hotel pikku | duluth's most charming airbnb
Early this spring I got the chance to stay at the most charming boutique hotel in Duluth, Minnesota. It was March so the snow can be a bit miserable that time of year, but Hotel Pikku has the most inviting qualities. I learned that ‘pikku’ is Finnish for ‘small,’ which to me felt representative of the cozy and communal vibe that sung through the walls of the tiny hotel. Walking through the doors you’re greeted with the most calming colors and simple earthy aesthetics. There’s an adorable leather bound guest book that I was eager to make my mark in that was hand crafted by the local Duluth shop, Hemlock Leatherworks. I loved all the special touches the owners add in – everything local from the coffee, to the artwork displayed throughout, it has a really sweet atmosphere.
I met Chelsey, the wife of the husband/wife duo that owns and runs this hotel, and she had such a warm energy. The charm of Hotel Pikku was truly solidified for me when getting to chat with the owner of the spectacular little joint.
When I checked into my room – suite number one of three total suites – I was delighted to see I had two large south facing windows. The light streaming into my room faded in and out in the dreamiest fashion. Since I’m from Duluth, I was lucky enough to have a close friend from town come stay a night with me. We did what two friends who haven’t seen each other in forever do, and treated ourselves to our favorite take-out pho from a local Vietnamese restaurant. We prepped it in the darling kitchenette nestled in the corner of my suite. If you haven’t heard, Taste of Saigon is where it’s at, such tasty stuff, and somehow even tastier when you’re snuggled in the COMFIEST hotel bed watching Netflix. After a while, we did manage to pull ourselves out of the worlds comfiest bed and got out to explore the Lincoln Park District a bit. We wandered down the street to Duluth Cider, a cider brewery with such classic industrial vibes and ordered ourselves a drink. There were so many fabulous places in walking distance, we never had to go far for a good time. Multiple restaurants, breweries, and even an ice cream shop with vegan options (brownie points there for sure). After our adventurous evening out, it was so relieving to know we had a homey place to come back to and unwind.
Their website says that Hotel Pikku is a hotel “for people who want to stay in a place that’s of a place,” and it couldn’t be more true. I loved getting to experience Duluth this way.
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