BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel

131 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55802-2016
Phone: 218/727-6851   |   Fax: 218/727-6779   |   45 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 2:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

A convenient location is what draws many travelers to our Duluth hotel, but it’s the hospitality and top quality that brings return guests to us.

Duluth hotels are already known for great hospitality, but we go the extra mile to make you feel right at home. Our North Shore hotel has everything you need for a spectacular getaway, like luxury bedding, spacious rooms that are comfortable and cool, and a free daily breakfast.

Canal Park and the Lakewalk along the shores of Lake Superior are minutes from our hotel located in downtown Duluth, making it easy for guests to enjoy the beauty of the region. At our Lake Superior hotel, the best of the city is right around the corner. Enjoy downtown shopping or head to Miller Hill Mall for a wide selection of favorite shops. The Blues Festival is a local favorite, but the Grandma’s Marathon has runners of all ages coming to town.

The Reggae Festival and NorthShore Inline Marathon® are also popular events near our Duluth hotel. Whether you’re here for Bike MS®150 or to visit Bentleyville, a great location can make all the difference. We’re also close to hospitals like Essentia Health, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s and Miller Dwan, which is convenient for medical patients and healthcare workers in town for business.

We cater to a wide range of business travelers at our Duluth hotel. Events at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and AMSOIL Arena draw in tradeshow attendees and presenters from around the country. Local schools, colleges and universities also bring those looking for an extended stay to the property. St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lake Superior College, Duluth Business University and the University of Wisconsin Superior are all close to us.

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Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary continental breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee and hot items.
  • Interior/Exterior corridor
  • Express check out
  • Safe deposit box located at front desk
  • Cable or satellite television
  • Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Business center
  • Fax services, nominal fee
  • Computer available
  • Dataports
  • Cold weather hook-ups
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Free parking
  • Guaranteed check-in time of 2:00 p.m.
  • Valid credit card required at check-in

BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel

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Fuel Up Package 1 Night

Let us help pay for gas! Enjoy everything Duluth has to offer, from the Aerial Lift Bridge and Canal Park to your starting point for the North Shore. Every evening reserved for this package will receive a gift card good towards fuel. Why worry about gas in your vacation budget when we can help with low room rates and a gas card!

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BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel

Conveniently located, the best western downtown motel in Duluth, Minnesota is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 46.786795  /  Latitude: -92.102705


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: MN 23 or MN 194. Take Second Street. The BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel is two blocks north of downtown.

From: Interstate 35 North. Take Mesaba Avenue to Second Street, turn right and go four blocks to hotel.

BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Aerial Lift Bridge

Spanning the canal entrance between Lake Superior and Duluth Harbor, the Aerial Lift Bridge is a major landmark in the city of Duluth. The bridge originally opened in 1905 and was modified to its current lift bridge configuration by 1930. It's a major transit area for Minnesota drivers.

During the busy time of the shipping season, the bridge might lift 25 or 30 times per day. The walkway provides visitors with excellent views of the bridge’s operation, as well as a clear listen to the many “horn conversations” that take place between bridge operators and the ships.

Chester Bowl Ski Area

Chester Bowl Ski Area encompasses 117 acres in Duluth, in northern Minnesota. During the winter, over 950 skiers per hour ride the double chair lift up Alpine hill, to ski down its 175 foot drop. Ice skating and cross-country skiing are also fun outdoor activities. Families love playing in the snow and the fun winter activities, during the annual Winter Carnival.

During the summer, visitors enjoy hiking along the trails, bicycling and fishing. Chester Bowl also hosts summer outdoor concerts and programs for a wonderful night of entertainment. Plan your visit during September, to attend the annual Chester Bowl Fall Festival, featuring over 100 vendors. Enjoy the seasonal food, local artisan crafts, local produce, children's rides and fresh apple cider. Kick up your feet at the end of a fun-filled day, as a guest of Best Western hotels.

Duluth & Iron Range Depot Museum

The Duluth & Iron Range Depot Museum sits inside the 1907 headquarters of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad. The museum highlights the early pioneering history of the Duluth area, including exhibits on archeological digs, the first shipment of iron ore from Minnesota, and the vast logging companies’ activities from the turn-of-the-century.

The museum faces the harbor, site of the first shipment of iron ore from Minnesota. Two Harbors’ port still ships over 10 million tons of ore each year.


Duluth International Airport

A public, joint civil-military airpark, the Duluth International Airport (DLH) serves the city of Duluth, and other communities in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Established in 1929, DLH is a 3,020-acre airpark encompassing two runways and one terminal.

