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“Cozy Bed & Breakfast Ambience”
Review of A Stay Inn Ely

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A Stay Inn Ely
Ranked #2 of 3 Ely B&B and Inns
Minnesota
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82 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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“Cozy Bed & Breakfast Ambience”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The convenient "main street" location in Ely, provided a nice home base for a two-night winter stay. We were able to walk to restaurants for dinner, and walk a little further to pick up a couple things we needed at the grocery store down the street. The BaskeTree bakery also run by the Inn owners was just a couple doors down, where we picked up the tasty pastry to start our day -- complimentary with our room. Don, the owner, was welcoming and friendly, calling before we arrived to confirm our arrival time and telling us where to find information to access the room lockbox if he wasn't at the bakery to check us in. He helped us with directions to the sled dog kennel we were spending the following day with, which was great in light of the detour that had just gone into effect.

The old house has been renovated to a cozy small lodge, with gathering room warmed by the gas fireplace and comfortable seating. While we did not use the common kitchen during our brief stay, it was a nice touch that hot chocolate, tea and coffee were available for guests to make at any time. Books, games and cards were available for guests to use, and I could envision the Inn working perfectly for a multi-family or multi-friend gathering, renting out multiple rooms and enjoying the common areas for visiting or cooking a group meal.

Our room and beds were so comfortable we were out like a light early both nights, sleeping well (although the heating/cooling unit was a little noisy as it kicked on, but kept the room comfortable). Love the little touch of the homemade soaps, made by a local business. This is not a full-service hotel or resort; it is an excellent choice if you are looking for more of a B&B atmosphere. The decor and colors are so welcoming, you feel as if you are staying at a good friend's home.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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jordan, mn
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Great place to stay when visiting Ely. We enjoyed both the quiet in the common areas by the fireplace and also visiting with other guests in the common area. Close to everything downtown.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed in the "Ivory Room" the nights before and after a dogsledding trip with Wintergreen. With a grocery store nearby, we were able to pick up breakfast and dinner supplies and do some cooking in the shared kitchen. The room was very affordable with the winter rates and the added Wintergreen referral discount. The inn is cozy and centrally located close to restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

My family enjoyed staying at the Inn. It's very homey and clean with a good kitchen facility.The owner was really nice from the moment we made an arrangement until we left. The location is right in the downtown area, with easy access to local restaurants and supermarkets. Their bakery has an amazing breakfast. They have the best scone ever! You get more for the price you paid. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Cambridge, Minnesota
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

This place is just perfect after a day on the boundary waters! the location is right in downtown, close to everything. One has full access to a well-stocked kitchen and wonderful family room with a fireplace! Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

A great place to stay. The owner was wonderful and made sure we where well taken care of. His attention to details really made our stay so perfect and VERY relaxing.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

A Stay Inn Ely is more like a bed and breakfast with more of a homey feeling. There is a sitting room and full kitchen on the first floor. The rooms have polished wood walls and floors which added a nice touch. We stayed on the top floor and loved the layout. The room is very long which gave us a lot of room to fit our belongings in. The bathroom was very nice with a window, which gave it a more roomy feeling. The room was light and airy, yet private and very quiet. For a stay right in town, it was more than we expected. There is a large porch to sit on and relax. We did have to change our own linens when we were there as you have no room service unless you ask, but we didn't mind that. The only complaint we had is that the so called queen bed was actually what I would consider a double bed. But there was a futon which was fine with us. We rarely had to use our car since a lot of shops and restaurants are located close by. You can go over to the Basket Tree in the morning for a complimentary pastry and coffee. We've already made reservations for next year. If you're looking for a place that doesn't feel like a motel, this fit the bill nicely.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: A Stay Inn Ely
Address: 112 W Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1123
Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ely
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A Stay Inn Ely 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 'Old House' was remodeled by the owners themselves. Each room is paneled with locally harvested lumber, oiled and varnished to a beautiful luster allowing each room to achieve a rustic eloquence of its own. The spacious bathrooms have white cedar ceilings and large showers. Plush mattresses and deluxe pillows will provide guests with a luxurious night's sleep. There's a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and a Gathering Room with a fireplace for all guests. All rooms can control heat and air-conditioned individually; and all rooms have cable TV and access to FREE wireless internet. Guests receive a complimentary fresh baked pastry with an assortment of coffees, teas, and hot chocolates at our Bakery & Coffeehouse. We accept VISA & Mastercard. ... more   less 
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