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Kara's Kottages
Ranked #3 of 6 Kalamazoo B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic Kalamazoo Lodgings!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

I was fortunate to score a the Pine Cone suite at this really innovative Kalamazoo B&B. I have stayed in several of the chain hotels over the years, most of which seem to be clustered around the major highways, very noisy, and without much in the way of character. And I have mostly avoided B&B's because I find the usual uber-Victorian theme overdone. I found Kara's Kottages here on Tripadvisor, and I couldn't be happier. I like the self-contained suite format. The fully-stocked fridge enabled me to have whatever I wanted for breakfast whenever I wanted. And she had a "mini-bar" in the fridge, with a selection of beer (Bell's Brewery, yum), wine, soda, etc. all modestly priced, as well as lots of snacks for sale. The Pine Cone Kottage had a great seating area, cable TV, a nice selection of DVD's, a very comfortable bed, and a nice bathroom (which itself was stocked with just about everything I could have needed... I could have left my entire 3-1-1 bag at home). The room was QUIET, and Kara's is very centrally located to many great Kazoo restaurants and bars. This is my new Kalamazoo address!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2012

The best part about this B&B was the ability to come and go as we pleased and to eat our meals using the very well-stocked kitchen. In fact, in every room of the cottage, there were items that indicated the owner's understanding of what one might need while traveling. The bathroom was lovely, and the living room, with its cozy couch, was a great place to relax. The only downsides involved the beds -- both very comfy, but only full size. Most couples these days are used to sleeping in a queen or a king.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

I stayed in the Pine Cone suite and it was fabulous. I came to KZoo for business but these accommodations made it feel like vacation. Kara has thought of everything you could possibly need and put it in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend her inn. I will definately stay here again. What a secret gem!

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Property: Kara's Kottages
Address: 837 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3217
Region: United States > Michigan > Kalamazoo County > Kalamazoo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Kalamazoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Kara's Kottages 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kara's Kottages are in 3 seperate locations situated near the Downtown District. All are furnished with many comforts of home, including a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Plus, all the warm touches you'd expect from a beloved B&B, like fireplaces, beds you melt into, European-style breakfast treats and even mini-bars. Please read individual room descriptions for additional location details. Available for overnight, weekly or monthly stays, Kara's Kottages are an excellent choice for business or pleasure. Our Birch Bark Kottage is located on the 1st floor of or original W. Main St location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests. This beautiful Kottage offers a modern and well stocked kitchen with lots of high end materials, a separate dining room that seats 4-6, 1 very spacious bathroom with a double vanity, soft water and a tub surround. Also, enjoy the privacy of two seperate bedrooms with a luscious queen bed in each along with an inviting living room with furnishings that include an over-sized and comfortable sofa, electric fireplace, flat screen television, and a leather love seat with a pull-out twin sleeper along with many more comforts. Our Driftwood Kottage is located on the 2nd floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests. This warm, loft style space has an open concept living room and kitchen separated by a quaint, eat-in peninsula. Comfy furnishings include a lush sofa, 2 chairs and ottoman, electric fireplace, flat screen television and many more comforts. Both spacious and restful bedrooms include 1 queen bed in each. 1 very comfortable, pull-out twin sleeper is available in one of the bedrooms. The spacious bathroom offers a tub surround, granite counter/sink, lots of natural lighting, tall ceilings, soft water and many convenient toiletries. Our Pine Cone Kottage is located on the 1st floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 2 guests. This well appointed space is an open concept room encompassing a fully furnished living room, inviting bedroom and well stocked kitchen. Comfortable furnishings include a queen bed, lush sofa and chair, wicker bench, electric fireplace, bookshelf room divider and flat screen television. Its spacious and well stocked bathroom offers soft water, a glass shower enclosure, a pedestal sink and many stocked toiletries. Our Douglas Fir Kottage is a beautiful, 2nd floor, loft style space located within a 1920's bungalow that is within Kara's residence in a quiet, Kalamazoo neighborhood. It is newly renovated and includes a private bedroom, bathroom and living room, all within 1.5 miles from the downtown district. This space includes 1 queen bed and 1 very comfortable, pull out twin sleeper. A total of 3 guests are comfortable here so long as they are okay with sharing a bedroom, as all beds are located in the same room. NEW!! Our Redwood Kottage is located on the 1st floor of our Kalamazoo Avenue location in the heart of the Historic Stuart Neighborhood, 1/2 mile away from the downtown district and sleeps 4 guests. This lovely Kottage offers a modern, eat-in kitchen with lots of high end materials and very large living room full of comfortable furnishings that include a sectional sofa, electric fireplace/console, 48" television and many more comforts. Also, included in this kottage is a charming bathroom with a very unique and newly restored claw foot bathtub & shower combo. This space offers one bedroom that includes a luscious, Restoration Hardware style queen bed along with an Indonesian style daybed, great for lounging or for additional sleeping. Additional twin sleeper available in the chair and a half in the living room. ... more   less 
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