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“An Autumn Get A Way”

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The Inn on Madeline Island
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Pointe
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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“An Autumn Get A Way”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

In September, to celebrate our 20th anniversary, my hubby and I spent two nites in room 405 of the Inn on Madeline Island's Lightkeeper building. The deck and comfy chairs were our place to rest after a busy day at Bayfield. The Lake is gorgeous. Our suite was gorgeous, the bed extremely nice, the linens soft and the hottub great. One drawback is there is no elevator so I assume the building is not handicap accessable. If you need a walker or crutches do not book into this property.
We had been there 18 years ago and a lot has changed.
If you go in the fall, most food/coffee shops do not open until Thursday so bring breakfast items to prepare in the microwave. There are dinnerware and glasses for 4. And a refrigerator. On the 1st floor is a big freezer where you can get ice, bring the bucket from your room or just carry the bag upstairs, but it won't fit into the freezer.
The ferry will take you to Bayfield where you will find high end shops, book stores, wine stores and great restaurants. One we enjoyed was Grunke's, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your get the blueberry pancakes, share them as they are SO BIG! Women, spend some time in 'the Ladies' and read all the stickers and posters!
On the Island, the Beach club has a tasty taco supper.
Food at the Pub is great and they make a real 'Grasshopper' with Ice Cream!
If you are visiting in the summer it is extremely busy and a lot to do, biking, scooters, windsailing, and Big Bay state park.
We are looking forward to a return visit next year!

Room Tip: The Light Keeper property has no elevator.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stayed in 405, in the Lightkeepers buidling. A great room overlooking the water. Had agreat meal at the pub. Unfortuneatly, can't recommend visiting madeline island. Not much to do. I would stay in bayfield, take the ferry with my car to madeline island for one day at the most.

Room Tip: Lightkeepers house room 405 was great. Overlooks the water. A little pricey, at $275 per night
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Pros are below. Cons are printed first. All cons are fixable, and if they were fixed, it would make this place pretty nice. Albeit a bit expensive still. Importantly, only rent the "A" units.

On the website it says that all units have a full kitchen... but "C" units do not. They are attached to the "B" units ("B" and "C" units together are the "A" units.) "C" units are side hotel rooms, just a room, with no kitchen. They do not have kitchens and they don't have good views of the lake. Additionally, the doors between "C" and "B" units are just that: doors, with spaces underneath. You will hear everything your neighbors say.

Gas grills did not work and were not used by anyone once in the five days we were there. That really puts a damper on your BBQ plans. Another hapless vacationer must have purchased a small charcoal grill and left it. We used that. I assume the gas grill has been out of business for some time because the charcoal grill was well-used.

There was mildew on the shower curtain and it smelled terrible in the room.

Pros: Nice large space, right on the shore (great sunsets), very close to downtown, pool and hot tub, staff is pleasant (although the manager was annoyed that I didn't understand their bizarre room system because I rented a "C" thinking I had a full kitchen).

Again, this is a nice place. But only, only rent the "A" units.

Room Tip: Only only stay in an "A" unit - the combination of "B" and "C" units...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I will keep this short. Stayed here the last weekend of June. The condo unit smelled of nasty burnt rubber. When I inquired about switching units I was asked to pay more for the upgrade. I declined and was sent back to the rental with a half burnt candle. After checkout when talking to the manager I was told the smell wasn't that bad and it smelled like grandmas house. First off that is poor service right there. They didn't even accept my complaint or ask what they could do to make it better. Instead they will argue with you and make you pay full price. This place is not worth what they charge.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the condos next to the Pub and have stayed there one before. Great location, great amenities and the Pub restaurant can't be beat. My only complaint is how hard it is to get a reservation and the nightly cost. You might as well be staying in downtown Chicago at the Four Seasons for the price but everything is expensive in Madeline because they have a few short months to make their annual money. Overall your best bet on Madeline.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We absolutely loved our rental condo at the Inn on Madeline Island. The large deck faced the lake and we enjoyed sitting out there watching the sunset. The condo itself had two huge sliding glass doors with screens out to the deck. The kitchen was everything you could ask for with full-size appliances and plenty of pots, pans, plates, silverware etc. The bedroom was large with a king bed. There was a loft with two additional beds. The family room area was nicely decorated with plush leather furniture. The bath had a walk in shower and a hot tub as well. It was a very quiet location and very restful. We enjoyed it very much.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the lake side. It is worth every penny.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed in the Lakeside Condos during a weekend trip in October. The rooms were nice and clean, and we enjoyed the walkout deck from our room. The Pub was closeby and served good food. However, the walls are paper thin! We could clearly hear the people in the room next to us, everything from their actual conversations to them walking around in their room. If you are looking for privacy (or the ability to sleep in late peacefully), I would not recommend the Lakeside Condos.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Inn on Madeline Island
Address: PO Box 93, La Pointe, WI 54850-0093
Location: United States > Wisconsin > La Pointe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Pointe
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn on Madeline Island, adjacent to the marina, offers 60 plus rental homes, cottages, condominiums, hotel suites and rooms. Beachfront pool, hot tub and sauna, Tennis courts and gift shop. Year-round lodging. The Pub restaurant is open April through October. Daily summer yoga classes and yoga retreats. Home to the Madeline Island Summer Film Series in early July. ... more   less 

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