In April 2001, the Sola family broke ground on the site where the South Pier Inn is located today. Construction continued through the following winter, and in May 2002, the Duluth hotel opened for business. Following its grand opening, the South Pier Inn received national acclaim, drawing media attention from such notable sources as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Post. In December 2013, the South Pier Inn was awarded “Small Hotel of the Year” by the Minnesota Lodging Association. We look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and providing our guests with a truly unique and memorable waterfront lodging experience.
The family-owned South Pier Inn provides a wonderful boutique lodging experience in a breathtaking location on Duluth’s scenic waterfront, at the foot of the famous Aerial Lift Bridge. Each of our 20 waterfront suites offer premium amenities including whirlpools, fireplaces, private balconies, exceptionally soft linens, plush robes and binoculars. In addition, our well-appointed guest rooms provide an economical option for budget-minded travelers and business guests. Complimentary WiFi and fresh continental breakfast are offered to our guests. Our convenient location adjacent to Canal Park puts you in easy walking distance of great dining, shopping and entertainment options.
The Sola family, longtime residents of Park Point, had a vision for the land that the inn is built on.
It was a beautiful day in June 2002 when the Solas cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the South Pier Inn.
Duluth Mayor Gary Doty and the youngest Solas – Tommy and Steve – cut the ribbon as the whole Sola family and many community leaders looked on.
We have had many inquiries from guests who would like to call this suite ‘home’. We want you to come back and stay with us again and again and again, but unfortunately, our units are not for sale.
Well… yes. It won’t be the warmest dip you’ve ever taken, but late July, August and early September bring water temperatures that you can swim in… even without a wetsuit!
Massive ships frequent the Duluth/Superior Harbor from late-March until mid-January, so our guests enjoy marveling at thick layers of ice caked on the bow of these vessels. Duluth and the surrounding area have become a popular location for bird watchers, so you never know when you might spot an owl, or perhaps an eagle perching upon a floe of ice. Ever watched the Northern Lights? Duluth’s northern latitude and low light pollution makes it a great destination for those in search of the Aurora Borealis. And the sunsets are second to none, regardless of the season!
Tug Breaking Ice
Ship Departing Harbor
Just as you’d expect, we’re always refreshing and updating our property to make sure our guests have the most memorable stay possible. Here are just a few things we have been working on:
We offer a complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week. We serve fresh baked goods from Johnson’s Bakery, Duluth Coffee Company coffee, Positively Third Street Bakery granola, a yogurt parfait, fresh fruit, a variety of fruit juices, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, hot chocolate and tea.
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