My boyfriend and I stayed here for my birthday this year. We really had high expectations of Black Star Farms and could not wait to stay here! However, little things added up and we ended up being a bit disappointed on the overall experience when we left. We are not by any means picky people either, we just feel that you should get what you pay for.
It's true what you read and see, this place is beautiful! We loved just sitting out on the porch, taking in the views. The breakfasts are very gourmet, beautiful and delicious. The wine tasting next door was fabulous. We've been to their tasting room quite a few times before, but being guests we were able to experience it a little differently.
I'm just going to list a few things that bothered us during our stay (Capella room):
-A hot room (and Inn for that matter) when we arrived. It took quite a while for the room to cool down once we turned on the AC unit
-A really awful bed. The overall bed frame was extremely wobbly and was quite a bit larger than the mattress size. They did try to fix it the next day but it didn't help. We both didn't sleep well and woke up sore. I think a feather bed on top of the mattress would have helped us.
-Staff that didn't know much about the area close by, only Traverse City. We even asked about the hiking trails on site and she didn't know much about them.
-The restaurant was closed while we stayed, which didn't leave any options to eat on site other then the Cafe, which happened to be closed more then open while we were there. Our last night we ended up at the closest grocery store before they closed at 8p so we could pick up something to eat, which ended up being micro pizzas.
-The muffins we tried our first morning were hard and stale.
-The 'Spa' room shower on the second floor was not fully functional. One side of the wall jets did not work at all
Those are just some of the little things that bothered us, not all of them. We didn't expect absolute perfection, but when we pay $400 a night we do expect a bit of it. Or at least want to walk away feeling like it was. Overall, we did enjoy ourselves and would return to give it another shot. We really would love to experience what many others have here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your ultimate escape in the heart of Leelanau Peninsula Wine Country where you will feel comfortable, pampered, and renewed. Our distinctive Bed & Breakfast Inn nestled below a hillside of vineyards and overlooking barns and pastures, features ten luxurious guestrooms with an exceptional package of amenities. Every overnight stay package includes a gourmet, farm-fresh breakfast, nightly hospitality hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres, a bottle of our house wine, and a VIP tasting at our exclusive onsite Barrel Room, a value of $120! In addition guests receive discounts on tasting room purchases, dining at the Hearth & Vine Café (seasonal), private use of our sauna room, and access to our hiking trails. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Black Star Farms Hotel Suttons Bay