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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
Bird House Inn and Gardens
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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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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 

Crystal, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you're in the Minneapolis area, you don't have to go far to enjoy a relaxing quiet getaway. Bird House Inn & Gardens in Excelsior MN is like a home away from home. Upon arrival we relaxed in the comfortable living room with a complimentary glass of wine (non-alcoholic beverages are available) as well as a variety of snacks to... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed my grandma's Swedish pancake recipe - it's the original that she and her family brought from the "old country" and handed down to my dad who handed it down to me. Simple, but scrumptious! Thanks for the nice compliment as well - about the best thing I can think you could say about an innkeeper. I'm touched. More 

Shakopee, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My friends and I were looking for a place for an overnight stay that could include shopping, dinner, and a cozy location that we could just sit and chat. The Bird House Inn was the perfect place for us! Because there were five of us, we ended up needing three rooms. We booked the cardinal, hummingbird, and meadowlark rooms which... More 

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

Thanks for the kind words. We love groups like yours that help make sure the whole house has life in it - not just the bedrooms! An old house like this deserves it. :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We booked the Meadowlark room for a birthday getaway weekend. We had a wonderful time checking in and enjoying the wine and snacks. We appreciated the old fashioned feel of the cozy living room, and liked being able to spend time with friends. We loved that the Bird House Inn had complimentary note cards to send to our family. There... More 

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

Thanks for writing up so much great detail! I should probably hire you to work on my website for me. :) Great chatting with you guys and I look forward to having you back in the future! More 

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