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The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Glen Arbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 August 2008

The Sylvan Inn bed & breakfast is top notch. I was expecting a comfortable cottage, but it was not cottage at all. We had a very comfortable, beautifully furnished room which was private and quiet. There's also a wonderful spa with hot tub and sauna.
Ralph & Rose greeted us at check in and told us all about the Glen Arbor area.
The continental breakfast was fresh & plentiful, with something for everyone.
I can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2008

Our stay at the Sylvan Inn was wonderful - The Innkeepers were friendly and helpful, making dinner reservations for us, tips for what to do, and chatting with us over breakfast. The rooms were nicely done and very clean, the bed super comfortable. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lovetoshop_8
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Reviewed 8 June 2008

This was our first time staying at a B&B and we chose it mainly due to the reviews we read on Trip Advisor. It was everything we had hoped for and then some. The inn is beautiful and far more comfortable than any hotel we've ever stayed in. The Treetop room was tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. The spa is a nice touch and being able to use the hot tub in private made it even more enjoyable. Ralph and Rose are excellent hosts. We had a nice breakfast every morning and great conversation. It felt more like we were staying at a friends' home. The front porch is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon and the inn is within walking distance to several good restaurants and shops. There is also a grocery store less than a block away, which is very convenient. We loved the inn so much that we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kannla
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Reviewed 7 December 2007

I can't say enough good things about the Sylvan Inn - my only regret is that we only stayed one night.

Our room was beautiful - very well-appointed, comfortable, clean and quiet. The innkeepers were so gracious and welcoming - it felt like we were visiting old friends. Breakfast was wonderful - and I can't forget to mention the cherry hot chocolate that is always available - I wish I had some of that right now. (Be sure to visit Cherry Republic; it's an easy walk down the street).

Also, Glen Arbor is a great destination, as is the surrounding area - Sleeping Bear Dunes is amazing. I was raised by the ocean, and never spent much time on the Great Lakes, but I am a true believer now - I could easily vacation there every year.

All in all, our visit to the Sylvan Inn and Glen Arbor was so perfect and romantic, it turned out to be an unexpected second-honeymoon.

(one side note: we visited in mid-June, before the main tourist season kicks into high-gear; it might not be as relaxing in Glen Arbor in July...)

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dikaliOH
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Reviewed 30 July 2007

My husband, 12-year old daughter and I recently returned from a week-long stay at the Sylvan Inn B&B and can't say enough great things about the entire experience. The inn itself is a beautiful, well-kept, historic home. Our room was in a newer addition and had just recently been redecorated in a lovely Parisian theme. The room had a priviate entrance which worked great for coming and going and we also had our own pation and patio table/chairs which was a lovely spot for eating breakfast each morning. Ralph and Rose, the innkeepers were the perfect hosts. As first-time visitors to the area, they graciously provided much needed help with what to see, where to go, what to do, etc. They had suggestions for which beaches were the least crowded, where to go for dinner, and what fishing spots to try. They were very accomodating with our daughter and even introduced her to Petosky rock hunting. I also can't say enough about the town of Glen Arbor. It was small enough to be quaint and friendly, but large enough to offer several restaurants and ice cream stands, a grocery store, and many fun shops. It was also a great central location for enjoying all that the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has to offer. The beach was just a few minutes walk from the inn. We would go back to Glen Arbor and the Sylvan Inn without hesitation.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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5  Thank Iowa3
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Reviewed 14 July 2007

We really enjoyed our home away from home at the Sylvan Inn. In town for a busy family celebration, it was a welcomed escape just for the two of us. The room was very clean and very comfortable. It was beautifully decorated and the high ceiling and skylight added just the right touch during a lightning storm. Unforgettable!

My only suggestions for improvements:

1. Upgrade the breakfast. The fruit was fine, but the store-bought baked goods were uninspired and dull.

2. Upgrade the coffee. It's amazing how something as simple as a good cup of coffee can keep me coming back.

3. Upgrade the shower head. The temp and pressure were fine, but the head was old and had a scattered spray, resulting in a mediocre shower.

I would definitely return to the Sylvan Inn. We loved it. I only hope I don't have to continue to buy my breakfast and coffee down the street at the local coffee shop.

Try the place. You'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank scooter3843
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Reviewed 1 July 2007

Our stay at the Sylvan Inn rivaled any B&B experience we've ever had. Ralph & Rose are awesome innkeepers. Whenever we asked for ideas for things to do in the area, they always had great suggestions, and they took the time to direct us to things off the beaten path. Within minutes of arriving and finding out about what we might like, Rose directed us to a beach area on Lake Michigan which was virtually private. Their suggestions for places to eat were perfect, and they helped with reservations when needed.

The Treetop Room was wonderful. It's not just a clever name. The room includes a deck that is literally among the treetops. The room was spacious and included a shower skylight. The on-site sauna was the perfect way to relax at the end of a day of hiking and sightseeing.

The Glen Arbor area is beautiful. We quickly filled two days, and then decided to add another!

We'll be going back. Soon!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mahometIL
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Additional Information about 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: £66 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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