Where to Stay in Duluth MN, from the Lakefront to Downtown

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Where to stay in Duluth MN - where there's a great lake view, of course.
Lake views are complimentary with every lake view guest room in Duluth. Photo credit: Amanda Williams

There are enough fun and unique places to stay in Duluth MN, the Lake Superior port city, that the hotel can be the whole REASON you travel to Duluth! We’ve definitely been guilty of booking a staycation and enjoying the big backyard adventures offered by the Zenith City.

Whether you want a view of Lake Superior or a waterpark or a simple launch base for fun on the north shore, here’s our list of where to stay in Duluth MN.

Which hotel will you choose to start your twin ports adventure in Minnesota?

Best Lakeside Duluth Hotels

Many of the lakeside hotels in Duluth are bespoke hotels and are not franchised. They may offer an in-house points or perks system. What they do have is a great view of Lake Superior and the iconic aerial lift bridge.

Canal Park Lodge

This Northwoods-themed hotel has great suites and gorgeous views. We love that it is within walking distance of many Canal Park district entertainment and dining options, including Canal Park Brewing Company which is right next-door.

Canal Park Lodge Highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Free parking
  • Easy access to the Duluth lakewalk


Edgewater Hotel

The most kid-friendly hotel in Duluth, the Edgewater Hotel is a blast with a small indoor waterpark on-site. The hotel is older but the kids won’t notice (or spend much time in the room) because they’ll be too busy splashing in the water, zipping down the slides and floating on the lazy river.

Edgewater Hotel Highlights

  • On-site bar and restaurant
  • Fee-based waterpark and arcade
  • Lakeside at Duluth Harbor
  • Close to Glensheen Mansion property for tours


Pier ` B Resort

Pier B Resort is a contemporary lakeside resort hotel property with really clean lines in the architecture and is a relatively new property in the area. This resort is hands-down the best spot to stay if you’re partaking in the holiday festivities of the Bentleyville lights display.

Pier B Resort Highlights

  • On-site restaurant
  • Outdoor patio hot tub and fire pit areas
  • Great for romantic stays and a slightly elevated atmosphere.


Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park

For those who love loyalty programs but still want the lakeside stay experience, the Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park is absolutely your best bet. With familiar Hampton Inn amenities, you know what you will be getting in an overnight but with the added bonus of a Great Lake view!

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 lake walking path


Inn on Lake Superior

A favorite for local staycations, this upscale hotel offers a great view from the heated rooftop pool. Boasting that “if you were any closer to the lake you’d be in it,” the lakeside hotel in Duluth is popular for weddings and events as well as family-friendly stays.

Inn on Lake Superior Highlights

  • Free bike rentals for guests
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Sauna
  • Complimentary s’mores each evening
  • Lakewalk access right outside the hotel


Fairfield Inn & Suites Duluth Waterfront

Marriott property on the shores of Lake Superior with common branded amenities

SheBuysTravel Tip: Make sure to check you’re booking the lakeside property, as there is one on the hilltop as well!

Where to stay in Duluth MN - the tiki-themed waterpark makes the Edgewater a great choice.
Kids love the tiki-themed waterpark and parents will love how easy it is to relax in the intimate and manageable space. Photo credit: Amanda Williams

Great Downtown Duluth Hotels

Duluth has a downtown vibe that rivals any larger city. With so many places to eat and drink and shopping that seems to go on for miles, you might want to situate yourself in the thick of it all.

If that sounds like your style, no matter the season, choose downtown for your base camp. Skywalks connect many of the downtown buildings for staving off the winter chills.

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown

An IHG property, this city center hotel is perfect for loyalty program points, downtown shopping and access to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Great Lakes Aquarium and even Canal Park a few blocks away.

Our favorite thing about the Holiday Inn Downtown? The stainless steel pool. It’s our favorite spot to swim because of fun echoes and the unique appearance of the pool.

  • 2 indoor pools, one stainless steel
  • Arcade
  • Skywalks connecting the hotel to other parts of the city
  • On-site restaurant
  • Free wifi
  • Business center
  • Coffee shop 


Duluth Hotels on Top of the Hill

Duluth is built on a hillside. The top of the hill is a few miles from the shores of Lake Superior and the Duluth International Airport.

It’s still a perfect spot to stay, with many dining options and close proximity to the Miller Hill Mall and other big box stores for shopping. The mall area is also only a few minutes drive from Enger Park, perfect for strolling accessible trails and enjoying a vast harbor view 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’s close to Buffalo Wild Wings and a few other eateries; great for Marriott members looking to gain points for an affordable rate


Residence Inn

This Duluth hotel is wonderful for longer duration affordable stays; like many hillside hotels, the price points are slightly lower than the lakeside hotels. Marriott Duluth property for loyalty members of the brand. (Fairfield and Sheraton are other Marriott hotels in town.)


Where to stay in Duluth MN - a view of the iconic aerial lift bridge is a bonus sight from many hotels.
The iconic Duluth aerial lift bridge is a bonus sight from many Duluth hotel guest rooms. Photo credit: Amanda Williams

Other Great Places to Stay in Duluth

This city offers many hotels that make it easy to fly in and out of northern Minnesota. The city also has a plethora of vacation rentals and boutique hotels near the lake including some of the following:

Places to Stay in Duluth for Busy Event Weekends

Some of the times when it’s very hard to find a room in the city if you didn’t reserve months to even a year in advance are: peak fall color season, Tall Ships festival, and Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

During peak times, try some of these hotels for the best bet in finding a room. Consider a hotel on the western side of Duluth if you’re enjoying the Duluth Zoo, Spirit Mountain ski and bike complex, or would simply like to avoid the crowding of downtown.

Amanda Williams is a journalist in rural Minnesota. Her stories have been published in Matador Travel Network, Midwest Living, Family Handyman, and several other publications. A solo mother of two young boys, she writes about adventures from National Parks to waterparks. She loves sharing tips and insider information for others to use to make their trip just a little bit better. She and her kids scuba dive and live for new experiences and thrills. Road trips are always on the horizon and she’s embraced van life and has driven from the Midwest to Alaska (via Canada) with her kids encompassing 32 days of wild adventures. Amanda is classically trained as a wildlife biologist and has worked as a National Park Ranger, in addition to other exciting jobs like being a wildland firefighter and even playing the part of a living historian, as a cook in a turn-of-the-century logging camp. Because of these outdoorsy experiences, stories relating to outdoor adventure are often a focus of her writing. She hopes to inspire other solo parents to take on Disney, camping, and trips abroad with their families with the confidence to make those memories, even as the lone adult in the mix! Her most recent obsession is photographing adventures from the land, water, AND skies, as a licensed small unmanned aircraft system (drone) pilot. Learn more about her at https://www.wayfaringmandy.com/ or follow her on Instagram, @WayfaringMandy.
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