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Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
Bemijdi, MN
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“North Shore Get-a-way”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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North Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Edina, Minnesota
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2011

My husband and I booked a room at the last minute in July. We had camping reservations but they were canceled due to a government shut-down for the week we had planned. When I first called, I was asked to "call back because I'm the other line." Hmmm. Could use a little phone etiquette training there. Not high on the eager-for-business scale. But,oh well. (I have 25 years in the travel business so I may be a little sensitive to this.) One we arrived everyone was very nice, and the room delivered about what we expected: unpretentious, clean, simple. The flat screen TV is a very nice touch, as is the convenient and friendly cafe adjoining the property. (Good food, too!) The location cannot be beat - right on the harbor near good restaurants and shops. If you are nervous about traffic walking by your room, ask for something on a higher floor not facing the harbor. If that's not available, don't sweat it. Grand Marais isn't exactly teeming with thieves. Just keep your door locked and close your shades and go have fun. The owners are eager to share ideas on what to see and do; we received excellent advice on a nice bike route we would not have found on our own.

To our dismay and sadness, we were awoken the night we arrived at 400am by a call from home alerting us of a sudden death in the family. We had to leave immediately. The owner kindly gave us one of our two remaining nights refund. He really didn't have to do that; we understand that they might not have been able to sell that room. But he took our word for it, which we really appreciated. We will always remember how nice he was about leaving like that. All in all - I really recommend this property. I don't suggest you reserve a room there with inflated notions about the style. It's a motel. But it's clean, nice, friendly and well-priced.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

chose this place for 2 nights based upon favorable reviews on Trip Advisor. We paid in advance for the king bed harbor view room and asked for an additional fridge since we were bringing a cooler with food for a week in cabins on the gunflint trail.

The manager, Jeremy couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. He said we had the best room in the place and that they added the extra fridge.

This is a motel from long ago, sort of worn and very dated. Our room was teensy and shabby with a new king bed and a plasma flat screen tv. The vews was very good and came along with the touristy noise from the street. The first night there was a daddy long legs in the bed.

We couldn't sleep with the window open for fresh lake air because that would mean allowing the bright hall light shining right into our room all night so we were stuck with the a/c which had us both frozen by morning. Second night there was a huge black beetle in the bed.

Nothing really worng with this place, but there seemed to be nicer choices along the shoreline. Maybe try the Best Western or cobblestone condos..

Overall I was disappointed. They did all they could for us, but it is just an old place. I somehow expected it to be way nicer and romantic.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

When we checked in we we're told the AC wasn't working in our room and that it would be repaired sometime later that day. The repair man never arrived and we received no apology or refund when we checked out. Hair dryer was broken, door lock was loose and room lacked a deadbolt. The bathroom was old and in need of repair and renovation. Front desk help was discourteous, if you could find them. If you want to stay in Grand Marais, i'm sure you can find better for the money.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Iowa
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

It was an older hotel, but updated and very clean. We ended up having to leave as the a/c in our room wasn't working and it turned out to be warmer/more humid there than usual. They were going to try and get someone to fix it in the a.m., but we were from Iowa where we had been having 100+ heat index and just wanted to be able to sleep cool. Also, our room faced the street, had the window open with a fan, but everyone could look in. They didn't have any other rooms available. So they very graciously did the right thing and gave us our money back. Very impressed with that as they understood. They also helped us find another place to stay with a/c. The rooms on the street/harbor side were not noisy as you would think they would be, so would not be a bad choice if the a/c was working or didn't need windows open. Also have rooms that are not street side. Very nice staff and rooms.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel
Address: 207 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5020
Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Grand Marais
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Harbor Inn Restaurant & Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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