My week long experience here varied from very good to "should have been better". The rooms varied greatly: I stayed 3 nights in the "Widow's Walk" and loved it - pros: super cute, great little fireplace, big jacuzzi tub (Neutrogena bath products), very cozy loft sitting area with 360 degree view and pull out couch and the room itself is very private and quiet. Cons: on 3rd floor (no elevator), short shower (if you are over 5"6 you will hit your head in there!), loud exhaust fan when loft windows open and no ability to control your own A/C which can be an issue in summer when it gets quite hot in room due to the windows in the loft...luckily none of those issues bothered me so I really enjoyed staying in this room (it also has a queen tempur pedic bed which can be a pro or con depending on if you like those mattresses). The second room I was transferred to was the "Tiger Dunlop" in the Guest Cottage suites located across the street from the Inn. The atmosphere and rooms are TOTALLY different in this building. The Guest Cottage building has a central communal sitting area with several chairs and couches, a wood burning fireplace (the smell of "campfire" is overwhelming), 2 pianos, small kitchen with ice machine, fridge, electric kettle and toaster and a nice private garden in the back. The suites are either on this same level or up one (no elevators) and all have private balconies. Some are suites are loft suites and some are also pet friendly ($50 pet fee applies). I did not like the Tiger Dunlop room (although the bathroom was quite nice); I found it to be dark and had none of the cozy charm and character of Widow's Walk. I was then transferred to room 32 which was awful: carpet old and buckled, paint on ceiling cracked and falling off, bathroom old and off putting and the blinds on the windows were the kind of thin, paper-like ones you see at home depot. The only nice part of room 32 was that it has two big windows overlooking main street which makes it bright and interesting. I was transferred back to the guest cottage to the "Tudor Marks" loft suite and stayed there for the last 3 nights (there were no other rooms available). The Tudor Marks suite was sufficient - pros: the loft where the bed is is bright (due to the large window above the bed which has built in blinds for privacy) and the bed itself is quite comfortable. Shower pressure and shower head are fantastic, the private balcony is quiet and has a pretty lush view (albeit looking at the side of a house), you can control your own heat and A/C and there is a pull out couch in the sitting area. Cons: small bathroom with VERY limited storage/counter space, weird open shower INSIDE of bathtub which would be very difficult for people who cannot step into and out of a tub that is 2 feet below ground level as well as open shower concept leads to quite a bit of water on the bathroom floor that has to be mopped up. Sleep quality can be poor depending on how early the occupants of the upper unit rise. I also saw room 30 (my parents stayed for a night while I was there) and it was very cute: bright, clean, cozy and charming with a window that overlooks main street... I would stay in that room. Their complaints were that they couldn't control their own A/C (they asked for a fan and were brought one that was covered in grease and didn't work) and that the mattress was much too firm and too high to comfortably climb in and out of. On to the food...I was very well taken care of by the chef and the dishes ranged from excellent to "could have been better" (although I only heard complimentary comments from other diners). The pan roasted chicken, lamb, scallops, crab and soups were EXCELLENT but I was disappointed with the other dinner items, especially the breads and the breakfasts (I did, however, enjoy the breakfast buffet and the porridge and my parents LOVED the lobster eggs benedict!). I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the dining room which was always busy and dining on the porch was lovely as was sitting on the upper porch for tea and reading. Paula, Kristina and Tom were very accommodating and outdid themselves with their customer service and friendly, open personalities. Free parking. Wi-fi good in rooms and common areas but dodgy on upper and lower porches (except in guest cottage where wi-fi is excellent throughout). The Inn has done a great job of facilitating activities in conjunction with local companies that provide some pretty cool experiences (list on their website). I took advantage of the horseback riding at "Home on the Range" 20 minutes away and I LOVED it. I also tried to book fly fishing but the gentleman was away on holidays. 5 of us rented the 4 person "pedal pusher" bicycle outside of the Kryart studio (where you can take art lessons and has a kids' camp program) but it was too cumbersome and although we enjoyed the ride and laughed our heads off, it took too much effort and we returned it after about half hour, sweating and pooped (at least we got some exercise!). Beautiful 5 minute walk from the Inn to the beach which is quiet and clean. Rates vary depending on rooms, $240+ for room & breakfast, $360+ for room & 3 course dinner with breakfast (based on 2 people). All in all, I would stay again, preferably in the Widow's Walk but I would also stay in room 30 or comparable room...unfortunately I would not stay again in the guest cottage. Also, I would rather pay for just the room rate and have the OPTION to eat at the Inn as there are several other places within walking distance of the inn that have really great food.
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- Located in the picturesque, heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron's sandy shores, The Little Inn provides charming and authentic accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Little Hotel Bayfield
- The Little Inn Of Bayfield Canada - Ontario