Motels in Bemidji, Minnesota

by Meg Jernigan

Bemidji, Minnesota, located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, calls itself the “First City on the Mississippi.” Visitors, greeted by statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox, come to the area for year-round recreation. Lakeside lodges and resorts provide guests with all-inclusive vacations while motels in Bemidji offer a budget-friendly alternative.

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Best Western Bemidji Inn

The Best Western has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool and serves guests with a deluxe continental breakfast each morning. Rooms have free WiFi, premium cable, and microwave ovens or mini-fridges on request. Snowmobile trails are adjacent to the motel, and Best Western provides parking with free plug-ins for sleds, trailers and RVs. Dining choices less than a mile away include an Asian buffet, steakhouse and several chain restaurants. Best Western welcomes pets.

Quality Inn

The pet friendly Quality Inn offers rooms and suites with free WiFi. Some suites, outfitted with Jacuzzi tubs, have kitchenettes and wet bars. The motel offers free shuttle service to and from the airport, and provides cold weather hookups for RVs and trucks. Guest amenities include an indoor heated pool, hot tub and arcade, and a small business center outfitted with a computer gives guests access to the Internet. A cinema and steakhouse are within walking distance of the motel.

AmericInn of Bemidji

AmericInn uses special construction techniques in all of its properties that deaden sound in guest rooms. The motel offers guests free hot breakfast and fresh cookies in the evening. Like other motels in Bemidji, AmericInn has an indoor heated pool and whirlpool and provides guests with free WiFi. A chain restaurant half a mile away serves casual American food and a pizza restaurant delivers. Kids under 17 stay free. AmericInn is smoke free and pet friendly.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Hampton Inn & Suites offers some extras for children including a kiddy swimming pool and summer activities programs. Fitness amenities include two pools, a swimming beach, fitness room and bike rentals. The motel serves hot breakfast and an upscale restaurant nearby serves daily specials and Sunday brunch. Hampton provides guests with a selection of pillows to choose from and furnishes rooms with pillow top beds and heavy comforters. The property has a no-pets, no-smoking policy.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.