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Harriet's House & Island Suites
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

If you stay here they will regulate everything that you do you cannot have other guests come inside the house to go to the bathroom, you will feel like a grade schooler.... and it's very expensive to stay here as well..... if we could repeat the trip we would stay somewhere else because it is so regulated

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
Thank Nik P
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Dennis R, Owner at Harriet's House & Island Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for the review. We truly enjoy the many positive sentiments expressed by the over 3,000 guests we host each summer. We also respect those of you that do not enjoy your visit.
We reaize we can not be all things to all people. We communicate that fact on our first telephone communication with a potential guest. We send a confirmation form with our three basic rules: no smoking in the facility; be respectfully of the other guests on the property and only registered guests are permitted in the facility. We review the rules with the group upon arrival and answer any questions. We post our expectations in each facility. We do, using your term, "regulate" these rules. If you have expectations of your gusts, you need to consistently and fairly ask for compliance, or don't have rules.
We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations; however, we do want to thank Marty for helping us to attempt to keep the "lid on". He truly was a class act and understood both sides of the equation!
As one guest recently stated, "negative reviews are exactly why we stay at Harriet's House". "Different strokes for different folks"!
Denny and Linda

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The negative reviews on here are EXACTLY why we choose to stay at Harriets House. We have been staying at HH for several years now and have never had any issues whatsoever. If you want a super clean, comfortable, room at a great value, this is the best place on the island. We have been coming to PIB for close to 30 years and have stayed in many places on the island. HH is by far the cleanest, friendliest, most relaxing place to stay. Denny and Linda are very friendly, accomodating, and they certainly do run a maticulous ship. Do they let their guests break the rules / law, act like animals, and destroy their investment? No way. If you prefer that kind of behavior, go elsewhere. I love to party and drink just as much as anyone else visiting the island but when I am done for the evening, I want to leave the party where it is and go to a place where I can relax and sleep well. Thankfully Denny and Linda are on top of things to insure that their guests are enjoying the PIB experience to the fullest. This place is the best kept secret and I have some doubts about writing such a good review because I know as more and more responsible people read this and book rooms, it will just make it more difficult to get reservations in the future.
Cheers to Harriets House!

Room Tip: All rooms are extremely clean and smell nice.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Dennis R, Owner at Harriet's House & Island Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Boy oh Boy what a review! Thank you for the wonderful, well constructed review. We appreciate the fact that you enjoy the Island and "party like a responsible Rock Stars". Linda and I have been coming to Put-In-Bay since we were kids and love this Island and the many things to do while visiting. People like you make our jobs fun and exciting.

Denny and Linda

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The wife arranged it all for my 40th. I had no idea what we were getting into. Never been to Put In Bay. Got there w no issues. We were welcomed by the owners daughter. The place was perfect. It's big. VERY clean. Tons of room for our group of 7. The owners were great. They were the equivalent of hotel staff. Accommodating/ welcoming/ checked on us when we crossed paths. We can't wait to go back!! Probably going to make it an annual trip. Fingers crossed that Harriet's House will be available. Oh, and it sits a half block or so from the main drag. PERFECT spot to be. Quiet at night but a very easy walk to the action. Didn't need/ use a cart. Thank you Linda and family!!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to stay at the suites after spending 9 years at the islander inn for our annual college reunion. BEST DECISION EVER! They are comparable to the other hotels with bigger and cleaner rooms. We had 2 full beds with a pull out sleeper sofa...perfect for all 6 of us. Full fridge & half kitchen too!
Perfect location...right next to the pools and down the street from the restaurants and bars.
They are strict about who is in the rooms, with good reason. These rooms are well maintained and beautiful and you get very personalized service. So when you stay, you must let them know who will be staying in the room. Nothing wrong with that. You can tell a lot of effort goes into their properties.
This was our second year there, and we will be back next year!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Aurora627
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We stayed at Harriet's House last month and really enjoyed our stay. Harriet's House is very nice, clean, and well taken care of. It's also just a block from all the bars, restaurants, etc. Dennis and Linda are both so nice. Our room was a little small, but very clean, and the bed was very comfortable. They have brand new golf carts for rent, and they are probably the most reasonably priced on the island. Their room prices are also very reasonable, especially considering how nice they are. Probably my only complaint was I couldn't get the free wifi in our room, I had to go over by the office to get on wifi (not really a big deal when you're on vacation!). If I ever go back to Put-in-Bay, I would definitely stay at Harriet's House.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room at the Lodge, which was very quiet.
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harriet's House & Island Suites

Address: 247 Erie St, Put in Bay, OH 43456-6642
Region: United States > Ohio > Put in Bay
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Put in Bay
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome! Harriet's House was built around 1878 by John and Edna Esselbach becoming one of the first residences on the Island. The house still stands today in remodeled form. In 2002, Denny and Linda Rectenwald purchased the property and named it Harriet's House after the owner Harriet Tanchon. Customers have been returning year after year with the Barlows being the only group that has never missed a summer with us in 13 years. Although the ladies from Michigan and Ohio are a close second, you know who you are! Due to continual expansion, we have become know as the "Village Within The Village". Our facilities can accommodate two guests in the lodge rooms or bungalows, six visitors in the island suites and up to ten vacationers in our town houses or original house. If you are planning a reunion, birthday party, bachelorette celebration or an anniversary observance, we can house a total of 90 guests within one block of downtown Put-In-Bay. ... more   less 
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Harriet's House & Island Suites Put In Bay, Ohio

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