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South Pier Inn on the Canal

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#2 of 33 Hotels in Duluth
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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just returned home after a wonderful relaxing stay at the South Pier Inn. Watching the ships come and go is always the highlight of our trip to Duluth. We try to get there once a year and would never think of staying anywhere else. The rooms are clean and comfortable and breakfast has many choices. The entire staff is friendly...

Thank Virginia C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Harbor view room was quiet and peaceful. Beautiful views and lots to see. Best of all is that you don't need to drive anywhere if you don't want to. Canal park is just across the bridge and being able to walk there and not look for parking is a huge plus of this location. Going the other way you've got...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have chosen the South Pier Inn for many years when we are looking for the peaceful weekend getaway without the noise and crowds of the other large hotels. The harbor view rooms provide an up close experience of the ships entering and leaving the harbor through the canal. Many restaurant options within walking distance.

Thank Beids2017
Woodbury, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family absolutely loved this place. Friendly staff, clean rooms and comfortable with million dollar views. It was amazing to see ocean liners as tall as the building itself passing right outside our room window. The location is outstanding at the foot of the historic lift bridge. We walked over the bridge to all of Duluth's famous Canal Park shops...

Thank Joe F
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place! Enjoyed our view of the water and the jacuzzi tub w/fireplace. We'll definitely be back again, but were disappointed with breakfast. We arrived an hour before breakfast was scheduled to be over and there wasn't much left (it's a small selection to begin with, but not bad). The girl at the counter was a bit aggressive in telling...

Thank AngieRG12
Thompson nd.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stayed there for two nights the location can not be match right next to where those ships come and go you could almost touch them you could see the people working on them way cool. The room was great clean and the bed was very comfortable will go back again any time

Thank jeromew323
Madison, WI
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really special lodging. We stayed in the Penthouse suite, a spacious, modern living room/bedroom/wetbar arrangement with views of Duluth and the mouth of the river. There were so many great luxe touches: super high-quality mattress, microfiber sheets so nice that I pulled the tag out and ordered my own set for home, binoculars and a spotting scope to watch...

Thank Marge246
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The South Pier Inn on the Canal was a very nice experience. The room was clean and spacious with a Scandinavian accent. We had a balcony view of Lake Superior and had the good fortune to see the first ship of the season go under the lift bridge. The continental breakfast offered all we that needed and the hotel staff...

Thank CollegeShoppingDad58
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the lower panoramic suite. It was absolutely beautiful. Just wish we would have known it was not shipping season so no boats came through. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Light continental breakfast.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Absolutely stellar on all fronts: Room was spacious, with a gas fireplace, lounge chairs, mini refrigerator and hot tub. View was spectacular, and the provision of binoculars to better watch the ship traffic was really thoughtful. Toiletries were great as well.

Thank Robin G

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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 

Additional Information about South Pier Inn on the Canal

Address: 701 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2401
Region: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Price Range: RM578 - RM1,768 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — South Pier Inn on the Canal 2.5*
Number of rooms: 29
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Also Known As:
South Pier Inn On The Canal Hotel Duluth
South Pier Duluth
South Pier Inn Duluth
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Duluth
#2 Family Hotel in Duluth
#10 Business Hotel in Duluth
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“We prefer a Harbor View room but all are wonderful.”
virginiac377, 24 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Not all rooms view the canal or harbor.”
Beids2017, 24 Apr 2017 | Read review
“One the faces the canal”
jeromew323, 3 Apr 2017 | Read review
“It's totally worth the slight price bump to get a water view!”
RobinG679, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Pay an extra $20 and stay in a room with a view of the canal and Ariel Bridge.”
  • Ship entering harbor through canal
  • Ship leaving harbor under Ariel Bridge
FritzW18, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
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