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“Great place for a breather” 5 of 5 stars
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18 W. Merchant Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in New Buffalo
Monticello, Minnesota
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“Great place for a breather”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

I stayed at the inn for two nights before heading down to gradute school at Notre Dame, just to catch my breath. You know ou picked a good place to go when you can see the lake from the only stoplight in town. The inn is beautiful, the private parking great, the Green Room was very comfy, and the porch type room out back was nice to relax in. The restaurants in town were tasty and the walk to the beach is but a few minues from the Inn. I hope to be able to stay again next summer. I am telling everyone I know about what this charming place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Thank you for the review and mentioning your Notre Dame connection. As we are about 40 minutes for campus, you can enjoy " a place at the lake " and still access the campus fairly easily. Also, our off season rates could make this a good place to study or take a break from class. Hope you can come again soon.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

If you go to New Buffalo for a visit this is the place to stay. Mark and Hope and the rest of the staff are excellent hosts. We booked 2 rooms and both were just great. One of them was the Saffron and the other was the Green. The Saffron had a balcony that overlooked the street and the restaurant across the street which was rated very highly (we didn't get the chance to eat there but will next time). Try to get the balcony rooms as they are just great for relaxing outdoors. Only one problem and that was the NBC Comcast feed which had no sound (US Open was on) which truth be told was no big deal because let's face it if you are there there is a lot more to be enjoyed than television. My wife was so impressed she wanted to know where the bedspread came from (like I care, but she did). We think we want to get the whole crew together to have a real family outing. It is a wonderful place and if you are going make sure to book well in advance. Thanks, Mark, Hope and staff. It was great.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
You are welcome! We all enjoyed having you stay with us.

The balconies off the Tower and Saffron rooms are really popular. Along with our porches, the balconies give you a great place to sit with a glass of wine and watch a hot, summer night drift by.

Hope to see your smiling faces again soon.
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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

My wife and I were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary. I wanted to surprise her with a weekend get-a-way to New Buffalo and found the Lake Country Inn. After booking a room online, I received a message from Mark & Hope welcoming us to their Inn. When we arrived we were warmly greeted by Hope who explained all the details of the hotel. Once we got to our room we were amazed at how clean our room was along with the entire place. The bed was comfortable and the sitting chair in our room we wanted to take home. The breakfast they offered was just right and the array of supplies they have for their guests to use during our stay was wonderful. We forgot wine glasses and they had them. We ate at the restaurant across the street, Brewsters, was a place with good atmosphere, good staff and great food. Next time we go to New Buffalo, we will be staying at the Lake Country Inn.

Room Tip: If you stay here, go for a room with a balcony. We will next time.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
So happy that we were able to help you have a wonderful anniversary.

Brewsters is a great place to eat and many of our guests go there. Also, their pagers reach our property so you can relax on a porch or balcony while waiting to be called for an open table.

Hope to see you again soon, and thanks for the review.
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

My friend and I stayed here over the weekend and it honestly pained me to turn in my key at the end of our stay. We stayed in the orange room, which has it's own private veranda. The room itself was modern and clean. Hope and Joyce did a great job of explaining all of the room provisions (i.e. Netflix tv, how to properly lock and unlock sliding door, etc.). Hope made sure we knew how to reach her after hours, should anything need her attention.

I loved the Four Seasons room located in the back of the house. It had a very comfortable couch in front of a fireplace. It was great to have access to this room, as our actual room was more for just sleeping. The bathroom was clean and the linens were comfy. The only thing that would have made our stay better, is if there were blankets to use. When we sat and had coffee on the veranda in the morning, it was a bit chilly and that's when we started to search for a blanket.

Other than that, we felt right at home. I cannot wait to come back ;)

Room Tip: If you stay on the first floor, you're more apt to hear footsteps above.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, June 6, 2012
We really appreciate your review and thanks.

Noted your suggestion about outside blankets. Probably won't need them this weekend as it looks like we will be back in the 90's. Lake Michigan water temps will be comfortable for swimming early this year.