Although typically a general aviation airport, three major airlines serve DLH: Allegiant, Delta, and United. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in St. Paul is DLH’s top destination, followed by Detroit and Chicago.

Edna G. Tugboat

Built in 1896 to move ships and barges carrying iron ore and taconite from mines in the Mesabi Range to points around the world, the Edna G. performed her last tow in 1980. She became the last coal-fired, steam-engine tug service on the Great Lakes upon official retirement in 1981.

Today, the Edna G. is a museum, open for tours. You’ll find the Edna G. about seven blocks south of Highway 61 via Waterfront Drive, along the shore of Agate Bay in northern Minnesota.

Enger Park and Tower

Part of Duluth’s scenic Skyline Drive, Enger Park features an 80-foot tower that was dedicated in 1939 by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway. The park features beautiful gardens; both provide excellent views of the city and lake.

Plan your visit to Enger Park and check out the tower on the grounds there – a great way to enjoy Duluth. As one of the centerpiece attractions in the area, Enger Park and Tower showcase the charm, history, and brilliance of Duluth.

Fitger Brewing Company

Fitger’s traces its brewing roots to at least 1884. The brewery itself prospered for many decades in Duluth before closing in the 1970s; however, the original complex was preserved and when craft brewing took off again in the 1990s, Fitger’s was able to re-open.

Today, they maintain a brewery and restaurant on the original campus, offering up over 20 brews to choose from, as well as local restaurant fare. Try an elk or wild rice burger with a local craft beer! It's all about Fitger's Brewing Co. when you visit Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spectacular waterfalls along the Gooseberry River – five alone north of Highway 61 – are the main draw to Gooseberry Falls State Park, but it’s certainly not at all that the park offers. Check out the Joseph Alexander Visitor Center for plenty of activities and things to see, including 18 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of mountain biking trails.

Make sure to admire the stonework on the walls, shelters, and other buildings in the park, constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps workers between 1934 and 1941. The park is located near Duluth in northern Minnesota.

Great Lakes Aquarium

The Great Lakes Aquarium features animals and habitats found in the Great Lakes Basin and in other freshwater locations around the world. The Aquarium hosts a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Explore this 62,000 square-foot facility, located in Duluth, and housing 205 different species of fish, birds, reptiles, and mammals, most of which are native to Minnesota's freshwaters. Don't miss permanent exhibitions of nearby Isle Royale, Saint Louis River, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


Lake Superior

Midwestern America is home to many beautiful states, including Minnesota. The northeastern portion of the Minnesota state line, is the southern border of Lake Superior. This large freshwater lake, with a surface area of 31,700 acres, is the biggest of the collection of five Great Lakes. It is the world's largest freshwater lake, for surface area. These five freshwater lakes - Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario - are the largest group of their kind on Earth.

While more than two hundred rivers feed into massive Lake Superior, it empties into Lake Huron and the Soo Locks, which allows boats access to the lower Great Lakes. The lake's shoreline encompasses 2,726 miles and includes the border for Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. Given that waves on the lake can reach more than twenty feet high during storms, it's no wonder Lake Superior's southern shore is considered the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" for the number of shipwrecks. Enjoy your time at the lake, by staying in Duluth, in a comfortable Best Western guest room.

Lake Superior Marine Museum

The Lake Superior Marine Museum in Canal Park, right by the Aerial Lift Bridge, details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.  It’s the Twin Ports most visited attraction, with plenty of exhibits and events for people to attend.

Explore historic Fesnel Lens or the Model of North America on Display and other informative exhibits detailing Duluth and the lake's role in Minnesota's history. Be sure to catch the historic lift bridge in action.


Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo, located in Duluth, encompasses 16 acres at the foot of Spirit Mountain. This beautiful setting is home to a wonderful variety of animals reptiles and birds. Visit the zoo to see the naturalistic animal exhibits such as, the Australian Outback, Northern Territory, Asian Caravan, Primate Center, African Savanna and Zoo Central. Visit the Polar Shores exhibit to see Berlin, the zoo's beloved Polar Bear and her friends, the North American River Otters, Harbor Seals and the Snowy Owls.

Kids love spending time in the Children's Zoo where they can get up close to the Pygmy Goat, Shetland Sheep, Sicilian Donkey and Llama. The zoo's play area is also a big hit with the little ones. Schedule plenty of time to enjoy this Minnesota family attraction. Best Western hotels offer convenient and comfortable lodging, for those ready to rest and relax.

