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“Could be so much better.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Khardomah Lodge

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Khardomah Lodge
Ranked #7 of 9 Grand Haven B&B and Inns
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Could be so much better.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed at the Khardomah Lodge for one week. The location is excellent, a short walk to the beach and a short drive into town. The neighborhood and beaches are great. The house is large and has plenty of room to spread out, especially on the back deck looking out into the woods and the front porch.

Unfortunately, the house is poorly maintained. Some things could be considered "rustic" and are interesting, others are simply old and outdated. The carpets and floors are dirty and the kids feet were dirty almost immediately after taking a bath from walking barefoot inside the house. The lighting is dim and the decorations are dark wood, making for a dark environment even with the lights on. The front door does not close properly and cannot be locked. The hot water is WAY too hot and is dangerous. Kids in the tub are not safe with water this hot. All of the adults agreed that the water is unnecessarily hot and could easily burn anyone instantly.

This house is adequate and we had fun but there were several things that really need improvement. We expected more for the money we paid.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kevinehrman
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a night while travelling through Michigan and we were very pleased with our stay here. I called around 1:30 the day of our check in (which isn't supposed to be until four) but we were in town early and were seeing if we could get into our room and it was ready and the host said it was no problem which was a great way to start. The rooms are essentially just small bedrooms but they were clean and the bed was comfy. The bathroom was pretty well kept and it was nice that they provided body wash, shampoo, etc. they also have a full service kitchen which was nice for us since we brought our own breakfast food. Overall this is a great place to stay in Grand Haven for a good value.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cwaldron1
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Traverse City
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

While Sally, the manager, tried to make our stay comfortable, the owner launched into a noisy project hammering over our heads until we got out of bed at 10:30 to ask her to stop. Very insensitive to guests. Overall it is rather run down and filled with lumpy furniture and tired linens. The oven in the master suite was filthy. The Khardoma is only for people who like funky, dark, and quirky.

Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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2 Thank Kathleen M
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PetoskeyInnkeeper, Owner at Khardomah Lodge, responded to this review, November 9, 2011
The ladies above came for a night in our Master Suite. They exclaimed when they arrived they loved it, and I met them and gave them directions to the nearby antique shops. Sally the manager said they were "ready to move in" i.e. they really liked it. I was staying in the main lodge, by myself, and there not to renovate but do some cleaning, take apart pictures and clean the glass, put up some shelves, spruce it up. I don't have renovation skills, I did use a hammer for a very short time to hammer a sawtooth on the back of a picture frame. Otherwise, I was by myself, no music on, just quietly going through the upstairs (separate from the master suite). Evidently the noise for the brief time I was in the great room went downstairs and they were sleeping. I stopped immediately when the lady came upstairs. It was quiet through the night. This would allow for at least 9-10 hours of a good sleep. I was sincere in my apology then and the next morning when she brought it up before they left. I personally feel the reaction was in the extreme, we don't get that reaction from guests and it is way much busier in the summer. Not sure what else may have influenced their negative comments. The suite/lodge is not in need of major renovation at all. The suite needs new twin mattresses, which we are pursuing, but other than that, the carpet is clean and the furnishings nice. I will be more sensitive in the future. I have been many places myself that weren't perfect...If someone responds though, why bring it up again and then do something hurtful on tripadvisor? I don't get it.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2011

We felt that this place had seen better days. It is very gloomy and dark.Odd setup with half the doors in the house opening directly into people's rooms. Dont recommend

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Concernedmonkey
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PetoskeyInnkeeper, Owner at Khardomah Lodge, responded to this review, November 9, 2011
Most of our guests do not feel the lodge is gloomy and dark. It is the original wood tongue and groove pine paneling, and like the other cottages in the area, it is what a cottage is supposed to be like, cozy, warm, nostalgic. It is very clean, and the rooms are exactly as pictured configured as they have been since 1925. These are bedrooms/sleeping rooms. The original portion of the cottage is from 1873. Because it is pretty authentic, we have a State Historic Marker. It is important to have realistic expectations so I advise anyone considering a stay to look at the photos and ask questions about it. You need to have a relaxed state of mind, or be willing to adjust a little. I did just spend a few days freshening things up, cleaning, dusting, and moving things around and painting the bathrooms. We do need to keep on top of that. We are especially concerned about keeping the community bathrooms clean too.
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Marietta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2011

The lodge accommodated 45 guests perfectly. We were able to cook, congregate, walk to the lake and downtown. Everyone that stayed loved the lodge and Grand Haven! Sally was very easy to work with and made sure all of our needs were met. Thank you again for providing a place to make our wedding and stay so perfect for all of our guests!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank tamiyoe
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Grand Haven, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2011

Recently reserved the entire Khardomah Lodge for my daughter's wedding reception. Since we had family members coming from several states we wanted everyone in one spot. The Lodge turned out to be the perfect setting. The lodge is so unique! A beautiful quiet peaceful setting just up the road from Lake Michigan, set in the woods. Guests were able to see deer everyday. Lodge has everything needed to make the wedding a VERY special occasion. We hope to make this an annual destination. Highly recommend this to everyone.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank deb0253
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Flint, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2010

We rented the entire lodge and suites for the weekend for our daughter's wedding. We sat around the fireplace, cooked our own meals, and walked on the beach and in the woods. It felt like going back to Grandma's house (with lots of places to gather) and the two families shared days together instead of an hour or two in a formal setting. Though the bathrooms are few, it worked out and we got to know everyone very well! We had a parade after beautiful wedding in the woods back to the lodge (about 1/2 mile) with music and banners. Many people told us it was the best wedding they had ever attended. Thanks Khardomah lodge!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank horserider00894
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Additional Information about Khardomah Lodge

Property: Khardomah Lodge
Address: 1365 Lake Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417-1758
Location: United States > Michigan > Ottawa County > Grand Haven
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Haven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Khardomah Lodge in Grand Haven, Michigan is located 200 yds from Lake Michigan and Grand Haven State Park beach. It is a rustic 4 story building set into the side of a wooded dune. The Main Floor, Second Floor, and a lower level house 15 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, common areas, dining room and kitchen. The dining room can seat up to 45 and has 2 sets of french doors that open to a wrap around wood deck. A private suite is on the lower level with a balcony looking out over a wooded ravine and another suite is at the base of the dune with an out door hot tub on a covered deck. The suites are quite spacious and each has kitchen facilities, living room, cable TV, and can accommodation 4 easily. ... more   less 

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