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Old Rittenhouse Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Bayfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Minnesota, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Better than therapy!”
Reviewed 5 December 2011

There is something about the Old Rittenhouse Inn that is beyond description. I could go on endlessly about the beautiful Bayfield setting, the fantastic "curb appeal" of the inn, the fabulously decorated rooms, the wonderful staff, the incredible food... but there is something that I can't put into words, and that is the feeling- the atmosphere- of the entire experience. I have read all of the reviews on this site, and just shake my head at the negative ones that complain of too many antiques and no TVs in the rooms... really? If you are looking for modern and need your television every day to be happy, then sure- avoid the Rittenhouse. If you appreciate beauty and class, and want to relax and slow down, then you've found your place. Every time I have been there, it is almost like stepping into a different world- where the everyday stresses of life are left behind. A weekend, or even a night at the Old Rittenhouse Inn is a "can't miss". I highly recommend it.... and wish I could go at least every other month, just as "therapy"! :)

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

We had dined here over the years when visiting Bayfield by Sailboat. We had always wanted to stay here and finally did so this fall. We loved our stay. The room was comfortable, the service excellent and we had a great view of the Apple Festival events and the lake. In the evening, several sailing friends joined us for drinks on the porch. We had a wonderful dinner and breakfast. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2011

We (my wife and I) have stayed at the Old Rittenhouse Inn before and I am certain we will be back. We rented the Moroccan Suite (room 12) for a one-night mid-week get-away. The room is very spacious and beautifully decorated with rich colors and several comfortable spots to curl up with books and champagne. It has a very nice double-sided fireplace that we enjoyed both from the king-sized bed and while soaking in the whirlpool bath. The room is on the 3rd floor with a somewhat narrow stairway so it might not be the best choice for someone who has trouble with stairs.

The complimentary continental breakfast consisted of blackberry muffins, croissants, juice, coffee, and a choice of either granola or steel-cut oatmeal. Very good food and great service. Guests can also choose from a full breakfast menu for an additional cost.

Room Tip: All the third floor suites are large and luxurious.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Two-night stay, Sept. 28-29, 2011. Although all staff from housekeeping to meal servers were very personable and accommodating, Gerald (registration desk) was most helpful and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring that we had an enjoyable stay in Bayfield even though our Apostle Island Cruise was cancelled both days due to rough water. We stayed in room #2 at the Rittenhouse Inn and had a great view from our bay windows. Room #2 didn't have much room for our clothing because the dresser was full with extra pillows/blankets.
This inn was extremely clean and well maintained. The price for the non-complimentary food was a little on the high side pricewise but not extremely so and the food was very good to excellent.

Without a doubt, I would recommend this inn/B&B to anyone.

Room Tip: The rooms on the third floor are wonderfully appointed and very roomy but cost more. Not a bad room...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hurley, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

My wife and I stayed here last year and we loved the place. The rates are high but it is worth it if you want the extra service. We would stay there again and the food was great!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Old Rittenhouse Inn
Address: 301 Rittenhouse Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814-5016
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Bayfield
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Bayfield
Price range (per night): ₹ 14,110 - ₹ 27,833
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Rittenhouse Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Rittenhouse Inn is Bayfield, Wisconsin's first Country Inn Bed & Breakfast and gourmet restaurant offering 20 guest rooms in 2 Victorian homes and a private cottage. Accommodations include wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and spectacular views of Lake Superior. A full service restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and dinner, and showcases regional cuisine in season. The Inn is located blocks from Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. This year-round getaway offers seasonal rates and special events. ... more   less 
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