We stayed in one of the fireplace suites with our two children (13 & 15). It was a large suite with two bedrooms (both with queen beds) and a fold-out couch in the living area. The kitchen & shower were a bit outdated, but functional. There are four cabins that are near the water that appeared private and romantic. The "lodge" is further from the water, but you can walk down to the shore. Unfortunately, the shore is rocky and the shoreline drops off steeply, so it's really not a place to spend much time. Attached to the lodge are motel rooms that looked a bit dingy. Inside the lodge, the gathering area was warm and inviting.
We stayed here because we wanted to rent a cabin on the shoreline. I would stay here again if we could stay in one of the cabins where you can hear the waves. Otherwise, I would try to find a place closer to shops and restaurants that was more up to date. The suites in the lodge are roomy and functional, but not quite what I was looking for in a cabin stay. When I saw the motel rooms from the outside, I was glad that we did not rent one of those.
Overall, our stay was pleasant. The price was reasonable. The facility was very clean. The owners were accommodating. We were a bit disappointed in the access to the lake and the shoreline. It was a good place to stay as a base camp for visiting other sites, but not a destination in itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solbakken is a hidden gem in Lutsen on Lake Superior's North Shore. We provide home base in our cabins nestled along the shore as you experience the Northwoods. Solbakken is situated on seven acres of very special property with over 600 feet of Lake Superior shoreline for guests to enjoy! Our cozy accommodations feature an option for all budgets ranging from economy style units to luxury cabins with fireplaces. Enjoy a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing in winter and barbecuing in summer. Welcome to your home away from home! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solbakken Hotel Lutsen