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“Historic Inn”
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Lakeside Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lakeside
Pleasant Gap, PA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Historic Inn”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stayed 2 nights, had reservations for 3. I was not asked why we were leaving early. Our room was very small and we were disappointed in the overall appearance. Definitely did not want the comforter on the bed. The room could really use a real cleaning, dusting, cobwebs. We did eat breakfast one morning in the Inn and I ordered pancakes. They were absolutely terrible, when do you have a hard crust on pancakes? They must have been reheated on a griddle. We did enjoy the large open room to sit and talk, as far as the front porch lined with all the rockers. Very picturesque, but the whole roof had spider sacks on it. The beach was beautiful, the 200 steps were the only drawback. This place could be so much more if they put some money into it. Housekeeping was friendly, would not go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Skokie, Illinois
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33 reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We really enjoyed the gracious and historic feel to this inn, which has been on the Register of National Historic Places as of 2009. The very spacious lobby is filled with craftsman-style furniture and art - so pretty. Our room (#26) was very comfortable, quiet, and we liked having a refrigerator for drinks and snacks. Breakfast in the dining area was good and reasonably-priced (coffee very average, however). The Inn's location is lovely - not only is the private beach a bonus, but the street is perfect for walking, biking, and eyeing the many beautiful lakefront homes. Only suggestion for the Inn - have a daily newspaper for the guests! With no TV (fine with us!), a newspaper would be nice. As for cost, it was a bit pricey, but there are less expensive rooms than ours available.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berwyn
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU….

My husband and I stayed at the Lakeside Inn for two nights. It’s a quaint, 1920s-era building that has lots of charm. The rooms are kind of small, but very clean. The furniture was rather shabby but serviceable. The housekeepers are friendly and courteous. Most of the front desk staff was very helpful and forthcoming with information about the area. Lake Michigan is right “across the street.”

What they don’t tell you is that access to the beach is down a steep ravine that has over a hundred steps, with one stretch of 81 steps without a landing! Lugging beach chairs, umbrella and drinks down those stairs is not for the fainthearted. My husband is 75, and I’m 72 and in pretty good shape, but those stairs going down are pretty scary and going up after a full beach day can be a real challenge.

There is a sign posted on the stairwell (our room was on the third floor) to the effect that no loud music or noise will be tolerated after 11 pm. What they don’t tell you is that the front desk staff leaves at 10 pm, and there is no one on staff in the hotel after that time. You get a key to the front door with your room key so you can let yourself in if you’re out later. The second night we were there, the front desk person left at 9 o’clock; he seemed to be in a big hurry to get out of there; he left the lights on where they weren't needed and didn't turn them on where they would be a big help. There is supposed to be coffee set up and ready to go for the morning, but he didn’t take care of it. We washed out the coffee pot and set up the pot. A small thing, but significant, I think. We told the person at the desk the next morning, and she gave us a 10% discount, which we appreciated very much.

The Lakeside Inn is not cheap; we paid $140 a night for a twin room. There are no TVs in the rooms which was okay with us; we sat on the wonderful front porch and watched the sun go down through the trees. The café is not open during the week, so we had to go out for breakfast which was no big deal.

So there are lots of positives and some negatives. You have to decide what is important to you and decide accordingly.

Room Tip: Room 29 has twin beds. It's the only room in the Inn, I think, that has two beds. The rest are o...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Indianapolis
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205 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2012

This is a historic inn on a lovely property. There is not really a view of the lake from the inn but has access across the road to a very private and lovely beach. We had reserved a third floor room which was like sleeping in an attic and takes considerable effort to walk the stairs. Consequently we asked to be changed to a first floor room the second night (An additional $26). that room was large with windows and lovely dark wood. We did enjoy sitting on the large porch even without a lake view. The restaurant served nice breakfasts reasonably price. this inn is really all about the location and access to the private beach.

Room Tip: Do not reserve a third floor room unless you are agile and don't mind sleeping in a stark enviro...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2011

A group of coworkers wanted to plan a weekend getaway..one not really to far away, but yet felt like it was! This did the trick for us! We went to New Buffalo for dinner, had two rooms between the four of us, played cards, and board games till wee hours of the night... being off season, I was the only one that could take advantage of the second night, free during off season. The weather was unseasonably warm. I made numerous visits to the beach, feeling like I was on this vast desserted island, with not one other person to be found!
Back on the front porch we met some incredibly interesting people. and after a nice dinner out, we came back and cozied up by the fire in the lobby, where we saw no one but us, our books puzzles, (yes, my husbands computer--the only modern electronic we engaged in) I hope to bring another set of friends early Spring!! IT's a terrific piece of nostalgia for me(growing up on a cottage on Lake Michigan) It really did feel like a home away from home!

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor, on the lake side, so we could have a nice view...loved that!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Beautiful Historic Inn, not fancy, but this is reflected in the price. Rooms are clean, but could use some updating. Water stains to bathroom sink, not dirty. Coffee is good, Sitting on the front porch (on a nice day) can be very relaxing, The Inn has private access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Makes for a nice weekend Fall getaway.

Room Tip: Rooms on Lake side are quieter, Garden side you can hear I-94 traffic in the distance.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at this Inn back in June, and it was our first time. We had our 6 year old and 1 year daughters in tow. At first, we were taken aback by the primitiveness of the place/room. Our room consisted of a bed, chair, and a small dresser, all of which seemed to have been in the room since the 1950s. The wood floor looked filthy, but upon further inspection, it was just the wear and tear that made it look like it did. After bringing in our things and making ourselves at home, we felt very comfortable there. The beach is across the street, but down about 100 stairs (no exaggeration); if you are elderly or are carting around small children (and their gazillion beach toys) just know that it might be challenging. (During the summer, the beach is not visible from the inn nor can you hear the waves as we had thought. However, this was not a negative of the place, it was just something we had hoped for.) The beach was clean and was fairly secluded. Our daughters made friends with another family who was staying at the Inn, and we adults got to sit and relax for a few minutes while the kids entertained themselves. We ate breakfast in the restaurant, and it was good; the staff in the restaurant was friendly. However, the staff left 45 minutes before they were to stop serving and some of the Inn's guests could not eat there; that did not happen to us, however. Also, as some previous reviews mentioned, the porch is delightful! I swang our 1 year old to sleep that night in the porch swing as our 6 year ran around catching fireflies. The no-TV, no cell phone reception, no techology part of the stay was a welcome respite from being constantly plugged in as we are normally. (For those who need to be "plugged in" for various reasons, the wi-fi works best in the lobby, and was hit or miss in our room--#8.) We did think that the price was a little steep for what you get, but looking at other similar places on Lake MI, it was probably the most inexpensive. We are not "high needs" people, and have traveled extensively and have stayed in all types of lodging, and we would go back to this Inn. We actually thought about adding an extra night to this trip so that we could stay longer at the Inn.

Room Tip: Walls are thin, so if you want a quiet night, ask to stay in a room away from children or other gues...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Lakeside Inn
Address: 15281 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside, MI 49116-9712
Location: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > Lakeside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lakeside
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Lakeside Hotel Lakeside
Lakeside Inn Michigan

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