I have never made a review on this site before, but I HAD to today.
I was in town for work. Last minute deal. I arrived in town to find the Chequamegon Inn (Best Western) and AmericInn booked. Off to trusty TA to see what's available.... A bait shop with an "Inn"... Hmmm. I like to fish more than the next guy so why not. I called and the pleasant voice on the phone said they had rooms available. I told her I would be right there. Unfortunately my GPS gave me wrong directions. This place is just west of downtown right along the lake. Anyway, I called her back and she led me right to the front door. The check-in is done inside the very nice and clean bait shop. Different, but I liked it. They have coolers full of beverages (soda, beer, water, etc.) and fresh fish. I received my room key, yes key, no swipe cards here and the room temperature was set to what I requested.
I parked directly in front of my room. Literally 4 steps to my door. I opened the door and all I can say is, WOW. Am I in a hotel, motel, inn or a quaint up north cottage? This is the cleanest, best decorated, hotel room I have EVER been in. The way this place has been updated is unbelievable. The Queen single room has log furniture all around the room, wood laminate flooring, a microwave, a mini-fridge and the BEST TV I have ever seen in a hotel. Full flat screen TV with Dish Network. The best thing it is ALL HD! I am talking about ~ 75 HD channels. The rooms are painted with natural colors well decorated. I enjoyed relaxing a night of TV after a stressful day with a beverage that was very cold in my fridge sitting in the rather comfy recliner.
I am so glad that the other locations were full. This is the best room I have ever stayed in. There is not a breakfast, pool or fitness center, but they were not missed. They do have bicycles for you to use for FREE. They also have a nice little area behind the bait shop with tables and what looked like a nice grill for your use should you choose. Anyone travelling in the area needing a wonderful place to stay that is not your typical roadside motel or chain hotel should stay here. Book now, because they only have maybe 11 rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River Rock Inn & Bait Shop is located in Ashland, WI with one of the most beautiful views of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. We are rated 5 stars by Trip Advisor and received an award of excellence in 2013. The Inn is newly renovated with some of the best quality available in comfort and luxury. Some of our rooms are available with kitchenettes. All of the rooms include free WIFI, a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pots. For the hunter or fishermen and women we offer the areas only fish and game cleaning room. Our goal is to make your stay one of the best, hoping you will make River Rock Inn your first choice for lodging while you are in the Chequamegon Bay area. The Inn has room side parking and there is ample space for boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, and trailers. The Inn offers an outside cooking area, including a gas grill and tables. Or, if you choose to eat out, we are within walking distance of some of the finest local eateries in Ashland. Our unique location gives you the best Ashland has to offer with a walking/biking trail and a boat launch just a stones' throw away. We also provide bicycles for our guests to use. Additionally, we are just a short drive to Bayfield, WI where you can catch a ferry to Madeline Island or take a boat tour of the Apostle Islands. Our bait shop personnel will help point you in the right direction for some of the best fishing in the area. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase fresh Lake Superior fish and smoked fish from our shop. ... more less