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“Shabby in a well-loved way, not for everyone, but we enjoyed it”
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Lakeside Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lakeside
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Having read all of the tripadvisor reviews we knew exactly what to expect when we stayed here, and that's exactly what we got. This building is like a well-loved piece of furniture that has seen better days but that you can't help loving for the nostalgia of it. We stayed in room 28 which was a very good size with a comfy king bed (nice soft cotton sheets, decent pillows) and a refrigerator (many rooms are smaller with smaller beds and no frig, so check the descriptions). None of the rooms have an actual view of the lake in the summertime (maybe some do in winter), but that was OK with us. The room had A/C provided through a wall unit which was a little noisy but worked well. The inn does serve breakfast but it is not included in the room price -- although prices are very reasonable and the food (french toast, fresh fruit, yogurt) was quite good. The inn was not serving lunch or dinner while we were there, but we were there to attend a wedding and the inn's catering company did an excellent job -- the food was great. The inn provides complimentary coffee and tea all day until 6pm. You can also get beach towels at the front desk although if you want a nice plush one you should bring your own or buy one there (they do sell them at the front desk). One thing to note: the inn does not serve alcohol, so if you want to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, bring your own. Also, do not bother asking for an early check-in or late checkout, they absolutely do not accommodate them under any circumstances. The walk to and from the beach was not as big a deal as we had been led to believe -- yes there are about 100 stairs, but the path is paved, there's a hand railing, and it's through the woods -- and when you get to the beach it's absolutely gorgeous with virtually no people on it. We got to see an incredible sunset one night, and the walk back up to the inn was not difficult for anyone who is capable of climbing a few flights of stairs. It's fun to sit on the front porch in one of the rocking chairs and chat with friends over coffee in the morning. So yes, the floors do creak, and yes the bathrooms have some of the original fixtures and the towels are getting a bit frayed, but we would come back in a heartbeat if we were in the area. There's just something about it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

While there is some rustic charm, there is a lot of broken-down-ness to the Inn and the house of 11 gables next door. In a house that supposedly sleeps 10, we tried to sleep well with 7 people and it was tough. There are antiquated springy mattresses on the very small beds. One out of two toilets hardly worked (after having maintenance work on it twice) and the other one was not great. The shower has mold.

While the dining room has a beautiful copper table, the kitchen is pretty crummy and the living room is hard surfaces--a rattan couch, and wood rockers. Cute, but not comfortable.

I suspect there are lots of nicer places to stay near New Buffalo.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Rockers on the porch and swings for relaxing, lodge like atmosphere, definitely a throw back to a time of no tv, internet, or cell phone usage. 150 steps to the water down a pretty steep hill.
Didn't learn that the toilet in our room was broken until 9:30 ish pm when we settled in for the night. Nothing gross, it just overflowed. We called the front desk and got a recorded message. So we went downstairs to the front desk and saw a post it note that said to call #103 or see the night manager in room #3. No one was in room #3, no one answered the phone at #103 except again a recorded message. There was a book in our room that gave some 'alternative' phone numbers. Called a couple of times then when we finally reached someone, he was huffy but said he would be there in 15 minutes. Around 10:30 I had two elderly gentlemen crammed in our tiny bathroom violently plunging. One of them kept flushing making water run all over the floor. There was definitely comic relief in the conversation we listened to for half an hour but after a day of travel and the beach, humor was fading. We inquired as to just moving to another room but received a harsh 'be patient it is only 8 pm' from the eldest man. I glanced at the watch on his wrist which had been put on upside down. It was 10:45. The other gentleman said they were booked and there were no other rooms. So we waited, more thrashing, then finally one of the men emerged sloshing mop and bucket. The oldest gentleman was still flushing the toilet over and over commenting on needing a plumber. We received instructions that a plumber would come at 10 am the next morning and given the plunger. We asked if it was usable tonight, the eldest gentleman said yes and proceeded to flush it again. Yup it flushed without spilling over, we thanked them and they left. The pictures attached are of the dried toilet paper stuck to the floor discovered the next morning. Also, our view less room and the dark hallways.
After a long night on a hard full size bed that passed it's prime decades ago with ancient polyester filled pillows and 100 count hole ridden sheets we were packed and out by 8 am.
I don't mind quirky or rustic but too many things have been unchecked at what probably was a grand resort once upon a time. Now it is in need of basic amenities and at $180 a night, we really over paid.

