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“Fantastic view, great hosts, & a wonderful getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Looking Glass Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Grand Haven B&B and Inns
Chicago, IL USA
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic view, great hosts, & a wonderful getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

Enjoyed our weekend away at the Looking Glass Inn! Location is just a bit outside of town so you are close enough to walk in for dinner or a drink but are truly away from it all at the Inn. The patio has amazing views & we really enjoyed our outdoor breakfast with the other guests + relaxing out there after a day of bikeriding. Thanks to Howie & Norma for a lovely stay!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

My husband and I stayed four nights at The Looking Glass Inn to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was our first experience with a B&B and we couldn't have been happier. The owners, Norma and Howie, are friendly and easy-going. They have made the Inn into a warm and inviting place to visit. The decor is tastefully done with a "lakefront cottage" look...very cute! Service is superb! My husband and I loved sitting on the huge deck each morning with our coffee, listening to the waves of Lake Michigan. The view is breathtaking! Breakfast (which was delicious and different each day) is served on the deck, buffet style. We stayed in the Beach Room which faces the lake. The sound of the lake was peaceful and relaxing...just what we needed. It was a perfect way to fall asleep each night. The Inn is within walking distance of the beach, boardwalk, shops, restaurants, bars, and much more. The only time we needed our car was when we golfed. Overall, great place to stay if you're looking to unwind and relax .

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank sredmond83
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Birmingham, AL
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

The Looking Glass Inn was a gem of a B&B. Fantastic Location. The best views I've seen in a while. They have a wonderful deck overlooking the Lake and the lighthouse. The hosts were very hospitable and the breakfast was good. The B&B is located right across the street from the lake and just blocks from downtown. Highly recommended! The only drawback is this is not a friendly B&B for handicap people. There are a lot of stairs to climb. They do have a "trolley" that will take you up to the house, but unloading luggage, etc could pose a difficult task for some. Overall though it was FABULOUS! Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Embree
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Lincolnshire, IL
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

Everything was great during our visit on July 19th and 20th. We stayed in the Lighthouse Room which was clean, peaceful and comfortable. Our delicious buffet breakfast on the large deck had a spectacular view of Lake Michigan from high on a bluff. Grand Haven State Park Beach is right across the road, and it is both expansive and clean. The pleasant, mile walk into town along the Grand River passes ice cream stands and restaurants. Grand Haven, like most Michigan lakeshore towns, is full of nice shops and restaurants. Rosy Mound Natural Area located about 4 miles south offers wooded dune trails leading to a desolate beach and is definitely worth the $6 parking fee. Save your parking receipt, pick up dinner from Fish X 2 in Spring Lake, and eat it by the water at North Beach Park without having to pay if you do it the same day. After dinner, climb up the sand dune stair trail which leads into North Ottawa Dunes County Park. This park also connects with PJ Hoffmaster State Park to the north and Coast Guard Park to the east resulting in miles of trails waiting to be explored on future excursions. Without a doubt, the Looking Glass Inn is a great place to stay for the very best of Michigan’s beaches, towns and parks.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank illinois52
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St. Louis, MO
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2010

My husband and I had reservations about staying here for our trip to Grand Haven, as we are not usually Bed & Breakfast-ers. However, we are SO SO happy that we went ahead and booked a room there for the week. We wanted to stay on the beach, and this inn had the perfect location- right on the beach (Lake Michigan) and an easy walk to the pier, boardwalk, and Washington shops. Everything about our stay there was absolutely perfect- it was the CLEANEST hotel/inn I have ever stayed in, the owners were super friendly and kind, the breakfasts they made each morning were so delicious that we skipped lunch every day so we could really enjoy them, the views from our room and from their huge deck were gorgeous, the decor was relaxed and kind of antique-y but very clean and not cluttered (I'm not usually someone who likes antique-y but I liked this), the common area was large and inviting ( a dining room, a solarium, a living room, and a sitting room looking out to the deck and Lake Michigan). I would absolutely recommend this Inn to anyone looking for a fantastic spot to stay during a trip to Grand Haven- and this from someone who has not enjoyed any previous Bed & Breakfast stays!

*The only reasons I gave 4/5 for rooms and sleep quality were that the rooms were a little on the small side and that the floors were a little squeaky so we were nervous about waking up the other guests if we were up late or up early. However, these were not at all major problems- very very minor.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank hulagirl_stl
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Zionsville, Indiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

A great long weekend get-a-way with my wife. The Looking Glass Inn is perfect if you are looking for great views/location, wonderful hosts and relaxation for a very reasonable price. The owners could not have been friendlier and the food was delightful. Other than the owners, the best part of this B&B is the view of the beach, lake and lighthouse. A short walk to town for nice shopping and more good food. We recommend JW's for a great meal as well. We love going to B&B's and the Looking Glass is now at the top of our list.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wags09
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Spokane, Washington
Level Contributor
124 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2009

My brand new husband and I stayed here for the last night of our honeymoon, but we wished we'd booked more time. The view of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven lighthouse from the rooms and the breakfast balcony are simply incredible. This was not only our favorite B&B of the trip, it was also among the least expensive. Norma was a gracious host, we were a short walk across the street from the beach, and the breakfast was wonderful. I can't say enough good things. We're going back this year for our first anniversary -- and staying longer this time!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SushiFoodie
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Property: The Looking Glass Inn
Address: 1100 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417-1749
Location: United States > Michigan > Ottawa County > Grand Haven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Haven
Number of rooms: 4

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