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Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Middlebury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I have stayed here three times now, in the same suite each time. You will not find a better hotel in the area. If you are visiting Shipshewana, it's only about 10 to 15 mins away in Middlebury. Even if you don't get a suite, they have rooms with a balcony, patio, kitchenette, whirlpool tubs, and it is very clean, very comfortable. The decor is country class.

Stores on site, though a bit expensive, but you can always find some little thing to pick up. Bakery is heaven, restaurant is crowded, but usually goes fast. Very good meals, not gormet cuisine, just down home meat and mashed potatoes kind of food. Always free coffee and cookies in the lobby and everyone is very sweet. View of the grounds and landscaping is relaxing. I will always recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

It had been 17 years since we've stayed at this inn, and even back then, we loved it. They have made it into a Conference Center as well plus added another wing, swimming pool and more. The decor is beautiful. Plenty of seating inside and out if you want to sit and relax, people watch, read or whatever. They have an excellent comp hot/cold b'fast buffet each morning (and on Sundays you will appreciate this because nothing is open on Sundays in these Amish communities) in their large, well appointed b'fast/gathering area. Rooms all have Amish made furniture. If you're short, tho, you may want to see if there's a stool to use because the beds do set up higher than normal, but they're oh-so-very-comfortable! I like that you don't have to wait to be seated at their fabulous restaurant if you're a guest. You just give a time you plan to eat and show up. Even if there's a line waiting (and there always is), if you're a guest and you've set a time to eat, they usher you in right away. Their bakery is fun to shop in with so many delicious choices and it's attached to the restaurant. There are several individual shops on the property as well as carriage rides offered ($) to tour the grounds, which is quite large. The restaurant offers a family style menu, an all you can eat buffet or order separate entrees. We love going here and will return!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Stopped at the essenhaus as part of a motor coach tour. What a wonderful way to spend the last night on the road. My room, 114, is just lovely! The decor, furnishings, comfort, tv, refrigerator, coffee make, iron, mini ironing board, bottle water..they have thought of absolutely everything! Am very sad to only be spending about 12 hours here, primarily sleeping! The bed is just luxurious! Stay here! Come here! Visit! Relax! Sop! Enjoy! Also a conference center. Am certain this would be a wonderful place for a conference, reception, party..

Also ate at the Essenhaus Restaurant. Omg! How delicious! Enjoyed the family style dinner. First course, fresh tossed salad, your choice of dressing. On-site baked bread.. I enjoyed the honey wheat. Got to choose from about twelve pies for dessert. Opted for coconut cream. In the meantime dinner was served: baked chicken (incredible); baked steak (awesome), homemade mashed potatoes, corn, bread stuffing, buttered noodles... Everything was just the best meal of the whole trip... Then dessert came. The coconut cream was just the best.

You wont be disappointed if yiu come here. Enjoy the grounds. Shop if you feel like it, walk, relax, play miniature golf. No matter what, come try it!!

Room Tip: I am in the old section. Check it out. The lobby is like nothing I have seen before.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

My husband and I make a trip each Memorial Day weekend to Amish Country in Northern In. We always stay at the Essenhaus Inn. Beautiful location and grounds. Great car show on Thursday evening and the meals at the Essenhaus Restaurant are wonderful! Best continental breakfast we have found in any hotel! Just walking down the halls is awesome. Highly recommend this Inn for a nice quiet getaway!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I definitely recommend the Essenhaus. I've been coming here for over 25 years and recommend staying in one of the atrium rooms, preferably on the first floor. Then you have easy access to a great lobby filled with couches, chairs and checker boards. We most recently stayed in room 109 and the only negative was that the air conditioning was very loud...but if you like white noise when sleeping, then this room is for you!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013


We spent 2 nights here.It is so wonderful here.The grounds are beyond beautiful.So peaceful and quiet.Once you come you wont want to leave.The shops and restaurant are great too!! !.Make plans to come. We hope to come back next month.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

This is not the first time we have stayed at Essenhaus Inn. It is the same as always. Beautiful grounds, pleasant surroundings, and clean, clean, clean.

I judge a motel/hotel by the carpeting and the bathroom. This was just like home and truly appreciated.

The delicious cookies during the day are fantastic. The breakfast buffet is a plus too. Their food is baked on the grounds and very tasty.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the king room. It would have been nice to get one with a balcony, but they were sold out...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center

Address: 240 US Highway 20, Middlebury, IN 46540-9713 (Formerly Das Dutchman Essenhaus)
Region: United States > Indiana > Middlebury
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Middlebury
Price Range: £56 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests rave about the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center! In the heart of Amish Country, you'll experience elegance and comfort from the moment you walk in the door. Unique decor reflects the local culture and community and adds to the comfort and hospitality you expect in Northern Indiana Amish Country. With 89 generously-sized guestrooms and all the amenities and conveniences guests have come to expect, our facility is ADA compliant.Following a peaceful night's rest, every guest can take advantage of our complimentary breakfast. With an indoor pool, fitness room and therapeutic hot tub, guests have the option of enjoying a variety of down time activities. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Das Dutchman Essenhaus Hotel Middlebury
Essenhaus Hotel Middlebury
Country Inn Middlebury
Middlebury Country Inn

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