Kara's Kottages is a beautiful tucked away treasure near downtown Kalamazoo. The beds are like sleeping on the clouds. Kara has every paid every attention to detail in the Kottages and you won't want to miss an opportunity to stay in this beautiful home away from home. You will love this dreamy bed and breakfast with more bed than breakfast, it is definitely a must see!! Thank you Kara for hosting us for our wedding!
I managed to convince my daughter to go away for a weekend where we could be together and catch up, without her dealing with her senior year college demands. We could basically go anywhere in a 100-mile radius from where she studies, (I had to take a 7 hour flight anyway). We ended up choosing the Kalamazoo area because we liked the pictures Kara posted in her site. I had come up many things to do together: there was a hot air balloon show going on, and I figured we could explore the town and watch the ND football game at a local pub on Saturday night. We ended up staying in all weekend, cuddled up in the wonderful sofa, surrounded by peace and quiet and in the most homy, well-thought place we have ever been, watching tv, and sipping Kara´s delightful coffee and teas. The bedding, towels, the throws and robes in which we spent most of the time, the floors and pottery barn decor is extra comfy and impeccably clean. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make anything we wanted for breakfast, and all the seasonings to cook our other meals. Kara has stocked up the place with everything from q-tips to chip clips… (by the way, we accidentally took one with our opened bag of chips, we will be bringing it back when we stay again.) This is the kind of place one wishes to keep secret to go back time and again. Kudos, Kara on what you have accomplished here. Thank you for the quiet time and the happy memories!
We stayed on August 20, 2014 for my birthday in the Italian room. The building is beautiful, the staff friendly and the room was clean, but every time the air conditioner ran and the compressor kicked on it rattled very loudly. We slept very little if any that night do to the noise. It the morning we ate and left. No one was at the desk (we left the keys on the desk) and no one ask us how our stay was, We would not stay again.
Stayed in the Italian room which was beautiful but beware, No shower only a tub. Castle is great. Very interesting to See the antique structure etc. staff very friendly and Courteous. Had 7 course dinner in restaurant. Food was yummy but not Particularly French. Did get worst of the waiters. Saw that other waiters We're much more efficient. I've been to French restaurants Before and Outstsnding service is a trademark. Did not get that here
My wife and I were looking for somewhere local to stay as we did a tour of zoos in western Michigan. At about 7pm, we found the listing for BMI, and a quick call got us in to the Vineyard Suite. The room was clean and comfy, the hot tub was waiting for us, and John and Julie were gracious hosts. We are not religious types, and we felt comfortable for the entire stay. After a great breakfast with fresh blueberries, John and Julie sent us off to their private blueberry patch to fill some boxes for the drive home.
Stayed in the winter the first time. Mr Henderson's quarters. Beautiful room. Would love to come back this summer and enjoy the garden and rooftop jacuzzi. Dinner was amazing. Love the back story of the castle and the fact that it's rumored to be haunted.... adds a certain charm to this amazing place.
We stayed one night at another B&B in Kalamazoo called the Castle and were extremely disappointed so we checked out and moved to The Kalamazoo House B&B. Although we forfeited our payment at the Castle and paid again at The Kalamazoo House it was worth it. The Kalamazoo House is clean, well appointed and the Innkeepers are tremendous. The linens, towels and beds are of extremely high quality and the house is in prefect shape and cleanliness. The location is ideal for all the activities available in Kalamazoo. We walked to campus and throughout the downtown area. We never even thought about needing a car and driving after being out at night. To top off a perfect nights stay was breakfast the next morning. Terry offers several tremendous breakfast option that will fit any variety of picky eater. I am talking SERIOUS chef here, The two options we had (It's a gouda morning and Cajun Corn Beef Hash) were out of this world. We are already planning our next stay for a long weekend and will not waste any time at the other place because it can't get any better than The Kalamazoo House.
I have had the opportunity to visit this establishment many times and it never disappoints. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. John and Julie always give their all to make sure I am comfortable and accommodate my special dietary needs. I so much enjoy coming here and will make sure to visit again.
My wife and I spent our 2nd anniversary here and we defiantly recommend it. The setting is far enough in the country for feeling removed and relaxed, but only 20-25 minutes from the city life of either Battle Creek or Kalamazoo. We stayed in the Vineyard Suite. The hot tub is in a room off of the bedroom for easy access. We were provided fresh, home roasted coffee, bottled water, a nice movie selection, and breakfast brought to our room. There are trails to walk and a pond with an island to have a campfire on also. John and Julie were great hosts.
We visited the Kalamazoo House to celebrate our first anniversary. We mistimed our drive and arrived early but Terry was happy to welcome us regardless. We felt right at home from the get go. We stayed in room #5.The bed was wonderfully comfortable with nice linens. Refreshments were waiting in the room on arrival. The bathroom was good size, with quality toiletries. I took advantage of the whirlpool tub which was clean and relaxing. The robes in our rooms were clean, fluffy, and comfy. The TV was nice quality and had an HDMI hook up. The tower fan in each room is a nice touch. Breakfast is outstanding! Terry’s creations were all wonderful, including his homemade bread. The breakfast room is cozy atmosphere. The common room is the perfect place for lunch, games, or puzzles – all of which we did while watching the local NFL game on TV. I took advantage of the massage package that the inn offers and would do so again. Great value and lovely massage. Walking distance from the inn. It's clear from our stay that Laurel and Terry are born to run an inn! They'd thought of everything. Plenty of refreshments around the inn. Coffee, tea, water, soda, and milk (of all sorts) available all the time, with cookies fresh baked before bed. Both Laurel and Terry were provided great conversation and seemed to always be easy to locate, without being overbearing. We felt we had just the right amount of privacy without feeling left without an innkeeper. Terry and Laurel are very in touch with the local community and were ready with information about the happenings around Kalamazoo. Terry knows his restaurants and steered us (foodies) in the right direction. Not only would I stay here again, but my husband and I are planning on visiting again this Spring. Only this time we'll be bringing our brother and sister-in-law along. A gem like the Kalamazoo house is meant to be shared.
