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East Bay Suites
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 July 2010

We had a wonderful stay in a studio room at East Bay. The entire property is well kept, the staff is very friendly and the location can't be beat.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We booked the three bedroom suite and it was very comfortable and modern. The kitchen was well equipped. I loved the concrete floors and countertops. The staff was so nice and the location was great. It was right on the lake. They provide bikes, the use of a wii (which my children loved), and the fixings for smores. I could have stayed for longer, it was so lovely. The only thing that I was a bit bummed about, was that the only 3 bedroom suites they have are not lake front. The master bedroom and small balcony off the living room had very good lake views, but the kitchen eating area and one bedroom looked at a parking lot and the third bedroom did not have a window. I think you should be aware when booking that this is the case, but we still loved our stay and would love to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

Returned to Grand Marias again this summer and spent 2 nights at East Bay Suites.

We spent 2 nights here in a 2 bedroom with my parents.

Negatives first:
$$$! This is an expensive place to stay! At almost $300 per night staying any more than a couple of nights gets very expensive. The room we had #202 was nicely furnished and had a fully furnished kitchen. There is no air conditioning in the room at all, they do have ceiling fans but they did little to cool off the suite. Fortunately for us the nights cooled down and we were able to put a fan at the deck door to bring in some cool air.
The 2nd bedroom seems to be almost an afterthought. It is very dark and very warm. It has it's own bathroom but no windows to the outiside at all. A strange layout.

Positives:
The view! Suite #202 has a wonderful view of the lake and magnificient sunrises. Listening to the waves at night and the seagulls was great.
It also is very well located. Right across the street from Worlds Best Donuts, and walking distance to most everything in town.
Overall, I would recommend the East Bay Suites and will probably be returning again next July for another visit. Maybe they'll give us a break on the room rate since it will be our 3rd visit!

Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

East Bay Suites is a great find in Grand Marais! We had a two bedroom suite. It was very comfortable for a couple and two young adult children. Having two bathrooms was very convenient (each had a shower but no tub). The appliances worked well and most everything you could need for cooking was provided in the kitchen. The TV/DVD player worked well, and written instructions were provided for it. The WiFi worked well. The furniture and carpet were clean and in good shape. We were on the 2nd floor and had two (somewhat narrow) balconies overlooking the lake. The property has a nice lawn and beach. A gas grill is provided in an outdoor common area. The indoor common area is very pretty. The people at the front desk were very friendly and helpful with knowledge about stores and attractions. As they note when you register, the housekeeping staff doesn't make beds every day, but they do come in to change towels, empty trash, and replenish coffee and soap.

We were easily able to walk to the Co-op, grocery store, the Angry Trout, and Dairy Queen. The waterfront is beautiful and there are lots of little shops to explore.

The only cons I have are very minor. There was no hair dryer in either bathroom. The 2nd bedroom was somewhat dark (no outside windows, but a window to the corridor) and did not have a clock/radio.

The place was quiet. The main noise from other people came when they were out on their balconies. One night it was rainy and stormy and we enjoyed watching and listening to the waves hitting the shore. Since it's in a bay, the waves were not too large. I would like to make it a tradition to go back each summer!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

There is nothing better in my mind then falling to sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and a fire crackling across the room...the East Bay Suites deliver up both! I have visited Grand Marais on many occasions and have come back time and again to the East Bay Suites. One unique thing about this location is that they offer rooms for every size of group, and they are all fantastic. I've done a solo stay in one of the studio rooms and with larger groups in the two & three bedroom suites. Since the rooms are individually owned (I believe!) there are some fun personal touches in some of the rooms...book collections, movies, games, guest books, etc.

The staff are always helpful and friendly and really help answer any questions about area attractions. Though this location is a bit more pricey then some of the others in the area there is a kitchen in all the units so you can save on dining out costs (and walk to the Co-op right out the back door!). Most importantly, you really cannot beat the location! Located at the end of the main street in town you can literally walk anywhere you might want to go, but being at the end of the road right on the lake means no noisy neighbors to disturb the wave crashing bliss out the window.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

Our pet limits our options when we visit Grand Marais so we were delighted to find out that East Bay Suites has pet friendly accommodations. Each suite is privately owned (condo) so some owners allow pets and others do not. The suite was larger than we expected and fully equiped. The view was absolutely spectacular. Staff are friendly. The availability of bikes at no extra charge was an added bonus. We've already reserved our suite for next year as this will become an annual tradition for us. We didn't use the municipal pool and hot tub this visit but can say that they are very good facilities and available at no charge to guests.

Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
Thank TJFogelberg
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

Just as a spur of the moment getaway, we ventured up to Grand Marais. East Bay caught our eye because the building is much more contemporary than anything else in the town. We stopped in the lobby at about noon on a Tuesday, and Mary at the desk was very helpful. She graciously explained the different room types, and offered us a great rate. The rates are quite a bit more expensive during the peak season, but this place is worth it. The bed was comfortable, the room was spacious, and very home-y. There were a lot of little details that you wouldn't find with a larger chain hotel -- games in the closet, tons of reading material, makeup removal wipes in the bathroom, candles by the bathtub, etc. All of the rooms are also lake view with either a patio or a balcony, and a nicely decorated. There is also a communal grill and bikes for guests to use.
Do be forewarned if you book at East Bay that the modest rooms just have a murphy bed or a pull out bed. We took the one bedroom suite which had a king bed, full kitchen, dining area, and separate living area (with a pullout couch). This type of room would be ideal for a family if the kids don't mind sleeping on the pull out couch. East Bay also offers some larger suites (3 bedroom, sleeps 8) which would be a blast for a bunch of friends to share.
Depending on your priorities it can be a drawback that they don't have a pool, however you are steps away from Lake Superior (assuming you're a brave soul), and relatively close to the municipal pool. Its also right in the heart of Grand Marais, basically within walking distance of all dining and shopping.
Overall, we had a great time, and would highly recommend East Bay.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 21 Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Price Range: £78 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — East Bay Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
East Bay Suites sits in the heart of it all: on the edge of the world's greatest fresh water lake, at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains, a short drive from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area and world class Superior Hiking Trail, and just steps from your favorite local shops and restaurants in the center of the quaint harbor village of Grand Marais. The perfect blend of outdoor recreation, unique shopping and culture, East Bay Suites has something for everyone. ... more   less 
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