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“If God sends you to this depressing little town, The Ramsdell Inn is your only chance to have a good time.”
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The Ramsdell Inn
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Manistee
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“If God sends you to this depressing little town, The Ramsdell Inn is your only chance to have a good time.”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Ramsdell Inn is pricey for the town, but not overpriced for the quality of the rooms and service.

Visited Manistee on a weekend in June. My first thought was," Where the hell is everyone?". My second thought was," There must have been a huge fire, or some economic downturn that turned this place into a ghost town." I could not find any evidence of that on the internet.

Back to hotel, building is old, charming and awesome in many ways. Staff is very nice. TJ's bar downstairs has good food and great drinks. Room was very spacious. Bed was very comfortable. Street parking is free.

Room Tip: Sweets receive a lot of light - lot of light.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dannette H, General Manager at The Ramsdell Inn, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Thank you so much for the review. We are so pleased that you had a great experience. Our little town is going through transition it is true, however, so many good things are happening. We hope to see you again! D, Management and staff!
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This is a lovely old building full of history that the employees were so gracious in sharing with us. I loved everything bout this grand place: the loby, the gift shop, the woodwork, the carpeting on the stairs and most of all the room. The only downside is that we are over 350 miles away.

We would love to return again as soon as we can. Great location! The downtown is lovely. Nice shops. 2 bookstores within a block or 2. My wife bought a pair of shoes that she fell in love with next door at Snyders shoe shop. We had an excellent breakfast at Goodys just down the street , delicious! We went down to catch a show at the casino (glen campbell- that too was excellent). We were also delighted to try a pineapple cherry pizza at big Als after the concert.

The bed was the most comfortable we have ever shared outside of home. and the thread count on the sheets was fantastic. Very clean and so rich with history and such a professional and caring staff.. i could go on and on. the stay has inspired us to try to find more gems like this. i hope there are some out there. but the bar has been set very high by the folks at Ramsdell. It is so good to see a building like this made available in this way. fantastic!

thank you so much for a wonderful stay. Next time we will have to remeber to bring our camera.

-greg and linda corsten.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Jefferson. it gets the setting sun and has a great view of the area. it was nice to...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

If I could give this hotel a rating of 6, I would. It is immaculately clean and beautifully restored. The service was incredible and the staff very accomdating. Food at JT's was excellent, as were the drinks and ambiance. We stayed in the Ramsdell Suite on the 4th floor - it was an incredible room, wonderful views, comfortable. The hotel does not have elevators (not permitted due to historic nature of the building) but don't let that keep you away! We were there in the off-season and the rates were very affordable.

Room Tip: The suite rooms are worth the extra $$$
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

This is the place to stay in Manistee. Amazing Victorian Elegance & Spelendor-- I was transformed by the lobby and THEN I saw the rooms. Breathtaking...seriously.....I cannnot WAIT to get back here-This place should be on the Travel Channel. Ask Dannee in the restaurant to see the upstairs if the door is closed. There is an entrance from TJs Pub, which is the gorgeous, totally renovated restaurant downstairs. It has a FULL bar, stays open late, but does not disturb the guests in the hotel. This place is so well planned, renovated and now run by professional women who know how to treat guests. Great for everyone- singles, couples, maybe not families- unless kids are very well mannered. Great escape and absolutely worth every penny that they put in. Upscale, classy clientele. Thank you Dannee for an amazing evening!

Room Tip: Pick your favorite color and ask Dannee for that room. It will surprise you! There are also two ro...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Manistee, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you have never stayed at the Ramsdell Inn I highly recommend doing so! It's such an amazing view of the manistee river...right across the street from the board walk and not far from lake michigan! Just below the Inn is Tj's Pub which is a very classy restaurunt with live blues/jazz music....the building is completly renovated inside however the main floor used to be a bank but is now the lobby...the gift store is insde a bank vault! I stayed in the Jefferson Room which has a fire place inside! They offerd a free bottle of wine 2 entrees and dessert at Tj's pub and a free breakfest at Goody's Juice and Java on valintines day! What an awesome stay we had!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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314 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Old bank building that has been renovated to an inn. Nicely done. Lots of steps. No elevator. Even inside the individual rooms there are steps from bathroom to bedroom, probably to allow for the plumbing. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and I did know it in advance. Each room is decorated differently which adds to the charm. The suites are superior, for size and views, although I thought it a bit strange that in the sitting area with fireplace, there was not a television. The TV is located in the bedroom. Location is perfect. Center of Manistee. Warning - there is nothing going on in Manistee during the winter. Many closed storefronts.
My biggest complaint was lack of staff. I checked in at usual time, between 3 and 4:00 in the afternoon. There was a note on the desk that if help was needed to go below to the pub (inconvenient if you are hauling luggage with you). The key was handed off to me and I trekked up to the 4th floor Ramsdell Suite alone. I'm ok with this too. What I didn't like was that I was told parking on the side street by the entrance was permissible but during the winter you were only allowed to park on one side and it changed from day to day AND the owner/hostess wasn't sure which side it was allowed on that day. There was another parking lot up the street (on a hill with slippery sidewalk). At night, there was no one on staff, so if you had a need or emergency, you are on your own. In the morning, staff came at 10:00 am. What happens if you have to check out before then?? No instructions were given. No continental breakfast, unless you think Nutrigrain bars and ( many days) old muffins count.
Winter rates are reduced. If I had paid full price I would have felt very disappointed.

Room Tip: Suites are larger, better views, better lighting.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2011

This hotel is over priced for it's location. Manistee is so small that a cab ride to a less costly hotel is far more sensible. I love Manistee, but was disappointed by this unique hotel. Just my two cents, clearly in contrast to many.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Property: The Ramsdell Inn
Address: 399 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-2737
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Location: United States > Michigan > Manistee County > Manistee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Manistee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unique property was developed into a charming boutique hotel in 2004. In 2008 a 50 seat restaurant was added. The pub is situated in the "below street level" space. The rooms are generous with classic decor and 20 foot ceilings. There are standard, fireplace and suite accommodations to chose from. There is a large lobby over looking the main corner in the downtown. This property is a short walk from the Lake Michigan Shore. A Riverwalk/boardwalk is situated just a few steps in front of the hotel for your strolling pleasure. A Casino is located within 7 minutes and their shuttle will pick you up! Rooms are set up with coffee, alarm clocks, cable television, dvd player, WiFi. 4 rooms and 2 suites offer an electric fireplace. Linens are lush, mattresses were custom made for comfort. Please know, due to our Historical designation Elevators were not required. Restored staircases lead you one or 2 levels up to your room. ... more   less 
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