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South Pier Inn on the Canal
Ranked #3 of 31 Hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 September 2011

This inn has absolutely fabulous rooms with views that are astounding. The room we had featured a hot tub and glass windows overlooking the Duluth/Superior harbor and was only 25 yards from the famous Lift Bridge which allowed for some spectular opportunities for seeing ships "up close and personal". We were fortunate to score a room during Labor Day Weekend and will return to the Inn the next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

My husband and I were feeling the Winter Blues in January and decided to take a little trip. It was the perfect weekend! We booked the Whirlpool Suite (VERY worth the extra price), and absolutely loved it! Our view was amazing, the whirlpool replaced the need for a pool, and the continental breakfast was just right. We're not much for breakfast anyway, so the small breakfast was perfect for us.

We loved that the bedroom was separate from the rest of the room, it felt like an apartment.
The views were beautiful during the day and especially during the evening. The sunset/sunrise over the lake was absolutely beautiul.

When we went, there were no boats to see (it was off-season), but we enjoyed every minute none the less.

Highly recommend this inn!

Room Tip: Get a Whirlpool Suite with a Canal or Harbor view! It's worth it!
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  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

Three high school friends planned and had a wonderful reunion at the South Pier Inn a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed watching harbor activity from our hotel room deck and living room. This room was fresh, clean, attractive and comfortable. And, since the hotel is so close to fun sights and interesting restaurants, it was certainly convenient. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. If you're planning a unique stay in Duluth - book a room at this lovely European like hotel!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

I have stayed at most of the hotels in canal park. My wife and I loved this place. You are less then 30 feet from the water facing the harbor. Even though you need to cross the bridge to get to canal park. It takes less then 2 minutes to cross the bridge from the hotel. I have stage 4 cancer that is in my lungs and I still had no problem walking to canal park. There is also a beutiful garden right out side the hotel. The owner and their neighbor planted thus garden. It is breath taking.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Thank Olson03
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

My husband and I stayed here 2 days. I loved that we could stand on our oun balcony and watch ships come and go. Yet when the door was shut the room was surprisingly quiet. Bridge and ships both blow thier horns when they pass under. We couldn't hear any of that with the door shut. We kept it open so we didn't miss a thing. I give the South Pier Inn the highest rating, absolutely loved it!

Room Tip: Canal view is incredible!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

Recently went on a trip and this was the most expensive hotel we stayed at... which meant that we thought it would be just phenomenal. Was extremely disappointed, however. Smallest suite I've ever stayed in- and the suite didn't even have a little table so that you could write or play games- had to use the coffee table for that. Furniture wasn't comfortable, there was no pool or exercise equipment and the continental breakfast was very small and had limited choices. Really, the whole hotel had the feel of a motel, and that isn't a compliment when you're paying such inflated prices. Parking lot was even tiny and difficult to maneuver in. Felt extremely dissppointed the whole time we were there, but didn't think we'd find much else at such short notice. Yes, the view was nice- but it seems to me that you're really only paying for the view. If you think that a view is worth 200+ dollars for a small suite- then go for it- otherwise you can do better. Also, not kid friendly at all, so if you have children stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

The south pier inn has beautiful views of the harbor. I could have sat looking all day. That is their selling point. When they built this hotel they skimped on furnishings. Nothing is really comfortable=the couch, chairs, the bed. The TVs are outdated. No fitness center. The decor is blah. Nice little balcony. Convenient location Is it worth the money? No, even with the view.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about South Pier Inn on the Canal

Address: 701 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2401
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#2 Family Hotel in Duluth
#9 Business Hotel in Duluth
Price Range: £86 - £230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — South Pier Inn on the Canal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge adjacent to Canal Park, South Pier Inn is Duluth's premier shipwatching hotel. Our 20 waterfront suites each feature a whirlpool, fireplace and private balcony, offering breathtaking views of the Duluth harbor or ship canal. This family-owned property offers the amenities you'd expect in a much larger hotel, yet provides the level of service and attention to detail you'd only find in a smaller establishment. ... more   less 
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