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Brainerd hotels and places to stay

Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort
3 out of 5
1685 Kavanaugh Drive, Brainerd, MN
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8.44 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Winter weekend for two

"Our stay was perfect, very comfortable and relaxing. Would definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2018

Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort
Cozy Cabin on North Long Lake
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5.7 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Excellent property

"This cabin is located central to Nisswa and Brainerd/Baxter. The cabin was clean and had everything you could need. Communication with the owner was prompt. Good fishing lake and near the Whitefish Chain."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Cozy Cabin on North Long Lake
Cozy Cabin Vacation Rental on South Long Lake, Brainerd, Mn
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7.94 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Nice Cabin at the Lake

"I grew up in Brainerd and came home with my 4 sons (wife stayed home) to show them the area and I decided to rent a cabin on a lake and a pontoon. This cabin comfortably accommodated sleeping for all 5 of us. The cabin is larger than it appears and there is a room where the Murphy bed is that the ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Cozy Cabin Vacation Rental on South Long Lake, Brainerd, Mn
Now Booking for 2020! Welcome!
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15.18 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Restful Vacation

"The property is very well maintained with convenient access to the lake. You can swim right off the dock. We used the provided paddleboat and kayaks frequently. The lake itself is clean and very quiet. The hosts were welcoming and the cabin had everything we needed. We would definitely come ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Now Booking for 2020! Welcome!
Perfect Cabin For Family With Young Children, North Long Lake
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6.19 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Great location

"We had a great vacation here! Close to Nisswa for shopping- loved Found! Spent a day on Gull Lake with Your Boat Club. Spent a lot of time fishing and swimming at the property! Many memories were made. The owner was prompt in responding when we had any questions. Great place for our family."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Perfect Cabin For Family With Young Children, North Long Lake
Lakes Area Lodge
2 out of 5
11617 Andrew St, Brainerd, MN
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The price is $69 per night
2.19 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"Nice, clean, and quiet place to stay while visiting the Brainerd area. They're doing some updates and a little construction, so it will be nice to see the improvements when they're finished. I would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Lakes Area Lodge
Beautiful 4 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
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4.11 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (22 reviews)
Cabin family trip

"Our large family had a great time on the lake fishing and swimming and a bon fire every night. The cabin rooms were a little snug but did the job. The cabin had all the amenities we needed to cook big meals every night. Overall a great experience. I have recommended my friends to stay here!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
Beautiful Lakeside 2 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
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4.11 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Peaceful place on a lake

"Kids enjoyed shallow warm lake with sand bottom!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Beautiful Lakeside 2 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
Beautiful Lakeside 2 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
6652 Gould Gray Rd N, #5, Brainerd, MN
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4.11 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)
Last minute long weekend

"We had a great stay at Pine River Beach Resort. Easy to connect with the managers, everything was just what we needed. Perfect summer weather sure didn't hurt! The lake was beautiful with lots of beach and shallow water for floating. Thanks for a great stay!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Beautiful Lakeside 2 Bedroom Resort Cabin on Private Lake
Cragun's Resort & Hotel
3 out of 5
11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN
The price is $119 per night
8.44 mi from city center
3.9/5Very Good! (82 reviews)

"It was a night quiet stay. Exactly what we were looking for. The fireplace in the room is a nice touch. Only gripe was there was only one packet of coffee, but there was 2 cups. We didn't have time to see the pool area."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

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Visiting Brainerd

Families will find kid-friendly activities in Brainerd, and visitors give high marks for the water parks. This city also attracts tourists with its lakeside setting and waterfalls.

  • There are 190 hotels and other accommodations in Brainerd
  • The closest major airport is in Brainerd, MN (BRD-Brainerd Lakes Regional), 3.7 mi (6 km) from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Brainerd

Cultural venues in the city include Minnesota Military Museum, Depot Museum, and Minnesota Fishing Museum. Families come for attractions such as Paul Bunyan Land, Nisswa Family Fun Center, and Pine Grove Zoo. The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the lakeside and these places to visit: Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, Mille Lacs Lake, and Nisswa City Park.

