Hubby and I stayed here 3 nights in a king room, celebrating our anniversary. Really enjoyable. Staff is friendly but not intrusive. Super-clean rooms, well furnished and equipped. Bed comfy, with lots of pillows and a blanket sandwiched cleanly between fresh sheets. Minifridge. Bathroom with jetted tub and Aveda products. Downtown location is good, although many businesses are closed on weekends. No street parking, but there's a ramp next to the hotel for $2 (free on Sundays). Restaurant (Bella Vita) on premises serves great mojitos and whole wheat pasta around a cozy fireplace. The Chocolate Decadence cake was divine, and service excellent. Hotel's free breakfast (not in the restaurant) was bountiful, with several kinds of coffees and teas, fresh melon and some hot selections (oatmeal, scrambled eggs, potatoes, some meat I think -- sorry, not my thing) in addition to the usual cereal, yogurt, toast & pastries. Pancake machine was out of service during our stay, but there was plenty of other good stuff.
Copperleaf is just a few blocks from the history museum, where we learned a ton about Harry Houdini and will soon take in a Leonardo da Vinci traveling Machines in Motion exhibit. Lawrence U campus was lovely and walkable just before fall classes started. Stone Cellar Brewpub is just across the river (vanilla stout -- oooh). Door County is conveniently close; we were so relieved to come back to serene Appleton after a hectic day there.
It was all so low-key and comfortable. Great getaway from Chicago (about 3 hours from the middle of the city, even with some road construction). Friendly people, friendly place, reasonable price. We're already planning a return trip in a few weeks and bringing friends along. So much better than the cookie cutter chain hotels. You can tell they enjoy running this place. It works for us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Copperleaf Boutique Hotel is modeled after small family owned and operated European hotels. Our 75 room hotel offers a more refined and gracious hotel experience. You will be indulged with exquisite, personalized service in a warm, inviting and unique atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copperleaf Hotel Appleton