The Minnesota Lodging Association has recognized the Sola’s family-owned South Pier Inn as the 2013 Property of the Year (50 rooms or fewer) at its annual holiday celebration.
The hotel was acknowledged statewide for its impact on the lodging industry and for being a model of stability for others to follow. South Pier Inn’s supreme service, luxury accommodations, world-class views and top-notch amenities have made it the region’s premiere destination for guests who crave a unique and intimate hotel experience.
To celebrate, the hotel will have a ribbon-cutting, open house and prize giveaway in early March.
“As a smaller property, often times it’s difficult to gain that top-of-mind awareness that other properties have,” said General Manager Branden Robinson. “The award shows that people really know what South Pier Inn is about. They recognize that it’s a unique experience they won’t find anywhere else. There aren’t many small and independent properties that deliver this quality of service and one-of-a-kind experience.”
From the nautical touches and freshly baked cookies in the lobby to the Scandinavian-influenced design overseen directly by Dale Sola, the family focuses on comfort, experience and quality. The owners’ desire to meet the needs of their customers has led to a return rate that suggests many guests view the hotel as their home away from home.
The open house will allow visitors to view the unparalleled accommodations and meet the passionate owners and staff who have cultivated such a loyal following, along with the chance to be entered in a package drawing for a weekend hotel stay, a $50 gift certificate for Lake Avenue Restaurant and other items from local businesses. People who wish to enter may do so on the South Pier Inn Facebook page or by attending the events.
About South Pier Inn
In 2002, the family-owned South Pier Inn was opened by visionaries Dale, Elizabeth, Rand, Steven and Carrie Sola as they transformed the underutilized piece of land where the hotel exists today into an oasis of relaxation. The 29-room property has become an icon on Duluth’s waterfront with 400 feet of private shoreline that stands only 70 feet from the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Two-thirds of its rooms are waterfront suites offering views of the Duluth harbor, ship canal and the city’s scenic hillside. These suites feature premium amenities like two-person whirlpools, gas fireplaces and private waterfront balconies. Binoculars are provided in each suite to enjoy city views, massive lake freighters and ocean ships.