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“Great Place to Stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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230 Wellington Street, Traverse City, MI 49686   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Traverse City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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2 reviews
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“Great Place to Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here the first weekend in October and absolutely loved it. Owners Barb and Hank were wonderful and very gracious and welcoming. They provided everything needed and everything was very clean. This Inn was also decorated beautifully. It was beautiful but very homey and welcoming. Final note, the breakfasts were AMAZING! If we travel up this way again, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Could hardly wait to come home from Traverse City and write this review for The Wellington Inn.
My family shares a lot of history in Traverse City, and we decided to return there for some celebratory time. We were so fortunate to stay here at this Inn.

The owners Barbara and Hank were the most lovely and gracious hosts and their staff were
just as friendly. We were welcomed whole-heartedly and felt like princesses in this fully restored 1901 mansion. Breakfasts were delicious and lively..... we often woke up in the morning to tasty aromas coming from the kitchen. After a day of walking through charming downtown, we would come "home", put our feet up in the living room for a time of relaxation and converstion.

What I found amazing is just how solid this home was restored. There were six other occupied guestrooms on our floor, and we Never heard them when we were all retired for the night.

Please put this Inn on your A List !!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Michigan
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Barb and Hank have a beautiful historic home with a carriage house that is nicely appointed. We stayed in the carriage house in both the Art Deco room and the French Country with another couple. Love the French Country, but the Art Deco has more room and an extra bath. They provide everything you could need and fresh baked cookies to boot. Full kitchen with all the "stuff" you'd need if staying one night or one week. If you need anything they are happy to oblige. It is a great location with easy walking distance to great restaurants, the beach, and shopping. The neighborhood is fun to walk around and see the other historic homes that have been restored in the area. We have come up several times and always enjoy ourselves and the accommodations.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I would highly recommend this B&B . The rooms are beautifully done, comfortable and clean. The staff is friendly and the meals were awesome. The hosts are very customer-service driven. l will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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Plainfield, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I just had the most relaxing and welcoming weekend at Barb and Hank's Wellington Inn. This was my first time staying at a B&B. They're inn is a masterful display of a bygone era and perfectly tended to by the owners and their first-rate staff. The food was home made and very good, especially for those with big breakfast appetites. Fresh fruit cut into bite sized pieces and juice was followed by a full breakfast. Large (brat sizes) spicy chicken sausage served with egg frittata and banana nut bread on the first morning. The breakfast on the second morning was even more of a "Wow!". The in-house baking and cooking made the house smell so good! The coffee was very good and we liked sitting down at the same time as all the guests. The third floor kitchen, (for guests to use for their convenience), was fully stocked with all the things you would be looking for in your own pantry for snack time or you can use it for lunch or dinner prep for yourself. The housekeeping girls are a real hoot and full of energy and they have this place in tip-top shape. The atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming and safe. I can't wait to see what Barb and Hank will do for Christmas! We hear they put up over 20 Christmas trees throughout the house! Hank will tell you "It's all Barb's doing", but we know she has a great right-hand-man. I feel like I spent the weekend recharging. Inspired by this beautiful home and by the excellent shopping experiences. This was just what I needed. Thanks to our new friends in Traverse City.

Room Tip: You will want to go back to try each of the 10 or 11 rooms. It's so unique!
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Independence, Missouri
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Giving the establishment a Poor rating here to highlight the glaring problems and incidents encountered. (Once again it is so hard to do a rating with one bullet, Poor, Average, etc given many pluses and many minuses, but to attract attention of mgmt. and future guests, I evolve to having to choose Poor to meet these ends!)

The Wellington Inn Bed & Breakfast is a majestic old home two blocks from Front Street and within walking distance to the State Theatre and many restaurants.

We completed our tour of the Pirate’s Cove mini golf courses in Michigan in Traverse City. We stayed two nights at the Inn. If you are in Petoskey or Houghton Lake, like courses are available and you will find delight at each.

Before a bit of detail about the Inn etc. I wish to start with the most very annoying thing that occurred at this Inn. When partner and I ever stay for longer than a one-night stay, we exceedingly rarely seek any sort of room service: dusting, vacuuming, towel change, sheet change, bed-making etc etc etc. We make the room our own (as it is!) including setting up medical equipment.

There was no “hanger” to place on the exterior door knob, so I personally went down and found Barb and told her we needed no services. I expanded to mention towels and sheets. Should have said EVERYTHING.

Already traveling in multiple contexts where infrequently we find no “hanger” to relate “NO SERVICES” OR “DO NOT DISTURB”, we travel with a home-made door knob “hanger”. It states “PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB. THANK YOU.”

You’re already ahead of me! Sure enough we returned after a day shopping etc to find that someone with a key had come into the room and bath. The trash receptacle(s) was/were empty and there was another tip-off.

It does not matter why we wanted no staff member to enter, it matters only that it was patently obvious that all staff members were to honor the “hanger” left on our door.

This might not be a deal with you, but it is to us. The monetary tip for staff reflected our complete annoyance. Also a note was left for the appropriate staff member relating that DO NOT DISTURB does actually mean DO NOT ENTER. ADVICE TO WELLINGTON: properly train staff re lodging employee etiquette.

Food at breakfast: both days featured a nice fruit cup to begin with; the first morning we were served orange juice, coffee, blueberry pancakes (3 or 4 medium to small sized), and an ample side of bacon. All items were very good to excellent. The second morning we were served a southwestern breakfast with an egg casserole with salsa atop, a perfectly executed cornbread muffin and a good portion of sliced avocado.

