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“Lovely but noisy” 3 of 5 stars
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132 N. Second Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235   |  
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Ranked #14 of 23 Sturgeon Bay B&B and Inns
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“Lovely but noisy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

My husband & I stayed at the Barbican for three nights (including a weekend) during our fall trip to Door County. The Villa Suite was nicely appointed (hot tub, fireplace, comfortable seating areas, lots of space, off street parking and a lovely breakfast delivered right to our door). However, all three nights were interrupted by noisy chatter, yelling and laughter outside as the suite (there are 16 or 17 others to choose from) is located directly across the street from a local tavern. From 1:30am until 3:20am, we were treated to the drunken shouts and car alarms of local patrons. To boot, we were well aware of the comings and goings of the people who stayed in the adjacent suite. Its entrance shares the common foyer and each time they opened and closed their door (which was about every 30-40 minutes one night), it sounded as if they were coming through ours.

As I said, our suite was lovely but for a stay at a B & B for nearly $200 a night, I was hoping for something a little quieter. We'll likely choose something off the beaten path for our next stay.

  • Liked — Great space!
  • Disliked — Outside noise traveling inside.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Chicago, IL
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Barbican Guest House on the weekend of our first anniversary (in August 2007), and it turned out to be the perfect place to spend a quiet, celebratory weekend together. We had considered staying at the Stone Harbor Resort across the street, which did look beautiful, but I'm so glad we decided on the Barbican. The hosts were incredibly gracious, and we felt good about supporting a local, family-run bed and breakfast. We stayed in the Bridgeview suite, and for $125/night we enjoyed an immaculate, spacious room decorated with lovely antiques. It had a Queen bed, gas fireplace, sitting area, private Jacuzzi tub, and an updated bathroom. There was also a small television, radio, and mini-fridge. In my opinion, the photos on the Barbican's website don't really do its rooms or the property justice. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with flowers and winding walkways, and we enjoyed spending our evenings on the spacious front porch. The real highlight, however, was the morning breakfast, which included an omelet, warm homemade muffins, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee, all delivered to our door in a wicker basket. Everything was delicious, and they were even kind enough to accommodate our vegetarian request. This was our first trip to Door County, and we were glad to be located within walking distance to the 3rd St. shops and restaurants--it was really a perfect location. I am always candid in my reviews, but I honestly cannot think of anything we would have changed. We were incredibly happy with every aspect of our stay, and recommend the Barbican most highly.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, beautiful accommodations, great location, cleanliness, hospitality.
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

My wife and I stayed here for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We stayed in the Parlor Suite. It was nice big suite decorated in antique furniture. It also had a 2 person jacuzzi (I think every room has one). It was one block away from the restaurants and shops of downtown Sturgeon Bay and not too far from the Jefferson St shops. We thought the breakfast delivered to your room in the morning was good. It consisted of fresh muffins, a ham and cheese quiche, fresh fruit, coffee, and OJ. I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted to stay in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Liked — The Breakfast
  • Disliked — It was at the Southern End of Door County
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2007

We stayed in the Pines suite and it was beautiful, clean, and a was very neat room. The bathroom was recently redone and now has a roomy walk-in shower with double showerheads; very nice. It was a very neat room with the bedroom on the top level, the living room w/ gas fireplace below, and a whirlpool in-between these two levels in a "loft" area. Also, the Pines suite was located on the back of the property, and is the only suite at the Barbican with a door leading directly outside, where we parked. So this was a very nice feature of this room; we never had to walk through the rest of the B&B to get to our room, so we never encountered any other guests (or the hosts), which is nice if you like your solitude (or stumbling home late at night!). Speaking of which, the Barbican is very quiet. It was rainy the whole time we visited Door County, so we had the opportunity to take a couple quiet relaxing naps in our room. But when we did venture out, there were plenty of cool boutiques, confectionaries, restaurants, a nice coffee shop, and other misc shops, all within a couple blocks. Each morning they dropped off a wonderful "breakfast-in-a-basket" to our door, at exactly the time we requested, and still nice and hot. The water pressure in the shower could have been better (and it took about 1/2 hour to fill the whirlpool), but who cares when the rest of your room is so relaxing? I'll come back and try another suite, or maybe stay in this one again...

Stayed March 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2006

This place is nice and clean and our room was huge (a deal for $125 dollars a night) but a few things were lacking. First, the continental breakfast consisted of muffins, fruit salad, coffee/tea/OJ/milk and that's it. Not much to it. Second, the people who worked there were not always available and not very helpful about recommendations about local attractions. Third, yes it is located a block from the water, but it's a marina and a very short walk by the water at that. So if you're thinking it's near a beach, think again. Yes there are shops/restaurants a block away as well, but again they are kind of junkie. There were only 3 restaurants and 2 cafes within walking distance.

The nicest thing about the room was the two person jacuzzi. We liked the size of our room so it was worth the bargain for us but we still had to drive a few miles to get to any of the local attractions.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2005

First of all, I want to say that I was very nervous about staying in a bed and breakfast inn. I've never been fully comfortable with the idea of staying in a home vs. a hotel/resort, so this was a very new experience for me.

Upon driving up to The Barbican I was very impressed with the beautiful architecture of the homes. The grounds were very neat. When we went in to check in, the atmosphere was very friendly and homey. The innkeeper promptly took us to our suite...(The Coach House) and gave us instruction about our breakfast baskets that come in the morning, and how to use the jacuzzi and gas fireplaces...WOW!

Our suite was HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. You could feel the era with all the luxuries of 2005! You felt as though you stepped back in time, yet could pop something in the microwave if you needed to heat it up...ha!

Now...the other thing I was worried about in a bed and breakfast was privacy. Basically, we had our own private entrances (yes...TWO!), AND instead of going to a common room for breakfast, you would write the time you'd like your basket delivered to your room on a little card, and it would be delivered to you the next morning.

Piping hot muffins, pastries, and coffee! Fruit and Orange Juice! It was delicious!

We had a wonderful time, and can't wait to try out ALL of the other suites the Barbican Inn has to offer!

Thanks!
The Poseys

PS-Because we went for our 5 year anniversary, they had a bottle of wine when we got there...HOW SWEET!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2005

My fiance and I strongly recommend the Barbican to anyone who is traveling to Door County. First, the Barbican is in a great location (blocks from the water and downtown shops). Our room was beautiful--clean, large, and nicely decorated. And the whirlpool in front of the fireplace was exactly what we needed after a day of hiking in the state park about 15 miles to the north.

Although we've had more elaborate breakfasts at B&Bs, they provided a good assortment of fresh fruit, juice, tea/coffee/hot cocoa, and pastries. (And they were very accomodating to my fiance's dietary needs.) We also loved that breakfast was brought to our room (at the time we requested).

Finally, the price is comparable to other B&Bs in the area. This was our first trip to Door County and we would definitely return to the Barbican.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 132 N. Second Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Sturgeon Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Sturgeon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
The Barbican Guest House Sturgeon Bay, WI - Door County

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