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Der Ruhe Blatz Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
Certificate of Excellence
Vacaville, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“There has to be better places to stay”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Very bare bones. Air conditioner very loud. Advertised breakfast a joke. Rotten bananas and stale stale donuts. Night desk clerk not friendly at all. Kept birds in cage in the area where breakfast is served. Crumbs on my blanket, and a cigarette burn on the bedspread in the non smoking room. They did change the bedspread after our complaint. Blood spots on one of the face towels. Charge a lot more for the room with 2 queen beds. I never have paid more for a room with two beds and only two people using the room. We won't stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Lisle,Il
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Have stayed here many times, found it clean, quiet and comfortable.
Pets welcome with a reasonable charge. Nice area in back for dog walking.
Rates do go up quite a bit during Flea Market, but otherwise a good value.
"Breakfast" is on the skimpy side, we always go to one of the area Bakeries, there is a new one within walking distance.
The family that runs this motel have always been polite and helpfull to me.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank bucky383
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2011

The room and simple and clean. The breakfast was adequate, definitely a continental breakfast. The "breakfast room" consisted of 2 tables in the lobby. The staff was friendly. The biggest disappointment was that the daily rate was misstated when we made the reservation. When questioned about it no apology or adjustment to the daily rate was offered.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank Paula0425
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MI
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116 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2011

We arrived on a Friday afternoon knowing the reviews were so-so. Reserved a 1 queen bed non smoking room. Motel was completely booked with a Full sign in the window.
The office/store/breakfast room is very tiny & cluttered. I had to ring the bell for service.
A 2 story apartment is attached to this motel & I assume that the owner family lives on site. There were childrens bikes & scooters laying in the drive-thru check in area the whole time we were there. Described "basketball court" is actually a backboard and pole off to the side in the parking lot of the motel.
Our room was tiny but very clean. We dont think the bed was a standard queen, it seemed smaller. Sheets were rough and the bed was covered with a old style flowerly thick bed spread. The 3 pillows were awful! The bed mattress was hard and uncomfortable. Towels were clean but very thin and rough. 2 bars of soap, 2 plastic glasses and one small bottle of shampoo were on the counter. The TV was very old, cable provided but only 14 channels. Lighting in the bathroom was very poor. It was a recessed light but very dim. The commode was very tiny, it had to be or the door to the bathroom would not have shut. I almost had to lean into the shower to be able to shut the bathroom door. There was a small refrigerator in the room, but no microwave.
The only places to sit in the room were 2 hard chairs along with a small round table.
We had neighbors but noise between rooms was not an issue for us.
The breakfast provided was a joke. Dont bother. First off the tiny room has 2 tables, one table sits 6 the other sits 4. Coffee was very weak with no taste. What is provided was: donuts (cut into 1/2's and piled on top of eachother). White bread, bagels. Cream cheese & butter. 2 different types of tiny muffins. Packaged dry oatmeal and 2 types of juice. One bowl of old apples, oranges and dark banana's.
If you wanted dry cereal or milk that was available but for an additional fee. There were also munchies available for $$. The microwave and ice machine were also located in this small room. The owner also had a fish aquarium in this room and 4 parakeets in a cage just outside the entry door.
We skipped the breakfast here and ate at Das Essenhaus. I had intentions to talk with someone when I checked out but was greeted with a sign on the office counter that said "If you are checking out, drop your key off here". So we did.
If you are looking for a cheap, budget place to stay in Shipshewana then this could fit what you are looking for. You park right outside your room. It was nice to be able to hear the clip clop of the horses & buggies drive past. The rooms do come with a nice sized window but unfortunately the windows do not open.
We always considered staying here but not again. I would pay a bit more and have a much nicer experience at one of the other local businesses.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Enterprise, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2010

Clean, friendly and a wonderful place to stay! The staff were great and rooms were clean and comfortable. The sound of the horse and buggies going by was so relaxing and we would sit outside just to listen to them

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank GeorgeO2
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Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2010

Der Ruhe Blatz Motel is a quiet and simple place to stay. Its location is good to various places within Shipshewanna. If you are looking for fancy...this is not it. However, if you're looking for clean and hospitable folks, it's a great place to stay. We try to stay there at least once during the winter. My husband and I love the snow (Southerners) and look forward to quiet days enjoying the countryside. The price is more than reasonable. We hope to return in later February or early March.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank MikeandMax
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Goodfield,IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2009

From the advertisement, we expected an Amish establishment. Not so - the lady at the front desk hurriedly checked us in and then vanished...no time for any of our questions. The room was clean, but certainly not "spacious" as advertised. We were disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Goodfield_ILGrandma
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Property: Der Ruhe Blatz Motel
Address: 1195 S van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565-8804
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Location: United States > Indiana > Shipshewana
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Der Ruhe Blatz Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built by 16 Amish families it's called the "The Rest Place" and with all there is to see and do in our quaint little town, you'll be ready to kick off your shoes at the end of the day and settle in for a quiet night. Each of the 30 rooms feature all oak furniture built by the local Amish families. ... more   less 
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