There are enough fun and unique places to stay in Duluth MN, the port city of Lake Superior, that the hotel could be the REASON for your trip to Duluth! We were certainly guilty of booking a stay and taking advantage of the great backyard adventures offered by the Zenith City.
Whether you want a view of Lake Superior, a water park, or just a launch pad for fun on the North Shore, here’s our list of places to stay in Duluth MN.
Which hotel will you choose to start your Minnesota Twin Ports adventure?
Best Lakeside Hotels in Duluth
Many lakefront hotels in Duluth are custom built hotels and not franchised. They may offer an internal points or perks system. What they do have is a great view of Lake Superior and the iconic sky lift.
This Northwoods-themed hotel offers great suites and gorgeous views. We love that it’s walking distance to plenty of Canal Park area entertainment and restaurants, including Canal Park Brewing Company, which is right next door.
Canal Park Inn Highlights
- Free breakfast
- Free parking
- Easy access to Lake Duluth boardwalk
Duluth’s most kid-friendly hotel, the Edgewater Hotel is awesome with a small indoor water park on-site. The hotel is older but the kids won’t notice (or spend much time in the room) as they’ll be too busy wading through the water, sliding down the slides, and floating down the lazy river.
Edgewater Hotel Highlights
- Bar and restaurant on site
- Paid water park and arcade
- Lakeside at Duluth Harbor
- Close to Glensheen Mansion property for tours
Pier B Resort
Pier B Resort is a contemporary lakeside resort property with really clean lines in the architecture and is a relatively new property to the area. This resort is by far the best place to stay if you are attending the Bentleyville Light Display Holiday festivities.
Pier B Resort Highlights
- On-site catering
- Outdoor patio with hot tub and fire pit
- Ideal for romantic stays and a slightly elevated atmosphere.
Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park
For those who love loyalty programs but still want the experience of a lakeside stay, the Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park is absolutely your best bet. With familiar Hampton Inn amenities, you know what you’ll get in a night, but with the added benefit of a view of the Great Lake!
Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park Highlights
- Free continental breakfast
- Well-equipped fitness center
- Free parking
- Incredible Canal Park location with easy access to the popular lakeside walking path
Inn on Lake Superior
A favorite for local stays, this upscale hotel offers wonderful views from the heated rooftop pool. Boasting that “if you were closer to the lake, you’d be there,” the Duluth lakeside hotel is popular for weddings and events as well as family getaways.
Inn on Lake Superior Highlights
- Free bike rental for guests
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Free s’mores every night
- Access to the lake just in front of the hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites Duluth Waterfront
Marriott Property on the shores of Lake Superior with shared brand amenities
SheBuysTravel Tip: Be sure to check that you are booking the edge of the lake property, because there is also one at the top of the hill!
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Great Downtown Duluth Hotels
Duluth has a downtown vibe that rivals any big city. With so many places to eat and drink and shopping that seems to go on for miles, you might want to be right in the middle of it all.
If that sounds like you, no matter the season, choose downtown as your base camp. Walkways connect many downtown buildings to avoid winter chills.
Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown
An IHG property, this downtown hotel is perfect for loyalty program points, downtown shopping, and access to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Great Lakes Aquarium, and even Canal Park just a few blocks away.
Our favorite thing about the Holiday Inn Downtown? The stainless steel pool. This is our favorite place to swim due to the fun echoes and the unique look of the pool.
- 2 indoor swimming pools, one of which is stainless steel
- Skywalks connecting the hotel to other parts of the city
- On-site catering
- free WIFI
- Business centre
Hotels in Duluth at the top of the hill
Duluth is built on the side of a hill. The hilltop is a few miles from the shores of Lake Superior and Duluth International Airport.
It’s still a great place to stay, with plenty of dining options and close to Miller Hill Mall and other big box stores for shopping. The mall is also only a short drive from Enger Park, ideal for strolling on accessible paths and enjoying expansive harbor views from the top of the tower.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
your typical Fairfield property, this one is convenient for business travelers and offers the familiarity of the branded chain. It is close to Buffalo Wild Wings and a few other restaurants; ideal for Marriott members looking to earn points for an affordable rate
This Duluth hotel is wonderful for affordable long-term stays; like many hillside hotels, prices are slightly lower than lakeside hotels. Marriott Duluth Property for loyal members of the brand. (Fairfield and Sheraton are other Marriott hotels in town.)
Other Great Places to Stay in Duluth
This city offers many hotels that facilitate flights to and from northern Minnesota. The town also has a plethora of vacation rentals and boutique hotels near the lake, including some of the following:
Accommodations in Duluth for busy event weekends
It can be very difficult to find a room in town if you haven’t booked months or even a year in advance: the peak season for fall colors, the Tall Ships Festival and Grandma’s Marathon weekend.
During peak hours, try some of these hotels to find the best bet in finding a room. Consider a hotel on the west side of Duluth if you enjoy the Duluth Zoo, the Spirit Mountain ski and bike complex, or just want to avoid the downtown clutter.