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“Family Friendly...” 4 of 5 stars
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5212 NW Shafer Dr, Monticello, IN 47960   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Grafton, WI
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Family Friendly...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

Just returned from a family vacation to Monticello, IN. A great family location. We have a 15, 12 and 1 year old and all enjoyed!

The Blue Door Cottages are reasonably priced and updated cottages. The linens are quality and the beds are comfortable. It is a cozy environment in which it is easy to get to know other families staying as well. We stayed in a single bungalow and had just enough room for our family of 5. There is a nice selection of lawn games, DVDs, board games, etc. to check out.

A few cons... the water is hard and has a high iron content. It smells and stains fixtures, etc. easily. I am sure it is due to the lake and nothing they can control. The amenities in the kitchen were lacking a bit. There were dishes to eat off of, but not much to prep or store food. The pool is not heated, so if it is cooler out, it is cold!!

We lost our key and have to pay a $70 fee which is a bit steep.

We would stay again if in the area.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Chicago area
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2009

We rented Bungalow Cottage #8 for the Memorial Day Weekend. As one of the kids said, it was magical! The cottage was very clean, cute and comfortable. The beds were also amazingly comfortable! The cottages are new, with none of the musty- mildew smell of older cottages. We were able to enjoy docking the boat nearby, playing "bags" or cornhole, having a campfire complete with s'mores, grilling out, etc.

The only suggestion I might have for someone planning on a stay is to check out what stuff you need to bring. tiny things like salt and pepper for the corn on the cob. Although the host was more than gracious enough to allow us to borrow his salt.

The owners are very helpful via email, and as I said the host was a delight. We, as a family, enjoyed our stay and really did not want to leave and have it be over. That is the marking of a great vacation.

We would definitely recommend Blue Door Cottages to anyone, and I have over 100 pictures to prove our good time.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2008

My family of 4 (6 & 3 year old) shared the Big Cabana with my brother & sister in law and their 6 & 5 year olds. It was perfect! The cabana is split down the middle with the full kitchen and living space. We each had our own bathroom, king & queen size beds. Everything was immaculate and refreshing. The beds and bedding were amazing and you just fell into them at night.

They are minutes from Indiana Beach where we spent the first day. We ate across the street at the Shafer Yacht Club, which was delicious. The smothered fries are fantastic!

The next day we decided to stay at the resort. There was so much to do! They have beanbags/cornhole, swimming in the pool, and we borrowed their badminton set for the day. There was plenty for us to do that we never left the resort & never were bored.

Blue Door Cottages is the place to go for a relaxing family friendly vacation

  • Liked — Cleanliness, lots of activities, close to Indiana Beach
  • Disliked — no beach
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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merrillville indiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2008

I made a reservation request on the blue door website per their instructions for 2 nights for the big cabana at $250 a night with my credit card,their website stated that they would give a response within 48 hours ,well it has been 72 hours and after several phone calls where you only get a recording and two emails still nothing. This is pretty aggravating because I had planned to be there 3 days from now. I based my choice on tripadvisor reviews, this sounded like a pretty great place,

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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Park Ridge, IL
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

These DARLING, well equipped, clean cottages were perfect for our family of 4 for our trip to Indiana Beach Amusement Park. The staff at Blue Door cottages are the friendliest - great, great customer service. The cottages are super clean, the beds are very comfortable, the fire pits, pool are all great. The location is ideal and with their new restaurant opening right across the street in a few weeks - that is going to be amazing. The 10+ cottages are perfect for getaways with other families. Check out their website and you will really see the difference of what Blue Door has to offer and the others in town. On another note, everything is close by - Super Wal-Mart, Indiana Beach Resort, fun kids' activities, drive-in movie, golf courses, yummy restaurants! It's a great getaway - we came from Chicago and loved the drive and 3-night stay to sart the summer off.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, location
  • Disliked — smallness of cottage
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Winfield
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

My family has been visiting Indiana Beach for over 40 years!! We have stayed at many different resorts over the years hoping to find one that we can return to year after year after year...WE FOUND IT!!
Blue Door is everything that you would want and more.
The cottages are adorable! The layouts are great. They are clean, roomy and stocked with just about everything you would possibly need. They really thought of everything when planning out the bedding. A family of just about any size can find a cottage right for them.
The grounds are just as nice as the cottages. It's very clean, even outside! They have a great pool and plenty of lawn games. They even have a firepit area to enjoy at night.
The owners are MAGNIFICENT to deal with. They couldn't be nicer or more helpful. Jennifer, Heidi and all involved, really have an incredible sense of family and it reflects in the way they run their business.
I've stayed in Cottage #1 and the Big Cabana #7..both were wonderful!
I'm looking forward to coming back and making new family memories and traditions with Blue Door!
I'm also looking forward to the restraunt opening summer '08!
When in Monticello.....stay at Blue Door!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — That we had to leave!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2007

It's nearly not possible to accurately describe the fantastic experience we had at Blue Door Cottages. Our thanks to Jennifer, Heidi and company. We stayed in cottage 4, which like all the others is freshly remodeled and decorated. In a word: WOW! The cottage is the cake and the hosts hospitality and attitude the icing. Friendly, congenial and attentive. Everything you would expect at a 4 star hotel but with a down-to-earth attitude.
The greatest compliment I can give is we will DEFINITELY be back.

  • Liked — Decor, management attentiveness,
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blue Door Cottages

Address: 5212 NW Shafer Dr, Monticello, IN 47960
Location: United States > Indiana > Monticello
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Monticello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Blue Door Cottages Indiana/Monticello

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