I grew up in the Sturgis area. My family and I were in town to visit my parents and attend the St. Joseph County fair. Sometimes when we come to town we stay in a hotel, other times we stay at my parent's house depending on how many people are in town.
The Best Western is one of several hotels that are located around the Howe exit on the Indiana Toll Road. The Best Western is right on the border on the Indiana side (hence the Howe address). If you want a hotel as close to the Toll Road as possible, you can not get much closer than this place (see attached picture). Noise was not an issue. I never heard a single truck. Across the street is a Hampton Hotel. It is just barely across the border in Michigan so it has a Sturgis address.
The Best Western was pretty much what one would expect for a hotel in this price range. It was a clean, well maintained facility. It includes a small exercise room, a room with a washer/dryer, a small conference room, an indoor pool (no hot tub), and a breakfast area. The breakfast was the one disappointment about this hotel. It was a hot breakfast and included waffles, eggs, sausage links, biscuits, and gravy. Despite the fact that the sausage links were like no other I had ever seen, that would seem like a good start for a breakfast at a hotel in this price range. However, there was very little beyond those items. There was no yogurt, almost no fruit, no hard boiled eggs, and very little of anything else. If you want a better breakfast, stay at the Hampton across the street or drive 2 miles or so north into Sturgis and eat there.
We stayed in a room with two double size beds. We would have preferred two queen size beds but doubles are more common in this price range of hotel. The TV was a 20" tube style. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was clean. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel but it does not have a business center. We were not bothered by noise in other rooms or in the hall. There is no restaurant in the hotel but there are vending machines. The Golden Buda restaurant is next door.
If you happen to stay here during the third week of September, be sure to visit the St. Joseph County fair in nearby Centreville. It is an outstanding fair with a 150+ year history. My parents have visited county fairs throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and they believe this one to be easily in the top three if not the best of all the ones they have visited.
The Best Western is a good place to stay but I like Hampton across the street better. When I wrote my review on the Hampton earlier this year, I also included information on all the other hotels in the Howe Indiana/Sturgis Michigan area. Be sure to read my Hampton review listed on Trip Advisor under Sturgis Michigan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to BEST WESTERN PLUS Howe Inn!The Shipshewana Flea Market is just one reason so many guests flock to this Howe hotel, but there’s so much more to explore.Notre Dame draws a big crowd, especially for football games and special events. The Michiana Events Center regularly hosts world-class shows. The local military school, Howe School, is another reason this Howe hotel is committed to being a family-friendly, comfortable destination.The biggest outdoor flea market, Shipshewana, is only nine miles from the hotel. We’re just north of I80/90 and are located on a major route between Chicago and New York. The pool at this Howe hotel is sublime and the perfect place to relax after a day of bargain hunting. We also work closely with the Amish community to make your stay special.Staff members at this Howe hotel are happy to book an Amish buggy tour with dinner at the Amish House. If something outdoors sounds tempting, the region is known for fantastic canoeing, hunting and fishing. The surrounding wildlife areas make it easy to get away from it all.Warmth and hospitality in clean, comfortable rooms is our priority. Many guests choose this Howe hotel because of stellar online reviews, but they keep returning for the personal service. Touches like our complimentary breakfast spread are standard here. Enjoy a variety of breakfast favorites like sizzling hot eggs and waffles, pastries, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, chilled juices and 100% Arabica coffee.We’re also happy to host business travelers at our Howe hotel. Employees of Abbott Ross Laboratories, RV Industries, and Cheese Factory are regular guests here. We take pride in providing every guest with a home away from home. Our service is unbeatable.Whether you’re in town to relax, take care of business or start an adventure, you deserve some pampering. This Howe hotel has everything you need for an unforgettable getaway.Reserve a cozy room at BEST WESTERN PLUS Howe Inn and invite some spoiling into your vacation! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howe Best Western