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.
- 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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