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Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Stayed in the Shipshewana Suite during mid-week with ym wife and her friend. The room was clean and is highly recommended for guests looking for 2 bedrooms and a nice-sized seating area and a walk-in kitchen with full refrigerator. All this and more! The suite has 2 bathrooms, a TV in each bedroom, a pull-out sofa, and a small dining table. The beds are comfortable and one gets a very "home-like" feel to the suite. Outstanding!

I write balanced reviews, trying to be as objective as possible. In this case, the oddest part of the suite is that there is only one light in the entire seating/living area. This was a lamp on an end table. There was a ceiling fan, but no lights associated with it and about half the room is just empty space. The empty space doesn't detract from staying in the room but the one light, that being a lamp on a table was very curious, especially for such a large suite that can sleep 6 people easily. The suite screams for more furniture, especially since the 2 rocker chairs and sofa really isn't enough seating if 6 people were to stay.

Having mentioned the lighting and furniture issues, that should not sway from making a decision to stay in the Shipshewana suite at this property. They are minor points which does not negatively reflect on your comfort and satisfaction.

For the property itself and its operations:
- The desk clerk was so nice and friendly. Every estalishment should have that friendly smile and pleasant personalty at the front desk.
- The lobby and entire property seemed clean and very beautiful...very well decorated
- The morning buffet was in a huge room and was served in a very well-organized and inviting manner. Our only disappointment was that it would have been "perfect" had there been a more local feeling to the offerings...such as fresh bakery or something more reflective of the local Amish surroundings
- We spent some time in the extremely comfortable seating area outside our suite but holey moley was it hot. The temperature on the thermostat read 83 degrees. The "heat lights" in the area should be removed for more softer lighting.

In conclusion...thank you very much to the entire staff and ownership of the Blue Gate Garden Inn. No property is perfect but there are few places that give a traveling guest a true feeling of such comfort and friendliness. We have bounced around staying at various properties in the Shipshewana area and now we recognize this is THE place to stay, bar none. We saw the work being done around the property and look forward to the improvements on the way. We truly enjoyed our stay and will definitly return, without hesitation!

Room Tip: The Shipshewana Suite is perfect for a family needing two rooms and it was very reasonably priced fo...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2013

Thank you for your recent post and the great feedback you left. We appreciate your time and thoughtful review. The Shipshewana Suite is our largest suite we offer and a great space for a large family or a couple of friends like you stated. We are working on upgrading the lamps and lighting in all of our rooms as well as new furniture.
We appreciate the comments about our friendly staff and cleanliness of the property. We also try to switch our breakfast menu up in the mornings and offer different selections each day. The majority of our breakfast is homemade, but we are always looking for ways to improve and your input will help us achieve this goal.
Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to serving you in the near future.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are ever in the area, and need a clean, quiet and peaceful place to lay your head, this is the place! We had a small family reunion here, reserving 2 large suites, and felt the space in each room was well appointed and exceeded our expectations. Once the pool is reopened this place will be a real gem.

Don't be confused thinking this hotel is connected to the restaurant, it's NOT! The restaurant is about a mile up the road.

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

Thank you for telling others about your great stay with us. We appreciate the feedback and always love to hear about the cleanliness of our hotel. We also love to hear you were able to enjoy our place with your family members and that we exceeded your expectations. The pool is coming along and we are looking forward to the projected date of March 2014 when we will be able to provide this amenity to our guests.
Unfortunately, the Blue Gate Restaurant is not connected to our hotel. We are always thinking of ways to make our guest stay more comfortable and convenient, our hopes in the near future is to provide that here as well.
Thank you again for staying with us and we look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We will definitely be back and we will recommend this hotel. It was just perfect all around. I wish we would have had a longer stay. Next time we will plan for a longer visit to the area just to enjoy The Blue Gate Inn! Thank you!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

We are just as excited as you are for your future visit with us at the Blue Gate Garden Inn. Thank you for the great review and wonderful comments. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated and we will be looking forward to your next stay.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had a great time at the Blue Gate Garden Inn. They were so helpful and caring. Took excellent care of us. Rooms were very clean, and had plenty of room. Breakfast was great. Over all enjoyed everything

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

It was our pleasure to be able to serve you and we are glad you took the time out to leave your feedback. We take pride in the cleanliness of our hotel and enjoy providing our traditional style of excellence to every guest. Thank you for staying with us and we truly hope to serve you again in the near future.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at the Blue Gate Garden Inn! The staff was welcoming and the room was very spacious. The bed was so comfortable and I did not hear any noise throughout the night. Not only was the room perfect, but the breakfast offered was delicious! I have never been to a hotel with this high quality of breakfast that is included in the room price. The location of the Blue Gate Garden Inn is also close to many shops and restaurants. Anyone who is going to Shipshewana should stay at the Blue Gate Garden Inn!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for the kind words and great review. We appreciate your recognition of our comfortable beds and the breakfast we offer. Again, thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Very clean hotel. The staff was beyond friendly! Couldn't believe the size of the rooms....the beds were actually separated with a door...so basically 2 bedrooms...The breakfast that was included with the room was exceptional! I wouldn't stay anywhere else next time I visit Shipshewana!

Room Tip: There is an indoor pool in the making for this hotel...complete with a patio that will include a fir...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Your feedback is very valuable and we appreciate you taking the time out to comment on our property. We are glad you enjoyed your room and the full breakfast buffet. We hope to see you back here soon and thank you for your patronage.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

My sister-in-law & I treated ourselves to a birthday trip for the Crafters Fair. We had the best time and the Blue Gate topped off our trip. I have never stayed in a cleaner, more comfortable place. The staff was warm and welcoming. All the amenities were amazing. Before we left, we planned to make this a yearly birthday getaway! Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Room Tip: Rooms near the parking lot were noisy due to tour buses.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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BlueGateGardenInn, General Manager at Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for leaving your feedback and the wonderful review. The staff and I are glad you chose to stay with us on your birthday and look forward to your stay with us next year.

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Additional Information about Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel

Address: 800 S van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565-8610 (Formerly The Amish Country Inn - Shipshewana Hotel)
Location: United States > Indiana > Shipshewana
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Shipshewana
Price Range: $85 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Gate Garden Inn - Shipshewana Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Gate Garden Inn Shipshewana is located in the heart of Northern Indiana and is located within walking distance of all the major attractions, shopping and dining in Shipshewana. Stays include our FAMOUS full hot country breakfast buffet, free wireless internet and access to an indoor pool, hot-tub, fitness room and more.The entire hotel is non-smoking and guest room amenities include TV with premium cable, wireless Internet, free local phone calls, voicemail, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/board, desk, and more. Suites offer microwave, mini refrigerators and more.The Blue Gate Garden Inn is convenient from the South Bend Regional Airport (SBN). ... more   less 
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