Room Tip: Can only speak for room #31. Didn't eat in the restaurant.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

There are many places to stay near Lake Michigan in the summer, but the Lakeside Inn is one of the best. A getaway for folks from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana nestled on the sandy shores of the lake. Rooms are nicely redone so each has a private bath and AC. Feels like you are staying with friends not a hotel. Big enough to avoid the awkward feel of a bed and breakfast (no sharing baths or tables with strangers here). Short drive to Union Pier and New Buffalo with great shops and restaurants. Needless to say we will be back again. :)

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I will preface this review by saying that our original plan was to go with friends who have a young child. My husband and I do not. They had to cancel their plans, and we decided to go anyway. We had no prior knowledge of the Inn, and booked it based purely on the fact that our friends had been before. All I can say is that I am now a little baffled as to why they would choose this place. My first reaction when I arrived was "this looks like the hotel from The Shining". It was very hard to shake that feeling. As to the hotel itself, there is no denying it's old. In every way. Decor, plumbing, bedding, furniture, etc. I don't think anything can be younger than ten years. Including the sheets. What I find the hardest thing to understand is why this place is so expensive. We paid $318 incl. tax for two nights. Yes, admittedly it's July so it's peak season, but this place has no amenities. The room was tiny, barely fitting a double bed (definitely not the queen it claims to be on the website), bare floors, no bath, and paper thin walls. The worst though were the apparently paper thin floors as well. If we hadn't seen the family of four coming out of the room above, we'd have thought it was a herd of elephants. As least with the thin walls, we could just say in our normal talking voices how we hoped the people next door would turn the sound down on the movie on their laptop - they obviously heard, and did so. All I can assume about the Lakeside is that it must be the proximity to the lake, and it's own beach. Final word: if you like rustic, Stephen King novels, taking a vow of silence, or paying far too much for the experience, this place is right up your alley. PS: avoid room 6.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is an old building with a lot of charm and history - just right for our stay. And it's located in a beautiful part of Michigan, near good restaurants and shopping and just across the street from Lake Michigan. But some potential guests need to know what to expect. Internet and cell phone service is spotty, dependent on room location, time of day, and other variables - though the signal is generally strong in the sitting area near the front desk. All the rooms don't have television, so if that's important, check when making reservations. I don't think there's an elevator - I may be wrong - but there are rooms on the first floor. The beach is lovely, but it requires a descent (and subsequent ascent) of over 100 steps (the number differed each time we counted!). It's age is part of the charm, but be prepared for vintage stained sinks and a very rugged sidewalk that caused us to stumble a couple of times. They do serve a good breakfast (not included in the room charge) and for our two mornings there we dined in once and then drove to the Swedish Bakery the next morning - we highly recommend it. With all the qualifications mentioned above, we'll stay there again the next time we visit. Charm rules! And we left our laptops home.

Room Tip: There's a LOT of variety in the rooms. Ours was smallish and simple on the second floor, with a...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I just got back from a one nights stay at Lakeside Inn. It was absolutely wonderful. I loved the rustic appeal to it. If you are looking for a modern, hotel feel, you will probably not like it here. The lobby area was gorgeous with antique furniture and fireplaces. My boyfriend and I started a fire and had some wine. It was romantic and cozy. There were not many people in the lobby area so we had it all to ourselves. Our room was a little small and they don't have T.V.s, but that was perfectly fine with us. The bed was comfortable.

Lakeside Inn also has a private beach across the street. We walked over there at night at just sat and enjoyed the water. It was such a calming experience.

I plan on visiting again! Also it is nearby plenty of restaurants and wineries.

Great experience!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lakeside Inn

Address: 15281 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside, MI 49116-9712
Location: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > Lakeside
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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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