Booked a 3 night weekend stay, traveling with hubby on business. (June 2013) I'll 'fess up and let you know that it was our first B & B experience in 30+ years of business travel, so we didn't know what to expect. The owners, Tony and Michelle, did not disappoint! They are warm, welcoming, and attentive to their guests needs from the moment you arrive (without being intrusive). You can tell they've love what they do, and have been doing it for many years.
The house is a tastefully appointed, well kept craftsman style from the early 1900s. (No "fru-fru frilly ruffles here!) The grounds around the building are well kept and the rose arbor was in beautifully in bloom. Did I mention CLEAN? Spotlessly clean, everywhere. Passed my "white glove - sniff test" right away! (Thank you, Michelle and Tony!) There is ample parking for guests, and they even made provisions for the large van and 18' cargo trailer we were traveling with.
We stayed in the Dornbros room (Largest, on first floor with private bath), and even though we were on the first floor (closer to possible street noise) it was quiet and very spacious. The linens and blankets were in newish condition, crisp and clean, and the bed and pillows just the right level of firmness. Our room had both an air conditioner and a ceiling fan for our personal choice of comfort level. The windows opened for the option of allowing the cool evening breeze to blow through the lace curtains. Ahhhh.....
Breakfast was indeed a treat! I'm a "foodie", and really appreciated the attention to detail, the different choices each morning, and the absolute freshness of everything served. Our breakfast was far and away better than anything I've ever been served in a 4 star hotel, and would qualify as gourmet by most standards, but still with the charm and intimacy you would hope for in a B & B setting. Delish!
Snacks, fresh coffee, tea, and ice cold water was out and readily available during all hours of our stay.
The Inn is located just blocks from the waterfront and downtown shops and eateries. Walking distance even for this ol' ample bodied baby boomer.
All in all, a delightful stay. We're already planning to book early for next year.
Other B & Bs are really going to have to step up to the plate after this one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic lodging located in one of Lake Michigan's most beautiful resort towns. Quaint, 1902 post-Victorian, 5 room inn, a short walk to shops, pubs and waterfront. Seasoned innkeepers having hosted guests for 30 years. Private and shared baths, full breakfast and snacks available throughout the day. 4 common rooms to rest & relax. Front porch. Come & enjoy beautiful Grand Haven in our historic home. ... more less