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“Lovely Room but Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Brewery Creek Inn

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Brewery Creek Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Mineral Point B&B and Inns
Chicago, IL
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154 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Lovely Room but Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2010

We stayed 2 nights. I booked the most expensive room, #6 because it was the only one available AND I liked the look of the room. Even though some of the TA comments were negative on the hosts I thought the place looked great and we would try it. Well, room #6 was great. It had a large bathroom with a jacuzzi, queen size four poster bed (very comfy), fireplace (didn't work but was explained to us when we arrived), very nice seating area with a couch and chair, TV/DVD, and internet service (we got the service but it was slow. It could have been because of our computer). Two of the walls of the bedroom were the original stone which added to the charm of the room. There were plenty of pillows and an extra blanket. The lighting was great. We had the window open so it did get loud on Saturday morning. Two big trucks drove by. BUT if we had the windows closed it would have been fine. I didn't see a hair dryer. I didn't ask for one but assume you would get one if you asked.

Our disappointment was because of registration process and the lack of feeling like we were guests. Checking in was strange. There is a restaurant that is part of the Inn. If the restaurant is open, then you go in the front door. One of the owners basically said "looks like your checking in since you have luggage. You owe us this much." We don't mind paying our bill but we didn't feel like we were guests at all. We paid the bill and were shown to the breakfast area and our room. We were told to come in the front door during business hours and after hours come in the yellow back door. Well, the back door is by the garbage and empty beer kegs. You walk in to a little storage area and then go up the stairs to your room. To us it is strange that there is no reception area.

The breakfast area and restaurant kitchen are on the second floor. The room was nice. We were told coffee goes on at 7:30 AM (you can turn it on earlier if you want). The ice buckets were in the breakfast area. If you want ice, tell them. Breakfast is served at 8:30. They had coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, pastries, one day there was melon, another day macroons, bananas, sourdough bread and three types of cereal. I didn't see anything get replenished except coffee. The coffee was excellent. They get it from a place in Galena.

Any time we have stayed in a B&B, there was either coffee and cookies available to guests all day OR there was a basket of some type of goodies - water, snacks, cookies, or candy. None of this existed here.

We ate at the restaurant the first night. I liked my burger and fries and herring appetizer. My partner was very disappointed with his burger but did like the fries. We stopped by the second night for a glass of wine at the bar. Debbie got the wine for us but Jeff, behind the bar, didn't greet us or talk to us at all. There was a young blonde man who was either a waiter or a bus boy. He was friendlier to us than the owner.

I guess I was disappointed to pay $205 per night, including taxes (this is the only one at this price, the rest are less expensive) and not feel like we were welcome.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Madison, WI
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2010

We stayed in the Miner's Cottage for one night and loved it. Certainly not a 5-star Chicago suite, but a charming historical cottage with nice amenities considering it was built almost 200 years ago. Great location too. Town is quaint with shops and galleries.

We enjoyed reading by the fire - lots of nice books. Bedroom was lovely and bed and pillows so comfy.

The only downside was the bath tub is old (not jetted) and there wasn't enough hot water for a bath - but this is understandable of a 1836 cottage!

All in all a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

I can't say enough about our experience at this inn- my partner and I and another couple booked two rooms for birthday celebrations and were shocked by the quality of the accommodations! First of all, the rooms were spotless, smelled wonderful, and were equipped with everything we could imagine needing. The owners went out of their way to make sure we had an excellent dinner, and even let us keep our birthday cake in their refrigerator the day we checked out while we were walking around town. If you are coming to Wisconsin do not miss out on this experience!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank LitLoverWI
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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2009

A wonderful experience. There were four in our group and we had rooms one and six, one on the second and the other on the third floor. Both were clean, comfortable and nicely appointed. The artists on the trip were impressed with the stone lithographs appointing the walls. Debby was extremely gracious and friendly. She's the hostess. Her husband is the brewmaster and more skilled with that than customer relations. That's OK. The restaurant staff were helpful and attentive; the cook enthusiastic to say the least. We all enjoyed our dinner (steak and salmon) and the soup of the day was a huge hit, as was the beer, root beer and cream soda brewed on premises. The morning continental breakfast included juice, yogurt, milk, coffee, tea, cereal, bananas, sourdough bread, jelly, butter, and Danish pastries. A great place to stay if you plan to take the four hour Estate tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (about 20 minutes north)-- which I also highly recommend. Tour Cave of the Mounds on the way to this B&B.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank Dignon
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little chute
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2008

Very nice place and rooms, continental Breakfast, good beer. The waitstaff made us feel as if we were putting them out when there was only 3 other people at the bar and the gentleman owner was not too friendly, it seemed as if it was run for the locals , at least in the bar.

  • Liked — building and rooms
  • Disliked — owners and waitstaff unfriendliness
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank lizzynurse
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Madison
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

We stayed in the Miner's Cottage, and we loved it. It was built for little people, so it was cozy. The furnishings were lovely, and the reading material we found near the fireplace in the parlor was extensive enough to please anyone.

We enjoyed having a kitchen and all the utensils necessary right at hand. There was a play being presented up the hill in the back yard, but we didn't hear any of it. We could have gone if we wanted, as part of an arrangement the B&B has with the Shake Rag folks.

If you are looking for up-to-date lodging, look elsewhere. If you like to imagine what people may have lived like when your lodging was first built, this is a good place to start. It's quiet enough at night that you can take yourself back in time quite easily.

The breakfast is not much, but we were not looking for a massive repast. There are plenty of options for that in Mineral Point, if you are so inclined. It's a beautiful place, far from the madding crowd. Get away from it all, if that's your idea of a splendid vacation.

  • Liked — The recreation of a former time
  • Disliked — The breakfast - not enough food for me
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank kimbobb
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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2008

A friend and I stayed in Room Six which has a fabulous bathroom with a whirlpool tub. The beds were super comfy, and the room perfectly appointed. There was no noise or smell from the restaurant/kitchen below.

The staff was accomodating, however, the husband/owner is probably in the wrong business as he never spoke to either of us and seemed rather aloof.

We had dinner in the restaurant and it was wonderful and fresh (loved the Jalapeno Cheese Curds). The simple breakfast was perfect - especially the homemade pastries.

We loved Mineral Point - it seems rather quaint - all the art galleries and fun little shops (loved the little toy store Leaping Lizards and the bookstore Foundry Books). Everyone in town was so friendly and inviting. We also stopped by The Red Rooster for lunch to try the famous pastys.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank lft2000
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Property: Brewery Creek Inn
Address: 23 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI 53565-1368
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Mineral Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Mineral Point
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8

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