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DunesWalk Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Chesterton B&B and Inns
Buffalo, Minnesota
1 review
“Honeymoon”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We traveled from central Minnesota to spend our honeymoon enjoying the sand dunes! DunesWalk Inn made our stay even more enjoyable and relaxing! We loved the charm of the older building but the convenience of it's modern updates.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clemson, South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We have stayed at Dunes Walk Inn a couple of times now. My partner and I meet there since it is about half way between where we're living now. The last time we were there, we got there just ahead of a blizzard. It was quiet and beautiful and a great experience.

I know others have mentioned concerns about noise or security, but we didn't have any of those worries. You can hear cars on occasion (though when you're there in the middle of winter, you don't hear a lot). We did hear trains in the distance, but found that pleasant.

While there is no on-site manager, they do a great job of providing contact information. The area where the inn is located is great for walking and exploring. There are nearby neighbors, but you still get seclusion and privacy. Well, at least we did and there were maybe only one or two other rooms being used when we were there last. The time before there was no one else in the inn.

It is a nice location to get to the dunes, parks, restaurants and other sights in the area.

We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The DunesWalk Inn is more like DunesDrive Inn-- a close drive, but a drive nonetheless. We stayed for 1 night and it was understandably strange arriving to an old renovated mansion with no front desk and a questionable number of guests also staying there. The spook factor of the exterior was removed once we saw the clean, contemporary rooms and the nice accommodations. There is plenty of literature in the front room if you're looking for something to do, and we had no problems accessing the building and our room with the codes provided. Staying only one night meant no problems with room cleaning/replenishment either, but I can imagine that this would factor into the decision if it were a longer stay. On one hand, the price fits the accommodations (beautiful room, bathroom and kitchen) but on the other hand it stings since there is no breakfast included, nor other typical hotel services. I think this hotel is suitable for couples but I'm not sure about families. All in all, it was a nice retreat but the price was a bit high.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

This is an unmanned hotel - all contact is done by e mail.

It is not a walk to the Dunes but a drive.

It faces a very busy state highway and train tracks and the noise can be loud.

Yet it is a former home that is nicely refurbished with very spacious suites.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Ditto the positive reviews re: aesthetics and good karma for fixing up an historic home, but know that your room is not cleaned during your stay. One extra set of towels is provided, but trash is not emptied, floors are not swept (hello, beach sand!), and bedding is not changed.

There is no staff on-site, and our call to management went unreturned. Maybe you could request a mid-stay room cleaning during booking; we just didn't realize that was something we'd have to ask for.

No onsite staff also means a code pad to enter the building, and counting on other guests to lock the door upon entering. Twice we returned to find the front door unlocked.

Overall, beautiful property and comfy bed, but very pricey (over 150/night with the steep IN tax) for no breakfast and no cleaning once you check in.

Room Tip: Our room facing the back of the property (South Shore King) was quiet and had 4 big windows, nice sh...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

First, any place that I can book on line, and then confirm by text - has my business for life. We booked the attic suite, with our 5 year old, and couldn't have been happier with our choice. You can read on their site all about it, and it is all true. If anything, the room is much larger than it is described to be on their site.

Others have complained that their is no one in the building. We loved being the only ones there on a week night.

I also loved the keyless enty system. No key to lose or fumble around with each day.

It is true that it is very close to a busy road. If you need silence when you sleep, you probably already have ear plugs, and you had better bring them. We didn't mind it at all.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed in the Furness Suite and as soon as we walked in the room we loved it. Very impressed. We stayed for three nights. There were only two issues...there was only one mirror in the whole suite and that was in the bathroom and there was a little bit of highway noise, but we fixed that problem by buying a small fan to drown out the traffic noise and we slept like babies. We went to the Indiana Dunes and walked the beach. There is an awesome outlet mall in nearby Michigan City. And you're only an hour away from Chicago for a day trip. I would definitely stay there again. It was very relaxing.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: DunesWalk Inn
Address: 1491 N. Furnleigh Lane, Chesterton, IN 46304
Region: United States > Indiana > Chesterton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Chesterton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DunesWalk Inn - A renovated 1881 Mansion now a 5 room boutique hotel/vacation rental property situated in the Indiana Dunes just minutes from beautiful Beverly Shores Beaches.Retreat, Relax, Renew at DunesWalk Inn at the Furness Mansion. Situated on nearly 4 acres, DunesWalk Inn brings modern amenities and the comfort of a boutique hotel to a historical setting in the Indiana Dunes. DunesWalk Inn is "your home in the Dunes" with a choice of 2 suites and 3 rooms for your vacation stay, or short-term or long-term rental needs. All accommodations are non-smoking and have private full baths, wireless internet connections, and flat-screen televisions. The suites are furnished with kitchenettes and sitting areas. Our first floor "Furness Suite" sleeps five and has a private deck overlooking our picturesque setting which abuts the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In winter, enjoy the private fireplace. The third floor "Beverly Shores Suite" sleeps six and boasts a fireplace, whirlpool bath, and a modern loft-like setting. The second floor offers 3 rooms each with private full baths and two rooms with kitchenettes. DunesWalk Inn also provides our guests with a lounge area with flat-screen television, library, and fireplace; coin-operated laundry services, and vending and ice machines.Minutes to the beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Beverly Shores, Blue Chip Casino and Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall in Michigan City, and countless other attractions in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana and near-by Berrien County, Michigan. ... more   less 

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