area was packed until 10 PM, when it suddenly emptied and for the remaining hour that the pool was open, we enjoyed a swim and soak in peace.
Also, Barker's Island is in Superior, which for those who haven't visited is located across the river/channel from Duluth. 95% of the local attractions and entertainment is in Duluth, especially the Canal Park area. You'll therefore need to schedule 15 minutes to travel from the hotel to the Omnimax, Grandma's, Depot, Red Lobster, etc... and it takes about a half hour to reach Miller Hill Mall.
This is a great hotel for kids/families/grandparents, but probably a pass for those of us between 20 and 35.
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- Also Known As:
- Barkers Island Hotel Superior
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