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Old Rittenhouse Inn
Ranked #2 of 16 Bayfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We went to Bayfield and the Old Rittenhouse upon the recommendation of some friends who have visted both a number of times. Since it was our 20th anniversary, we had our hearts set on the Moroccan Suite or the Ballroom, but both were taken so we elected their adjacent Cottage instead, wanting to stay near the Inn. To be honest, the Cottage was a disappointment as there is no view, and seemed to us to be like an old home rather than an Inn. I spoke to woman who greeted us, and she was more than eager to help us find something to our liking at their Chateau. (When they say it is six blocks away, these are six Bayfield blocks, not Chicago or New York blocks! It was much closer to the Inn than we expected. ) We were overwhelmed by the stately Chateau from the moment we stepped on the expansive porch, and within half an hour, we were out of the Cottage and in the Master Suite looking out over the city and Madeline Island in the distance. They even adjusted the room charges accordingly. We were very pleased with accomodations. The continental breakfast alone was wonderful, and dinner was heavenly.

Room Tip: You cannot go wrong with the Master Suite at the Chateau!
Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Old_Rit_Innkeeper, Owner at Old Rittenhouse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

We are thrilled to hear that our reservation staff took the extra steps in making sure that you were in the space (and building!) that was most comfortable for you. It is always our goal to exceed guests' expectations and we are glad your surroundings helped to create fond anniversary memories. We look forward to welcoming you back when you are able to experience the luxury of the Old Rittenhouse Inn's original ballroom (Rittenhouse Rm 10) or the Moroccan Suite (Rittenhouse Rm 12).

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I wanted to treat my boyfriend to one of my favorite places -- Bayfield. Admittedly, I was a little nervous how the small-town/northern-WI mentality would handle a gay couple. A couple can be less obvious in a restaurant, but checking into a B&B with one bed...well, it's fairly apparent that we're a gay couple.

However, I shouldn't have been nervous. Not once did we receive a sideways glance, a raised eyebrow, or a judgmental tone. Instead, we were warmly welcomed, shown to the best room in the place (XII -- seriously, it's amazing), and invited into the house in all ways.

I'm sure -- whomever you are -- you'll be treated the same: with a warm smile and a generous spirit. We'll definitely be back.

Room Tip: Room XII is a must see. It's worth the price.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Nathan S
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Old_Rit_Innkeeper, Owner at Old Rittenhouse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

We have long been committed to the service of our guests and work every day to instill that culture with our staff. It makes us proud to hear how welcomed you felt and that you were treated with the respect that every one of us deserves. Thanks for the kind words.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at the Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, WI. We were there for the Apple festival. It was the perfect place to be- on Saturday evening, the Bagpipers from Canada came right into the Rittenhouse and performed several selections! (the highlight of our Apple fest) Our room was wonderful! The staff, as always was friendly and helpful. And the food- yes, the food... Something new on the menu- I think it was called the southwest platter? (breakfast) My husband does not normally comment that much on food, no matter where we eat. He said it was the best breakfast he has even eaten. I would agree! Delicious just doesn't even come close!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are beautiful; each one has it's own personality. However, the Morrocan Suite i...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

It's a beautiful old house, we loved it there, our room, No1, overlooked Madeline Island and while not modern as such, it was very nicely decorated in the old world charm way. We had dinner there as well, it was delicious and well priced. Breakfast was also good, we were very happy with the service we received.

Room Tip: I love staying in B & B's ,it's better value for money and the staff are always helpful.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jennilou5
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We spent two nights in this lovely Inn last month. This is a beautiful old Victorian Inn and the staff was warm and welcoming. We stayed in Room 6 which I found to be spacious and comfortable. The only thing, if you like a lot of natural light, select a different room because this one only has one window. Since we didn't plan on spending much time in the room, it wasn't a problem for us. We did miss not having a television, but, we survived. The breakfast that was inclusive with the rate was wonderful and filling.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank bevsouthflorida
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

My husband and I for a honeymoon weekend decided to drive to the Bayfield WI applefest. We were delighted to get the last room available for one night at Old RIttenhouse Inn. Ultra quiet, no TV's and old world charm. This Inn is all about rest and relaxation and our bed was super comfortable. Decor is warm and welcoming.The complimentary breakfast of layered yogurt with fruit and granola, basket of home made biscuits and jam, muffin loaded with fruit in the middle and the best coffee ever was beautifully presented on white linen tables. The waiter was more like an instant friend than employee of a business. Wish I could remember his name. Amazing service. My husband ordered french toast as well as sausage. Generous portions. I could go on but if you in the area or staying in or near Bayfield don't miss a meal there at the least. Dinner is a 5 course and although we did make the evening meal I won't miss it next time. You won't be disappointed in Old Rittenhouse Inn, and I hope if you stay you will feel as special as I did. highly recommend!

Room Tip: Stayed in room "1".
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Booked a room for two nights, stayed three and could have stayed longer. Nice accomadations, great staff, excellent food and presentation. Very friendly people in bayfield Can't wait to return. Jerry the owner. Shook my hand

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank michele467
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Additional Information about Old Rittenhouse Inn

Address: 301 Rittenhouse Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814-5016
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Bayfield
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Bayfield
Price Range: $213 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Rittenhouse Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Rittenhouse Inn is Bayfield, Wisconsin's first Country Inn Bed & Breakfast and gourmet restaurant offering 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage. Accommodations include wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and spectacular views of Lake Superior. A full service restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and dinner, and showcases regional cuisine in season. The Inn is located blocks from Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. This year-round getaway offers seasonal rates and special events. ... more   less 
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