Kara's Kottages

837 West Main , Kalamazoo, MI 49006 USA (Show map)

About

Nestled on Kalamazoo College’s scenic campus, this fully renovated, historic beauty is home to three very cozy “kottages”, referring to the feel and style of the interior spaces. Like most homes in the neighborhood, it was built as a single family home and later converted into three separate living spaces. After 17 years of ownership; classic urban lodging for modern travelers was a natural transition for this work in progress. All three private Kottages within this 3 unit home are furnished with all the comforts of home, including a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Plus, all the warm touches you’d expect from a beloved B&B– like fireplaces, beds you melt into, European-style breakfast treats and even mini-bars. What makes us unique from other lodging choices: If you’re seeking an innovative and modern b&b experience, you’ll enjoy our notion of doing something different rather than doing the same thing better. However, if what you’re seeking is a traditional b&b experience which includes prepared breakfast with other guests, daily housekeeping, frequent interactions with the innkeeper and renting only one room, I might recommend another option. Kara’s Kottaages offers much more privacy, flexibility and space than most b&b’s, which includes self check-in’s at anytime, kottages that can accommodate entire families, diy meals of what you want when you want, the option to host small gatherings indoors or out and an innkeeper who does not enter the kottage unless requested to do so. Each kottage is lovingly designed for those who wish to be on their own schedule in a peaceful and private space without the constant presence of a live-in innkeeper and other guests. Available for overnight, weekly or monthly rental, Kara’s Kottages is an excellent choice for business or pleasure.

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Wonderful place to stay close to downtown Kalamazoo

4.6 on July 17, 2015

We stay here every time we come through Kalamazoo. The "cottages" are just beautiful - right off the pages of Pottery Barn. There is even a lovely patio with a firepit, chairs, and a nice big table. And, the house is close enough that you can walk to downtown Kalamazoo. By the way, this isn't a typical B&B. There is no shared dining area. She does have some eggs and other breakfast items available to cook your own breakfast (there is a kitchenette in the room with a full size fridge and stove). So, this is way I gave the Onsite Dining only a 3.


Awesome BNB, without the 2nd B

4.0 on April 12, 2015

My husband and I stayed in The Pine Room at Kara's Kottages. It was a breath-taking room, with private sitting area (fireplace, tv), kitchen (stove, microwave, full fridge), and full bath all included in the suite... and this is the smallest of the rooms! She's done a lovely job with the reno! We were less than a mile walk to the downtown area (Kalamazoo Mall), and countless breweries, restaurants, and shops. Kara was a gracious hostess, and left us everything we could possibly need. The only thing that kept our stay from being perfect was the lack of breakfast. Let me preface by saying that Kara leaves a fully stocked kitchen with many breakfast choices (eggs, bagels, biscuits, cereal, granola, juices, milk, cream cheese, etc.)... for you to make for yourself. With no breakfast being served, we ended up skipping out both mornings, and simply opting for leftovers from dinner the nights before. We were also expected to do all of our dishes before we left. That part did not feel like a BNB to me... at least, not one we've been to before (more than a dozen in several states). I don't want to deter anyone from staying at Kara's Kottage, because we really did enjoy the stay, over all. We just felt like part of what we pay extra for in a BNB is a more personal breakfast experience.


My first B&B

5 on April 08, 2015

This was my first B&B and I enjoyed every second of it! Even though it was only for one night, I know for sure that I will be returning again and again. Kara was there to greet me and she showed me around the other two rooms and I was in awe. The decor was beautiful and all I could think is that I'll have to come back and bring friends! It is definitely a home away from home. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable, everything was great. The reason I came was to surprised my girlfriend and she loved it, it's definitely better than a hotel. I give it two thumbs up!


Nice and relaxing

3.4 on March 30, 2015

This was a nice stay.


Weekend Stay

5 on March 10, 2015

Had a wonderful overnight stay at Kara's Kottages. Our room was beautifully decorated and oh so clean and cozy. Loved that the cottage was equipped with everything you need for your stay! I would highly recommend a stay at Kara's Cottages.


Wonderful Stay at Kara's Kottages

5 on February 24, 2015

I brought my daughter to Kalamazoo for a visit to Kalamazoo College. Kara's Kottages was the perfect place to stay. Close enough to campus we were able to walk to all campus activities so we did not have to worry about parking on campus. The cottage was wonderfully warm and inviting. We didn't want to leave when our visit was over. I would recommend anyone visiting the Kalamazoo area to stay here!!


Great place to stay!

3.8 on February 11, 2015

The "Kottage" was cozy, very clean and had many upscale upgrades. It felt like home with the plush bedding, TV, cable, DVDs, wireless Internet, books and magazines and fully stocked kitchen. I have 3 small complaints. The photos make it look as if you are in the country. In fact, you are near downtown on a busy road and next to the railroad. Second, the cancellation policy is ten days prior to stay or you pay full price. We had a conflict come up 7 days prior. Thankfully, our conflict ended up being cancelled, so we could enjoy the Kottage. Last, there were many quick breakfast items, but no fresh produce. Fruits to go with the plain yogurt or veggies to cook with the eggs would have been much appreciated! Overall, it was a great place to stay, many times better than a hotel! I would stay here again if visiting Kalamazoo!


