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“Comfy Inn, But A Bit Overpriced”
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Church Hill Inn
Ranked #3 of 4 Sister Bay B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

My wife and I spent a Sunday-Tuesday trip here. This is apparently one of the newer facilities in Door County. It combines elements of a hotel/inn with those of a B&B. There are 24 rooms on 2 floors. We were welcomed by the desk clerk who gave us the basic rundown on the Inn. We were not asked if we needed help with our bags. We didn't, but seems a basic courtesy of operation. There was an honor bar set up for those times when no one was tending the bar, and in the afternoon they set out some snacks; the one time we checked it was cocktail weinies in a crock pot and a basket of pretzels...meh.

We had the "Windsor" suite which had its own balcony, not big but big enough, and in-bathroom jacuzzi. The room was well appointed, even with a bay window seating area. TV was a non-flat panel Dynex (not exactly high quality for a high-priced room); considering we weren't there to watch TV it didn't matter that much. There was a small fridge unit in the room which sat directly on the floor -- really need a table to put that on so you aren't on your knees while using it. Again, given how much one is paying for the room rate these are the small touches one would expect to be present. The room was clean, and the bed was comfortable, although there were fairly large scratches on the footboard of the bed. We leaned back on the headboard to watch TV one evening and we heard a "pop"; we discovered that the side rail of the bed had literally pulled part from the headboard...that likely shouldn't have happened unless it was glued together after a prior problem.

The breakfast that was included was served from 8 - 10 a.m. The dining room was sufficient, and we received a warm welcome from the hostesses both mornings. They brought us juice and coffee. The daily breakfast itself, however, was set in a little breezeway between the lobby/bar area and the dining room. The warming dishes and other items required people to move around both sides of the serving table and back into the breezeway and then back into the dining area; it was not the greatest traffic flow set up. The food itself was good, not great. Comparing it with other B&Bs we've stayed in, this food was much more institutionalized, it seemed. Perhaps no choice given the difference between having to prepare for a handful of guests versus perhaps 10 times as many.

The location of the Inn does not allow for a view of the water, but it is close enough (given weather conditions) to walk to in about 10 minutes or so, along with the rest of central Sister Bay, which is full of shops and other eating establishments. It was also conveniently located just off Hwy. 57 which, along with Hwy. 42, are the two main routes into and out of Door County.

There are seating areas on each of the two floors, books and games available for use, as well as an exercise room and sauna, which we did not get a chance to use. My wife did have a foot massage, though, which was arranged through the front desk.

On the whole, it was a good experience. Was it worth the price, particularly with an extra premium added on for the Sunday night because it happened to be part of the Columbus Day weekend? We didn't think so. Felt it was a bit overpriced. If you've ever seen the TV show, Hotel Impossible with Anthony Melchiorri, we can only imagine he'd have some suggestions to make this nice place great. Seems like it's close, but just enough issues to keep it a notch below. Would we stay here again? We'd have no problem doing so. But given the other accommodation options throughout Door County we'd probably opt for something different with a rate more in keeping with what's delivered overall.

Room Tip: Corner/end room suite, such as the "Windsor," is spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Hats off again to Mike and his staff. We had a great 3 night stay. The first night they had a fire in the fireplace going and long comfy couches in visiting areas. The other two nights, we returned too late to ask them to light the fireplace :o( The rooms are spotless, the beds very comfortable, spacious rooms. The included English breakfast was delicious (scones, coffeecake, homemade granola, ham, eggs, fresh fruit, etc). Worth every penny. We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

My Mom and I stayed here for three nights in early Sept. We stayed in the Cricket room which was fine, beds were wonderful.. The TV could use an upgrade. Enjoyed the ample sitting areas, and having a access to a refrigerator was very handy. The exterior lights on all the rooms can't be turned off, which was annoying. They said it was for security purposes. We had a second floor room, so Mom and I had to carry our own luggage upstairs. There is no elevator or staff to help.

The breakfasts were fantastic. How do they make oatmeal so yummy? The honor bar was a nice feature. Location was good for getting around Door County, although if I go back, might give Fish Creek a try.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We had a very pleasant stay here the last week of August. The weather was perfect and Sister Bay was not crowded. We had the Royal Doulton room, which faced the pool and was close to the breakfast area. Very clean and quiet. We walked over to the shops next door, but they weren't very busy, so we hope they can (the shops) stay open. The breakfasts were delicious, and the staff very friendly. We live far from Door County, but if we go again we would definitely stay here. And the hand lotion is to die for! Love the scent. If you are ever in the Branson, Mo. area, there is a B&B very similar, the Bradford Inn. (But without the English atmosphere!).

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

This is a neat B&B type of hotel on a hill across from a church, hence the name, as opposed to an Inn named after Winston Churchill. The owner is English and has a London taxi for transportation so you'd think of the latter reason first. It's a well run establishment with nicely decorated rooms, very spacious and well appointed. The room includes breakfast which is a nice feature. The best part is staying there on a weekend to have the full English breakfast on Sunday morning. Scones and clotted cream are just Incredible. The owners are very helpful and friendly. We'd recommend is as a good spot for a weekend getaway or even a longer vacation in Sister Bay

Room Tip: Unless you want a hot tub in the middle of your room, get the 2nd best room level.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Church Hill Inn is kind of a cross between a motel and an inn. I found it to be very accommodating and charming, and was thoroughly pleased with Church Hill as a choice for where to stay for our first trip to Door County. We stayed in the room called "Castles" which was at the end of a hall with nice big windows. Our friends stayed in the room across the hall and were also pleased. The breakfast in the morning was tasty. One thing that I didn't see mentioned in the other reviews is that it is a good idea to have a few dollars with you when you go down to breakfast, as there are young people getting your drinks and clearing your dishes, and a little sign on each table suggests that you leave a gratuity for them. So if you do want to leave one, it is convenient to have a bit of money on you. The public areas have some comfy places to sit. The pub has a nice honor system which we did not end up using, but it was really nice to know it was there if we wanted it. The staff was very welcoming to us, and we felt very comfortable and at home here. Sister Bay was a good location for getting to other places around Door County. Again, I was happy with our choice!

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

We have been staying here almost every summer for years. The deluxe king room is very spacious and very quiet. Mike, the owner, is also the chef. Breakfasts (included) always have a good variety and are great. We often eat so much that lunch is out of the question. They have remodelled the lower level and included a massage room next to the workout room. The location of the Inn is really a plus because it is at the junction of both of the main roads in Door County - everything is accessable.

Room Tip: If you require a king bed, try for a corner room.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Church Hill Inn

Address: 425 Gateway Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9450
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Sister Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Sister Bay
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Church Hill Hotel Sister Bay
Church Hill Inn Sister Bay, Door County, WI

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