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“Homey, comfortable, and quiet king suite - our new favorite lodging in Shipshewana”

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The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
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Michigan
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“Homey, comfortable, and quiet king suite - our new favorite lodging in Shipshewana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2010

This was a "girls only" trip to Shipshewana to visit the shops and antiques stores, go on a carriage ride, and generally relax and unwind in the country atmosphere for a couple of days. Our family has enjoyed staying in the air conditioned log cabins at the campground on the northern edge of town on previous trips to Shipshewana. This time, however, with the weather forecast predicting very hot weather and a heat advisory, we booked a 1-bedroom king suite with kitchenette at the Country Inn and Suites to fix and chill snacks and beverages and to go for a swim in the hotel pool. The temperature reached the mid 90s with a heat index of 105 degrees F during our visit, and we definitely appreciated the Country Inn and Suite's heat beating amenities.

We were greeted politely by the front desk clerk and promptly checked in upon our arrival a few minutes before the official 3 p.m. check-in time. Although our king suite was located on the second floor just a few doors down the hallway from the open staircase from the lobby, it was very quiet without any noise reaching our room from the lobby or the indoor swimming pool off the lobby area. We definitely appreciated the cleanliness and spaciousness of our suite as well as the ceiling fan in the living room and effective A/C to cool us off after a hot afternoon of shopping and sight seeing.

The suite's decor closely matched the country style theming of the homey wood furnishings of the hotel's public areas, with wall paper borders and warm toned wood furniture. The living room immediately inside the room's entry door was furnished with a sleeper sofa for two, wing back chair, picture tube TV atop a stand with storage drawers containing bedding and pillows for the sofa bed, two end tables, small dining table with two wooden chairs with chair pads, ceiling fan, several lamps and a wall mounted light fixture. Despite the lamps and wall light fixture in the living room, it seemed dimly lit at best after dark, and natural light from the bedroom window didn't reach quite all the way through the entire living room during the daytime. The ceiling fan wasn't equipped with a light fixture, and adding a light fixture to the fan would likely improve the living room's light level tremendously. There was adequate floor space in the living room for converting the sofa to a bed, and very generously open floor space when the sofa bed was folded up. The sofa itself was fairly worn, though, with some visibly worn or torn edges on the flattened sofa cushions, but comfy enough for my kids to snooze on after a long and busy day.

The small kitchenette equipped with microwave, small sink, mini-fridge with tiny freezer compartment, and coffee maker occupied a niche between the living room. Some foam cups and an ice bucket with a few disposable cups and coffee supplies were provided. An open closet area with hangers, iron and ironing board located along the wall between the living room and bedroom.

The suite's generously sized bathroom was opposite the kitchenette and closet. The tub was a jetted single person tub/shower combo. We weren't expecting a jetted tub at all so that was a pleasant surprise. There was a single sink with vanity counter top, extendable wall mounted magnifying mirror, hair dryer, retractable clothesline adjacent to the shower curtain rod, and multi-tiered towel racks with plenty of towels and washcloths for a party of three to four guests. Mirrors actually abounded through the suite, with a full length mirror on the bathroom door in addition to the vanity top mirror and extendable magnifying mirror. Another full length mirror was on the living room wall adjacent to the kitchenette, and there was a dresser top sized mirror in the bedroom. Small bars of face and bath soaps, small bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner and Vaseline Intensive Care lotion were provided toiletry items.

The bedroom's king sized bed was comfy and very conducive to a good night's sleep with 4 or 5 pillows and reasonably soft to the touch bedding. The bedroom's full width window along its exterior wall overlooked a field and a distant view of the town's business district. A windowed door with semi-sheer curtains over the window panes allowed us to close off the bedroom from the living room. A fan above the bedroom doorway could be turned on using a switch with a timer in the living room to help circulate air from the bedroom's air conditioning until to the living room. A large dresser had a picture tube TV atop it in the bedroom and had generously sized storage drawers. Nightstands with lamps, an alarm clock, and phone flanked each side of the king bed, and additional room lighting was provided by a ceiling fixture.

After heading back to the central part of town for an early dinner, we happily went for a swim in the hotel's small indoor heated pool. The pool was clean and the water temperature was comfortable. The pool's depth ranges from 3 to 5 feet with a couple of full width steps down into its shallowest end (not a zero entry pool). Pool towels and a towel return bin were right inside the pool's entry door. A drinking fountain, restroom, and a few tables and chairs were poolside, along with several outside benches on an adjacent outdoor patio area. Posted pool hours were from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with adult only hours from 10 p.m. to midnight. We had the entire pool area to ourselves in the early evening, possibly because other guests were still partaking of dinner before the town's restaurants closed for the evening. It's worth noting that most if not all shops in Shipshewana close between 5 and 6 p.m. Mon-Sat. and are not open on Sundays. Restaurants are also closed on Sundays, and their hours Mon-Sat. vary depending on the specific restaurant. It's best to verify restaurant hours and plan meals accordingly so you don't miss out.

