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Crystal Bell Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Wabeno B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Pros:
* All rooms were very clean
* Satisfying amount of breakfast
* Donna pointed us to a good place to eat and printed off directions for a park
* Donna and Mike were both exceedingly friendly

Cons:
* The beds were way too soft - hard to get to sleep and our backs were sore in the morning
* Bathrooms were separate from bedrooms and shared with other guests
* We were discouraged from making our own teas and coffees - Donna insisted on making ours when we'd rather make them ourselves the way we wanted
* The pastries were supposedly homemade fresh everyday, but neither my sister nor I smelled or heard any baking going on. While the pastries were good, they were no more special than any decent bakery pastries. We thought the same about the Belgian waffles - not homemade. However, the choice of syrups and jams was very good.
* Did not like the way Donna went on about her food, beds, etc. "These are the most awesome waffles you'll ever have!" "This is the best chai ever!" (not hardly - the chai she offered was from a mix and not the true Indian chai), "These are the best sausages ever!", "These will be the best beds you'll ever sleep in!", etc. No host or hostess should shout the praises of their wares - let the guests make the decision and compliment if worthy!
* After a long drive and just wishing to be shown our room, we were given a tour of this very large and ornate historical home. We were tired but didn't want to be rude, so on the tour we went. It would have been very nice to be asked first if we'd like a tour or maybe wait until later.

Room Tip: If you like soft beds, super-attentive hosts and not particular about homemade vs store-bought food...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank glisakh
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

If you have a reason to be in this area, this is definitely the best place I've stayed in probably all of Wisconsin. The couple who run it are almost too good to be true. It was truly a great time. We hope to be go back some time.

Room Tip: Every room in this bed and breakfast will bring a smile to your face.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank erdbeermund78
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

The house was clean and beautiful. The children and adults were in awe of all the delightful things to see everywhere you looked! The beds are a bit of heaven, like floating on a cloud! Mike and Donna were fun to be around and made sure that all you could possibly want or need is available for you.

Room Tip: All the rooms have cozy beds. Different color schemes and views.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank LaurieB5239
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

I have been going to the Crystal Bell for about 6 or 7 years now for a weekend scrapbooking retreat, and each year when I leave, I can't wait to return. Mike and Donna are such gracious hosts, and pay attention to every detail. For a busy mom who takes care of self last, the Bell is my oasis. I get a ton of scrapbooking done, and always treat myself to a massage and usually a facial and pedicure. The beds are super comfy, the food is very good and Mike and Donna treat us like family. I could not more highly recommend the Crystal Bell!

Room Tip: They are all very comfortable, but I have to say that the balcony room is my favorite!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank kahammen
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

A friend of mine while I was visiting, lives in Townsend, near Wabeno. I was looking for a place to get a massage after a crazy travel week. She said there was not a spa facility in the area. On our way to Timberstone to play golf we passed by the Crystal Bell and noticed the sign "Hotel and Spa". The massage was awesome! I was also very impressed with this historic bed and breakfast hotel in this quaint city. This place is a real charm. The Owner Donna was so very friendly and offered us 7 diferrent types of Chai while we waiting for our massage. I was not there to stay, but would love to some day as each room is unique and cozy. A must see to appreciate it. They also offer facials and nail services. A rare find in this remote area.

Room Tip: They have a beautiful wedding suite.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank BocaArchitect
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

My husband and I have stayed at a lot of Bed & Breakfasts and this place outshines them. The comfy bed, the gorgeous sturdy old house, the beautifully manicured lawn.... These are all great. But - by far - the "amenity" that makes this place the best is the owners, Mike and Donna. They are hard-working friendly folks who have an amazing gift to combine awesome hospitality with an uncanny ability to pay attention to all of the little details that truly allow guests to relax/refresh. They are loving people who really treat guests like gold. The value is amazing too - just check out their prices! And keep in mind you get a gourmet breakfast, with a little surprise pastry treat to bring with you as you set out on your adventure for the day. The world is a better place because of people like Mike and Donna; and as far as innkeepers, they provide service like no other!! I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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4  Thank CrazyAtoms
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Crystal Bell Inn Bed and Breakfast

Address: 4226 River St, P.O. Box 94, Wabeno, WI 54566-9250
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Wabeno
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Wabeno
Number of rooms: 8

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