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Bondurant, iowa, usa
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Booked one queen bed room for 2 nights first week of October. Booking was simple, check-in was smooth. The room is simple and small knotty pine without much but enough to enjoy the north shore. small bathroom but acceptable. TV with 6 channels, coffee maker and a wonderful large picture window with a view of the best lake in the... More 

Thank Jon P
Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We spent two nights at the Outpost Motel this month and found it to be more than we expected. The rooms and bath were squeaky clean; the kitchen was spotless and the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker worked wonderful, which is not always the case. The bed was firm and comfortable, the huge window overlooking the lake was better than we thought.... More 

Thank Nancy C
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114 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Thirty or so years ago this was a common motel experience out in the boonies of Minnesota: a small, mom-and-pop motel along the highway, unpretentious, catering to families with a budget in mind, yet still hoping for a clean room and good bed. Well, here it is, just what it was it still is. If you are of a certain... More 

Thank Hans50
Blaine, Minnesota
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12 reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I go to the Outpost Motel every summer and I love it. It's a perfect comfortable place to stay while you rest between outings. The staff is very friendly and I love that the rooms have 2 doors, one leading to the parking lot and one to the grassy area facing the highway with a beautiful view of Lake Superior.... More 

Thank Erin T
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is not a luxury hotel. Instead, it's perfectly clean, perfectly functional, and pleasantly located. We stayed for a Sunday night in mid September. We stayed in a small, tidy room with a single, comfortable queen bed. After getting settled, we crossed highway 61 and took an hour long walk along the polished gravel shore of Lake Superior. Then we... More 

Thank BusterSci
Perham, Minnesota
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Giving it a 4 for cleanliness. We stayed the night. Good place for that. Just beware it is not your chain hotel with amenities. Quiet time at 10, walls are paper thin so no tv or anything after 10. Offers wifi but don't count on it. Showers are luke warm. But cleanliness is the key. Quiet quaint place. Good views.

Thank mini-buff1
Emmetsburg, Iowa
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65 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Our family of four stayed for six days in the Cottage. Check-in was smooth and the owners friendly. The Cottage is small, but clean, and offered everything we needed. The beds were comfortable, the shower was hot, the tap water was amazingly good, and the location perfect. It was great to be able to explore all the North Shore has... More 

Thank Anjou_Lindgren
mpls, mn
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We stayed here on 8-17. Stayed here previously and enjoyed the lake view and being away from busy downtown. Room had a microwave and fridge. Excellent view of the lake across the highway. Very well maintained property. Room rates are a lot better than staying in town. Strongly considering another trip in October to go all the way up to... More 

Thank retng
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Having the lake across the road was great...The room was well kept and clean .Would consider another visit close to many attractions in the area . We built a rock fire pit and enjoyed it with 3 other couples.

Thank Chad D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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57 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

I've had the pleasure of staying at the Outpost since I was a child. Homey, Family Owned, comfortable rooms in a beautiful location, having access to the beach and the River, including lots to trails to explore the beauty of the north shore. Easy distance from the city but far enough to feel like you have the place to yourself.... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Lakeview rooms and fully-equipped kitchenette suites with Lake Superior to the front and the Superior National Forest in back. Beach on Lake Superior. Hiking trails join the Superior Hiking Trail and the trails along the Kadunce River. Located eight miles northeast of Grand Marais, MN on Lake Superior's beautiful North Shore. Free WiFi. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Outpost Motel

Address: 2935 East Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN
Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Price Range: ₹ 4,364 - ₹ 4,637 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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“Its beachfront but you have to cross the road to get to the beach. Easy and its not far.”
 of 5 bubbles 368NancyC, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with microwave and refrigerator if available.”
 of 5 bubbles retng, 20 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Most rooms have lake views”
 of 5 bubbles GlendaH698, 10 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Unit 9 is very cozy and complete with two separate rooms. It even had a sofa sleeper if needed.”
 of 5 bubbles 566shellyh, 30 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Make it a point to dine at the Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant, just 4-5 miles East of here. Too many other area attractions to list - google Grand Marais, MN and Grand Portage, MN attractions.”
  • Gulls roosting on an old boathouse across the road.
  • Gulls on the Lake
  • Lake view about 50 yds across the quiet highway
 of 5 bubbles 616dannyt, 30 Jun 2015 | Read review
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