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.
- Also Known As:
- Church Hill Hotel Sister Bay
- Church Hill Inn Sister Bay, Door County, WI