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“Hidden Gem”
Review of The Blue Heron Inn

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The Blue Heron Inn
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in LaPorte
Certificate of Excellence
Pennsylvania, United States
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 554 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We've spent several nights over the years in LaPorte because it is a good stopping point on our road trips across I-80. Usually have stayed at the very mediocre (but ok) Holiday Inn across the street. A waitress at T-bones restaurant gave us a tip about the Blue Heron. Glad we stayed here on our return trip. The hotel is less expensive than the Holiday Inn-- also cleaner. The best part was the the patio facing the lake. Very peaceful room with a jacuzzi as well. The varied reviews on trip advisor are surprising given our very positive experience. The hotel should advertise more because it is a nice change from a banal Holiday Inn.

Room Tip: First floor, facing the water.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Robert D
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arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had a fortunate experience as walk-in, no reservation, after stopping at one chain and trying to book at another. No standard doubles available, but we had a choice of discounted suites on the lake, chose quiet main floor unit next to pool. Night clerk was wonderfully helpful. Good internet, good restaurant dinner specials on site, seating on the water with sunset view! We wanted to stay on but were on a road trip. Rib steak and walleye were delicious and perfectly prepared in the restaurant. Very friendly service all around.

Room Tip: Ground floor suite next to pool is quiet because no other rooms around.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank andarcaminos
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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

This place has potential. Our lakeview room had a pleasant view but there were ants coming out of the baseboards near the whirlpool and in the bathroom; in fact it looked like dead bugs were caked around the baseboard in the bathroom, the floor of which was filthy. Our screen door kept falling off and the white plastic patio chairs on the deck and around the pool were filthy. From the second floor you could see layers of caked on dust on ceiling fans, beams, and plastic plants.

The remainder of our room seemed clean enough, but when we left in the morning I mentioned the ants and the unclean bathroom to the clerk. She seemed suspicious of my claims, which my gradeschool-aged daughter even confirmed to her! The clerk did not apologize and instead started asking odd questions about my traveling alone with my daughter.

As I said, this place has potential, but it must be deep cleaned. The night clerk, by the way, bent over backwards in niceness. I wish we would have discovered the ants early enough to tell her about them instead of the unfriendly and suspicious morning clerk.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 Thank Bridget F
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Lansing, Michigan
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70 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I stayed on one of the houseboats at the Blue Heron Inn. It looked just like a little hotel room with a view. It did sway when you walked on it and when the wind blew, it bobbed as well but actually was very soothing. The only problem I had was with the shower - only had luke warm water for about 2 minutes and then it went ice cold. Talked to the desk clerk about it and said that they would check it out. Still had the same problem, it wasn't fixed. I believe that this is a problem with only our unit because a friend of ours stayed in the houseboat next to us and he said that he had plenty of hot water. Other than that issue, no problems. The staff was very friendly especially Cassie on the night shift, she was totally awesome. I didn't try the restaurant T-Bones but the smells coming from it was mouth watering. The Blue Heron itself has a charming New England type appeal and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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3 Thank karend924
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Wanted to see if our past, very positive experience could be repeated. It was. The price for a basic room was comparable to anything else in the area and we were provided (without asking) with a wonderful upgrade. The the front desk service was excellent, the meal at T-bones superb and the room most comfortable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank trykk
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I've never stayed here before. I booked the room, was snooping online abs came across tripadvisor, read all the bad reviews and thought crap, I made a mistake. I was expecting the worst. I was very pleased with the room. The inn is right on the lake, you look out and all you see is water. And having a jacuzzi and fireplace in the room, very affordable compared to other places with the same things. T-bones restaurant was very good too. Plus they have boat rentals in the summer. I wasn't let down. I would say don't believe all the negative reviews. It's a nice place.

  • Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank JASON R
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Elkhart
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights for a wedding. We had a lakeview room with a jacuzzi tub. The room was booked by another party for us and we didn't have any problem checking in. The receptionist was friendly enough but her appearance was a bit off-putting. Not as professional as I would have expected but it didn't effect our stay! The lobby was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the overall atmosphere of the hotel is quiet and relaxing. The wedding I was attending had most of the rooms booked and the staff handled us all very well. Our room was large, clean and well appointed. The bed was comfortable and the view was gorgeous! The fitness area consists of one tredclimber on the second floor but hey it's better than nothing if you really want to exercise on vacation. The breakfast offering was ok but nothing spectacular but the onsite restaurant was very good and the prices were very reasonable. My children had a standard room with 2 Queen beds. Their room was a bit small and plain but overall was as clean and well appointed as our room was. The bathroom in both rooms was spacious and clean and the shower had good water pressure! I would love to stay here again but during summer just to see the view of the lake when it is "alive"!

Room Tip: Ask for a Lakeview jacuzzi room! The view is gorgeous!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Tricia W
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Property: The Blue Heron Inn
Address: 1110 Lakeside St, East Shore of Pine Lake, LaPorte, IN 46350-2216
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Location: United States > Indiana > LaPorte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in LaPorte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Heron Inn location on the east shore of Pine Lake in LaPorte, Indiana is dedicated to the tradition of making your vacation a pleasurable and relaxing experience. We feature several accommodation options from a basic no-frills guest room to a two bedroom suite with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. All rooms, regardless of type are decorated with elaborate crown molding, tasteful colors, and fine linens. If you are one of our frequent corporate guests, the refrigerator, coffee pots, and video entertainment options will surely make your extended stay convenient and pleasant. Our complimentary wireless internet access makes staying connected easy and convenient.While staying with us enjoy the intimate and elegant atmosphere of T-Bones Pier 11. This classic steakhouse features steaks, chops, and seafood. We have a magnificent fine wine selection as well.If you have a business function, celebration, or rehearsal dinner, give your guests the best treatment by selecting from several options available to entertain. The Le'Cabernet, which seats up to 50 people offers the elegance for those "special occasions". Pompeii's Pub greets you with a more casual setting ideal for up to 25 guests. Catering of food by T-Bones will wow your guests, and is available to fit many budgets.The Blue Heron Inn is open year round. This charming turn of the century retreat offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy boating, visiting area orchards, golfing or simply relaxing Blue Heron has it all! Call today to learn about our special packages we offer. Gift certificates are available. ... more   less 
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The Blue Heron Hotel Laporte

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