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“Best time in White Bear Lake Best Western” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn

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BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in White Bear Lake
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
“Best time in White Bear Lake Best Western”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Thanks to Nick Giusti at the White Bear Country Inn we have never enjoyed a stay as much! Nick took very good care of us. We have known Nick for the last 5 years while coming to visit in White Bear and he always remembers us. It's like coming back home again and again.... Thank you Nick for the nice experience you and the staff do a "Great Job"

Cheri Wolkerstorfer
Bonita Springs, Florida

Room Tip: Rooms are confortable and well equiped with everything you might need.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Cheri W
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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White Bear Lake, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Pool was closed and staff didn't know if or when it would re-open. We booked a poolside room and there was a wedding reception right next to us. The noise was so loud it shook items in the room. people lingered outside our room until after 2am when hotel staff assured us that wedding guests were required to go to the bar after the reception. Hotel was booked and there was no attempt to accommodate us or our small children (8 months and 5 yrs).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeremy S
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BFoussard, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I have reviewed your concerns with our staff and found that the pool was closed for a few hours due to an accident in the pool by a child. Being that health and safety are number one we followed all requirements set by State regulations to assure that all guests would be safe to reenter. Unfortunately we have no control over issues as this and fortunately it is a very rare occurrence. We do apologize for this inconvenience. I spoke with our Front Desk Manager as well and he has indicated that he spoke with your personally and explained the situation as well as offered a complimentary overnight stay. We truly care about our guests and want to provide the highest quality in customer care. When ever you are here again please call me directly and I will do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable.

Sincerely
Bill Foussard
Owner
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White Bear Lake, United States
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

The room had a nice décor generally. The pillows were all (and there was at least 8!) hard, puffy types that make my neck ache in the morning. The biggest issue - the A/C sounded like a truck when it turned on and it cycled often. Whether set to 78 or 60, it poorly regulated the room temp and kept me up all night. If I turned it off the room got too hot. When I reported the situation to the staff I received the standard " we'll have maintenance look at it" reply. The restaurant is great. The hotel is managed for looks not guest comfort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Harry W
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Glenview, Illinois
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141 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

The web site makes this look like a really special property. However, the reality doesn't live up to the virtual. Some of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Others didn't seem to know what was going on...or even care.

We had a "king" room, but only the bed was king-size. The room was tiny and crowded. Like so many hotels these days, this one thought it would be impressive to pile the bed with unneeded linens and pillows. They filled half the room when they were removed so we could go to bed.

The hallways seemed narrow, especially when filled with so many carts and staff standing around talking. It was a challenge getting to our room. At night the hallways were LOUD with guests running and yelling until after 2 am.

The free breakfast was mediocre. Orange juice ran out. Scrambled eggs were cold and dry. The pancake maker didn't work right. Lunch at the restaurant seemed overpriced for the quality of food that was served. At least the server was attentive and pleasant.

I've never been so glad to check out of a hotel as I was this time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pvrlover
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BFoussard, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
I am so sorry to hear your concerns in regards to your stay. I have discussed your comments with our General Manager with regards to your comments of the staff and how we can assure that all are providing the highest quality of customer service. I apologize for any noise issues in the future please call the front desk immediately and they will take care of any disturbance. As far as the pillows and linens it is a brand requirement we must comply with. Please call me directly at 651-429-5393 ext 403 and I will do everything possible to make you happy. I appreciate you taking the time to post your experience as this is how we continue to grow and improve.

Regards,
Bill Foussard
Owner
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We have a neurotic Chihuahua and specifically asked for a room away from the commotion. So what do they give us? A room next to the pool, complete with kids squealing and doing cannon balls for hours on end, just feet from the window. We had to leave for a few hours, not only to calm down the dog, but also ourselves. Needless to say, we did not use the pool or hot tub. $135 for a lousy experience. Never again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joan S
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BFoussard, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Joan S
I am so sorry to hear that your stay did not meet our high quality standards. I am the owner Bill Foussard please call me directly at 651-429-5393 so that we can discuss your stay and concerns in greater detail. I promise you that I take all comments to heart and will do everything possible to make our guests happy. We strive to offer the utmost in customer service and to make each and every guests stay enjoyable. Again we apologize and I look forward to your call.

Sincerely
Bill Foussard
Owner
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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

We have stayed here at least 6 times and have always had a great experience. The last two times we have forgotten items in our room when we checked out. The first time they mailed a bulky item to us. The last time my wife left her rings in the room. When we returned, the manager (Nick) and housekeeper (Bridget) went out of their way to find the rings and get them to us. We also recommend the in-house restaurant, Rudy's Redeye Grill - dinner and drinks are always excellent!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Ken W
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here for three nights while my husband attended a training about six blocks away; the location was close to his training site, but it was quite a trek to any of the kid-friendly Twin Cities activities that we scheduled (Children's Museum, Mall of America, MN Zoo, etc). For that reason,w e probably won't stay here again unless we have business in this part of the metro area; it's also a couple of miles to the interstate, so there's not really the easy-on, easy-off appeal of many other regional hotels.

The pool area looks nice, even if you do feel a little exposed while using it -- all rooms overlook the area, and breakfast seating surrounds it, plus the acoustics are just terrible. Sound travels! And the area was busy every night, making it impossible for us to put our toddler to sleep before 10 pm on any of the three nights we were there. Also, there are no windows to the outside world, which takes a little getting used to!

Breakfast was OK; there was a very sour woman working the breakfast are on our first day, stomping around and generally acting put-upon. The tables were sticky. On days 2 and 3, different, much friendlier women were working, and everything was clean and orderly. The variety isn't great. But there are fridges in the rooms and a microwave in the breakfast area, so you can supplement with your own food if you'd like.

The staff was great about letting us stay in the same room for 3 nights, even though we'd booked a different room for the 3rd night (personal use, not business). But they could have given us more warning about the parking lot resurfacing taking place while we were there... we returned from a long day of travel to find most of the spaces blocked off, with no indication of where we could park instead. This could have been handled better.

All in all, it wasn't a terrible visit. Plenty of pillows, towels, blankets on the bed. A decent amount of space for your suitcases, and there is a nice-looking rooftop restaurant that was busy every night. McDonalds right next door. Nearby Walgreens and downtown shopping area.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the pool area, which is open until 10 pm for kids and 11 pm for adults. We had a...
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Green Features: The usual disposable breakfast set up. Nothing exceptional about their environmental practices.
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank babuma
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BFoussard, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you so much for letting us know your concerns. We do have many rooms that do not over look the pool area and that have windows that do open to the outside, please next time let our front desk staff know your preference and they will do everything possible to make sure you have a room that you like. I have discussed your other issues with our staff and have reiterated that our goal is to offer the highest quality of customer service at all times. Again thank you for taking the time to submit your review as this is our greatest tool to continue to improve and meet our guests needs.
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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn
Address: 4940 Highway 61 North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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Location: United States > Minnesota > White Bear Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in White Bear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS White Bear Country Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As of January 15, 2013 we have become a smoke free environment. We are are "Green" property. We allow small pets. Located 15 minutes from downtown ST. Paul and 20 min from Minneapolis. ... more   less 
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