I like trying new things, but most times, trying new things involves risk. Is it safer to do what you've always done simply because you already know you're going to like it? Sure. However, living this way means you may never get to experience the unexpected, the surprising, or the uncommon. The recent stay my wife and I enjoyed at the Lake Country Inn in New Buffalo definately fits all those descriptors.
As far as hotels go, LCI isn't one of your typical run-of-the-mill inns. From the outside, it looks like a large, well-kept lake house. The flower beds and landscaping were well tended and the curb appeal was great. Our hostess greated us warlmy when we arrived and fully explained the in's and out's of the facility. We were given our room key (An actual key! When's the last time you've used one of those?), and personally led us to our room. Having a key and not a card for room access lends a more homey feel to your vacation experience. We liked that. The key also unlocked and locked the front door. After 8 pm, there is no hotel staff on site, so guests are asked to lock up the front door if they return after hours. Is that unusual? Yes, but again, it made our experience feel more like home. There was no room identifier on the key or the fob, and since it also opened the front door of the inn, we had to assume any key works on any room. That was a bit unsettling, but we just decided to trust the other guests to be on their best behavior. Obviously, we had no problems in this regard during our stay.
The room itself (we stayed in the Saffron room) was spacious and immaculate. The linens were fresh, clean, and perfect for the decor. All the expected ammenities were present, save for an iron and board and in-room coffee maker (there was one downstairs that was always kept fresh). I loved the bathroom with it's walk-in shower. There was plenty of hot water and good pressure, something a lot of establishments can't seem to master. What we liked the best was the private balcony facing off the front of the inn. The balcony itself was about a third the size of our room, which is to say, quite large. It was outfitted with two Adirondack chairs and a side table. Fully blooming flower boxes surrounded the deck and a stand of birch trees (mostly) screened the balcony from the street and buildings nearby. If I could've slept out there I would have. The inn itself is within a leisurely 10 minute walk of the beach and situated right in the middle of all the shops, restaurants, and bars located up and down North Whitaker Street.
The only dowsides I noticed were these: The TV in the room was a little too small. It was HD, had access to Comcast cable and Netflix, but 32" is just not big enough to fully enjoy. Also, you'll need to have a good memory when it comes to recalling where your room is located. Since most hotels have room numbers, I've become accostomed to looking for my room number when returning to my room. Oddly, there are no numbers or identifiers on any of the room doors. All the doors in the inn look exactly the same. You may think this is no big deal, but when you're not expecting it and you can't remember which door is yours, it can be quite unnerving to consider that you might just be unlocking (remeber, all the keys open all the doors) and walking into the wrong room. Each room had it's own color scheme and name. Why not put that on the door to each room? Weird.
Other than those few things, my wife and Ioved the experience. We would definatly be happy to return any other time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nine room, boutique Inn located in the center of New Buffalo, MI. Short walk to restaurants, shopping, bars, Amtrak, and one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan. Beautifully decorated rooms are quiet and private. Building was built new in 2005. Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Internet TV with free Netflix and refrigerators in select rooms. Adults only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Country Hotel New Buffalo
- Country Inn New Buffalo
- New Buffalo Country Inn
- Lake Country Inn New Buffalo, Michigan