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. We may be pet-friendly, but we always prioritize cleanliness. Whether you travel with your furry friend or not, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a peaceful escape with us.

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

  • 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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

BEST WESTERN Downtown Motel

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Duluth. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

April 2014

April 26, 2014
A Night of Conversation and Song with Peter Yarrow Join Peter from the famous trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of wonderful, powerful, and moving music.

May 2014

May 15 - May 18,2014
Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds

Field trips, workshops, social sessions, and exhibitions are just some of the marquee experiences at Detroit Lakes' Festival of Birds in the heart of bird country. Register at M State College.

May 30-31, 2014
Street Faire at the Lakes A family fun environment filled with entertainment for young and old in Downtown Detroit Lakes beginning at 10 a.m.
May 3, 2014
The Ham Run Enjoy a run through the wilderness along the Gunflint Trail as you participate in the half-marathon or 5K. You could even bring the kiddos for the Little Runts Run. Check in is at 9:30 a.m.

June 2014

June 20-22, 2014
Prairie Fest 2014 Live music and fun games at the Todd County Fairgrounds. Event times vary.
June 7, 2014
Annual Grand Marais Classic Car Show Classic vehicles fill Wisconsin Street in the center of Grand Marais for this annual event full of great cars, food, and entertainment. It all begins at 10 a.m.

June 2014

June 21-23, 2014
Wooden Boat Show & Summer Soldtice Festival Come out to the North House Folk School to learn about the craft of creating a wooden boat at workshops and courses or talk with the builders about their works on display. Times vary.

July 2014

July 8 - 10, 2014
Sidewalk Days Festival

Only pedestrians are allowed to participate in Downtown Duluth's biggest summer celebration. Featuring great shopping, street-side food, kids' activities and more, the Sidewalk Days Festival starts each day at 8 A.M. on Superior Street.

July 27, 2014
Art and Crafts in the Park Enjoy music and food while looking at homemade crafts starting at 9 a.m. in the City Park, Detroit Lakes.

August 2014

August 9, 2014
Animals of the Night Learn about nocturnal animals after a tour of Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site that begins at 6 p.m.
August 8, 2014
Brew at the Zoo Enjoy some good drinks while on "safari" at the Minnesota Zoo.
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