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Ely, MN Hotel Reviews

Grand Ely Lodge Guest Testimonials

Every guest—whether they arrive with family, friends, a wedding party or a corporate group—brings something special to Grand Ely Lodge. From our onsite amenities to in-room décor to our dining venues, we strive to make each stay special, and we hope that is reflected in the Ely, MN hotel reviews provided by our guests.

Read what some of our past guests have to say about their time at Grand Ely Lodge:

"This place is awesome! For a family of 5 with young kids they had it all. The rooms were so awesome and all the amenities kept us entertained for our whole stay. The kids eat free for 3 meals perk was so nice also. We loved our stay and were sad to leave. Hope to be back soon!"  (Erik Y.  Google)


This was our visit and won't be our last. We found the facility rustic with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and extremely courteous. The food was also delicious with good portions across the dishes. Highly recommend a visit there if you have the opportunity!!  (Brenda R.  Google)


"We had to cancel our international travel plans due to Covid. A few friends suggested Ely and the Grand Ely lodge. It was really good. The people there were super nice. They have an excellent setup at the Marina. The person taking care of the marina, Shayla, was extremely helpful and patient with us. We didn't know much about the setup and she was so kind to us. The suite had a whirlpool and the kids had a blast in there. I love to see the sunrise and sunset. The view from the Marina early in the morning was perfect place for meditation. I sat there for an hour doing nothing. There is a lake across the property called Miners lake and you can take a 4 mile hike along the trail. The rising sun near the trail head is also very beautiful sight (though there is no place to sit and relax like the marina dock).

The kids were so thrilled with our stay here that they suggested that we should make this our place to visit every summer. Would say thank you to everyone who made our stay and experience so wonderful. We came back home energized and rejuvenated." (Vikram G.  Google)


"What a wonderful place! I didn't even know this place existed. Definitely NOT what you would expect in the the north woods of Minnesota. We had a wonderful, clean room. The pool was a little chilly for my preferences, but the hot tub was the perfect temp. The only disappointment was our room was directly under the bar. We could hear footsteps above us until well past 11pm."- acousticsix, Shakopee, MN (TripAdvisor)


"This northwoods-themed resort hotel is a fine choice for visitors to Ely. It is a full-service hotel, with in-house restaurant and snack bar. Rooms on the north side of the hotel overlook Shagawa Lake. The hotel is located on a side road several blocks from the center of Ely, so there is no traffic noise. (but it is at least 1/4 mile walk to town and other restaurants and services). Rooms are quite spacious, furnished in an attractive northwoods decor. Windows open; room has refrigerator & microwave, wi-fi, sofa, desk, good lighting and full length mirror. Room was clean in good condition." - mountainoutin, Irvine, CA (TripAdvisor)


Great location on the lake and walking distance to town. The room was clean and comfortable. The restaurant was excellent!  (Traveler Hotels.com)


"Excellent stay! Zero complaints! Yes, it is rustic, lodge decor, but it is not old and worn. Our room was nicely appointed, roomy and very clean. This was our first stay in Ely, and we would come again!"- CATHY B, International Falls, MN (TripAdvisor)


"I have stayed here a couple times and the rooms are very clean and modern and just a all around comfortable hotel. They have a very good bar/restaurant on the premises and also have a very good view from room if you are facing the lake." - MandySSS, Minneapolis, MN (TripAdvisor)


"Stereotypical north woods atmosphere in the lobby with large wooden beams and rustic furnishings. Pool and hot tub were very nice. Restaurant had variety of hearty food with large portions. View from the room was unbeatable with stunning lake and northern lights visible."- hawki025, Minneapolis, MN (TripAdvisor)


"The only place to stay if you are going to be in a hotel during your trip in Ely! Fabulous location, lake side view is a must for your hotel room!"  (Jasmine C.  Google)


"Stayed 2 nights mid Feb. great access to snowshoeing, hiking, eating and dogsledding. Staff was very nice and attentive. Kids liked the pool and hot tub. Bar had a great view and was very cozy. The nachos were great after a full day in the woods."- Tanya B, Inver Grove Heights, MN (TripAdvisor)


"The Grand Ely Lodge has always been a very special for both of us. We were married there and return at least 4-5 times each year to enjoy the seasons and wonderful people. With every visit they exceed our expectations in every way. They have our highest recommendation, and you will not find a more beautiful resort and quality people." Brock D., Illinois


“The rooms are clean - and large with the perfect North Woods décor. The beds are super comfortable. The staff here is great, as well. Enjoy the close proximity to Ely's small town shops and restaurants and also the walking path around Miner's Lake. The in-house restaurant's menu choices are varied - love the Walleye sandwich.” – pacnw4043, Seattle (TripAdvisor)


"We stayed here in August. First of all, we normally don’t spend this much on hotel but as we decided at last minute to head ‘up north’ in MN, we knew it could be tough to find a resort that had vacancies and that was the case. So, since we wanted to spend at least two days in Ely, we opted for this hotel as it had rooms available. So, this is a beautiful property made somewhat limited due to social distancing guidelines in MN at this time. The staff did follow social distancing guidelines.
The lobby furniture was sparse; only one comfortable chair the rest were counter height bar tables and chairs.
We stayed on second floor (main floor) so it was easy to load and unload. The view of lake was beautiful. We could see over the trees to the lake.
Our room was very good. Loved that windows opened easily and we could get that lake breeze. Weird that there weren’t cell phone plug ins by the beds.
There are boats available for guests. Sitting by lake shore was quiet and peaceful. It was an easy walk down to the beach/ shore area.
The restaurant was okay, service was slow, menu options were standard; few vegetarian options. Views from restaurant were nice; could see the lake over the trees. We would definitely stay here again."  (Blueberry Fan, TripAdvisor)


“The panoramic view of Shagawa Lake from Grand Ely Lodge was beautiful and the surrounding hillsides in peak fall colors looked just like a Norman Rockwell painting. We found the desk staff to be friendly and helpful, as well as the dining and bar staff, and the food was very good and reasonably priced. The rooms were tastefully decorated in a north woods décor, quiet and comfortable, as were the beds. A great value and we would definitely stay there again.” – falije, Cannon Falls, MI (TripAdvisor)


"Great overall experience with my family. There is so many different activities on the lake, plus the pool area is amazing! Great and friendly staff made all the difference during these uncertain times. Highly recommend it for a family gateway!"  (Jelena T.  Google)

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