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“Not overly fancy, but clean and comfortable”

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The Inn at Ludington
Ranked #5 of 11 Ludington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 July 2013

We have stayed in a wide variety of B & Bs through the years, and each has its own character. The Inn at Ludington is not a fussy, fancy house, but a house that is lived-in and welcoming on its own merit. Sure, there are some cracks in the old gal's walls, sure there have been some decorating challenges, but the rooms were clean, the bathrooms sparkling (we stayed in two different rooms in our two nights, thanks to an unexpected upgrade on a slow night), and the beds and pillows were very comfortable! Kathy does a wonderful job welcoming her guests and showing them around the unoccupied rooms, and in the morning, the breakfast just keeps coming and coming! We didn't eat lunch on the two days we stayed here, because we were so stuffed with the variety of breads, egg dishes, fruit, "gourmet" cereal, etc. If a person goes away hungry, it's their own fault! Know that the street outside is a busy one, but it's also the street on which all the B & Bs are on, so that levels the playing field. Both our rooms had air conditioners which masked the noise so that even I, a light sleeper, slept very well. NOTE: The innkeeper can make or break the experience. For example, we stayed at a DIFFERENT Lake Michigan B & B a couple years ago where the innkeeper complained about how early in the season her inn became busy due to an online promotion which got us there in the first place (!!!), and rudely commented on us when she offered us wine or coffee, neither of which we care to drink. I would much rather stay at the Inn at Ludington with its kind innkeeper and minor flaws than at a perfectly decorated place with a grumpy hostess!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stay in B&B's all the time!! It is our favorite way to travel!!
This was an anniversary weekend and we stayed for one night..
The house at one time must have been quite wonderful.. But now it desperately needs a major overhaul. Many if the ceilings have huge ugly water stains..the pillows are old and uncomfortable, the blankets in the beds are really old and a bit scarrryyyy. i found several hairs on my pilliw case which made me wonder if they had been changed..Most of the rugs need replacing or a good cleaning. A lot of the remodeling they have done looks like a homemade job. Very mismatched, uncoordinated, and to be honest pretty "cheesy" in some areas..the master suite upstairs had at least 4 different types of paper and borders going on, with cheap wood strips all over.. Not at all in keeping with the original style of the house.
I felt the common areas were really dirty..needed a serious deep cleaning! The yard is a mess..bushes are overgrown and need pruning..lots of weeds etc..:(
On the positive side ..the owner is very nice..breakfast was ok..I felt like it was done on a super tight budget..ex.: lots of sliced melon with a couple of blueberries and strawberries..
We were charged 200.00 and felt this was quite chintzy for the amount we were charged!!
It looks like there are several other B&B'S in town.. We waited to long to make a reservation and they were all booked..plan ahead and if you have a choice..don't stay here..

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed 6 nights at this wonderful B&B. The first night the owner Kathy upgraded us from The Mediterranean room to Little Europe for free! The room was wonderful except the air conditioner was a tad too loud. The next five nights we stayed in the Grand Victorian. We liked the room a lot except the jacuzzi tub didn't have a shower. Overall then service and people who work there are wonderful. Olla and Kathy are great owners and are high quality people. Thr breakfast every morning was AMAZING! Some of the best food I have never had. It seemed like the food just kept coming between fresh fruit, yogurt, Norwegian oatmeal, various egg dishes, fresh milk and OJ, and fresh homemade bread...so much more and very delicious. We will be going back!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a late-winter get-away. Kathy was great in taking reservations and deftly asking good questions that would help make our stay better.
We arrived to discover a once grand victorian in need of some work. I know it is difficult to keep up these old grand homes. This one needs a paint job and a good cleaning inside. All that being said, Kathy is very nice and put out a good breakfast and gave us a quick tour of the other rooms in the house and a bit of the history.
We stayed in the upstairs Master's (the Great Lakes Victorian) room and I slept well in the king-sized bed. It had soft-jersey sheets on it. The room felt private enough and the street sounds didn't bother us. The room had a fireplace, but we didn't light it. The room also had whirlpool tub but no shower. The tub is nice for one person to relax and the bathroom is tucked into a very small space. A few of the light fixtures were missing bulbs which was odd, but didn't detract from the stay. I loved sitting in the sunny turret in the room.
Would we stay here again? Maybe, but not pay so much for a room.

