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Dempsey Manor

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506 Maple Street, 506 Maple Street, Manistee, MI 49660
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Dempsey Manor is the best kept secret in Manistee! Situated above downtown in a quiet neighborhood of architecturally intriguing homes, the manor is the gem of them all. It mirrors the grandeur of Manistee's golden era, and has the hospitality to match. We found our hosts to be very interesting and knowledgable--not to mention serving the most spectacular breakfasts.... More 

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Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed here for one night. It was super hot and just know there is no A/C. Which Jan didn't tell us when we booked 5 days prior. We had a second floor room. The bathroom was a shared bath, which we knew, but there was no vent or window to be opened in the bathroom! It was so hot... More 

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Needless to say, Jan and I are deeply chagrined over the misfortune of our Guests who booked over the recent week of near-record heat and humidity in our village of Manistee. Our climate is historically one of the mildest in the entire state of Michigan. "The month of August is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs... More 

GRAND RAPIDS
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this property in late April or early May in anticipation of attending my 50th class reunion in July. Instead of waiting for us to arrive the owners ran the charge through pm my credit card (which I was told was to hold the room). That amounted too re $300 for two nights. I made it clear we had... More 

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

We encourage and are grateful for the feedback from all our Guests, whom we always consider an honor to serve. We regret this dismayed couple. These clients were upgraded to a better room with a larger bed (a standard queen). The room was fitted with a just-installed a/c unit fresh from the manufacturer, a unit which was roughly handled during... More 

Medford, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious breakfasts served on the "good" china; falling asleep in the parlor on an antique settee with a good book; enjoying a glass of wine in the conservatory listening to beautiful music; these were a few of my favorite things made possible by James Colburn and Jan Peterson, the warm, welcoming hosts of the Dempsey Manor. Pleased to have found... More 

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Dear Carol, Many thanks from Jan and from me for these welcome and kind words of praise. We especially smiled about the "good china"! Not everyone notices that breakfast is served on Victorian porcelain! The place settings are also accompanied by 19th Century silver and glass service pieces, Victorian silverware, hundred-year-old hand-faceted glassware, sterling centerpieces and fine (usually, period) linens.... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stayed at the Dempsey Manor in June for two nights. Fabulous five star gourmet breakfast and wonderful conversations each morning with Jan and James were a great way to start each day. We could have chatted until noon! Stayed in the Sage Room which was spacious, quiet and had a well appointed attached bathroom. So many special touches from the... More 

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Jan is my partner, a 43-year experienced travel executive, now "retired" to the B&B. I am retired from pastoring a small church and running a retreat center (following a stint in the film industry). We decided to combine both our passion for people and our love of service and open the James Dempsey Mansion in Manistee as a Bed and... More 

Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Best b&b experience in 32 years of b&b travel. Felt like I was with the family I always wanted. Best beds; giant room, perfect temp; tastiest coffee; delicious complementary wines (nothing cheap); soft towels, fluffy terrycloth robes; and every amenity I could want or need. Home should make you feel so comfortable!

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

We really enjoy hearing that experienced B&Bers find the Dempsey Manor their best B&B experience -- and being rated topmost after three decades of travel really motivates us to keep our noses to the grindstone to continue to deserve that status! Best of all...is being considered "family." We want all our guests to be family, here. As Jan has said... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was very impressed with this large gem of a house in Manistee! I was looking for an overnight get away and found it. Peaceful, beautiful, delicious breakfast...wonderful hosts! I couldn't have asked for a better oasis.

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Your kind words make all our efforts worthwhile, Lisa. "Oasis" -- kindest of all. That's Jan's and my intention even if a guest can only spare one night in their busy lives. Thank you! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've always wanted to stay in a B&B and I'm so glad Dempsey Manor was my first experience! I could feel the love of the home and warmth that the business partners, Jim and Jan, put into it from the decor to the service. It was so nice to get a tour of the home and to hear about it's... More 

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James C, Manager at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Jan and I were so glad to meet you and to have you for our guest here at the Manor, even though -- as you said -- your stay was a brief one. But most of all, we will always appreciate your sensitivity to the genuine love we have for this wonderful old mansion and the work we do here... More 

Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This was our second stay at Dempsey Manor. We were celebrating our 10TH Wedding Anniversary and wanted to stay at a B& B. This is a Victorian Home from the early 1900's. The decorating is suberb. So many wonderful items to catch your eye, Great thought was given as to where they were placed.for the pleasure of the visitor. My... More 

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James C, Manager at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Thank you again for your kind and generous words, Nan. I have a feeling that you and Pat are developing a deep fondness for this lovely old mansion. I know you have a deep love for Manistee and her proud legacy as The Victorian Port City of the Northwest. The Dempsey Mansion is a central part of that legacy, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My husband and I wanted to visit someplace in Michigan where we had not visited before for a little get away enjoying the Fall colors. We saw the Dempsey Manor on trip advisor, we made a phone call, spoke with Jim, made our reservations and were off to Manistee and the Dempsey Manor. From the moment we got there it... More 

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James C, Owner at Dempsey Manor, responded to this review

Thanks, Linda, for the best review one could ask for. And my gosh...you must have done it in the car as soon as you departed for that long drive out of Michigan! What a joy for us to get to know amazing guests such as yourself -- interested in the local history; the history of the Mansion, here, itself; the... More 

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