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“Relaxing stay at a nice place!”
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Bay Shore Inn
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Sturgeon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Chicagoland
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Relaxing stay at a nice place!”
Reviewed 29 June 2010

We had a nice stay here, checking in on Father's Day for 4 days. We arrived early, but they gave us our room, which was the deluxe 2 bedroom on the south wing. The condo was spacious and VERY clean, with 3 doors that led to a big deck with a view of the water and gardens. Nice!

The grounds are clean and well-maintained...the inn's website does not do this place justice, it is nicer in real life. The gardens are pretty and the pool has a view of the small sand beach and rocky shores. You can hunt for seashells or just relax, its pretty. They have rowboats, paddle boats and bikes to use for free.

Some people have said the location is not good, but it is just a short drive to the other towns in Door County and most of those do not have their inns directly on the harbor...in Ephraim, they are all across the street from the water, so this place is ideal. We bought some groceries and cooked light meals there, but everything is close. Fish Creek is the best town...it has a hipster vibe we enjoyed, and cool shops and a pretty view. Sweetie Pies has homemade pies that are killer and there is a vintage drive in theatre there, too.

We'd never been to Door County, but it was fun...Pennisula Park had a lot to do, a beach and light house, hiking, etc. I found that the shopkeepers were all friendly, unlike in Harbor Country in Michigan, where people are uptight.

The condo was cleaned every day by a friendly staff and the front desk has dvds and games you can take to your room. I really enjoyed this place...our kids loved it, too. I liked that the deck has an opening to get right to the beach, so you feel like it is really private, your own entrance. We made a fire in the firepit on the beach and watched a glorious sunset on the water. This place is super, super quiet. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

We have stayed at the Bayshore three times in total, the most recent time with my young daughter. The rooms are essentially condos and we found them to be well cared for and clean. My wife tends to be more picky about cleanliness than I am and she was very pleased. They have a beach, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. They have a fitness center, which I didn't use as well as bikes you can use for free (though they're not in the best condition). Very friendly staff. One additioinal intangbible was that we left our Kindle bookreader there and the housekeepers turned it in and we got it back. It's what you would hope would happen but truthfully, we had assumed it was gone. My only negative comments are: 1) it is in the southern end of Door County and depending on traffic, it can take a while to cover the entire penninsula; 2) the beach is ok but it should be a focal point in my mind. They need to do a better job of grooming it and they need to increase and update the chairs on the beach. In my mind, this could be a huge additional focal point of what is already a nice venue. On the plus side, there are a couple of row boats and paddle boats available for use .

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Merrill, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 9 May 2010

Cold, Rainy, and Windy was the weather for the start of the weekend, but the Bay Shore Inn was a friendly, extremely clean and quiet place to stay. Large suite rooms, with newer furnishings and decor made it all the more friendly as opposed to the weather outside. had a great time.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Neenah, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2009

Great clean spacious accomodations. Well stocked and furnished condos with great decks overlooking the bay in every direction. The outdoor and indoor pools as well as the beach were the most used by the younger set. The fire pit had wood waiting. The grills were ready to go. There was a play area, beautiful grounds and even bikes for all ages, a row boat and paddle boats available (no charge). The Inn views the opening of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal so the ships and boats are fun to watch from almost anywhere. The setting is beautiful and peaceful so it is hard to believe that food and "the" highway are only a short distance. Ages from 7 to 63 and we all enjoyed our stay. We are going back in August and October.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Peshtigo, WI
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Reviewed 22 August 2008

We love Bay Shore Inn! The rooms are great, staff is wonderful and view is breathtaking. It is the perfect place to stay with kids or for a romantic get away. With separate bedrooms and bathrooms, there is more than enough space for a family. Can't wait to go back in a few weeks!

Stephanie
Northeast WI

  • Liked — Staff, View, Room Size
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2008

We had a great stay at the Bay Shore Inn. This is our first big trip since having our son, and traveling with a 10 month old has been quite an experience.
Bay Shore Inn is perfect for people with kids.
Great little beach, 2 pools (indoor and outdoor) and a kids play area. They also have a game room.
Comfortable bed, clean kitchen and a great bathroom! Big whirlpool tub.
The rooms also come equipped with a TV/VCR/DVD player- never knew how necessary that was until you have a cranky toddler.
We will stay here every time we come to Door County!

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 May 2008

Booked a trip based on the reviews I read here and all I can say is thanks! Talk about nice people and what large clean rooms. Now the location is a bit farther south than we would have liked in the Door County area but after staying a few days here we're going back this year for an extra day. The property is so clean and well maintained that we were most impressed.

The people who work there (owners?) were so nice and friendly. The rooms are huge! Even the smallest room on the property is twice as large as the average room we were used to.

Now let me tell you about the location... the view is breathtaking. The property is right on the bay and you can sit on a bench and watch the sun set over the water!

The last person who reviewed the property did everyone an injustice IMHO. While I will not dispute the issue that they had I find "punishment" reviews to do everyone here a diservice. One Star because you had a misunderstanding with the owner? What about the property? The location? The rooms? Everything deserves One Star because of a mixup?

We're already booked for this summer and I hope to make this location a yearly trip.

John B
Chicago

  • Liked — The huge clean rooms
  • Disliked — A bit farther south for some Door Country Attractions
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Bay Shore Inn
Address: 4205 Bay Shore Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2367
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Door County > Sturgeon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sturgeon Bay
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Sturgeon Bay
#2 Family Hotel in Sturgeon Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Sturgeon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All our condominium suites have private decks to take in the breath taking views over the bay. 1-3 bedroom suites all have full kitchens with granite counters and living rooms with HD TVs and a sleeper sofa. We have a beach with complimentary kayaks and boats, bonfire pit, bikes, tennis courts, basketball, playground, fitness center and game room. We have a heated indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, and massage therapist on site. ... more   less 
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Bay Shore Hotel Sturgeon Bay
Bay Shore Resort

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