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

The gem of this place is Kathy. First, the rooms were well appointed as antique lovers and we were given a tour by Kathy of many rooms. Our room, Great Lakes Victorian was beautiful with a working fireplace but we didn't need it in late Sept. All rooms had their own private bath. The bed was big and comfy, but the sheets were a little scratchy. Now, if you want a breakfast...this place is for you. The aroma wafting up the staircase was enough that you don't need an alarm clock. I believe there is much to do around the Ludington area but we were passing our way through and stayed only one night. Kathy also owns an Alpaca farm south of town, which we visited and the animals were a joy to see. We so enjoyed our 14 hours that we were there!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Kathy at the B&B was wonderful. The fam (13 adults & 3 children 2 and under) went for 3 nights and 2 days. Arrived late from the ferry and left early Sat to catch the ferry back. Kathy made an early breakfast for us and gave us baggies to pack a lunch. Awesome. Great breakfasts, comfortable beds, (I had room 4) Very clean.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

My husband and I are from Grand Rapids, MI. We know the shoreline of Michigan well as we are natives of this state. We decided to do a quick two day trip north for our 9th anniversary. We choose to stay overnight in Ludington as we usually just go through this town as we make our way north to Manistee, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Mackinaw Island, etc. We decided it was time to give Ludington it's due.

After doing some quick research on Trip Advisor and Michigan B & B.com, we settled on The Inn at Ludington. Reasons we selected this site; 1) they had short notice availability for our trip, 2) they offered a room with a king size bed, 3) prices were similar to other hotels/inns in the area for the high season rate (May-Sept) and 4) the Inn Keeper was quick to respond to my late night email.

We checked in around dinner time on a Thursday evening in June. The property was easy to find as it was right on the main street into the city - cross streets of Ludington and Washington. The sign for the Inn of Ludington was displayed out front. Parking was ample on the side of the property. We went in the back entrance and was quickly greeted by Kathy, the owner and Inn Keeper. She took us on a quick tour of the site and pointed out interesting items to the house such as the living room/parlor, photos on the wall, quick history of the house, some of the woodworking & stained glass detailing, etc. She also noted they leave out snacks/cookies and some drinks in the parlor throughout the night for guest use. She let us peak in at empty rooms near us so, we could see their size and furnishings before other guests arrived or returned. Nice. This initial meeting was very pleasant and she was out courteous without being overly familiar.

She then took us upstairs to our second floor room, the little Europe room. She gave us the basic lay of the land and then left us on our own for the night. We quickly got settled into our room and viewed what was offered. The room offered plenty of walking space and a small attached bathroom. We felt over-all that the bedroom and bathroom were indeed clean and tidy - always a big plus. There was a small area for my husband and I to sit separate from the bed via two side chairs and a table. There was an AC unit in the window to cool the room as the house was a bit warm.

Charming points to the room were the old fashioned fire place stll remaining, a blue/yellow crystal light fixture overhead, two bow windows on each side of the fireplace that allowed in extra light and a soft and comfortable king size bed.

Negatives to the room were only one pillow was given to each of us (we prefer two pillows each and saw no extra linens left in the room anywhere), stains on the side chairs, very wobbly side tables, mismatched side lamps/furnishings, bedside clock that didn't seem to work right and over-all dated decor. There was also no real good place to hang up clothes or lay things out - just a few hooks on a wall? It was fine for one night - we lived out of our suitcase. Would have been bad for a lengthy stay.

The bathroom used to be the lady of the house's cedar closet now converted into a bathroom. Although the room was small, it functioned as neeeded - sink/counter space, toilet and modern working shower. The water pressure was good for an old house and the water heated up well for a nice hot a.m. bath. The sink, shower and toilet all went down good and no back ups that so often happen in modern hotels. Again, the bath seemeed dated and could use a face lift.

The room did not have any extra bed or bath linens other than what was given to us. There was no in-room fridge for beverages or coffee maker. May be due to safety due to age of home and old electrical work? We didn't want to keep going downstairs to get a glass of water/beverage so, we just got a drink with a glass from the bathroom sink. There was no phone in the room to call for requests like you would find in a hotel and we didn't want to bother Kathy or her staff after hours so, we made due with what we were given initially. It is important to keep in mind this is a B & B not a modern hotel so, choosing to stay here you gain some things and loose in other ways. It is a choice we make and are fine with it.

We did not stay in for the evening, rather explored the town, restaurant, beaches, lighthouses, etc. and came back to settle in for the night before 10pm. We found the room locked well with a house key from the inside when we were there, but the key did not lock the room properly when we left. We had no real valuables with us so, not a big deal. The house was very quiet and we did not know there was another 3-4 couples in the house with us until morning. So, a decent nights sleep was obtained. It wasn't until about 6-7 am that we started to hear quit a bit of morning street traffic and movement in the house and that signaled it was time to get up for the day.

