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“Island View In Bayfield WI...A Big Disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island View Lodging

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Island View Lodging
Ranked #5 of 15 Bayfield B&B and Inns
Bayfield, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Island View In Bayfield WI...A Big Disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

We booked a room at Island View in Bayfield WI for four nights. One of the things Island View boasts about is the "full breakfast delivered to your suite in a covered basket at 8:30 AM". On another page of their website they state a "Gourmet breakfast utilizing local foods", which implies the breakfast is skillfully prepared using high-quality or exotic ingredients. Unfortunately, that is a tall tale. An example of a breakfast that we received after 9:00 am came in an uncovered basket and consisted of two waffles with barely a tablespoon of ice cold syrup and a handful of unripened wilted strawberries.

"Quiet and peaceful" is another claim that they make on their website. The second night of our stay, two guests checked into the lower unit directly below ours. They stayed up all of Wednesday night, running in and out, slamming the door, yelling and acting like idiots with one of the Island View owners!

The Island View website also claims that they offer "natural soaps". We wouldn't know, because the only soap that we found was a mostly used broken bar in the shower.

The young woman that checked us in and brought the breakfast each morning was nice enough, but had almost zero skill in hospitality. The potential for a nice B&B is there. They just need to live up to the claims made on their website and get lessons in hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank G S
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Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest, and in your case we failed. I like to apologize for the experience you had.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I invite you to give us another chance.

If time permits please feel free to contact me at 715.779.5307

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

I just spent a great weekend here, the breakfast was perfect and they found me an awesome boat captain to tour the islands with. Highly recommend this as a place to stay in bayfield!!! Their commitment to making your vacation as enjoyable as possible is top notch!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Naxirith
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Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest and happy to read you enjoyed your stay.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I hope to see you this year!

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Rochester, Minnesota
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We just returned from a stay at one of the detached cottages........the Madeline. Clean and well furnished. Breakfast was great, but could be delivered earlier. On our arrival no one was there to greet us.......we called the "emergency" number and were told that the keys were hanging on the board to let ourselves in. They offer chairs to sit and view the lake, but you cannot see thru the overgrown bushes. The first few days were cool and rainy so no air conditioning was needed, but we soon discovered that the air conditioner did not work and when we called to report it no one returned our calls so we checked out a day early.......we were not charged for the early departure. Customer service lacking......for the price we would not stay again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Diane G
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Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest, and in your case we failed. I like to apologize for the experience you had.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I invite you to give us another chance.

If time permits please feel free to contact me at 715.779.5307

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

The location and views are absolutely perfect. The rooms are large, with a separate bedroom. The kitchenette is well stocked. It included a coffee maker but no coffee! Fortunetly there is a grocery store in town. There is a fire pit with wood furnished. The place has 3 cabins and 2 up/down units attached to the owner's house. We stayed in thee attached unit, down. The only complaint on the location was the owners smoking on their patio, which drifted into our unit until we closed the patio door. The other big complaint was breakfast. It wasn't delivered until 9, and consisted of a cup of a quiche (very good), 4 small pork patties (cold & greasy)' and a pint of applke juice (don't like, but wasn't asked). The second morning we didn't wait around to see what was offered. We had breakfast at a local restaurant.. For the price, I'd not go back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Karen D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest, and in your case we failed. I like to apologize for the experience you had.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I invite you to give us another chance.

If time permits please feel free to contact me at 715.779.5307

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Chicago
Level Contributor
36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, this B&B has two rooms in the main house, and three cabin suites nearby. We stayed in the Basswood, which had full kitchen and living room, along with a bedroom and a private bath. The rooms were clean and nicely appointed. Breakfast was delivered each morning directly to our cabin. They have direct beach access, kayaks available for rent, and several fire pits and chairs nestled in the property for enjoying the view of the lake. By being up the road from downtown Bayfield, you are not in the middle of all tourist bustle. Nayt, Megan and their two boys work very hard to ensure that all guests enjoy their stays.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ChitownMomma
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest and happy to read you enjoyed your stay.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I hope to see you this year!

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

My girlfriend and I just visited here for my birthday. It was located just a mile north of Bayfield which tends to be quiet year round although touristy in late summer and for Apple Fest in October. Anyway though it was a mile away it seemed completely tranquil in its location and almost remote you might say. Anyway if you're looking for reasonable rates for quiet getawayss at a private cottage or even a bed and breakfast I would highly recommend this place. We were kindly greeted by Denise and her husband Jeff who run the place and shown the property which was overwhelmingly tranquil. We stayed in the Madeline Suite cottage which offered a private deck and modern amenities all round from a fully functional kitchen, comfy bed and furniture, clean bathroom and living room areas. Furthermore there were great views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands nearby as well as a small beach area to lounge about it and a wooded pathway to and from the beach area with Adirondack chairs to lounge in as well. Great weather and gentle breezes also added to the scenery. Jeff and Denise are very willing to offer you their assistance in anything you may need and they also provide you with plenty of brochures or chamber of commerce info for happenings and place to eat in the area. Bottom line is its a great place to stay and we will hopefully be back someday.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Phil G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest and happy to read you enjoyed your stay.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I hope to see you this year!

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We stayed at this inn in February for Book Across the Bay weekend. What a great find! It's literally right on the lake with such beautiful views and a fabulous deck for relaxing. Lots of woods surrounding the inn, so you feel a bit off the beaten path. Yet, it takes just 2 minutes to drive into Bayfield. We had 3 people in one room, but the living room, bathroom & bedroom are all large and roomy, so we didn't bump into each other at all. Since breakfast is delivered to the room, I didn't have high expectations. But the food was really fantastic. Bacon & cheese strata, stuffed french toast, fresh berry & yogurt parfaits. Coffee maker, microwave & fridge in the room, as well. The hosts were really nice, and very accommodating to our schedules each day. The only downside is that I found the bed too hard, but my husband loved it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank SusanMacWI
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Innkeeper-Mark, General Manager at Island View Lodging, responded to this review, February 18, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your experience on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our guest and happy to read you enjoyed your stay.

Island View has undergone changes in management since your visit. I hope to see you this year!

Happy Travels,

M. Andrew
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Additional Information about Island View Lodging

Property: Island View Lodging
Address: 86720 Island View Ln, Bayfield, WI 54814-4500
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Bayfield
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Bayfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island View Lodging ~ Suites & Cottages is the perfect getaway to enjoy Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands with beach access directly in front of your suite! Make Island View your destination for a few days or weeks. Any season is ideal for a visit! ... more   less 

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