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“Minnesota Lodge Meets Minnesota Motel--But AAAH, That Patio!”
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The Shoreline Inn
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Reviewed September 13, 2008

The Shoreline's setting in the center of Grand Marais, right on Lake Superior, makes it my favorite place to stay in Grand Marais. The place is hard to describe; sort of Minnesota Lodge meets Minnesota Motel. Rooms are serviceable, with basic decor, standard bathrooms and a small refrigerator. The easy chairs are comfortable. Rooms with a lake view offer great value for money.

The lobby has a blond brick fireplace, bookshelves with games, magazines, newspapers and some yellowed paperbacks, and very comfortable sofas and chairs. There is also a new breakfast room, with cold cereal, instant oatmeal, muffins, apples, bananas, coffee and juice available (included in the room rate) in the morning.

What makes the place worth a stay is the patio. The large patio, with tables, chairs and chaises, overlooks the lake, Artist's Point, and the northeast stretch of Grand Marais. I could spend all day just sitting on the patio, relaxing and reading. It is truly special. On one visit my son and I spent an hour on the patio at midnight, watching a lightning storm race across Lake Superior. It was amazing!

The location can't be beat; you can walk to anything and everything in Grand Marais. The Shoreline has an exceptionally loyal clientele, with many repeat visitors.

I've stayed at the Shoreline four or five times. On this visit, there were some nice changes (the breakfast room) and unnecessary ones (the large screen TV in the lobby). I also noted, though, that some of the decor is very tired, and the patio furniture is desperately in need of an update. The plastic chaises and chairs are beginning to look tacky and feel unsteady.

I have stayed at fabulous hotels and resorts, and the Shoreline's decor is closer to the Red Roof Inn than the Ritz. I'd choose to stay at the Shoreline anytime, though, because of its downhome charm, value for money and exceptional location on the shores of Lake Superior.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2006

Very nice, older hotel, doing some renovations, only drawback was no A/C and it was a very hot weekend, but the evening cooled off and we did have fans. They are located right on the Lake Superior Beach front, a rocky beach, with unbelievably clear water, and great for rock hounds! We plan to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2006

We found the Shoreline on our first trip to Grand Marais in 1990. There's no pool, no fitness center, no in-room spa -- but in nearly annual trips since then, we have never considered staying anywhere else. As their web page says, the Shoreline is "like coming home".

Immaculate and cozy, the Shoreline has the best location in town. One can walk to the harbor, restaurants and, most importantly, to Artist's Pointe in minutes. I can sit for hours on the deck overlooking the east bay drinking in the sun, the sound of the waves and the view of the lake.

Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed July 25, 2004

Our family (including 2 young children) stayed at the Shoreline the last 4 years for 3-4 nights per visit. We were there in July/August when the weather is great and even during this "busy" season the hotel and the city were very laid-back and relaxing. We find the hotel comfortable and very convenient to walk to everything in Grand Marais. We especially enjoyed our morning strolls out to Artist's Point and the Lighthouse. The rooms are fairly small but clean, ask for a second level room facing the lake - these are by far the best rooms. The ones facing the parking lot on the first level are not recommended. The owners are friendly and helpful. There is a great deck behind the hotel facing Lake Superior where you can have morning coffee or just relax. The only downside is the small bathrooms with very little counter space. The decor could use some updating, but overall we find this a wonderful, relaxing family spot.

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Additional Information about The Shoreline Inn

Address: 20 S Broadway Ave, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5016
Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Price Range: $99 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Shoreline Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Artist's Point is at our back door. Quiet, away from U.S. Highway 61. With lake view rooms and sundeck at water's edge, The Shoreline has been first choice for generations of families. Fireside, lake view lobby. This charming village is on Lake Superior's North Shore less than two hours Northeast of Duluth, on scenic Highway 61. Grand Marais is the Hub of activities in Cook County, located at the foot of the Gunflint Trail, the gateway to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and remote Isle Royale. Just ten minutes to the Gunflint Hills Golf Course or Pincushion cross country center and twenty minutes to Lutsen Mountains Ski Area, Alpine Slide and the Superior National Golf Course.Walk to shops, restaurants, the lighthouse and the Grand Marais recreation center and pool. Free continental breakfast. Rooms with king beds are available, as are family or connecting rooms. Smoke-free environment. Traditional charm. Personal service. A guest once said, "It's like coming home." ... more   less 
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