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.
- 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