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“Amazing Views” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Seagull Bay Motel

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Seagull Bay Motel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bayfield
Certificate of Excellence
Stillwater
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We booked this hotel pretty much the last minute, getting lucky as 80-85% of the rooms are booked a year in advance by returning customers. The views from each room are amazing. Don't expect a new looking place, it isn't. But the beds are comfy, the water pressure in the shower is strong and its hot. There are lawn chairs to sit in outside each door and benches or tables to enjoy the outdoors and views. It is a short walk to town along a path just down the hill. Mike, the owner is wonderful as are the other staff members we met. We enjoyed our stay so much we extended it by another day, only because we got lucky and there was a cancellation.
I would like to see the lights outside of each room replaced with the yellow bug lights so you could sit out longer at night to enjoy the view. (They come on automatically, no switch).
If you smoke, do not plan on staying here as they do not allow smoking anywhere on the grounds.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City
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55 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

The room my friend and I stayed in was comfortable, had a full kitchen, faced the lake and was quiet. But! That's not all. Mike, the owner took us to the room which was very clean and had one bed and a comfortable pull-out. The room was in the back of the Motel where there was a lovely lawn which sloped down to Lake Superior. Mike pointed out the trail which took us a short 10-15 walk along the lake to the town center. He also suggested Maggies, a restaurant in the town, but that's another review. Oh yes, and the price is most reasonable.

Room Tip: Ask for one which faces Lake Superior.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EllyDresden
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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127 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

The manager/owner of the Seagull Bay Motel must love his job. He is very friendly and welcoming.

The motel is a lot less expensive than other Lake Superior lodges in Bayfield, but you get a great attitude with a great view. There is a nice walking path into town located on the lake side of the motel.

If you stay in a room on the upper floor, you will share a balcony with everybody on that floor.

However, in order for the motel to continue to succeed, it needs to be updated. There were some areas in our room that showed their age; a bathroom door that would not close and a rusty heater for example. The decor is a bit dated.

This is a basic service motel with no shampoo, no continental breakfast, and no hair dryers.

With the friendly service and inexpensive rooms, this motel is fine for most people.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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McHenry, Illinois
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70 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

The Seagull Bay Motel is a great place to stay in Bayfield Wisconsin. Location, location, location is key. Great view of Lake Superior, Access to the Brownstone Trail which is a 10 minute walk to town in one direction, and a beautiful, easy 5 mile (round trip) walk in the other direction past beautiful homes, and through a section of woods loaded with birch trees. The rooms are clean & simple, and reasonably priced. The staff are friendly and willing to help with any questions you might have. What more could you want?

Room Tip: If you want to save a bit of money, get a kitchenette. We brought up our own food & snacks and a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TravelBuddy0406
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USA
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

What can I say? The back deck view of the lake and Madeline Island is FANTASTIC; the price is right and Mike the owner is very efficient and friendly. We will be back.

I'd give this place a 5-star if it were not for one problem - I don't know if all the units are the same, but the one we stayed in had no air conditioning. It proved to be muggy and hot inside on this early July night, even with the windows open. The nice breeze outside didn't do much good with the blinds down at night. We would definitely ask for an air conditioned unit (if there is any) if we go back in the summer.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank limepunch
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River Falls, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Locally owned, clean, comfortable, wonderful, friendly owners. Drive to your front door, walk out your back door to the deck overooking Lake Superior. We were so pleased. We are planning to go back next year for another relaxing time.

Room Tip: All ave views but 12-19 have a great deck. Larger apartments available at very reasonable cost.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Roger K
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Modesto, California
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91 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is about our 8th year staying at co-owner Mike's detached house at Seagull Bay in Bayfield. Our extended stay has increased to one week long. The detached house contains apartments in the basement and 2nd floor; we always rent the 1st floor which sleeps 6 in three bedrooms, or up to 8 or more if one uses the back porch and the living room couches. The unit comes with a full kitchen. We always prepare several meals, at least two based on the fresh Lake Superior trout and whitefish from Bodin's of Bayfield. This year we had seven family members for the first 3 days, and even with one bathroom, we were never stacked on top of one another. There is plenty of room for family members to spread out. This property, with a back deck view of the lake and Madeline Island, provides the perfect location for viewing and visiting the Apostle Islands, kayaking, or swimming in the summer. The extremely reasonable rental cost of these units makes this one of the best deals there is for the budget-conscious traveler or vacationer. Our 1st floor unit comes complete with TV and a working sauna.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Seagull Bay Motel
Address: 325 S 7th St, Bayfield, WI 54814-4799
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Bayfield
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bayfield
Number of rooms: 32
Also Known As:
Seagull Bay Hotel Bayfield

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