PROJECT UPDATE: Park Point Marina Inn

We battled the elements... ventured through the mounds of snow... over the icy waters of Lake Superior... and to the Park Point Marina Inn in order to bring you a much deserved update on the project. We can all dream of summer... right?

It might be hard to currently think of spending a blissful weekend on the beautiful warm shores of Lake Superior on Duluth's iconic Park Point... when there are still three feet of snow left covering every vacant area of ground space. Well, let's try to picture that serene image together and imagine how much nicer it will be this summer when Park Point Marina Inn officially opens for business... and you and the lake can finally become one... well... almost.

This is the hotel project that has been in development for a few years now and finally is coming to fruition this summer. If you're not quite remembering the project, it's probably due to the fact that it was proposed around the same time as the larger 9 nine story hotel that was proposed to be built kiddy corner to the site. That project fizzled out after opposition from the surrounding neighborhood, while this project pushed further into its planning and design process. Park Point Marina Inn was designed off of the architectural nodes of the former Duluth Rowing Club building that stood on the site many years ago and is unique not only for it's small size, but also for the picturesque views that guests will have from their rooms balconies. 

The hotel is meant to be an intimate experience connecting it's guests with not only the past, but also the current. Each of the 68 hotel rooms have a balcony that gives unparalleled views of the shores of Lake Superior and the surrounding harbor area. In some areas the hotel is no more than 50 feet from the shoreline, thus allowing it's guest to get close and personal with the areas wildlife populations and the nearby marina life. The hotel itself will feature an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, along with banquet spaces. There also will be lounge with a bar, 24 hour fitness center, 24 hour business center and even self service laundry! And if you're a guest... those freebies included with your stay will include a hot/cold buffet breakfast each morning, WIFI, and of course parking. The only negative... Fido and LuLu will have to stay home for the weekend as not pets are allowed. 

Rooms will come in four formats. All will be deluxe rooms, however there will also be suites that include a jacuzzi or fireplace. The rooms will feature hydromassage shower heads, pillow top beds with premium bedding, refrigerators and microwaves, and a 39 inch LED TV. As most know with hotels in Duluth, during the summer months they can be quite expensive. Look for rates during the Duluth's nicest months to start around $130 and go all the way up to the $300 mark per night. During the cooler months room rates can be expected to start around $80 and go up to around $200 per night. Guests can book one of the following room types for their stay.

Deluxe room with 2 Queen Beds and a city view (ADA)

Deluxe Room with 2 Queen Beds and a city view

Deluxe Room with 2 Queen Beds and a harbour view

Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed and a sofabed with a harbour view

Deluxe Room with 1 Queen Bed with a city view.

Suite with 2 Queen Beds and a harbour view

Suite with 2 Queen Beds and a jacuzzi

Suite with 1 King Bed and a fireplace

If you're interested in booking a room at the new Park Point Marina Inn, visit their website here for more information. And we might suggest that if you're looking for a room during the summer months, put some haste in visiting that site as they seem to being quite quickly. 


LA QUINTA INN AND SUITES proposed for Maple Grove Road site

A 2.5 acre site that has sat vacant for the last decade may see new life soon now that plans for a new 3 story, 98 room hotel have surfaced. The site located at 1805 Maple Grove Road in Duluth currently has only one structure on site, a vacant church, that will be demolished in order to make way for the new hotel structure. If you still can't pin point the site, it's located across the road from the former Pearle Vision and next to the former Tile Shop space (as you can tell retail has been struck hard in this area).

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So who will call the site home? La Quinta Inn and Suites is a brand that was founded in 1968 and is based out of Irving, Texas and currently has over 700 locations across the country and employs over 9,000 workers. The brand was typically found most in the southern and western portions of the U.S. until recently when their expansion plans began to ramp up. Currently there are three locations within Minnesota, Duluth would be the company's fourth.

What makes Duluth's location unique is that the company is choosing to introduce a few design alterations to it's typical hotel facade. Some may argue that it's even reminiscent of the "northwoods." The traditional southwestern "tower" that is found in the design of most of the company's hotels has been significantly lowered in order to comply with the city of Duluth's ordinances, while stone facades have introduced as new elements.

We think this is great news as far as development goes! It will add some life to the Maple Grove Road retail sector that many thought may die off once the intersection with Miller Trunk Highway was cut off. The site has been vacant for many years and this seems to be the perfect project to jump start some other developments on the area. With people staying on the section of roadway, it may intern attract restaurants and possibly even an additional hotel (there is 4 acre vacant site down the roadway a bit) that could even further spur development. This also is welcome news to the area after last year plans for a new Hampton Inn and Suites hotel behind the  Stone Ridge Shopping Center were scraped due to neighborhood resident concerns about the project.

If approved, construction could begin as soon as March.

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