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Grand Portage Hotel and Casino or Aspen Lodge?

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Grand Portage Hotel and Casino or Aspen Lodge?

Doing the north shore water falls trip with my husband and 11 year old son Oct 16 and 17. We are trying to decide between staying at the Grand Portage Hotel or Aspen Lodge in Grand Marais. Reviews are less than satisfactory at both, but those are the only two properties that had short notice availability.

We don't like smoke! Is there any benefit to staying in Grand Portage and overlooking our concern about this smoking hotel and casino? Is there any historical value or must have experience with staying in Grand Portage?

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1. Re: Grand Portage Hotel and Casino or Aspen Lodge?

I wouldn't stay at either. If you have your heart set on the Grand Marais area, you may want to try the Naniboujou. It is a basic. rustic, quaint, historic hotel with no tv, pool etc. However, the view is beautiful and the history is very interesting. There are board games available for fun. If there is no availability, I would stay in the Lutsen area. It is about 20 minutes from Lutsen to Grand Marais.

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2. Re: Grand Portage Hotel and Casino or Aspen Lodge?

If you do not like smoke then you should not stay at the Grand Portage Hotel. I stayed there once and was not impressed (plus there were a ton of smokers). I have never stayed at Aspen Lodge so cannot comment on that property (other than I like the town of Grand Marais better than Grand Portage).

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