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“Great value harbour views” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great value harbour views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed during the really quiet January season and so think we got a very good deal. Our room was really nicely done out, had a huge bed, was warm and had really good free wifi. The view out over the frozen harbour was a winner, as were the breakfasts downstairs at the Pie Place. Guests get a discount on breakfast and the breakfast potatoes are an absolute must, as is the home made yellow hot sauce.
The owners were really friendly, helpful and good to chat to over coffee.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had a second floor harbor viewing room. It was lovely. Exactly what you'd expect a north-woodsy nautical themed motel to be like. There aren't a load of amenities and you do enter your room from the exterior balcony of the building - but we didn't care at all. It was charming, clean and had a great view of the lake. Of all the places I've stayed in Grand Marais (4 other hotels/motels) this has been by far the best place.

Also - the restaurant on the main floor is excellent. The breakfasts are amazing and the pie is unbelievable.

Not really sure what happened with the people giving this place a bad review. I'm a fairly picky traveler and I had nothing to complain about.

Room Tip: Ask for harbor viewing rooms. And try the pie.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brianna D
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We paid 140.00 for one night here and I am kicking myself for not just bringing a tent. The location is great...but that's where it ends. There was mold in the shower and it needed new caulking. Shower fast because the hot water is hit or miss. The room smelled bad and the window was missing part of the crank making it very hard to open. Everything in the room was out of date, the heat register and the blinds were broken. I think I would have been more understanding if the room were cheaper but I can just be thankful that we only had to stay one night! The only other redeeming quality is the Gunflint Tavern next door. Great food and great beer selection!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sabrina F
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in September and had a very nice room on the second floor with a georgous view of the harbor. Very clean and quiet room, friendly and helpful staff made our visit very enjoyable. The location was convienent to walk around town. Great place to stay!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edina, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

We rented two rooms in August, dropped the luggage off and went out to look around and then went for dinner. When we returned we found the carpet in one room was soaked -- I mean with standing water over the entire floor, and someone had placed a dehumidifier in the room. It was after nine and the desk (in the restaurant) was closed, but a man who identified himself as the "night clerk" said the hotel was full and he could not give us a different room. He would , however, lower the rate for the room and tell the manager in the morning. At the height of tourist season no other rooms were available in Grand Marais, and four of us made do with one room, three in a queen bed and one on a half-sized smelly, ancient couch. There was no one at the hotel desk in the morning either, but a restaurant employee assured us the manager would adjust the room changes when he arrived.
I telephoned later that afternoon and spoke with "Jeremy" who had identified himself as a clerk the night before, but turned out to be the manager after all. He offered to take $25 off the charges -- meaning we would still pay $87 for a room we hadn't and couldn't use. When I pointed out if was illegal in Minnesota for a hotel to rent a room in that condition Jeremy agreed to cancel the room charges on our credit card. He didn't however, and the charge remained on our card. We have of course refused to pay it.
The Harbor Inn is really a seedy run-down place, although with a nice but noisy location, that seems to be operated on a shoe-string by people with little knowledge of the hotel business. Stay there only if you have to. If any other place anywhere within miles of Grand Marais has a room go for that instead. You'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank Josehanson H
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Jackson, Mississippi
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63 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stopped overnight here on a road trip, and loved the location. The room itself was adequate, but does need updating. However, it is right across the road from a park on the lake, a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sunset. The restaurant in the building advertised the "best breakfast on the North Shore". The food was good, and the service was very friendly, albeit slow. As long as you aren't in a hurry when you go there, it is an enjoyable experience. But then, it is a vacation spot, so why should you be in a hurry?

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have a/c and some don't. Ours did not, and we did get a little warm. If you ar...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Wanda H
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Dillon, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

Super helpful and friendly staff work both the hotel and restaurant - they made us feel right at home. Great location right in the middle of town and definitely worth having the harbor view. The Pie Place really does have "the best breakfast on the North Shore" and the hotel guest discount is awesome. It may not be the fanciest place in town but the hospitality far outweighs the extra amenities. Thanks for taking pets!

Room Tip: Pay the small extra fee for the harbor view - it's totally worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank DandE06_09
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Property: Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel
Address: 207 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5020
Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Room Service
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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