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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We are just now completing a three night stay at Blue Harbor (Aug 12-15). I was a bit leery after reading some of the reviews which perhaps artificially lowered my expectations but we as a family have had a great and relaxing trip in the middle of one of their busier seasons.

We rented the family suite (all comments below relate specifically to this room type) which includes the breakfast buffet each morning and admission to the waterpark. The room was somewhat more spacious than I expected and the two 27" TVs smaller than expected. Our room (#309) has two queen beds that take up approx 60% of the room. The beds have new mattresses and the maid indicated new comforters are on order (per the maid) as the current versions are pretty thin/dated (probably originals). The new mattresses are quite firm. The small kitchenette area has a small fridge (3' tall), a microwave, a small coffeemaker, and a small but deep sink. If you want to eat lunch or breakfast in the room, bring along a kitchen sponge, paper towels, dish soap and you're in business. We used it to store soda, water, milk, and leftovers from local restaurants.

A small sitting area with a loveseat and coffee table is separated from the bedroom by a 5' partial wall. The fireplace (not used) sits in the corner with the 2nd 27" TV above it. The TVs don't have a DVD player as they want you to pay for your movie from the resort. We had a portable DVD player as well as my laptop and did fine. There's a redbox at the nearby Walgreens about a 5-minute drive away.

The balcony is narrow but the lakeview wonderful with the sound of the light surf.

The waterpark is well maintained and sufficient lifeguards watching and willing to rein the rougher horseplay in. They initially had a shortage of towels when we went on Friday night (poor planning) but otherwise seems well run with locker rooms and a snack bar. The arcade which overlooks the waterpark is closed and I did not venture up there to look for a sign with an explanation. There are two body slides, two larger (3-4 stories tall) tube slides) that land into a lazy river with a few splash water features, 3 small slides for kids under 48" in height, a zero depth pool and play area for the wee little ones, and a larger pool with the lilly pads and water basketball courts that were fully in use. The largest attraction is the massive boat near the ceiling that dumps a few thousand gallons of water in one huge waterfall every 10 minutes or so. Kids older than 7 or 8 will probably get bored after 2-3 trips to the waterpark but little ones were having a blast. There was minimal rough play noticed which we were watchful for given the young age of our son.

The outdoor pool is not as large as one would expect for a resort of this size but not as small as other reviews suggest. We'll upload a couple views from our balcony later (if we can). We spent more time indoors since our 3 year old was quite insistent on his view.

The exercise room was a disappointment. There were a couple universal weight machines, two treadmills (only one worked), an elliptical your grandmother might have used, and two TVs in the front. The resort was recently sold and hopefully this room will be upgraded - Holiday Inn Express (anywhere) does a better job generally. Any exercise room needs better ventilation, climate control, and some sort of bottled water/bubbler (i.e. water fountain for non-Wisconsinites). During the summer, there are planty of good routes to choose from along the lake for a walk/run and a far better choice than the exercise room.

The breakfast buffet has cereal and breads; fresh cut fruit (truly freshly cut and not from a bag) of watermelon, canteloupe, and honeydew; eggs/sausage/bacon/biscuits & gravy/pancakes/french toast; and a prepared to order omelet bar. The coffee needs some help but the food was good. The first cereal bowl I took this morning had not been fully cleaned and the waitress took it and apologized. Food quality is good/decent but everything seems to be cooked in butter so it all tastes great and goes straight to making the belly larger for your runway strut in the waterpark later in the day.

Other helpful hints.
- Check-in time is at 4pm and the line explodes about 3:50pm pretty consistently. I saw a few adults (not acting their age) unnecessarily brow-beating the staff who tend to be younger locals. Moral of the story - a bit of understanding/friendliness/patience seemed greatly appreciated. A small (<$5) tip every morning for the maid was met with surprise.
- There's free wifi in your room - helpful when researching local restaurants. We tried Nicky's Pizza, Harry's Diner, and Briscoe County Grill - pretty good food/service at each.
- The lakeside view was nice despite the coal-fired power plant further south along the shore. There's a moderate-sized beach about 100 yards further south that had good attendance and several people had a game of beach volleyball or soccer underway.
- The crowd was family-friendly by and large with kids generally well-behaved and supervised.
- The busiest season for this place (per the staff) are June/July, Thanksgiving/Christmas, and Spring Break. I suspect excellent deals are available in the winter not around a national holiday that gets the kids out of school.

We will be back. Sheboygan is not an exciting town (as the younger locals will attest) but is friendly, safe, good local (non-chain) restaurants, and does not seem to draw the same crazier crowd as the Dells.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We recently took a family trip to Sheboygan and Stayed at Blue Harbor and we loved it! I was a little concerned after reading some of the comments, but after speaking with the staff, I knew we made the right decision. First, I asked the front desk how old their beds were. They explained that all mattresses were replaced this summer. We have small children, the hotel appealed to us because of the water park and all the activities available for them to do. The water park is FANTASTIC especially for smaller children. The life guards are very attentive and very friendly. Housekeeping was always great and answered any questions that we had. Our rooms were maintained daily and we had no problems. I have to say for a family of 5, the restaurants in my opinion were affordable and the service was excellent. The overall impression of the staff was great, staff who passed us in the halls were always friendly and spoke to us. We will deffinitly be back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

We "almost" stayed at the Blue Harbor last weekend. On the way there my daughter asked if I checked out the reviews, and I replied 'No". Big, huge, colossal mistake! She started reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were both horrified at the most recent reviews! I had already given my AMex card numbers and was concerned. The "resort" did not meet our expectations and we were told it was recently bought and the new owners are trying to upgrade it. It is very large and anything but peaceful and relaxing. The outdoor pool was rediculously small and the air smelled of dead fish. Again the outdoor pool was teeny tiny and a strange shape. So disappointing to us sun bathers! The only good part was that the manager did fully refund my card and she was more than nice about us not keeping the reservation. We went elsewhere and had a great weekend!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Our room was lovely and very spacious BUT there was a crusty pink substance on the bed spread (housekeeping promptly changed it).

The beach is in very close proximitiy BUT the sand was littered with hoards of dead fish that washed up on shore. There were also loads of cigarette butts. Gross.

The ad in the elevator that showed the Rusty Anchor restaurant (located in the building) showed delicious waffles and strawberries BUT we purchased the buffet on two days and at no time was there waffles or strawberries. Crayons are available for little kids, but they're used (eeew).

The phone in our room had a button for room service, BUT when we called that number we were told that there is NO room service.

It was a quiet resort, despite having a water park. The kids enjoyed themselves. We probably won't be back though. There just isn't enough other things in the area to keep our family (not the resort's fault though). There is a strip of quaint shops across the way from the resort but so many are closed down.

Room Tip: Bring board games and your own crayons.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

Here for conference so didn't try out the water park or get to enjoy any of the fabulous Lake Michigan options. Conference rooms were average, temperature a bit ill-controlled though. Great views of the lake from my room & some of the facilities. Room was dated and dirty--crumbs all over the floor, lots of sticky surfaces, kind of didn't even want to think about the bed. Furnishings & tv old & worn, no internet. All I'm after is a clean room & keep getting disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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