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Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Reviewed 12 June 2012

Super helpful and friendly staff work both the hotel and restaurant - they made us feel right at home. Great location right in the middle of town and definitely worth having the harbor view. The Pie Place really does have "the best breakfast on the North Shore" and the hotel guest discount is awesome. It may not be the fanciest place in town but the hospitality far outweighs the extra amenities. Thanks for taking pets!

Room Tip: Pay the small extra fee for the harbor view - it's totally worth it.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Our car recently broke down in Grand Marais on our way home from a stay at the Gunflint Lodge and we were forced to spend the night in Grand Marais while waiting for repairs. The Harbor Inn was extremely welcoming. They gave us a discounted rate on a harbor view room and extended our stay for a few hours at no charge the next day while we were waiting for our car to finish being fixed. The Harbor Inn was a ray of sunshine in the midst of our trouble and we are ever so thankful that they helped us out. Our room was clean, the food at The Pie Place (50% off breakfast if you are a hotel guest!) was fantastic, and the Harbor Inn is within walking distance of pretty much everything within Grand Marais.

Room Tip: Get a harbor view room!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Lauree1183
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Stayed there during a skiing trip during Christmas week. I understand the rates were probably jacked up due to the Holiday week, but this place is not worth the money.

There is no hot-tub nor pool. The place is old and in need of an update. More than just a flat-screen TV.

View is nice, and close to the Gun Flint Restaurant and Pub, which is nice.

The cafe wasn't open, so we had to go down the street for breakfast.

Overall, if you're looking for a harbor view, close to town, and okay with a motel set-up, this place is nice. If you're looking for a more upscale place with more amenities, keep searching.

Room Tip: If you are staying here, request a 2nd story harbor view room.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

The staff is very sweet and attentive. The room was very nice and the food at the Pie Place is great.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

Just returned from a great weekend in Grand Marais. The Harbor Inn is right on the water with easy access and parking. Downtown shopping and historic sights are within easy walking distance from the motel. Rooms are clean and comfortable. We always stay on the second floor lake side so the views, sunsets and sunrises, are spectacular! The diner downstairs has great food with a funky twist. I tried the Vegetarian Benedict and truly enjoyed the amazing blends of flavor including the fresh asparagus. If you are looking for plain old bacon and eggs, this is not the place. The food is much better! This is the fourth year in a row and I just keep going back. The staff are friendly, kind and accommodating.

Room Tip: Second floor lakeside rooms are more expensive, but worth it for the sunrises and sunsets on the bal...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

We are two hikers who stayed for a week in Grand Marais. Our initial encounter at Harbor Inn was unsettling. They did not have our reservation beginning until several days later. However, when I showed them my confirmation email they very quickly acknowledged a computer error. They could not put us up that night, but they got us a room at a nice motel down the street and gave us a $25 refund for the inconvenience. When we checked in the next day we found our room to be exactly what we needed -- nothing fancy but always very clean. The shower had dispensers for soap, shampoo and lotion so we didn't need to mess with small containers that tend to fall off shower shelves.

My friend was turned off by what he described as "flat" pancakes at breakfast in the Pie Place the next day. But everything else we had for breakfast was very good. And it was always half price because we were guests in the hotel. We developed the habit of going first for excellent coffee at the Java Moose next door, then going back to the Pie Place for food.

Harbor Inn has new management and our experience was that they are living up to the reputation set by the former owners. Jeremy was in charge most of the time we were there. I would describe him as setting the standard for "Minnesota Nice." In short, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Harbor Inn and would recommend it to anyone .

Room Tip: We chose the lower priced "town side" of the motel rather than the "lake side."...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

I asked for a main floor lake view as my husband has a difficult time with stairs. We looked at our car parked at the curb instead of the beach, so had wished we could have gotten a room upstairs. I would suggest installing sheer curtains behind the heavy drapes so you can have the drapes open and it would be harder for passer bys to see in. Even though it was street level it was quiet. The room had a musty smell when we got there and in the morning told the owner about it. It was taken care of with some freshner and the owner checked in with us about an hour after that was done. It did help. She noticed I had made coffee in the little coffee maker and offered to wash the mugs and pot for me right there and then. I told her it wasn't necessary. It is an old motel, but the room we had was comfortable with a king bed and a love seat, chair and a table. I loved being able to walk everywhere in town and only had to walk across the street to take wonderful pictures of the everchanging lake. Your breakfast is half price at the Pie Place and it was so much better than the continental breakfasts in the chain hotels. I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 207 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5020
Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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