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Northern Lights Lodge

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

My boyfriend and I visited end of August and stayed in one of the suites. The suite was very clean, the bed was so comfortable we slept through a huge thunderstorm, the jet tub and shower head were amazing. Our suite had all of the comforts of home and felt very private. The owners work very hard and go the... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Kmcrump82 that you for this review. We appreciate that you shared your complete up north, from shore to shore vacation experience! It was wonderful having you here with us and we're so glad that we were able to spend time with both of you during your weekend getaway. I hope that we'll see you again soon. More 

White Bear Lake
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Each of our 27 annual summer family vacation trips to Northern Lights Lodge have made special lifetime memories. We have also enjoyed vacationing there in the fall, winter, and late spring seasons. Winter trips are also very special with the coziness of the suites gas fireplaces, as well as the beautiful snow covered landscape and serenity it brings as you... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

What an amazing tradition, 27 years--time sure flies when you are having fun! JimK, thank you for allowing the Vogt family and Northern Lights Lodge to be a part of your family tradition. I know that our little piece of paradise here on Bear Island Lake is as special to you as it is to me. Thank you for the... More 

West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Northern Lights Lodge and Resort is the best. Marie, Gary and JR make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive and they could not be more helpful. We go for fishing, relaxing and reconnecting with friends from previous years. Enjoy sitting on the deck enjoying the peaceful surroundings or reading.

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Kennethb84 for your review and for choosing to vacation here at Northern Lights Lodge. It's always nice to hear that guests enjoy their stay with us and their vacation neighbors! See you next year. More 

LORETTO
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Lovely place to get away with all the comforts of home. Wishing we could be back more often than once a year! We try to do something different each year we are in Ely, but always find time for plenty of fishing, bonfires, games, hiking, etc. Northern Lights has it all!

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Erin S and family for choosing to vacation here at Northern Lights Lodge. It's always nice to hear that guests enjoy their vacations. See you next year! More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

We needed a place that would accept pets so our choices were limited. I am sure we got the best of the bunch and one of the best available with or without pets. The owners are hard working and they go the extra mile to make this place stand out. I personally loved the gnomes peeking out among the leaves... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us and we THANK YOU for sharing your vacation experience! More 

Eagan, Minnesota
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

We went to the place in March 2015 and we were probably the only people in the lodge because it was an off season. We stayed in a suite which had a well equipped kitchen. There is no TV or WI-Fi but they have a few board games to provide entertainment in night time. There is a dock on the... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Congratulations, you and your friends were able to experience first hand the truly amazing peacefulness of life here in the north woods during that quieter time between the seasons here at the Resort just as I promised when you made the reservation. Your photo of the night sky is lovely. I'm glad that everyone enjoyed... More 

Duluth, Minnesota
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48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2015

We stayed 3 nights during the winter. The lodge and grounds are nice, but lack some of those detailed finishing touches that really make a lodge a warm place to stay. Also, they do not provide towels, and the only way to know this is to actually go into your confirmation email and open the packing list document (do people... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to submit a review. I am glad that you were able to enjoy your stay with us. We are always open to suggestions and creative ideas to improve and expand upon our resort amenities. It appears you may have some thoughts in this area and I would invite you... More 

Eagan, Minnesota
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51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2015

We stayed at Northern Lights Lodge while dogsledding in Ely. It was conveniently located and made a good base for our "adventures". We stayed in the 2 upper suites - 4 people to a suite. The suites were well equipped, very clean and excellent condition. Marie was friendly and helpful. I did a bit of snowshoeing one morning and the... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to submit a review. I am glad that you were able pursue your winter adventures and was happy to extend your check out time! I do wish that someone would have expressed the suite heat concern during your stay as it is DEFINITELY a matter that we could have... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

Our last trip was great and the family agreed that it was nice to return to Northern Lights Lodge. We usually pick a new vacation spot each year to explore but it was great to return again. The Vogt family is so friendly, our vacation friends from last summer were back again so it was like a mini-reunion. Everyone enjoyed... More 

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2014

This resort was a good find! We visited in the winter, so probably appreciated different things than summer guests do. We appreciated the clean, comfortable cabin (we were in cabin #12), the easily operated wood burning fireplace (both for atmosphere and good quality heat!) with an unlimited wood supply, the reliable furnace, plenty of hot water, the excellent sauna, the... More 

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and recommendations Jennifer. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and I am glad that you enjoyed your winter vacation experience here in Ely. I hope that you have a GREAT summer season! More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Maximize your vacation days all year long at Northern Lights Lodge for an experience of a purely unforgettable nature! Guests will share in the classic Minnesota resort experience on the shores of Bear Island Lake on the edge of BWCAW. Our charming cabins and suites are the perfect place to relax after experiencing every seasonal wilderness adventure your heart desires: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, hunting and more! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Northern Lights Lodge

Address: 9089 Highway 21, Ely, MN 55731
Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Price Range: $170 - $310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Lights Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Ask about the age of the mattress.”
 of 5 bubbles tomsZ1303KF, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are many cabin sizes to choose from, all close to the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles 533selmas, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The upper-level suites”
 of 5 bubbles Q8367QXtomt, 14 Jun 2016 | Read review
“cabins are our favorite, but the suites are very nice as well”
 of 5 bubbles USA2010_10, 1 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All of the suites and cabins have a water view, from inside and the decks. They are all modern, clean, and well supplied.”
 of 5 bubbles 573beckik, 4 Feb 2016 | Read review
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