Hope we can give you another room key soon.
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We booked a two night stay at the Lake Country Inn along with two other couples over Memorial weekend. We arrived early, and they allowed us to check in since the room was available. They have a parking lot on site, which is very convenient. The layout is great, we had the orchid room, which was quite spacious and spotlessley clean, as was the rest of the Inn. The rooms are exactly as pictured on the site, with nice decor uncluttered by unnecessary objects. The bed was very comfortable and the crisp white linens were of excellent quality. I was a bit surprised by the tiny size of the flatscreen TV (monitor?) in the room, since it is so far from the bed due to the long rectangular shape of the room, but we were not there to watch TV, so it was not a problem. We also had free wireless internet access. The bathroom was spacious, we always had hot water, the towels were bright white and soft, and the included H2O bath amenities smelled great. The inn is located within convenient walking distance to everything you need - restaurants, shopping, the Lake, etc. The construction is solid, you hear no sounds from people walking in the hallway or up the stairs, although you can hear some live music in the evenings due to the close proximity to some local establishments. This did not bother us at all. There is a great covered porch with adirondak chairs in the back of the inn that the 6 of us used a few times to hang out and enjoy our breakfast in the mornings and some wine in the evening. We even ordered excellent take out food from the Italian Restaurtant across the street (Brewsters Italian Cafe), and brought it back to the deck to eat. There is also a separate building with TV, table, couches that can be used to gather families together, and another patio with a table for eating outside. We did not even get to use this room because the deck was so nice. The continental breakfast was yummy - delicious fresh muffins from a local bakery plus hand fruit, Starbucks coffee and juices. The fridge is stocked with water and juice, and you can put your own items in there as well. We had lunch at the Stray Dog Cafe and would recommend that as well. Great selection of draft beers and a great back room with huge screened windows, and a rooftop deck. The LC Inn owners live nearby, and Mark stopped by on his bike and greeted us a couple of times during our stay. Each room is temperature controlled, and ours was fine. It was a heatwave weekend, and our friends in another room had trouble with their AC and spent their second night sweating it out with the system blowing hot air. Although they did not call the owner during the night to report it, they mentioned their frustration and discomfort the next day, and he graciously apologized for their troubles, and offered to discount that evening's stay. It was handled professionally. If we ever have the occasion to be in this area in the future, we would stay here again without a doubt!

Room Tip: Some rooms have a private porch which is nice, but all are equally great with vibrant paint colors.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, June 6, 2012
Thanks so much for your review. I am sure it will help future guests know what to expect from our property prior to a visit.

We tracked down a rouge switch in the lower level as the cause of the AC issue. Also, while it looks older, the building was built new in 2005 and that is why it has such a solid feel.

Enjoyed having your group--- it was fun.
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Great experience. The inn is very clean and beautifully decorated. Staff was courteous and friendly. The location is great about a 5 minute walk to lake Michigan. We will surely stay here again.

Room Tip: there is no pool. I accidentally hit the wrong button and it won't let me de-select
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
We very much appreciate your feedback. It always feels good knowing that a visit went really well. Hope you have a chance to return soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012 via mobile

This is a wonderful inn. Very clean, staff was nice and helpful. Close to shops and the beach. Local restaurants and bars are great and within walking distance of inn. Very impressed with our room and the decor! Could not ask for a better place to stay and price was reasonable.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 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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lakecountryinn, Owner at Lake Country Inn, responded to this review, April 26, 2012
We are very pleased that your visit with us was enjoyable and relaxing. If possible, consider booking early for a summer visit as some dates are already full. Thanks so much for the post.
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Address: 18 W. Merchant Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117
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Location: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > New Buffalo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in New Buffalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nine room, boutique Inn located in the center of New Buffalo, MI. Short walk to restaurants, shopping, bars, Amtrak, and one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan. Beautifully decorated rooms are quiet and private. Building was built new in 2005. Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Internet TV with free Netflix and refrigerators in select rooms. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lake Country Hotel New Buffalo
Country Inn New Buffalo
New Buffalo Country Inn

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