The Best Hotels to Book in Duluth for Every Traveler
Sit back and enjoy the views over Lake Superior on a trip to Duluth | Courtesy of Pier B Resort Hotel / Expedia
Whether you want to lounge on the shores of Lake Superior, tackle the craft beer scene, visit the 39-room mansion at Glensheen, or immerse yourself in port history at Canal Park, there’s a lot to do in Duluth, Minnesota. With plenty of hotels to choose from – from large resorts to charming inns – here’s our pick of the bunch, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Solglimt Lakeshore B&B, for the private beach
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Few places to stay in Duluth offer the history, seclusion, and bliss of Solglimt Lakeshore. It’s the sole bed and breakfast on Duluth’s Lake Superior shores and has a swath of private beach just for guests. If you’re in the market for a more luxurious exclusivity, claim the Oscar Nelson Suite, part of the original 1910 cabin built by the man himself. A thermomasseur tub, gas fireplace, and private deck may not be as old, but they’re endearing all the same.
Fitger's Inn, for sampling house-made tipples
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If you’ve ever wanted to intentionally fall asleep in a historic brewery, Fitger’s Inn gives you a shot (and a chaser). This former 1885 brewery now houses Duluth’s first microbrewery. All rooms have pillow-top beds made especially for the Inn, presumably because a few too many North Country Pale Ales will send you to an early bedtime. No worries on a night curtailed; you’ll have ample time to admire the views of your lakefront room after a cup of Fitger’s Coffee.
Park Point Marina Inn, for family vacations
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On Park Point – a sliver of land jutting into Lake Superior – this inn has fine views over the luxury yachts in the harbor, as well as excellent beach access. Most of its modern rooms have suntrap patio decks, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini-fridges, with jacuzzis available in some suites. The inn has an indoor family center with a pool, plus arcade games for the kids and a craft beer lounge for the grown-ups.
Canal Park Lodge, for Lake Superior views
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Halfway between the white-sand beaches of Park Point and the elegant public parks of downtown Duluth, this 116-room lodge boasts sublime views over Lake Superior. Benefits include in-room massages, an indoor pool, a gym, and a terrace for lakeside waffles and pastries. For dinner, Canal Park Brewing Company next door serves gourmet burgers and Mexican specialties.
Pier B Resort Hotel, for a sports-centric holiday
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There’s no need to travel more than a mile from this resort on the downtown waterfront, next to the Great Lakes Aquarium and Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Resort activities include paddle boating, paddle boarding, biking, and pedal carting. If you’re the competitive type, challenge friends to a game of basketball or pickleball. Follow up with steaks and nachos at the on-site Silos Restaurant, then sink into the outdoor hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine around the lakeside firepit.
La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Duluth, for proximity to the airport
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Just 3mi (5km) from Duluth International Airport, this welcoming inn on Highway 53 is ideally placed for a spot of shopping, with several major malls just opposite. Work up a sweat in the fitness center before plunging into the indoor pool or hot tub. Most rooms have mini-fridges, microwaves, and tea and coffee makers – alternatively, take your java in the dining room with a breakfast of waffles and fresh fruit.
South Pier Inn, for Aerial Lift Bridge views
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At the foot of the spectacular Aerial Lift Bridge and moments from the 7mi (11km) of sandy beaches lining Park Point, this family-owned inn makes an ideal base to return to after days of swimming and sunbathing. Rooms range from queen-size guest rooms to eight-person townhouses with two whirlpool baths, two fireplaces, and three balconies – two of which overlook the water.
Comfort Suites Canal Park, for waffles and workouts
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Along Duluth’s Lakewalk – a serene ramble that takes in the lake and the Aerial Lift Bridge – these downtown suites fit all of your needs for a business trip or family weekend. Start the day right with a free cooked breakfast that includes waffles. Keep on top of your exercise regime at the fitness center and indoor pool, or get some work done at the smart in-room desk.
Hampton Inn and Suites Duluth North/Mall Area, for a semi-self-catering optinos
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Just off Highway 53, partway between downtown Duluth and the airport, the Hampton Inn is well-placed for shopping and eating at Miller Hill Mall. Get your fitness fix at the gym and pool before making yourself lunch using the microwave and wet bar in your room. Breakfast is served in the sleek dining room and comprises a classic buffet spread of cooked and fresh options.
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Duluth Waterfront, for harbor views
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Water babies will appreciate the Fairfield Inn’s heated pool, not to mention Park Point’s plentiful fishing, sailing, and swimming opportunities right outside. Feast on harbor views from under fresh white sheets – each room also comes with a coffee maker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a large smart TV. Complimentary breakfasts include omelets and sweetbreads.
Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.