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Stafford's Bay View Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Petoskey B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hudsonville, MI
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Love it!!!”
Reviewed June 10, 2011

We have been here a few times (my husband and I) over our 8 years of marriage. We absolutely love it! We always stay in room# 7. The malted waffles are to die for for breakfast! Everything is always very clean & well-kept.

Cozy, warm, inviting, relaxing, comfortable, friendly, accomodating...just the perfect getaway place to stay on your trip to Petoskey! Couldn't love it more!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Shelby Township
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

This was only our second stay at Stafford's Bay View Inn and it was just as fabulous as the last time - if not better. The staff is the most friendly and helpful of any we've experienced in the hospitality business. The food was “Food Network” worthy with each meal better than expected. In fact, the food at the Inn was better than found at some of the finest restaurants we’ve been fortunate enough to experience. You have to try the oak planked whitefish. The Inn itself is meticulously maintained and inviting. And the view of Little Traverse Bay was serene. We were truly sorry when it was time to move on. We will definitely be back.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2011

The Bay View was a treat from the moment we walked in and received the friendly greeting from the staff. The room is decorated in 30's style witha sitting area and desk. Four poster,reasonably comfortable bed.Nice and quiet. No TV(in the sitting area on first floor) or phone in the room. But it was nice to come back in the evening after dinner to relax, chat with my wife, and read. Weather was great and the view from the front porch was stunning, Little Traverse Bay,trees,and land in the distance. Minutes to downtown,eating and shopping in quaint stores."Cutlers" was a great kitchen store and my wife loved the quilting/knitting store on 131 just a mile outside of the old town(Calico Crafts, I think. Next to Holiday Inn Express). May was great,not bery crowded. We hope to stay again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2011

We've made the Sunday brunch at the Bay View Inn a tradition on our way home from our Charlevoix vacation. The Inn itself is magical both inside and out. Located on the water it has beautiful grounds complete with flower garden that serves as the background to our yearly family photo. The veranda with wicker furniture is timeless. The Inn itself is charming and elegant. The actual buffet style brunch is delicious and offers so many choices. It's a treat when we arrive and see the owner/chef Stafford carving the ham! It is truly a symbol of quality and I couldn't recommend this any higher!

Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Oak Park, Michigan
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2010

We had a great experience. Nice room, wonderful service in a truly beautiful part of Michigan. It was all around a perfect get away fall weekend.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2009

We were in Petoskey in July (have been there several times) and stayed here for the third time. I think there are only 3 or 4 rooms with a balcony overlooking Little Traverse Bay, and our room happened to be one of them. While the room was only average size, the balcony feature made it a very nice arrangement. As always with the Bay View Inn, all the details of the room were meticulously attended to. I should also mention that the cost of our room was only $165 + tax (unlike the higher prices mentioned in some reviews further down below) which I would consider very reasonable for what we all received. (By the way, we have always had a quiet room on the back side of the hotel, not on the front US31 busy, traffic side.)

In addition to being a premier "country inn" for lodging, it is also the premier place in Petoskey/Bay View for dining -- both breakfast and dinner. We were there on Sat/Sun nights, so included in the price of the room was "Michigan's Best Brunch" on Sunday -- and it really is the best. Owner Stafford Smith was at his usual beef-carving station, as he has been for about 40-45 years now. On other days of the week, the room cost includes a $25 voucher for a first-class country inn breakfast ($25 per room, not per person). I had "Michigan Cherry French Toast" on Monday morning -- excellent.

No description of the Bay View Inn would be complete without mentioning the lovely porch at the side, main entrance -- with those comfortable chairs for just relaxing and watching the waves and activity on the bay. Very soothing. We'll be back again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 11, 2008

We travel a lot for work and for pleasure. We were pleasantly shocked by the Stafford's Bay View Inn. Every amenity we needed, including a great restaurant and bar and walking Trails. A gorgeous property with well-trained staff. We went for a weekend getaway and it did not disappoint. Gorgeous views of the Bay, convenient location within walking distance of good restaurants and entertainment. A fabulous experience.
Very clean lobby and guest rooms. Awsome Housekeeping Staff!!

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Stafford's Bay View Inn
Address: 2011 Woodland Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770-5069
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Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Petoskey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Petoskey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Stafford's Bay View Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stafford's Bay View Inn offers guests the grace and romance of a bygone era, set against the exquisite views of Little Traverse Bay. Some of Northern Michigan's finest dining can be experienced in our Roselawn Dining Room. ... more   less 
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