We stayed here 9/14/12. This place was beautiful! Check in was smooth, the lobby is very nice. We stayed in room 145 (on the first floor facing the lake). We also asked for early check in and had the room set up. We could not have asked for more. The room was spacious and clean. Fireplace and hot tub were very nice. The bed was very comfortable and sleep was good. We went to the water park which isnt large compared to others but I still thought it was fun for an afternoon.
We walked along the lakefront and down the pier (which the pier had quite a pungent odor the further out you got). Also strange was that there were many people fishing on the pier all morning but no one had caght a fish yet you can see the fish swimming right there. Wrong bait perhaps- haha.
Some T/A reviewers noted that it was hard to get beach access and that they had to walk or crawl over rocks. Sure there are some rocky parts but if they had just walked down to the other end of the hotel there was easy beach access with no rocks present.
We ate at Latitude for dinner and it was pretty good. We each ate the Filet and had the crab cake appetizer, drank a bottle of wine and a cocktail. Good Coctails.
We also enjoyed an hour massage at the Spa. Although it was expensive it was very nice and just what was needed for relaxation.
Throughout our stay we continually sat on the adirondack chairs that faced the lake. It was so relaxing. They also put the chairs out around the fire pit and at night it was nice to sit by the fire. There were some kids there and they shared ghost stories which was fun but the one thing that was cheesy was that the hotel offered free marsh mallows but then wanted to charge $0.50 for a smore. For a nice place like this I cant believe that they would nickel and dime for a smore; especially after they go through the trouble to set up the chairs, fire wood, and marsh mallows. What are they going to make off the smores? $5-$10 dollars?
Also odd was that we used our credit/debit card for the reservation. Since we did this we were informed that we could not charge any services (dinner, spa or breakfast) to our room and that they had to be paid separately. This is a very odd practice and for a nice place like this it should not be an issue (especailly since its never been an issue anywhere we have traveled- even out of the country). This strange practice also prevailed itself during breakfast. We ate at the buffet and then when done it took a long time for the bill. When we finally got the bill the waitress just said thanks and walked away. I looked at the bill and it had writing on there as if I should just charge it to the room but instead of using the room # they wanted the reservation #. What the heck was the reservation #?. I didnt see our waitress for a while and then had to ask another waitress what the deal was with this bill and if I should pay or charge it to the room? That waitress then explained to me their process and of course since we used our "debit" card we couldnt charge to the room. I couldnt have charges to the room anyway because I had no idea what our reservation # was. Finally our original waitress came back and we paid for the bill- using my debit card. It was a strange service for there being 3 waitresses and only 5 active tables (and it was a buffet).
One other item of note was that in the morning around 8:30AM they started construction on the rooms above us. We were never informed this was going to happen but when we contacted management, Amanda from the Front Desk came down and apologized to us. They did stop the ruckuss until our check out. She also comped our breakfast and provided a free coffee from the lobby.
With exception of a few things not being properly explained to us we really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely return here as we had a wonderful time. The Resort itself was very relaxing and just what we had expected from photos and reviews. I definitely recommend staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Harbor is the largest resort on Lake Michigan. We are located in charming downtown Sheboygan. We have multiple restaurants, lounges, conference space, a spa and an indoor water park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Harbor Sheboygan
- Blue Harbor Hotel Sheboygan