Lester Park Golf Course

Opened in 1934, the Lester Park Golf Course is a premier golf destination in Duluth. As you explore northern Minnesota this spring or summer, be sure to hit the links at Lester Park. 

Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs Lake, located southwest of Duluth in northern Minnesota, is the second largest lake in the state. At 132,000 acres in size, this inland lake is home to a wide variety of fish. Bring your fishing rod to try your best at catching muskie, walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, jumbo perch and smallmouth bass.

The lake is known to be one of the best natural walleye lakes, because of the billions of walleye eggs that are spawn in the lake. The lake's abundant forage contributes to the health of the lake. Since the lake completely freezes during the winter, ice fishing is a popular winter activity at the lake. Boating, hiking, ATVing, and hunting are also popular activities. During your travels, rest comfortably as a guest of Best Western hotels.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Built in 1910, the beautiful Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark, standing 54 feet high on top of a 130-foot cliff above the crashing waves of Lake Superior below. You can take tours of the structure, the original tower and lens, the fog-signal building, the oil house, and the three keepers' houses, most restored their late 1920s appearance. 

Tours of the lighthouse structure take place during between May and October each year; the Visitors Center is open year ‘round. Split Rock State Park’s activities beyond lighthouse admiring include hiking, camping, waterfalls, historic tours, and picnicking along the shore. The park provides a popular connection with the Superior Hiking Trail and the new Gitchi-Gami State Trail.

Tom's Logging Camp

Tom’s Logging Camp is a re-creation of a 1900s logging camp and Northwest Fur Company Trading Post. The grounds include a nature trail, Hell's Creek, and eight museum buildings located alongside Lake Superior near Duluth in Minnesota.

Explore many exhibits, which include a trading post, harness shop, shoemakers shop and horse shoeing stall, a horse barn and blacksmith shop, bunkhouse and cook's shanty, the Knife River Fishing Museum and a Finnish Sauna. Small entry fee is charged. The camp is open from early May through late October.

Two Harbors Lighthouse Station

The oldest operating lighthouse in Minnesota, the Two Harbors Lighthouse Station started service in 1892 and continues to guide ships. Self-guided tours include the lighthouse tower, the Pilot and Assistant Keeper’s houses, and the Fog Signal building.

You’ll find it seven blocks south of Hwy 61 via South Avenue and Third Street, not far from the Edna G. The lighthouse is located close to Duluth.

University of Minnesota Duluth

A public research university, the University of Minnesota Duluth was established in 1947. Part of the University of Minnesota system, UMD is located in Duluth in northern Minnesota near Lake Superior.

UMD features 85 bachelor's degree programs, and 27 graduate programs to an enrollment of over 10,00 students. Covering 244 acres, the UMD campus features the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, and sites like the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, and the Glensheen Historic Estate.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 0.2 mile(s) from Skywalk, connecting you to all that downtown Duluth has to offer - local shops, restaurants and stores
  • 0.2 mile(s) from Downtown, shopping
  • 0.5 mile(s) from DECC, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center-home of sporting events, concerts, fairs as well as the Omnimax
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Fond-du-luth Casino
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Great Lakes Aquarium, the only freshwater aquarium in America
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Omnimax Theatre
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Canal Park and Lakewalk, on the shores of Lake Superior, home of fine dining and shopping
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Grandma's Marathon, finish line located in Canal Park
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Bayfront Blues Festival, held in Bayfront Festival Park
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Inline Marathon, finish line located in Canal Park
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Aerial Lift Bridge, gateway of Canal Park's shipping traffic
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Vista Fleet Harbor Tours, sightseeing and dinner cruises
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Duluth Depot, historic museum and starting point for the North Shore Scenic Railroad sightseeing tours
  • 1.0 mile(s) from LSSMA, Lake Superior Marine Museum Association in Canal Park-Free Admission
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Duluth Children's Museum
  • 2.5 mile(s) from Enger Tower / Golf Course
  • 3.0 mile(s) from Glensheen Mansion, the historic Congdon Estate
  • 6.5 mile(s) from Fairlawn Mansion, a converted Victorian Mansion and Museum-Superior, WI
  • 7.0 mile(s) from Lester Park Golf Course
  • 7.0 mile(s) from Lake Superior Zoo, featuring exotic snakes, lions, polar bears, peacocks and more
  • 10.0 mile(s) from Nemadji Golf Course, Superior, WI
  • 20.0 mile(s) from Knife River, trout fishing, swimming
  • 20.0 mile(s) from Jay Cooke State Park, hiking, skiing, ATV trails
  • 30.0 mile(s) from Gooseberry State Park, waterfalls, hiking trails, overlooking Lake Superior
  • 45.0 mile(s) from Split Rock Lighthouse, on North Shore of Lake Superior
  • 0.2 mile(s) from Downtown Duluth Shops
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Canal Park Shops
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace
  • 4.0 mile(s) from Miller Hill Mall, Duluth's Largest Shopping Center
  • 8.0 mile(s) from Mariner Mall, Superior, WI

