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National House Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Marshall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Marshall, Michigan is a charming old town well worth exploring, especially during the holidays. The decorations on the old houses are amazing, and the Main Street is all decked out. The best place to stay downtown is National House. Here you are treated like family. We arrived late without a reservation and warmly invited to choose a room from all available ones. We found the only one with a huge bath tub. The decor was elegant and the room had been freshly updated. All the modern amenities are there, too, without disturbing the ambience.

The building is absolutely beautiful and there's lots to explore in the maze-like interior which is a really cool, creaky time capsule. The breakfast may not be as ideal as one hopes for in a B and B today, but it is well selected and the server is very friendly.

We've stayed here many times and look forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This historic inn located in Marshall, MI is worth a stay just to experience stepping back in time. A former stagecoach stop, at 170 years old, it claims to be "the oldest operating bed and breakfast in Michigan." The inn offers 16 rooms. If you want to experience what that might have been like, stay here. If you prefer amenities like a Marriott, this might not be for you.

Marshall, listed as a "small town gem", has specialty shops, antique shops, tidy streets with beautiful homes, a 2-screen movie theater, a beer brewery, several restaurants and eateries, including Schuler's Restaurant, which deserves its own review, and more we didn't have time to explore.

Upon arrival, our first impression at check-in, was of the beautiful fireplace with a wood fire burning in the entry hall. There are several hotel rooms on the first-floor level, a breakfast/dining area, and a small sitting area. Some of the charms of the inn include the squeaky floorboards and stairs, and the narrow hallways. No elevator.

We selected a suite upstairs near the front of the building. It consisted of 2 rooms, one with a queen bed and the 2nd smaller room with a sofa and small TV. Each of the "rooms" had a 1/2 bath (toilet & sink) & the shower is in its own separate room located near the foyer entry. Originally, we figured, this layout was for two individual rooms which shared a shower. At any rate, present day use is as a small suite. This arrangement was very comfortable for us with the exception of the street lights which illuminated the room even with the blinds and curtains closed. Room darkening shades are needed!

The rooms are not oversized or large. The Inn shows it's age -- the walls, floors, and sinks are not perfect and new, but are worn as you would expect in a historic building. This added to the authentic feel. It is clean and tastefully decorated with appropriate decor of the period. Be aware, as another reviewer advised, the inn is located on a busy road, traffic noise is heard.

We found popcorn offered for the taking in the evening, which was a nice touch. We did not stay for tea in the afternoon. Breakfast was good. Service was great. All staff members we dealt with either at check-in or during breakfast were very helpful and friendly. The inn offers wifi. They also sponsor "rate specials". Would consider staying again if passing through this way.

Room Tip: Room in the rear of inn may help with street noise and street light issues.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

My wife and I took advantage of the Sunday night special at the National House Inn and were able to be lodged in the Ketchum Suite on the first floor. We were very pleased not to have to lug anything up the stairs. Talk about "quaint!" A top hat that looked like Abe Lincoln's, a century old cradle and furniture that dated to the 1800's. We thought Miss Marple might tap on the door any minute. Fortunately, the small bathroom was up-to-date and there was air-conditioning but the lighting in the suite left a lot to be desired. I know Abe read by candlelight but we shouldn't have to. There were a lot of nice touches in this old inn, e.g. cookies and crackers with a delicious spread and hot tea served late afternoon. The floors creaked and the passageways were narrow but what would you expect from the oldest inn in Michigan. One setback--the inn is located on a busy round-about with a lot of traffic noise throughout the night. Overall, a treat but once was enough.

Room Tip: The Ketchum Suite has more space and is on the first floor.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is far more than a mere place to rest after a long day on the road. It is a time capsule, a gem, a restful haven from the cares of the day and a destination.
The staff is exceptional, the owner amicable, and the attention to detail at all levels is evident. To say this was a highlight of our trip would be an understatement.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the fountain and square.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

A really historic inn on the old stagecoach road. It's OLD, so don't expect all the modern amenities of a hotel (although there is free wifi and small tvs in each room)! But it's sooo comfy! One reader said the rooms are dark -- some of the ones we peeked into did seem dark, but in a period way and it would not bother me. The parlors and dining area are great gathering places -- they would be even cozier on a cold night. The innkeepers were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was quite good and included waffles and a hot egg dish, fresh fruit and 3 kinds of juice from which to choose. Fresh popcorn and hot tea every afternoon, too!

Room Tip: If you want a brighter room, spring for the ones on the 2nd floor, especially on the south side of t...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

My husband and I just spent a couple of days in Marshall staying over two nights at the National House Inn. Marshall is a lovely small town and the National House Inn may be the best accomodations available, but you should be aware that the Ketchum Suite is not so sweet. The rooms are dark, most of the furniture would barely hold me at 105 lbs. and the paintings were just plain creepy. We inquired about another room, but there was not one available for both our nights stay. The staff is civil but don't expect warm and fuzzy. The B&B was very clean and the food is good. So all in all not a bad place but keep in mind that a seating area is only useful if you can sit on the furniture.

Room Tip: the rooms on the first floor that we could see seemed much sunnier and more cozy than the ketchum su...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Enjoyed our stay at the Inn. We arrived really early and was able to park our car in the parking lot while we met up with three other couples.
The lady at the desk was very helpful, sorry can't remember her name, even though she was busy cleaning up the morning breakfast, she took the time to tell us about different places we could go for lunch and confirmed our reservations for dinner at Schulers Restaurant.
We had the James W Gordon room, was very comfortable and relaxing room overlooking the garden, it was decorated in the period of the 1800's, Bed was nice and comfortable, my husband was able to sleep all night without waking up. Each of the other three couples had nice rooms. One friend was upgraded to a first floor suite as they were checking in because of a problem with their original bathroom. The Inn has a very appealing old ambiance about it, with big wooden beams and a big old fire place as you walk in the front door. We all came back from a day of walking around the very cute town of Marshall, MI shopping in the antique shops and did some wine tasting from Warners Winery in a room at a flower shop. We all met in the parlor upstairs and sat and talked and had some snacks before dinner, which was quite comfortable like we were sitting in our own living rooms. The location was ideal within walking distance to town, restaurants and across the street from a small park with a beautiful French style fountain in the middle of the park. Even though we didn't go it is not that far to walk to the river walk. After dinner we sat on the front porch and talked and had a really great time. We came down for breakfast at 9:30 and sat around talking after we finished eating. The lady's working at the Inn were all very nice and helpful. I would defiantly recommend the National House Inn to anyone. It is a very nice place for a great weekend get away .

Room Tip: You can go to their web site and see all the rooms in color and each room has its own bathroom.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about National House Inn

Address: 102 S Parkview St, Marshall, MI 49068-1495
Location: United States > Michigan > Calhoun County > Marshall
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Marshall
Price Range: $95 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy simple pleasures at The National House Inn. Read a book on the porch, warm by a crackling fire, relax with afternoon tea, enjoy the delicious breakfast, or treasure some "down" time in one of the parlors. We offer all the luxuries of today with the same gracious hospitality first enjoyed by stagecoach travelers some 170 years ago. We are within walking distance of dining, shopping and many attractions in historic Marshall, Michigan. See why the National Trust of Historic Preservation named our town as one of their "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" in the country! We are in a National Historic Landmark District that includes 850 structures. Do you ever wonder where the fast lane ends? You found it! ... more   less 

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