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“Interesting tour of historic home”

The Henderson Castle
Ranked #18 of 41 things to do in Kalamazoo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Welcome to The Henderson Castle, the most popular inn in Kalamazoo. Whether you're local or coming from Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, South Bend or Chicago, you'll find us to be the best destination for your anniversary, birthday, wedding, graduation or romantic getaway. Situated in the historic West Main Hill neighborhood, you're minutes away from the theatres, shopping and vibrant night life of downtown Kalamazoo, but secluded enough to enjoy a quiet night free from the noise of the city. When you're with us, you'll have a royal experience. Wake up to an incredible breakfast prepared by our French chef François Moyet. Get a massage, facial or manicure in our day spa. Soak in our rooftop hot tub while taking in the best view of downtown Kalamazoo that's available. Stay for dinner at our restaurant and indulge in the finest French food southwest Michigan has to offer. Why settle for a hotel - instead experience luxury fit for a King or Queen. Visit us for a Tour and wine tasting and experience the History of the Castle and the life of the Henderson's.. In addition to the inn, restaurant and spa, we offer a banquet hall and ball room that can accomodate ceremonies, corporate meetings, holiday parties, family events, baby showers and more. Our lodging is available per night, for a weekend or could even be arranged for extended stay. Our daily tours, princess tea parties, murder mystery dinner party and high tea are fun things to do in Kalamazoo. If you'd like to book a room, make dinner reservations or just have a question, don't hesitate to contact us. The Henderson Castle Inn is here for every type of guest. Relax in our ADA accessible guest room, the Library Room, featuring an accessible shower with grab bars & handheld shower-head. A ramp wraps around the rear of the Castle and can be accessed by using the Gallery entrance to allow accessibility to the 1st floor. Unfortunately the 2nd and 3rd floors can be accessed by stairs only. While the restaurant is located primarily on the 1st floor, events are sometimes scheduled in the 3rd floor Ballroom.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 23 April 2014

With my wife finishing up yet another tax season I wanted to offer something special. I had seen a sign offering tours of this historic bed & breakfast/restaurant in the afternoon - and thought this might be a nice way to reward all of her hard work.

This 100+ year old home is, according to our guide - technically a castle because it has a tower - not one but two. It overlooks downtown Kalamazoo. There are other reviews of the restaurant and bed/breakfast options to be found on TA - but we only took the tour so I'm unable to comment on food or comfort.

For our purposes - it was a very nice event. We were joined by a group of women who had gathered for a lunch - so instead of just us two we had, perhaps, 10 total. The guide (Franklin) has not worked very long at the facility but was interesting and suprisingly knowledgable (sp?) about the structure and the history. What was expected to be a 45 minute tour ($10 per person) ended up close to 1 1/2 hours due to questions and discussions.

The building has much of the original woodwork and artwork, but it is clear that some repairs are needed - and from what we saw - being aggressively attacked. I'd be interested in seeing it again a year from now! We saw many of the rooms available for the B&B - those who were not occupied. Beautiful!

Another time in my life I'd be very interested in an overnight and/or a fancy dinner. Finances don't allow that - but it was nice to "rub shoulders" with what the rich could build and enjoy for an afternoon. Lunch before the tour would have been nice - and they do have a full bar - before or after the tour.

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flmoyet, Owner at The Henderson Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2015

Thank you very much for sharing with us your personal feeling and experience. We try our best always to improve our self all the time and thanks yours input we can just do that. The castle in the last 4 years experience a 400 % increase in business and just expended with the purchase of the Historical house across the street to respond the increasing demand. We received again this year several award from best wedding venue for the 3 rd years in a row....over 220 wedding in 4 years... to the best romantic getaway to the very prestigious award we was ranked # 5 in the top 10 best luxury Inn in the United State of America...

Thank you so much for your support and we hope to see you soon !

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