We went downstairs for the service of breakfast around 9:30 am. Clearly Kathy's cooking skills shined as she brought out dish upon dish of wonderful homemade items - bread, muffins, egg/potato casserole and a sausage/hash dish. Fresh juice and coffee served too. She put much effort and care into setting the table with pretty dishes, glasses, linens and flowers and the house smelled wonderful as the day began. There was a main table that was filled with guests when we first got there, but fortunately she had a side table also set up near the parlor window that we got to use. Plenty of good food and space was at hand.

We went back upstairs and tidied the room, finished packing up and checked out prior to the 11am deadline. So, check in and check out were smooth and easy. We gave our good-bye's and thanks to Kathy prior to leaving.

On a side note, we got to meet her new cat Mattie - he is a fine young abby with the curiosity only the young can have. He liked to run around, play with things and get plenty of attention and affection. He was adorable and a nice addition to the B & B. Kathy kept him in her part of the house in case guests were not happy with pets. We love cats so, Mattie was a plus to us. Especially when he greeted my husband the day before by jumping on our luggage and announcing his presence to us. :-)

The handful of negatives we noted would not prevent us from going back here again. They were were over-all minor and not enough to deter us. It should not deter you either. If Kathy and her husband keep the site and do the updating, that will be great. Upon viewing just the exterior of other B & B's on the main street and the photos you can see on line, this property does look a little more dated and in need of updating again soon to compete well. When you have a dozen hotels, motels, inns, motorlodges and B & B's in the area to choose from in the $100-$200 range, you need to shine to get the best guests and fill up the fastest.

I rated this property as four stars in the end. In realty is it not quite four, but a bit better than three stars. So, 3 1/2 would be about just right. Over-all, my husband and I enjoyed our brief stay at the Inn of Ludington. You will too.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 701 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431-2224
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Region: United States > Michigan > Ludington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Ludington
Price Range: £37 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Ludington 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Revisit times past within the charmed Victorian Bed and Breakfast that stands at the helm of historic "Old Town" Ludington, MI. Built in 1889, The Inn at Ludington Bed and Breakfast is a recipient of the local historical society's award for replicate restoration. Our cozy atmosphere and genuine hospitality makes your welcome a warm one. Make your west coast shoreline vacation a home away from home experience in one of our seven themed guest rooms. Choose from the The Great Lakes Victorian, The Scandinavian, Little Europe, The Grand Americana, The Mediterranean, The Garden View Retreat or The Lakeside Loft. All with private baths, cable TV, AC and Free Broadband Wireless Internet access, melding today's modern amenities into it's cozy elegance. In winters, warm yourselves while lounging by one of our 4 original wood burning fireplaces. Our fabulous newly renovated 900 sq.ft. attic apartment works wonderfully for families or ladies weekends. Its majestic 20ft tongue-and-groove white pine ceilings and open floor-plan sleeps seven comfortably and offers kitchen facilities, it has a private tower library and magnificent slate walk-in shower. Breakfast is designed to accommodate you, the guest. Offering a variety of choices, tailored to meet your plans for the day. For early birds and Ferry goers, a fresh pot of coffee is brewing. Fresh Breads and Homemade Jams, Yogurts, fresh fruit salads, juices, cereals and a Brunch Pack for the ride. At 9 am enjoy our buffet extravaganza - hot gourmet egg variations, quiches, breadpuddings, crepes, local and seasonal favorites. In the afternoon, snack on molasses & oatmeal cookies, coffee, tea and our secret recipe Lemon Peppermint Iced Tea and Popcorn are available to hold you over until your evening dinner plans. We can help with local dining suggestions. A pleasant walk down the Avenue through town to the beach rated #1 in Michigan (Detroit Free Press), Stearns Park and its white sandy shores of Lake Michigan beckon you to admire beautiful sunsets framed by dunes and lighthouses mentioned as one of the 5 most beautiful sunsets in the world by a major international magazine a few years back. On your walk back home stop in at our local favorite House of Flavors for a double scooper and at Redolencias coffeehouse & outdoor folk entertainment. Visit Redolencia Coffeehouse for a fabulous cup of fresh roasted Ethiopian French Press coffee or latte and much more. Enjoy our Norwegian specialty baked goods anytime. For a memorable evening stop in weekends with live music. Open Late Daily! ... more   less 
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