Best bed and breakfast I've been to

4.8 on February 09, 2015

If you find yourself in Kalamazoo, stay here. The rooms (apartments really) are large yet cozy, Decorated very well and no detail is missed. Super highly recommend


Great find

5 on February 09, 2015

This B & B is on the top of my list. Amazing property and all the comforts anyone could want.


Wonderful Stay, Perfect Engagement Weekend!!

4.2 on February 05, 2015

To celebrate my 25th birthday, my boyfriend (now Fiance!) & I booked a stay in the Pine Kone Kottage for the weekend of Jan 30th. Our cottage was exquisite, so cozy & romantic. Within 15 minutes of arriving Travis was inspired to get down on his knee & propose! The lights were dimmed just so & the fireplace was gently roaring, it was a moment of a lifetime! We will definitely be returning. Kara's attention to detail in both amenities & decor was spectacular. All the breakfast fixings were provided, as well as a stocked "mini-bar." Toiletries & extra linens were available too. The location was splendid. We had a pleasant walk downtown on Saturday, many restaurants were nearby. A train runs close to the Kottages so that may bother some people but it didn't bother us. I am so thrilled that Kara's Kottages was the location of our precious engagement story. I happily will refer all my family & friends to stay at Kara's Kottages if they find themselves in Kalamazoo! Thank you Kara!


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Rooms & Rates

Pine Cone

Our 1st floor Kottage sleeps 2. This warm and inviting space has an open concept room encompassing a fully furnished living room, inviting bedroom and well stocked kitchen. Furnishings include a queen bed, lush sofa and chair, writing desk, electric fireplace, bookshelf room dividers and flat screen television. Its spacious and private bathroom offers a glass shower enclosure and pedestal sink while a large closet provides lots of storage for our guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Driftwood

Our 2nd floor, 2-bedroom, 1 bath Kottage sleeps 5. This warm, loft style space has an open concept living room and kitchen that is separated by a quaint, eat-in dining peninsula. Furnishings include a lush sofa, chair and ottoman, electric fireplace, flat screen television and many more comforts. The 2 spacious bedrooms include 1-queen bed, 1-full bed and 1-twin bed. The private bathroom offers a tub and shower surround with lots of natural lighting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5

Birch Bark

Our 1st floor, 2-bedroom, 1-bath Kottage sleeps 5. This original Kottage offers a beautiful and well stocked kitchen and dining room, a spacious and private bathroom with two sinks and two comfortable bedrooms with queen size beds in each. Our warm and inviting living room has furnishings that include an over-sized sofa, electric fireplace, flat screen television and a leather chair and a half with a twin sleeper.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5

Douglas Fir

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Downtown

Airport

Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo Battle Creek Intl.)

Directions to property:

837 W. Main St is the address. When traveling down W. Main Hill (M-43) heading East, it is the ONLY house on the right (South) at the point where it becomes a one way street. Watch for a large park and just after the park, but before the RR tracks is a large gray house with red doors and black shutters. Turn onto the street just after the park and travel the full length of the house to the back where the driveway and garage is located. House numbers are at the street and well-lit, but try not to pass it because it's a one-way street and back tracking can be tricky.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Cross-country ski trails

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only All cigarettes are to be properly disposed of.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes There are stairs leading to this suite. Caution is advised.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Must speak to innkeeper for policies and contracts.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum for weekends and holidays.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: $100 security deposit required for extended stays (30 or more days). This is payable to innkeeper and reimbursed post check out.
  • Cancellations: Kara's Kottages are designed to be a user friendly and flexible lodging choice for today's modern traveler. This means that we will hold a room for our guests from the point of their reservation until their check-in. In return we ask that our guest contact us at least 7 days prior to their arrival date if their travel plan have changed or if they need to cancel a reservation to assure 100% refund of the cost of their stay. For your convenience, rain checks are available and have a 1 year expiration date. If a guest cancels or makes alterations to their reservation less than 7 days prior to their arrival date, we must hold them responsible for the entire reservation. In this case, we will make every effort to advertise that kottage and refund any nights that we are able to re-book it. Unfortunately, rain checks are not available under these circumstances.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Kara Keller

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

I am a Michigan native with an appreciation for nature, a passion for good design and a love for historic homes. I originally moved to Kalamazoo from the Shores of Lake Michigan in 1990 to attend college. I decided to remain a resident because of the youthful energy, amazing people and up and coming direction which has since been realize. In my spare time, when I'm not combing the earth for treasures to use in my kottages, I'm exploring life with my husband, Dean and our amazing friends.

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Meals

Breakfast

Array of breakfast items w/ coffee, tea and juice

  • Time Served: Prior to check in.
  • Serving Location: Guest room