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South Pier Inn on the Canal
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
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“Romantic bliss”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Spent an amazing weekend with the hubby last weekend. This hotel was gorgeous! The suite has a corner whirlpool tub which views a fireplace and gorgeous view of the beautifully lit arial lift bridge. The staff were so friendly and knowledgable about things to do and of course shopping!! The shower was spacious with plenty of hot water and even the soaps and shampoos were fancy! The owners even spend time in the lobby chatting with guests. It's a very warm friendly environment that was so pleasant to be in. I would highly recommend staying here. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

In the heart of Canal Park sits this amazing gem of a hotel!!! We stayed in a suite, room 201 to be exact and what spectacular views!! Not to mention to view OF the room (whirlpool tub, fireplace, comfy beds!!!!). I couldn't say enough good things about the hospitality and accommodations that this hotel offers. Second to none. They really make you feel welcome and appreciated!!! Check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This is a very nice place to stay while in Duluth. It is privately owned and the owners are often present. The front desk staff was friendly and courteous.

Our room (#502) was comfortable, and well maintained. The room included a coffee maker, small refrigerator, whirlpool tub and a gas fireplace. They have wi-fi but in our room it did not work well, often dropping the connection.

Being late February, there were no ships passing through the harbor, but our waterfront room had an awesome view of the Duluth skyline and lift-bridge, especially at night.

The included continental breakfast was good and consisted of rolls, fruit, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee. You could get coffee and cookies almost any time of the day.

We will stay here again next time we stay in Duluth.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms overlook the parking lot so be sure you specify a harbor view if that is important...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Our visit was brief; we stayed only one night as our destination was the ice caves. That being said, the rooms are very clean, bright and very comfortable. The thread count as well as bathroom towels were above average. The morning we were to check out my car wouldn't start and the receptionist was nice enough to call Dale (one of the owners) and he came over within 10 minutes with jumper cables to try to get us going; but to no avail. He stayed out there with us in the cold and wind for good 30 minutes. Very rarely do you come across that kind of generosity. He was even reluctant to give up and kept wanting to try, "one more time". Needless to say, the next time we are in Duluth, whether we are passing through or not, we will look for availability here, first. Thank you, Dale. (One small suggestion I do have is to play some light background music during breakfast so as to reduce the unavoidable eve's dropping as it can get pretty quiet.)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bali, Indonesia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Really just booked the hotel based on location which is as good as it get in downtown Duluth, MN.
Friendly service reflective of a small inn feel and that sense of well-being made me want to upgrade from a standard room to a canal view room! Rooms are of good size, very bright, cleanliness was excellent. Great to have a shower without having to step into a bathtub (great for older people). Nice small balcony, fire place was a great touch. Was not to certain about comfort of bed but that is a very personal thing ( I sleep through anything anyway). A small breakfast is offered in the lobby area which is just sufficient to get you going. Small suggestion: play some neutral music in that area as it gets uncomfortably quiet while you and the desk agent are in that space. Overall glad I stayed there and I certainly suggest this location for a romantic get away for you and your significant other.

Room Tip: For a little more get a room on the water/canal side. It's absolutely worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We had such a great getaway weekend staying here. Very clean, awesome sunny rooms. Great customer service and you can't beat the location. You can walk across the bridge to shop, eat and take a stroll. Really made for an amazing weekend. We have stayed in many hotels in Duluth and this is one of the best.

Room Tip: Try to get an upper floor room for the best views!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Stayed here for one night in January. Had a canal view room. The room was warm; the fireplace was a nice touch. The only complaint I would have is the blinds do not close properly and the lights for the bridge are very bright. They really need to look into different window coverings. The room was clean. And even though we were close the bridge the noise from bridge traffic was quiet.

Room Tip: The room we were in was right next to the lift bridge. The blinds didn't close properly so the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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
#10 Business Hotel in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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