We'd heard good things about this hotel, so didn't hesitate to book a room when we found ourselves "homeless" in Bayfield early evening a couple of weeks ago.
We were shown 5 available rooms, 2 in the Chateau, 2 in the Silvernail and 1 (suite 11) in the main house. The rates ranged from $149 to $299 excluding tax. All were awful! None of the rooms felt particularly clean (probably due for the most part to their decoration - old thick carpets, old style bathrooms, old style furnishings - although I did find as well, an old mint under a piece of furniture in the room we finally chose), most were small/cramped, and there were few amenities (a cake of soap, some make-up wipes and a small shampoo). Quite depressing. We had just travelled from another Inn in Door County (Hillside Inn) where we'd paid a similar price for a huge, very modern, spotless room with balcony and an array of amenities that you'd find in a 5* city/resort hotel - the difference could not have been greater (hence the depression that overcame us).
We decided to stay however, as it was getting late and booked in for a dinner (which is what we'd actually heard the good things about come to think of it). There is very little good we can say about it. The service was rushed (we opted for a "late" dinner - 8.30pm), there were menu changes, the food was bland/overcooked and just dull.
Breakfast the next morning was no better. We did not want the full breakfast (we just cannot eat that much!) so opted for the continental. Don't believe the Inn's own literature promising freshly baked muffin and scones. This was 2 small stone cold bland muffins (plus OJ/fruit cup) - oh and a dismissive waitress who lost interest when we didn't opt for the full breakfast (for which you pay more; the continental is included in the room rate).
So the room is awful, the food just as bad - what else? Try the 20% obligatory service charge everyone else has moaned about (that you only find out about once you are seated) and the fact that the rooms have no keys so you cannot lock your room/balcony door when leaving it (geez - that helps with our insurance policy!!). We could go on, but...
Our opinion - don't do it! Find somewhere else. You can spend far less for the same experience (or better) elsewhere in Bayfield. We left lamenting our lost $350 plus. From now on, give us bog standard corporate style hotels where you get what you pay for...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Rittenhouse Inn is Bayfield, Wisconsin's first Country Inn Bed & Breakfast and gourmet restaurant offering 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage. Accommodations include wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and spectacular views of Lake Superior. A full service restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and dinner, and showcases regional cuisine in season. The Inn is located blocks from Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. This year-round getaway offers seasonal rates and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Rittenhouse Hotel Bayfield