In Brainerd, there are 190 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have a variety of choices for a perfect holiday retreat. Here are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Lost Lake Lodge - This 3-star lodge features a restaurant, free WiFi, and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its dining options and breakfast.
  • Good Ol' Days Resort - Our customers like the beach locale and clean, comfortable rooms at this resort. With a stay at this 3.5-star resort, guests can enjoy access to a private beach and free breakfast, along with an in-room kitchenette.
  • Hallett House Bed & Breakfast - With a stay at this 3-star bed & breakfast, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its breakfast and comfortable rooms.

Getting Around Brainerd

If you want to venture outside of the area, hop aboard a train at Staples Station. Brainerd might not have very many public transit options to choose from so consider renting a car to explore more.

Dressing for Brainerd

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 46°F during the day and -5°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 79°F, while the average at night is 22°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 81°F with nighttime averages of 38°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 62°F and nighttime averages of -1°F
  • Average annual rainfall for Brainerd is 28.46 inches
  • Usually July and August are the hottest months with an average of 79°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 0°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place to stay in Brainerd?
Maddens On Gull Lake is a favorite with Expedia customers. This 4-star resort offers 3 indoor pools and a full-service spa. Other favorite options based on reviews include Good Ol’ Days Resort and Lost Lake Lodge.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Brainerd, will I receive a refund?
Yes! Most hotel room reservations are fully refundable if you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of the scheduled arrival. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, it might still be possible to cancel it and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Add dates, click “Search”, then use the “free cancellation” filter to view top deals in Brainerd.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Brainerd?
To find more details about updating your trip to Brainerd or cancelling it, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best budget-friendly hotel in Brainerd?
Based on reviews, Nisswa Inn and Suites is a popular 2-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other good options for your budget-friendly stay include Pelican Lake Motel and Commander Motel.
What's the best place to stay for a family trip to Brainerd?
Good Ol’ Days Resort is a top 3.5-star resort on Expedia for families, and features a private beach and laundry facilities. Other good options for your family trip include Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter and Comfort Suites Rapid River Lodge. Attractions like Paul Bunyan Land and Nisswa Family Fun Center are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a couple going to Brainerd?
Quarterdeck Resort & Restaurant is a favorite 3-star resort for couples, and features a beach bar and a restaurant. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Grand View Lodge and Lost Lake Lodge.
What's the best pet-friendly place to stay in Brainerd?
Baymont by Wyndham Baxter/Brainerd Area is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers an indoor pool and flat-screen TVs for its human guests. Two other good options for you and your pet’s trip include Nisswa Inn and Suites and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Baxter, MN.
Where is the best hotel to stay close to Brainerd International Raceway?
Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3-star hotel offers a water park and free breakfast. It’s located 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Brainerd International Raceway. Other good choices within 5 miles include Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brainerd-Baxter and AmericInn by Wyndham Baxter Brainerd.
What about the best place to stay close to Gull Lake?
One of the top choices for your stay is Maddens On Gull Lake, located next to Gull Lake, and this 4-star resort offers 3 indoor pools and a golf course. Cragun’s Resort & Hotel, located just 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away, is another good option for your stay.
What's the best place to stay if I'm looking to play golf in Brainerd?
Maddens On Gull Lake is a top 4-star resort that has a golf course and features free WiFi. Other good options to stay near a golf course include Grand View Lodge and Cragun’s Resort & Hotel. You can tee off at Cragun’s Legacy Courses, Legacy at Cragun’s, or The Classic at Madden’s Golf Course while you’re in town.
What's the best place to stay to stay near the slopes in Brainerd?
Based on our travel data, Roadway Pine River is a top property for skiing, and features free breakfast and free WiFi Other good choices for your ski trip include Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Baxter, MN and Quarterdeck Resort & Restaurant. Those looking to ski or snowboard can spend their days at Mount Ski Gull.
What are some accommodations with pools in Brainerd?
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baxter Brainerd Area is a top hotel with an indoor pool, free breakfast, and free WiFi. A couple of other options that offer an onsite pool include Baymont by Wyndham Baxter/Brainerd Area and Wilderness Resort Villas.

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