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Bird House Inn and Gardens

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371 Water Street, (In the Historic James H. Clark House), Excelsior, MN 55331
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Iowa City, Iowa
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first stay at a B&B so we didn't know what to expect. Busy Inn so make your reservations early (& often!) Wonderful location. Easy walk to downtown and the lake. Enjoyed 2 different rooms during our 2 night stay. Unique and comfortable. Friendly owners, interesting guests, relaxing location. Some major street improvements are currently going on next... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review! We do have some construction going on this summer, but this should be the last of what has been a really busy couple of years around us. We've seen a new library go in on our block, a new schoolyard and parking lot behind, a new restaurant and grocery store kitty-corner from us, new condos... More 

Beirut, Lebanon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a family get together at the b&b and really enjoyed the charming spacious living area and comfortable rooms. We were able to use a side kitchen to prepare some of our meals, the only condition being that we cleaned up after ourselves. The owner, Dave, also allowed us to use the washer and dryer and even lent us... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

So nice to have you here to share news from the other side of the world with us at breakfast. Glad you stay was good and you were able to make use of many of our "extras". Hope to see you back here again! More 

Mill Creek, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owners are friendly and gracious and the B&B is beautiful inside and out. It is a perfect place to stay for any kind of visit to Lake Minnetonka. There are several rooms so it is good if traveling solo or for a family reunion.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

And it even works for a solo trip and a family reunion at the same time! Thanks for your gracious presence with the family that was there. I wasn't sure if that would be perfect for you, but you saw the fun side of it and joined right in. It was a pleasure to serve you all and join in... More 

San Francisco
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great location. Great bed. Clean B&B. Only complaint was that the Monday - Friday Breakfast was "continental". That is a first for me while staying at an Inn. I hear on the weekends they do provide a hot breakfast.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, and glad to hear you had a good stay overall. I hope you'll join us again, and let us know whatever would make your stay "five star" and we'll do our best to accommodate! We expect to give whatever special service is of particular value to our guests if they just let us know. In general,... More 

Elkhart, Indiana
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Good downtown location in a very walkable town. Excellent access to area bike trails. Did not meet our expectations as B and B veterans. In window AC and no ceiling fans. Good hosts, wine, snacks and a porch with rockers.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback both here and in person. We always learn and improve from our guests. We do have central air conditioning in addition to the window units. That allows each guest to control their own temperature to exactly where they want it. I noticed the temperature in your room after you left was down to 68F which we... More 

Hopkins, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

My wife and I spent the first night of our honeymoon at this bed and breakfast. We loved being able to wake up in downtown excelsior. Fantastic breakfast and a charming room with great privacy. Would recommend to those looking for an evening away by the lake.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Glad to have you here on your special day! Hope to see you back for an anniversary get-away some time! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Bird House B&B Hotel is a wonderful charming Hotel best located in the Center and very Close to the lake. It is very nice and clean and managed by the owner. The breakfast is very good and generous. All in all it is very recommendable for a nice quiet stay with Relaxation.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks, Peter! Always nice to have international travelers stay with us to spice things up. Hope to see you back here on business again some time! More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Given the area of town this place is located I would have expected much more. The place was dirty-cob webs on the lights, stains on the carpet, etc. also, the hot water did not work in the shower. When we went downstairs to have breakfast the owner was cooking. He had cat hair all over his shirt. When we told... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

I do very much appreciate this specific feedback and am acting on it already. Here is what I learned or reconfirmed: 1) Step up the cleaning a notch! The carpet is slated for replacement after a remodeling project, but we'll redouble our efforts at spot removal in the mean time, and look closely at the other things as well. 2)... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Birdhouse is a wonderful alternative to taking a hotel room in nearby Minneapolis. Located just southwest of the city in Excelsior on lovely Lake Minnetonka, the Birdhouse offers comfortable and gracious accommodations with colonial touches and warmth. Dave and Gretchen were just adding florals to the front patio and I can only imagine how beautiful the grounds will be... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Great having you guys here! Hope you beat the snow storm (in May!) driving back. Thanks for mentioning the wifi, I'll keep an eye on it. We have a system with three nodes spread around the property to insure good coverage. I'm definitely committed to that being state-of-the art here for our guests - including many business travelers who depend... More 

Bloomington
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We just came home from a short getaway at the Bird House inn, what a nice time we had. We had a great room at the top of the stairs, with a fireplace and a door out onto the deck with a table and chairs, wish we could have taken advantage of it but weather didn't cooperate! We had a... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed yourselves! Hope to see you back again another time! More 

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