While we had no issue with the juice, we noticed another couple did not touch their juice. ADVICE TO WELLINGTON: there are a multitude of other kinds of juice and it would be nice to offer one or two of them to guests.

The room: the bed in Hannah’s Chamber was way too big for the room. Like another B & B on this journey, partner, though thin, had to squeeze past the footing and wall to get into bed. The mattress was not so firm. I wonder if staff ever turn or flip the mattress?

The room was replete with fake flowers and bric-a-brac and thus it proved a challenge to look about the room upon checking out to see if we picked up things we had unpacked. Appeared to me to be dust-catchers, mostly as another reviewer commented on TripAdvisor! The attached bath was a trip! Ancient shower fixture and huge pedestal tub along with pedestal sink showcased the air of a certain bygone era. Again there were accessories in the room: spats and a case of antique brush and accoutrements were interesting.

A small television was in the room. ADVICE TO WELLINGTON: it would be prudent and immensely helpful to provide a laminated paper listing of the channels. It takes forever to click and wait for stations/channels to load, when all one maybe wants is TWC.

Just outside this room was a common area that originally served as a ballroom. A larger television was in this room but the unit had a distinct vertical blue on the right half of the screen. Watching Shark Tank was not hindered but a new TV might be order.

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The most vibrant asset to this B & B is Barb, the innkeeper. She was gregarious and genuine! She stands alongside an inn employee at the Inn At Ellis River in New Hampshire and a kind soul in Taos at Casa de la Chimeneas Bed & Breakfast as the most engaging and friendly B & B representatives encountered in our varied journeys.

The most interesting and off-putting thing to provide here, aside from the previous notation re staff ignorance re DO NOT DISTURB, occurred at breakfast time. Breakfast is served only at 9 a.m. per conversation with Barb. And not unlike a Swiss train or Queen Elizabeth’s court the timing is sacrosanct.

We appeared in the “lobby” at the foot of the stairs on the first morning at about 8:57 a.m. The pocket glass doors to the dining room were 85% closed. We could see the place settings. I longed for coffee.

One of the hired workers poked most of her head and body into the room from an ante-room next to the kitchen. (Barb conducted a tour of rooms the afternoon before this day.) I slipped through the opening seeking to catch the woman. She disappeared back into the ante-room. I crossed the short distance in the dining area and stepped inside this room between the kitchen and the dining room. I spied coffee in a pot sitting within the maker. I asked if I might get a cup of coffee. The worker engaged me in a mini-debate. She finally said, “Well, if you have to have coffee!” She began pouring and added, “You know there’s coffee available in the kitchen by the ballroom.”

(There is a coffee maker and coffee in this room. But, if you’ve ever read the writings of or seen Peter Greenberg on TV, you know you would not make coffee in that kitchen without a bit of KP duty first and I was not so desperate to wash the instrument.)

She handed me the cup and I retreated to the lobby and within seconds, the doors were opened by staff. (Later, partner told me that Hank, the husband of Barb, who stood chatting in the lobby with four other guests and partner and noticing me retrieve coffee, remarked, “He couldn’t wait two minutes?!”)

Some oddity, huh? The next morning, when the house was full or mostly full (all rental units, taken) partner and I waltzed down to the lobby area at 8:58 a.m. To our shock nine people were already seated around tables! Go figure.

We sat this day at the long table, me on the one end and partner to my right. A couple soon joined us and the two sat at the opposite end and beside partner. Hank, who appears to only chat up persons prior to breakfast and not much else in the Inn, approached this couple and told them they should move so they could be beside each other in case the final couple did not appear for breakfast! Meddlesome? Jeezealou. Perhaps they wanted to sit catty-cornered from each other so they could easily see one another without pivoting heads a full 90 degrees if seated beside each other. For whatever reason, the couple jumped up and moved to sit side-by-side. Go figure since they had full opportunity upon entering the room to select their first choice of seats. Generally, I'd say Hank is a meddlesome sort of person! (i would have ignored Hank's comments about "first grade seating arrangements".

A nice note in the confirmation email upon reserving was restaurant suggestions.

We ate a Phil’s on Front the first night for “dinner”. Very good spot. We had lunch both days in Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Pie Company. Once at both location downtown and location further west on Front Street. Second night we ate at Copper Falls Steakhouse. See separate reviews.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Norton Shores, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Our group of ten stayed in the Carriage House and in the inn at the Wellington recently. From start to finish our weekend was perfect thanks to the inn owners and staff. Barb and Hank provide first-rate accommodations, assistance, and relaxing atmosphere, not to mention delicious gourmet breakfasts. They are attentive to guest questions and concerns and beside their their professional expertise, they are just plain delightful people who truly seem to enjoy sharing their beautiful home with their guests. The inn's lovely residential location is ideal for exploring Traverse City, especially walking or biking. We are looking forward to our next visit!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 230 Wellington Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly-restored 1905 neoclassical mansion with nine guestrooms featuring period furnishings and private baths. Full breakfast served in turn-of-the-century dining room. Complimentary guest kitchen and wireless internet. Two vintage 2-bedroom carriage house apartments available. Walk 2 blocks to downtown beaches, restaurants, shopping and antiques. Elegant ballroom available for weddings, business retreats and special events. ... more   less 

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