New Hermantown hotel opens in time for marathon weekend

A month ago, it appeared that the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Hermantown might not be open in time for the busy Grandma’s Marathon weekend. But in some good news for both the business and for runners looking for a last-minute place to stay the five-story, 80-room hotel opened its doors on Thursday. It’s located south of Miller Trunk Highway and west of Haines Road.

“Weis Builders did a great job keeping everything on schedule,” General Manager Brianna Vander Heyden said. “If people are still without hotel rooms for Grandma’s Marathon, we’re open and here to help.”

Vander Heyden said the hotel didn’t want to take reservations until they could fully serve guests. Hotel amenities include an outdoor patio, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center, guest laundry and complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast. There also is a 24-hour market available to guests.

Located near the Duluth International Airport, the hotel also offers overnight parking or Park and Fly parking for guests. Labovitz Enterprises’ Lion Hotel Group will own and operate the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express, as it does the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown Duluth. The two hotels are part of the IHG Rewards Club, said Shawn McLaughlin, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

Members can earn and redeem points at hotels worldwide.

For reservations, call (218) 722-0909 or visit

It’s the second hotel to open its doors in the Duluth area this week; the 140-room Pier B Resort along Duluth’s waterfront started welcoming guests on Thursday as part of a “soft opening.”

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