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Review of Solbakken on Superior

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Solbakken on Superior
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ski Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

Three friends and myself booked three nights at Solbakken for a ski trip at Lutsen Mt. They have great ski and stay packages for this type of trip. The skiing was great, and the resort was excellent. They provided us a van to take us up and down the mountain, and even drove us up to the bar on the mountain and picked us up late so we didn't have to designate a driver! Great service. Loved our stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jon G
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Margie D, Front Office Manager at Solbakken on Superior, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
Thanks for your great comments! It was fun to have you guys here. Hope to see you again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Green Valley, Arizona
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439 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This property far exceeded my expectations. The service was wonderful. I had planned to stay two nights but added a third. I stayed in the motel where my room had a private deck and a wonderful view of Lake Superior. The cabins are right on the water. I enjoyed the rustic quality of the room especially the homemade quilts. In the office/lodge area are a great selection of books to read and games to play which you can borrow. My room was very clean. I did not miss a phone-
it would have been an intrusion.

The location is great-right on highway 61. During the day I took side trips up the Gunflint Trail and to Grand Portage National Monument and enjoyed eating at restaurants along the way. I thought this was a great value and look forward to returning. The stove and refrigerator were small but adequate for my needs.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joan W
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SolbakkenResort, Front Office Manager at Solbakken on Superior, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Thanks for the great review. It is fabulous to see all our hard work and improvements being noticed! Look forward to your next visit.
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Cotton MN
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99 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

This historic lodge is in a picturesque setting right out of the grandeur of the past. If you are looking for a authentic rustic resort with a great history this is where you will want to visit. My wife loved the pictures and documented history of this lodge. The property is lovely and the shorefront is great. This is a older lodge that was for the rich and elite of that time. Rooms do not have air conditioning but being next to lake superior you very seldom need air. Speaking of that bring a jacket. When I stayed here inland two miles it was 90 degree's But next to the lake it was 75. I also enjoyed the breakfast buffet in their dining room. It was a good selection with very good food. Price was appropriate for breakfast. Dinner is a bit pricey.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms a great but are a few dollars more. Court view rooms do not have much of a view. D...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark1539
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SolbakkenResort, Front Office Manager at Solbakken on Superior, responded to this review, 30 August 2013
This is a lovely review, but it is not us. We do not have a restaurant here. Must be one of the other beautiful locations on the shore!
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

What a wonderful place for solitude or family to gather. Right by the magnificent shores and waves of Lake Superior. We have been coming here every late summer for over 30 years.

Walks along the shore, shops to visit in Grand Marais, great dining at reasonable costs nearby, friendly and accommodating folks at the desk.

Oh, did I mention the free BBQ on Friday evenings....a chance to visit with other vacationers and travelers.

We love it and highly recommend it!

Tom and Ruth

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SkyKingMn
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SolbakkenResort, Front Office Manager at Solbakken on Superior, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Thanks Ruth and Tom! It is so nice to see people back year after year building memories with their families!
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Anoka, Minnesota
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83 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We spent 3 nights at Solbakken in a 2 bedroom suite. We had a full kitchen which came in handy. The suite was rustic- as advertised. Beautiful views. A very short walk to the Lake Superior shore which was magnificent. The historic lodge had lots of games and books. Bikes were free. Wonderful free barbecue on Friday night. New owners plan room updates.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carol L
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Orr, Minnesota
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41 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

Because the cabins were all rented, we booked one of the motel units. It could have used a good updating and sprucing up. The faucets were all wonky, the beds saggy with poor pillows, and there was a bit of a musty odor. There wasn't much shelf or counter space on which to place personal items--nothing in the bathroom, where one would keep toiletries. There were 4 adults in our room, and there wasn't a lot of space to spread out. We didn't use the kitchen except for the frig, in which we stored drinks and snacks, but it was a small frig. Yes, there is a lodge, but it wasn't appealing. The lighting was dim, and part of the room was being used for storage.

We walked down by the lake where their cabins are located and peeked in a couple of windows. I believe the cabins would have been a much better experience. All in all, it wasn't quite the bad experience that my review would make it seem, but it could have been better. The staff was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maude59
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SolbakkenResort, Manager at Solbakken on Superior, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thank you for your review. We would like you and our future guests to know that we took over management just 6 weeks ago and are working hard on improvements. In fact,one of the first targeted improvements is set to begin soon in the motel! We will be expanding the bathrooms and upgrading to today's standard, as well as giving the building a facelift. We have also been upgrading our historic log lodge by adding reading lamps throughout the room and working hard to keep it neat and clean. Management
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Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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261 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

While searching for Lodging near Lutsen, i found the Solbakken Resort, which appealed to me because it was considerably less $$$ than other resorts in the area....

We reserved a lodge suite for 3 nights as they had everything we needed such as a kitchen and 2 bedrooms each with a queen bed---we were traveling with our 2 young boys, so this arrangement worked out well.... The suite was great---it had plenty of room and it had direct access to the cozy, rustic lodge upstairs.... The unit itself was rustic, the beds and pillows were a bit hard for my taste, but surprisingly, i got a good night's sleep each night... The kitchen had all the basics, including a dishwasher, albeit the appliances were a bit dated (80's or early 90's vintage)... However, the kitchenware (dishes, pot/pans, silverware) were in good condition and of very good quality, not the "cottage grade" stuff you typically see in a lot of places.... The windows were newish, in good working order (not always the case in rustic places) and had intact screens----very important in the Northwoods!

The historic lodge was a great place to pass the time away... Our boys loved playing checkers... The indoor hot tub was nice to have at the end of the day....

The grounds were nice and wooded, and the shoreline along the property was very pretty (see the photos).... NOT a sandy beach for sure, but a very accessible rocky shoreline perfect for taking in the Lake breezes and appreciating the grandeur of Lake Superior.... From our door, there was an obstructed view of Lake Superior.... If Lake views and direct access to the water is very important, then you're better off with one of the housekeeping cabins, but you will pay considerably more for them.... But really, it was no big deal to get down to the water.... From the outside, the motel looked rough around the edges, but i can't comment on the interiors.... BUT, it does have a spacious grassy area behind it, plus it has decent views of the Lake...

The staff were very friendly and helpful with finding stuff to do in the area....

The resort is centrally located along the Northshore, and thus a reasonable driving distance (an hour or less) from numerous scenic state parks, Lutsen Ski Resort, inland lakes and the town of Grand Marais....

There are a few complaints i have about this resort... DEFINITELY bring some drinking water.... The staff provides gallon jugs of it, but in case they run out, at least you'll still have some on hand......yes, it's that bad! The bathroom was rough around the edges and could definitely use a facelift (again, 80's or 90's vintage)..... While we didn't really need it, the suite could use some AC, or at least a coupla ceiling fans to move the air around--there were a coupla warm humid days, but luckily it cooled off at night. The carpet was old and and worn... And, i know this is nit picky, but white ceiling tiles don't do it for me in a rustic place (or anywhere, including my house)...i would have rather seen the wood siding like the kind used on the walls.... And finally, the rooms were a bit dark---not terribly so, but nevertheless some brighter fixtures might help..... But then again, everything costs $$$, so "fixing" these things would likely result in higher prices....


Despite the complaints above, we really liked Solbakken Resort, and would recommend it. It's one of those places that has charm and character, despite its minor flaws.... In an earlier time, places like Solbakken was where it was at, and nobody complained...... But, if you're expecting modernity, luxury, spa treatments and other higher-end type amenities, then Solbakken is probably not for you....

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Solbakken on Superior
Address: 4874 W Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612-9515
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Lutsen
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Lutsen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Solbakken on Superior 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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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