Speaking of meals, we also appreciated the hotel's included breakfast buffet offerings. There was a reasonable variety of breakfast options, including hot and cold items such as a cereal, danish, yogurt, bananas, apple and orange juice, coffee, make it yourself waffles, and toast. The breakfast was apparently quite the draw judging from the number of guests partaking and pretty much occupying all of the small breakfast room's tables shortly after we sat down to have breakfast.

Our checkout experience was as warm and friendly as our arrival experience and made us wish we could have extended our stay a bit longer. The Country Inn and Suites is our top choice for a return trip to Shipshewana.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Woodstock, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

We were happily surprised at the Country Inn & Suites of Shipshewana. It felt more like staying at a bed and breakfast than at a regular motel. I usually don't sleep well at motels because of the ventilation units that are in the room, but they don't have those horrible under the window units. We had a suite with a nice living room area and a seperate bedroom at the back away from the hallway. We slept well and did't hear any noise from the hall either night.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

My mom and I used to drive to Shipshewana once a year for the flea market. This hotel became our regular place to stay through the years. Alway clean, with very friendly staff, we love this hotel. Also, it is within walking distancce of the flea market, which if you haven't been, will learn that this is a big plus when you have bags of goods you don't want to carry in the summer heat!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2010

We stayed here Friday & Saturday night and it was a very relaxing stay. The rooms were decorated in very nice amish furniture, beds were very comfortable. Bedspread was a little too old fashioned but clean. Bathroom was emaculate and large. We liked the hand rail getting in the shower for safety. Pool was 87 degrees and had a very nice clean area. No hottub. Exercise equipment was adequate for a hotel this size and husband enjoyed the treadmill. Breakfast was very good, gravy, waffels etc. Also the breakfast area was kept very clean. I really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

There was 10 of us that were going to stay for a one night stay on our way to our destination. We reservered 3 rooms & told them we probably wouldn't be there till around 6pm . They told us that was fine . We arrived earlier then we thought & was greeted very nicely & told out rooms were ready . The rooms were gorgeous & so clean ! The smell of the place made me think of walking into a newly built house , freshly painted . The decor was beautiful . The lady working the front desk was so helpful . It was a Sunday that we checked in & she informed us that there was no places in the surrounding area that were open ( being it is a very religious area occupied by the Amish ) She told us about the free breakfast they have there in the morning & gave us some flyers of restaurants that would be a few miles away in another town . I asked for extra pillows & she was right there with them . The beds were comfy & felt so new . The next morning we went to breakfast & thinking it would only be bagels or toast & coffee ,was shocked to see , eggs , biscuits & gravy , waffles that you can make , cereal, juice , & danishs. It was a very filling breakfast to start us on our day . When we checked out , I stated that the place was so new & how long had they been opened - The lady working that morning said " 12 Years " I was shocked & I informed her of such . She replyed " We like to keep it clean " Well I must say , they need to teach other places this clean trick !! If we are ever in this area again , You know we will be staying there .

  • Stayed March 2010
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Tonya7627, Director of Sales at The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana, responded to this review, April 7, 2010
Thank you so much for the wonderful review!!! Our entire staff works really hard to make sure the Country Inn & Suites of Shipshewana not only meets our guests expectations, but exceeds them.
We are overjoyed when we get such a great review....it means we are doing our job. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon!!!
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Stouffville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2010

Great hotel...clean...friendly. We were there New Years Eve and it was very quiet. However, on check-in, we were told that they couldn't honor our Senior Discount because we didn't have AARP or CARP. Senior discount is advertised as 60+ with ID, which we had. I had booked for friends who were with us, and they had to use their CAA to qualify for the discounted rate, even though they were both over 60. I confirmed later with hotel chain that AARP or CARP was not required. Staff needs some training.

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

Very clean hotel with the friendliest staff and house keeping you will find anywhere. Comfortable with good breakfast (loved the waffles and maple syrup). It was very busy during the days of the flea market. Some had to be sent away due to no available rooms. Make your reservations ahead of time. You will not be sorry cause it is the nicest hotel in the area. We enjoyed the amish atmosphere. THere are lots of menonite and amish around Shipshewana. You will see the families out and the women working in restaurants. Everything shuts down at 5pm Monday thru Friday. I am not sure about Saturday. Sunday nothing is open. So eat before you get to Shipshewana if you arrive on Sunday. Only 2 restaurants open in the nearest city Middlebury and one of them closes at 3pm. Not much for tourist to do. Hotel is great but the area is too commercialized to enjoy. The people are very friendly but if you want the old order amish experience go to Lancaster, PA, Bird-In-Hand, PA, and Intercourse, PA. Food choice is Chicken and meatloaf every where.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana
Address: 1175 N. Van Buren Street (Hwy 5), Shipshewana, IN 46565 (Formerly Country Inn & Suites Shipshewana)
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Location: United States > Indiana > Shipshewana
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana 2.5*
Number of rooms: 84
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The Van Buren Hotel is the ideal place to stay while visiting the Shipshewana area. Our exceptional service and hospitality is among the best in town. We offer a full, hot complimentary breakfast, free wireless internet, along with many other fine amenities. Come, stay, and enjoy The Van Buren Hotel at Shipshewana where our family serves your family. ... more   less 
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