This is a historical hotel that's currently being brought back to life. Walk through the front door and step back in time. It needs some work but to me that's part of the charm of this hotel. We had room 310 but did not get to meet any ghosts. Room was clean and comfortable. Staff was more than friendly. I've been to similar hotels that charge 4 to 5 times what a night here costs. I was just passing through this time but I'll make it a point to come back to see how things are going and to hopefully meet some of the spirits residing here.
I was visiting Door County but didn't want to pay the giant prices to stay there. The Karsten was located right on the Lake Michigan. I love bicycling and the Ahnapee State Trail is located just right down the street. The hotel is well maintained, much better inside than it appears on the outside. It is like stepping back in time! Clean, friendly staff, bars and restaurants right down the sidewalk. The room was nice with a comfortable bed. It also has a very interesting history I was not aware of when I booked it. If you like history, quite, clean, a place to escape crazy "life". You will really like it!!
We had been at the Karsten several years back when the hotel was in an upswing which appears to be when most of the photos on-line were taken. If you go online you won't see that the antiques, paintings, furniture were lost due to an IRS auction in 2018. What is left of that hotel is a shell. There is no restaurant although tables are lined up for photo opportunities. The kitchen is non-functioning. The bar is non-functioning and 10 or more mattresses were stacked in that room. There wasn't a lightbulb in the lamp in our room and when I mentioned this to the staff they said that lightbulbs were on a truck coming from California but the driver was having difficulties with hills so he was taking a flat route to Wisconsin. (Hugh?). More furniture was also supposed to be on that truck - there was only one table in the center of the lounge. Our room window looked out on an air shaft and brick wall. Window glass was totally out of frame simply lying against another frame - no glazing - which allowed the sound of pigeons nesting on window ledges to enter room. Over two nights we adapted to pigeon time falling asleep when they quieted and waking when they cooed us into alertness. The wifi password did not work and there was no staff available or even in the hotel for us to contact the two nights we were guests. We were given no emergency cell phone numbers. The first night my wife and I were the only two humans in the entire building. Ghosts - forget it. We walked around looking at everything and no spirits appeared. They had the perfect opportunity to terrorize us but they might have been enjoying the pigeons being quiet so they also rested. I have a suspicion that the room wasn’t vacuumed Sat in our absence because the chunk of something I stepped on Sat morning felt a lot like the chunk of something I stepped on Sun morning. We went to a family reunion further up in Door County and had a great time there. Why we stayed a second night was just that the two of us tend to laugh things like this off. We also are retired and didn’t want any conflict. Upon arriving home, I even spent quite a bit of time researching this hotel with the idea of helping them rebuild some of their lost history because the place certainly has potential but after seeing the photos that no longer apply and glowing recommendation from when there was a bar, lounge, and dining hall I felt sorry for all of you. Oh, I forgot, we were shown how to lift up on the bottom of the porch door in case we were locked out on the porch and no one else was around to let us back into the hotel - I guess this points to service that is above and beyond the call of duty. On my own I found that the 2nd floor balcony could double as a swimming pool given the inches of standing water resting on it after a day of sunshine and warm weather. I might give the hotel another try in several years because it can only improve but for now even the ghosts stay away. In terms of this being a haunted Kewaunee gem - beware!!!…
This hotel is very unique. Has only 23 rooms all are different. The room was very clean and nice. We were the only ones staying there that night. They leave all the unoccupied rooms open so we could see in them all. They say ghosts have visited the hotel but we didn’t hear or see anything. There is a bar and restaurant on the first floor but were not open do to off season.
This is an older building which has claims to being haunted, We sure did not encounter any ghosts. The notebook in the lobby is full of paranormal comments. :) The staff was friendly and helpful at all times. Our room was very clean, and the bed was comfortable. The floors creak and the windows do not open, but there is air conditioning. This is a 3 star hotel so if you are looking for a 5 star, go to Green Bay. If you like unusual facilities, this is it. The continental breakfast was good, and one morning there was even breakfast pizza which was excellent. We would stay here again. We were here for a wedding and the hotel was mostly the wedding party.