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The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Glen Arbor B&B and Inns
Chesterfield, Missouri
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18 reviews
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“An Example of Unequaled Kindness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

My wife and I just returned home from a long enjoyable weekend at The Sylvan Inn and I have an experience to share which epitomizes the character of the innkeepers at this outstanding home away from home. We had gone for a drive to see the fall color and stopped by the side of the road to go for a short hike. Upon returning to the car, I discovered that I had left the keys to the car sitting on the driver's seat and had locked the car doors to take our hike. I remembered that I had an extra car key in my backpack back at the Inn, but knew Rose and Ralph, the innkeepers, were busily accomplishing a full day of chores and checkins of new guests. I hesitatingly called the Inn and explained my situation to Rose on the phone and within minutes Ralph was in the car with my backpack driving to our rescue. We were stranded a number of miles from the Inn and it was an adventure for him to find us out on the back roads in Leelanau County, but he made it in record time and we were on our way with only minimal delay from would have been a real blow to our weekend trip if we would have had to wait for a locksmith. Ralph arrived with a big smile on his face and words of humility when we praised him for his selfless and gracious efforts. He and Rose had done us a tremendous service above and beyond the call of duty and we were exceedingly grateful for their efforts and somewhat humiliated because of my careless act. This example is just one of many which exemplifies the kind of people that Rose and Ralph are and also shows to what lengths they will go to make each guests stay as enjoyable as possible. We have stayed at Sylvan Inn many times in the past and hope to continue to do so into the future, as it is a truly delightful place to stay and the innkeepers are second to none.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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CA
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174 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2012

My son stayed here 2 weeks prior, highly recommend it. So I tried the shared bath which I never did before. 4 rooms upstairs share 2 bath, and was no problem at all. The owners Ralph & Rose are just so wonderful, made delicious breakfast every morning. There are 5 kinds of fresh fruits every day, she freshly baked scorns. Also yogurt and cereal, very healthy and yummy!

Rose always went out of her way to help us on planning sightseeing. Print out all the information, print out maps, call them to get their hours etc.

Each room is decorated differently, they are all beautiful. Also very clean, nice plush towels. I would stay here again if we come this way. Thanks Rose for your great hospitality!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kalamazoo
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

I have been coming to The Sylvan Inn for 11 years now. Won't consider staying anywhere else. Anything you need, Rose will get it for you. The rooms are comfy cozy and very clean. The porch is perfect for breakfast and to relax in the evening with a book. Walking distance to the cute little town and short drives to the whole Leelanau peninsula.
Breakfast is great with fruit and my favorite the Gouda cheese with multi grain bread. Perfect to start my hike or bike trip. There is always Cherry Republic hot cocoa or tea on a cool evening and juice in the morning.
I'm glad I found this treasure 11 years ago.

Room Tip: Not a pool but a hot tub and very nice on a cool fall evening. All rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank susan s
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Carmel, Indiana, United States
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

All in all, this was a lovely place to stay. Rooms were beautiful, clean, and well appointed. The property is located right in Glen Arbor, and it was easy to get just about anywhere. Most local restrauants and shopping was within walking distance, and the Inn is a block from Lake Michigan. The only drawback is that the breakfast was " expanded continental" , and not a hot breakfast. Which would have been ok- except we were there for 3 days, and it was almost the same every day.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ohio
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

The Sylvan Inn Bed and Breakfast was wonderful! The rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and comfortable. The rooms we stayed in had mini fridge and a microwave available. We liked that the rooms we stayed in had individual temperature heat/air condition control. Ralph and Rose welcomed the guests and were very helpful with providing local attractions.
We loved the location of the Inn, being footsteps away from strolling Glen Arbor and the Sleeping bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We visited the wineries in the area and the beaches of Bar Lake and Lake Michigan. Don't miss the Pierce Stocking Senic Drive!
The breakfasts were more than enough. Fresh friut, homemade scones and danish, yogurt and granola, presented so lovely.
The front porch was absolutely perfect for coffee in the mornings and wine in the evenings. It was so inviting to relax and read. There is a spa and sauna available on site for guest use.
When we visit the area again, we will definately be staying at The Sylvan Inn with Ralph and Rose. Very nice.

Room Tip: All rooms do not provide a private bath. Rooms with a shared bath do provide a private sink.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

We loved the Sylvan Inn! The rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious. Ours included access to a balcony overlooking a lovely wooded area. The innkeepers, Ralph and Rose, are gracious and helpful. Ralph gave us an orientation to the Glen Arbor area and Sleeping Bear Dunes which helped us make the most of our 2-day stay. The Sylvan Inn provides continental breakfast including delicious scones and nutbread. Glen Arbor restaurants and boutiques are a short walking distance from the B&B. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

This was mine and my Husband's first trip to Glen Arbor. It was a conference trip which got converted into a get away trip. Rose ( one of the innkeepers) was the sweetest person . She knew we had just 3 days in hand so she suggested us all the Important attractions and saved our time. The stay at the Inn was so incredible because of the beautiful rooms and the awesome breakfast and most importantly the friendliness of Rose .Believe me when i say that " Its better than staying at a hotel " .. This is our new favorite place for vacation.. Four thumbs up to Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sue s
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Additional Information about The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast

Property: The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Address: 6680 Western Ave, P.O. Box 648, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-5103
Region: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Glen Arbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Glen Arbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful historic 14 room Inn in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Walk to charming downtown Glen Arbor for boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants and more. 2 Blocks to beach! ... more   less 
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