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The Lodge at Leathem Smith
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Sturgeon Bay
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Terrible.”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Terrible stay, and expensive. No rooms have a view of the water, ours had a view of a concrete parking lot, and we paid $160. There are much cheaper and beautiful places to stay in Door County. And the service is better at a campground. Here are some of the gems to expect:

If you call to make changes to your reservation, expect the desk clerk to blame you when he can't find your reservation. Expect him to accuse you of making the reservation under someone else's name even though your credit card was charged. Expect him to then accuse you of making a reservation at another hotel...even though your credit card was charged. Then expect him to try to end the phone call with you. When he finally finds out he couldn't find your name because another desk clerk spelled your name wrong (although she suspiciously was able to spell it correctly when charging your credit card), expect him to pretend he didn't just treat you like you're an idiot.

If you're coming for a wedding that starts at 4:00, know that check-in is at 3:00. Expect it to be like pulling teeth to get an early check-in so you have time to get ready for the wedding. Expect the front desk clerk to say, "well I don't know what I can do" when you call ahead to ask, and then expect to have to explain to her that she could ask the cleaning people to clean your room first. Expect her to be extremely inconvenienced by your request.

Expect that the rooms will not have basic amenities that are typical even in the cheapest motels such as hairdryers and an iron/ironing board, or even a menu for the restaurant downstairs.

When you call down to the front desk for said unprovided iron/ironing board, expect the employee to be rude and totally inconvenienced by your request. She will send an ironing board "if the cleaning people are not too busy."

When you get out of the shower and realize that a hair dryer is *also* not provided, and exclaim to your partner how it's "[--] ridiculous" that those are not standard, either, expect an employee to overhear your rant through the wall and, seemingly nicely, bring a hair dryer to your door. But when she does it she'll rudely tell your partner that she's "just trying to prevent a meltdown." (For the record, after the ironing board debacle, I was prepared to go to the wedding with wet hair to avoid having to ask the front desk clerk for a hair dryer at all)

If you get a beer at the bar, you can bring it to your room, but if you dare to stop anywhere on the way to your room, such as the lobby, prepare to be rudely reprimanded by the staff.

If you're at a wedding out on the lawn, be prepared to not be able to hear anything because of the traffic passing by on the highway.

When they're hosting a wedding, expect them to put up a sign at the bar of the reception drink choices. When you ask for one of the drink choices, expect the bartender to tell you those are not available, and when you point to the sign, expect her to say, "don't shoot the messenger," then take the sign down, and then *put it back up* five minutes later even though you *still* can't order those drinks.

Be very clear that you need a pet friendly room. Make sure you are in one of their six pet-friendly rooms. If not, there is hell to pay. $250.00 to be exact.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I had the visual pleasure of being at the Lodge at Leathem Smith. I was there to do business with the owner, Paul, and while I was waiting I heard the daily routine and interaction of his work staff while I sat in the sun drenched, inviting lobby, facing a large fireplace.
From the time I walked through the door, experienced the staff as they helped each other and were having fun at the same time, listened to them engage their guests, I knew this was the place to be in Door County.
The Lodge, as I lovingly call it since being there, entices you to spend little time in your room and find your own comfortable place to relax and enjoy.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Roseville, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013

We had our wedding reception at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in May of 2013. Our wedding was an amazing experience, every couple has lofty expectations for that special day, Paul and his staff helped bring turn those expectations from dream to reality.
Service: During the planning stages Paul was amazing at putting our minds at ease and casting a vision of how our reception would look and feel. He knows how to make those small touches that turn him from another vendor to trusted advisor. The staff before and after the event was always friendly and made sure that both we and our guests were satisfied and happy with meals, accomodations, and the occasional special request.
Food: The lodge knocks it out of the park! Our dinner was served at stations and the food was amazing, the guests were raving about a number of the dishes whether it was the pork tenderloin with cherry compote, the curried meatloaf, or the white fish. The staff also paid special attention to my wives needs for a lactose free dish and made a special effort to accomodate one of our guest who was gluten free.
Lodging: We were the second guests in the newly renovated "Johnny Cash" Suite. The room is amazing, the updates were very well done, the room was spacious. The only regret was not trying out the fire place. We heard many rave reviews on the breakfast from our guests.
Location: My wife is from Door County, so we have a strong affinity for the area and are potentially a little bias, but it's an amazing place, our ceremony was in the spring and the cherry blossoms were a serene backdrop for photographs.
Our wedding was an amazing day, We are very appreciative to Paul, The Lodge, and his staff for the role that they played in our special day.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sussex, WI
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

We took a family vacation to Door County and stayed at the Lodge. Our room (Captain's Suite) was great, enough room for a family of four! The staff was very friendly and helpful! We had good service and great food! The Thursday night Paella rocked! We were only a short drive to lots of shopping, in Sturgeon Bay and further up the peninsula. We were also able to put our boat in the Marina right across the street and do some fishing in the Bay!.

Room Tip: Captain's Suite includes microwave, fridge, fold out couch and hot tub! Good for families! T...
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Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Roseville, Minnesota, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 June 2013

We couldn't have been happier with the accommodations for our sons wedding, this is a beautiful wedding friendly place to celebrate. The food and service met or exceeded our expectations. Our rooms were clean and comfortable, will be returning to this beautiful place.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013

My friends had their wedding reception at The Lodge at Leathem Smith and so I decided to stay 3 nights. My room was the very nice, clean and comfortable and overlooked the grounds by the pool (which was closed at the time due to the cold weather/season) The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I enjoyed walking around the neighbor hood located by the water where Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay meet. Much better choice then the workout area in the lodge which was old and needed a major update. Overall a nice experience and I would stay again.

Room Tip: The Captain suite is the best value
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Under command of owner-PAUL This is first class resort and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Our son's WEDDING reheasal dinner and RECEPTION held this week end. Rooms rating: EXCELLENT, sized for familes and PRICED very reasonable.
ACCOLADES to CHEF-LOUI, MGR.-SCOTT and POLISHED STAFF for paying attention to every detail!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Lodge at Leathem Smith

Property: The Lodge at Leathem Smith
Address: 1640 Memorial Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-1504
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Sturgeon Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Sturgeon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge at Leathem Smith 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leathem Smith Lodge went out of business in 2007 and was recently purchased and reopened as The Lodge at Leathem Smith in 2011. The Lodge is the place in Door County for upscale guest rooms, impeccable Suites, fine casual dining, meetings, wedding receptions, banquets and recreational facilities tendered to their guests with great pride and attention-to-detail professionalism - all part of your ideal stay in Door County at Leathem Smith Lodge. ACCOMMODATIONS: Our many guests have found the guest rooms live up to our standard of Casual elegance at Door County's historic Lodge Resort, all at affordable rates. The Lodge guest rooms include 16 Suites... 475 Sq. Ft. Commodore (2) and First Mate (2) junior suites, 650 sq. Ft. Two-room Captain's Suites (10) and 740 sq. Ft. Two-room Admiral's Suites (2)... Are decorated with 14 different styles of Thomasville furniture and our 32 deluxe hotel rooms are furnished in Broyhill, Thomasville and American of Martinsville. Our Harborside is a one-story building which is approximately 50 yards from the main Lodge. All 15 guest rooms are accessed from interior lobbies and corridor. Each guest room has a patio to relax...'Across-the-street' view to the water.  ... more   less 
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