Distances to Popular Points of Interest

  • 6.0 mile(s) from Superior, WI
  • 7.0 mile(s) from Hermantown, MN
  • 8.5 mile(s) from Proctor, MN
  • 16.0 mile(s) from Esko, MN
  • 21.0 mile(s) from Carlton, MN
  • 22.0 mile(s) from Cloquet, MN
  • 27.0 mile(s) from Two Harbors, MN
  • 41.0 mile(s) from Cromwell, MN
  • 0.2 mile(s) from Minnesota Power
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Miller Dwan, Medical Center
  • 0.5 mile(s) from St. Luke's Hospital
  • 0.5 mile(s) from SMDC, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Georgia Pacific
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Coast Guard Station, Duluth
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Duluth-Superior Harbor, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2.0 mile(s) from Lafarge
  • 2.0 mile(s) from BNSF Railway Co.
  • 3.0 mile(s) from United Health Care
  • 3.5 mile(s) from Duluth Seaway, Port Authority
  • 3.5 mile(s) from Mississippi River Corp
  • 5.5 mile(s) from Stora Enso, Paper Mill
  • 6.0 mile(s) from EPA, Environmental Protection Agency
  • 13.0 mile(s) from Canadian Nat'l Railroad
  • 22.0 mile(s) from Potlatch
  • 2.5 mile(s) from University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • 3.0 mile(s) from CSS, College of St. Scholastica
  • 4.0 mile(s) from LSC, Lake Superior College
  • 4.5 mile(s) from DBU, Duluth Business University
  • 6.5 mile(s) from WITC, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • 7.0 mile(s) from UWS, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 20.0 mile(s) from Fond-du-lac, Community College in Cloquet, MN

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 0.5 mile(s) from Skyline Drive, Scenic Byway
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Vertical Edeavors, Indoor Rock Climbing Facility
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Incline Station Bowling
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Wheel Fun Rentals, Canal Park
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Duluth Charter Fishing
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Canal Park Area Lakewalk
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Vista Fleet Harbor Tours, sightseeing and dinner cruises
  • 2.5 mile(s) from Enger Park Golf Course
  • 3.0 mile(s) from Duluth Heritage Center, sports center
  • 4.5 mile(s) from Hartley Nature Center
  • 5.0 mile(s) from Park Point Beach, cross the Aerial Lift Bridge to find a beautiful sand beach
  • 6.5 mile(s) from Willard Munger State Trail
  • 7.0 mile(s) from Lester Park Golf Course
  • 10.0 mile(s) from Spirit Mountain Ski Area, featuring half-pipes, cross-country trails, and numerous downhill slopes
  • 10.0 mile(s) from Nemadji Golf Course, Superior, WI
  • 19.5 mile(s) from Jay Cooke State Park
  • 20.0 mile(s) from Knife River, trout fishing, swimming
  • 25.0 mile(s) from Superior Hiking Trail
  • 30.0 mile(s) from Gooseberry Falls
  • 45.0 mile(s) from Split Rock Lighthouse

Nearby Restaurants

  • 0.2 mile(s) from Sammy's Pizza, Full Service, Italian, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.2 mile(s) from Coney Island, Full Service, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Pizza Luce, Full Service, Italian, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Porter's, Full Service, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Sneakers Sports Bar and Grill, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Thai Krathong, Full Service, Thai, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Dubh Linn Pub, Pub, International, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Red Lobster, Bar/Lounge, Seafood, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Green Mill, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Timber Lodge Steakhouse, Bar/Lounge, Steak House, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Little Angie's Cantina, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Grandma's Saloon and Grill, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Famous Dave's, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Hell's Kithcen, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Old Chicago, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Bellisio's, Full Service, Italian, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 1.0 mile(s) from Sir Benedict's Tavern, Bar/Lounge, Mediterranean, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.0 mile(s) from Black Woods Grill and Bar, Bar/Lounge, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.0 mile(s) from Perkins, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,
  • 3.0 mile(s) from Duluth Grill, Full Service, American, Open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Gluten Free & Vegetarian meals available

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