What a wonderful place to stay. From the warm cookies before bed to the next morning's breakfast you will not find a nicer pair of inn keepers in Terry and Laurel. From the time you walk in by their friendly greeting to the time you leave, you are treated in as family. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
The Studebakers create a wonderful welcoming atmosphere at BMI Bed and Breakfast. My stay there was peaceful and restful. The woods and pond were beautiful and the indoor hot tub with a view of the night sky was an added bonus! John and Julie took note of my food sensitivities and created a delicious breakfast for me. I felt welcomed and left refreshed!
We arrived a bit earlier than what we stated in the reservation and had the good fortune of meeting the owner, Kara. She is extraordinary! Kara gave us a grand tour of all the units, because they were not rented for the evening. Her attention to detail is outstanding and I can assure she has gone to great measures to make sure your stay is comfortable. We stay in the Pine Cone Cottage and it was perfect! The unit was clean and cozy, especially with the fireplace and had all the comforts of home. I highly recommend Kara's Kottages.
This lovely historical home turned B & B is strategically located not only near downtown, but also near both major educational institutions, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan. The hostess, Kathy, is very gracious, helpful, and accommodating, plus fun to talk with. The rooms (we have stayed numerous times for our K College reunions) are spacious and very nicely appointed, with small touches everywhere that add interest and to he very homey, comfortable atmosphere. The food is plentiful and very nicely prepared and presented. The whole house is welcoming, and the dining room, while providing separate and various table configurations, is conducive to friendly interchanges between guests should they so desire. Among the many amenities (24/7 supply of hot drink mixes, dvd availability, no charge for local calls, etc.) the very convenient parking on the property helps in an otherwise parking scarce area. We highly recommend Hall House to all B & B lovers, and know it will convert any hotel person to its gracious accommodations.
I have always wondered about staying at a B&B and last year while visiting St. Augustine FL. we toured one and thought it would be nice to try one. Well, while planning a visit to Kalamazoo for a family event we searched the internet and found the Kalamazoo House. The pictures of the outside and inside were very impressive so we booked a 2 night stay and we were not disappointed.The home was walking distance to the downtown district on a quiet one way street. Upon arrival we were greeted by Terry & Laurel the owners and instantly felt welcome. They showed us around and explained the house's history. Later that evening we were treated to milk and homemade cookies and asked to write down our breakfast requests from about 5 of Terry's personnal concoctions. They all looked delicious and it was a tough decision. We were not disappointed. Our 2 choices were fantastic and we were even priveleged to get a recipe for one particular favorite. The bed linens that they use are by far the best I have ever slept on and our room was spacious and immaculate. The only downside was that the room that we chose happened to be on the third floor which meant a lot of stair climbing. I would highly recommend staying with the Parrotts at the Kalamazoo House if you are ever in the area.
Staying at this Bed and Breakfast during a business trip added relaxation to my work week. The setting was very serene and peaceful. The hosts were helpful, encouraging and enjoyed making my stay special. Breakfast was so tasty and it was so nice to be treated so special.
Kalamazoo House is a very nice B&B in a great location in Kalamazoo. If you want to be able to walk downtown and to Kalamazoo College, you can't beat it. Terry and Laurel were very friendly. The rooms were clean and very nice, and most of them had a sitting area as well. Breakfast was good, and the cookies in the evening were a nice touch! I would definitely stay there again, and would recommend it to others.
Our two night stay in Kalamazoo House was very pleasant and relaxing. The owners have attempted to restore the house to its1878 spendour and have succeeded very well. Our room was comfortable, very clean, and with all the expected amenities. Breakfast was served in a charming, sunny front parlor and the individual tables and menu choices makes this B&B a step ahead of others. Laurel, one of the owners, was quick to find a walking tour of Kalamazoo for me, when I inquired, and both she and her husband Terry were very knowledgeable about Kalamazoo. Their dining recommendation, Rustica, was spot on. The inn was very quiet; though full, we weren't aware of the other guests when in our room. All in all, and excellent stay.
We used the Kalamazoo House for a guest speaker coming to WMU. The owners were so friendly and accommodating. They really made our guest feel like a prince. We will continue to house our travelers for the College of Engineering here. It's a great value and will give your guests a little something special for much cheaper than the Raddison or elsewhere. We will definitely use again.
We loved the luxurious, historical ambience of this grand old home - beautiful décor, wonderful landscaping. Terry and Laurel were very warm and catered to our every request. Bedtime was awesome - super-soft linens and fluffy down pillows. Location is great - downtown but on one of the more quiet streets.