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Review of Ephraim Shores Resort

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Ephraim Shores Resort
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Ephraim
Certificate of Excellence
chicago
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We come here every year!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

We have been coming to Door County since 1992, and have stayed at Ephraim Shores almost every time. Ahh . . . where to start . . . the hotel is always clean and facilities are always functional. But that is not where its charm lies. Its charm lies in the people. The same people are there year after year. They know you when you get there and are always incredibly friendly. It's such a homey atmosphere - it's become a major reason why we love Door County. The location cannot be beat - across the street from Eagle Harbor and their private dock, complete with adirondack chairs set up to allow guests to contemplate life and recharge their battery. Love it Love it Love it.jk

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Jolynn N, Manager at Ephraim Shores Resort, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thanks for staying with us year after year! We appreciate your patronage. We do have a great spot on the water to watch those beautiful sunsets and to contemplate life. :) We are happy our friendly staff makes your stay here feel like home. Thanks again, and hope to see you again soon.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

We spent several nights at Ephraim Shores and enjoyed our stay. The motel is in an excellent location--across the street from the bay and near lots of Door County attractions. The rooms are good-sized and clean. The decor is dated, but the carpet is new (some older reviews mentioned worn carpet). We had an upstairs queen room with partial view. The view was actually much better than I expected, especially from the room's private balcony.
The motel has a private area on the shore with lounge chairs and adirondack chairs--perfect for watching the sunset. There is a restaurant in the motel and some others within walking distance.
There is a large indoor pool, video games, and exercise room, but we did not use any of them.
The room included a small table and chairs, a small refrigerator, microwave, and old-style TV.

In looking at other reviews for this property, it appears that the only negative reviews were actually for the restaurant, NOT the motel. The Trip Advisor ranking should be higher.

  • Stayed September 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
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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98 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was our first stay at Ephraim Shores. It's ideally located offering close proximity to several restaurants & shops. The front desk was friendly & attentive. Lana was so accommodating! We settled into our room quickly & opened up our door to the outside to feel the lovely breeze & look at the view of the water. The motel has a grassy area in front & on the side with multiple chaise lounges to use. You have to cross the street to get to the beach area & there were chairs to sit in there as well. There's also a playground area for children on the side of the motel. There's an indoor pool & whirlpool but we didn't use either so can't comment on them except to say the pool seemed a bit cloudy the day we looked at it but the whirlpool was crystal clear.
We ate breakfast at the restaurant above the motel all three mornings we were there. Everything is home cooked & the breakfast were delicious. A vast array of dishes from savory (ham, hash browns, eggs, sausage, etc. to cherry pancakes, home made coffee cake or French toast)to sweet.. The wait staff were all smiles, friendly & helpful - even giving history of the area! Prices were very reasonable & we received a 10% discount b/c we were staying at the motel.
We really had an excellent stay & will most definitely return in the future. My only wish was that the bed was a bit softer & this is particular to me - the bed was very firm. However if my choice is too soft a bed or too firm, I will take firm any day. We did not ask if there were other rooms with different mattresses though as it was fine once I fell asleep.
Housekeeping did an excellent job of restocking the room w/towels, coffee, shampoo etc. They too were friendly & helpful.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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1 Thank meow88
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IowaUSA
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

My husband and I decided to take a few days for a quick trip to Door County, WI. What a great idea! Ephraim Shores Motel was perfect for a great view of the bay. The little out door patio was a great place to watch the sun go down. The only thing I would like to see changed in the rooms is a bigger TV. Now granted, we didn't watch a whole lot of TV, but when we did, we would have appreciated a larger screen. The restaurant's menu was more than adequate and the staff was pleasant. Overall, a charming place to stay. I would highly recommend!

Room Tip: 2nd floor offers a great view of the bay! Very quiet rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CrazyCatIowaUSA
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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

stayed over Labor Day weekend. excellent customer service and clean rooms. We've stayed in the past and our trip this time was same service and predictable clean room. Bag of cherries is a nice touch.

Room Tip: ask about water view and location of the water view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JM135178
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ephraim Shores is a perfect spot for your Door County trip. Located in the Village of Ephraim, it is within walking (or riding on the complimentary bikes) distance of charming shops and restaurants as well as the beautiful beach and vistas of Green Bay. Water sports (kayak, jet-ski rentals are available just down the street) and the hotel's private beach provides comfortable chaise lounges for guests.

Front desk staff was efficient and was able to make our room available prior to posted check-in time. The room and overall grounds were clean and well cared for. Amply sized patios provide room to sun and enjoy the gorgeous views. The hotel offers an indoor pool and hot tub/spa as well as outdoor gathering space, dining tables and play area for children.

Whether you want to stay in Ephraim or use the hotel as a base for exploring other parts of Door County, the Ephraim Shores is an ideal place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Webster Groves, Missouri
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

We love to come back to this area of the country about every 2-3 years. When we do we always stay at Ephraim Shores Motel every time. We love the location, cleanliness, friendliness of this quiet place. It has everything that my small family could ever need to make a comfortable stay while we of explore all that the peninsula has to offer in Door County. We've stayed here on our last 3 visits to the area. This last time we opted for the King room on first floor with the harbor view. It was on the corner just next to the pool. It was a wonderfully spacious room. Love the motels central location, friendly staff, the beautiful harbor views, and the lovely small quiet village of Ephraim with its close proximity to Peninsula State Park. We will be back to the area again and you can bet we will stay here at Ephraim Shores Motel. Even though I've eaten in the upstairs restaurant on some of our past visits (and it was very good) we didn't eat there this time around because we wanted to try other places. There are so many good restaurants to try on both sides of the peninsula.The Old Post Office was only a few doors down and within easy walking distance so my son and I enjoyed a special breakfast there one morning. Since most places in Ephraim don't open until 8:00am I also loved my early morning harbor walks to nearby Leroy's Coffee House (7 am coffee!) for some of the best coffee drinks and muffins from Top Shelf that you will find on the peninsula. Keep up the great work Ephraim Shores. We have way too many sweet family memories from your special motel!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ephraim Shores Resort
Address: 10018 Water Street (Hwy 42), Ephraim, WI 54211
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Ephraim
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ephraim
#8 Family Hotel in Ephraim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 46
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