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Holiday Music Motel

30 N 1st Ave , Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 USA (Show map)
136 Reviews
$49 - $120
per night

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Located in beautiful, historic, downtown Sturgeon Bay, the Holiday Music Motel is within walking distance of the best shops, restaurants, and budding live-music nightlife Sturgeon Bay has to offer. Built in 1952, this "retro-vated" boutique motel features pillow-top mattresses, high-quality bedding, Free Wireless Internet, Cable TV, picnic area on front lawn, complimentary continental breakfast, pet-friendly rooms and more. Their highly competitive rates, attention to detail, friendly staff and unbeatable location makes The Holiday a prime destination for your lodging experience. With a 4.5 rating out of 5 on TripAdvisor, The Holiday Music Motel prides themselves in offering a unique lodging experience by providing all the modern comforts and amenities while retaining its 50s charm. The Holiday Music Motel was Door County's first-ever motel, opening its doors within only a couple of months previous to the 'Holiday Inn' franchise. Other historical highlights of the motel include original Simmons furniture in all the rooms, original tiling and fixtures, classic breakfast-nook 50s style diner, the iconic Holiday Motel Neon sign at the edge of the motor pool lot, original classic white stucco exterior with red awnings, and more... To add to the historical charm, the motel is seated at the foot of the recently saved Michigan Street Steel Bridge (the inspiration for the annual Steel Bridge SongFest, held each June). Owned and run by a group of musicians and music enthusiasts, in addition to being a one of the area's most loved lodging destinations, the motel has also become a songwriting destination and home-away-from-home for musicians and performers passing through Door County. The motel also boasts an in-house recording studio that has produced 100s of songs most of which can be found on various collections of CDs available for sale through the motel website!

Rooms & Rates

Standard Room

Standard Description

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining3.8

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Outstanding Experience

5 on April 02, 2014

Friendly people, great place. We'll be back!

awesome room and staff

5 on March 22, 2014

Room was clean and staff was beyond friendly

Relive the 50's

3.6 on February 28, 2014

As a small group of female photographers making a winter trip to Door County to photograph the snowy shores of Lake Michigan we wanted to stay in an economical and well located hotel for our weekend outing. We were looking for clean and comfortable accommodations but did not need the resort amenities. The Holiday Music Hotel was perfect for us. It is a quirky venue with a guitar lined lobby that looked more like a living room from the good old days. The silver tinseled Christmas tree gave it that "Christmas Story" feeling. The little diner complete with bright green stools (originals from 1952) and counter was perfect for us. We were able to help ourselves and felt like we were right at home. The original fifties era Simmons furniture decorating our hotel rooms was really fun as well. Even better the hotel was clean, the beds were so comfortable, and the staff was warm and welcoming. They were helpful and even checked to be sure we were okay when we laughed a bit too loud with our door open. If you are looking for a basic venue with a twist this is the place for you. We really enjoyed it.

Clean and cozy

4.4 on February 24, 2014

Loved staying in this retro motel! It's clean and has very comfortable beds. It's within walking distance of many Sturgeon Bay establishments. The staff is helpful and friendly. Very affordable!

Wonderful quaint motel

4.2 on February 11, 2014

I have never stayed at a place that was full of this much character and charm. The staff was amazingly helpful and accommodating to our needs. We will definately be coming back.

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Location Type

Beachside, City, Downtown, Lakeside, Small town, Wine country


Green Bay, WI (GRB-Austin Strauble Field)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Michigan Street Steel Bridge, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ski area, Winery, Bicycle rental, Boating, Fishing, Theater Performances, Bonfires, Live Music, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Wet bar , Pillow Top Mattresses, Free Bowling at Cherry Lanes Bowling, 1/2 Off Bicycle Rentals at Path & Paddle, Live Music/House Concerts on select dates, Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Pet Friendly (with approval) call to request

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Boating, Fishing, Theater Performances, Bonfires, Live Music, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children must be accompanied by adult at all times
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited $8 per pet per night - Pets ONLY Rooms 120 through 128

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: No deposit required to reserve rooms. Valid Credit Card required for all reservations.
  • Cancellations: 48 hour from time of check-in cancellation policy. No-shows will be charged the full amount of their reservation. Cancellations less than 48 hrs notice will be handled on an individual basis.



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About the innkeepers

While The Holiday Music Motel provides a high quality lodging experience for the average traveler, they also provide a hub for the budding music scene here in Sturgeon Bay. With live music events and in-house recording studio, The Holiday has facilitated the creation 100s of collaborative songs that can be found for sale on The Holiday's website.

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  • Time Served: 7am - 12pm (noon)
  • Serving Location: several restaurants within 2 blocks, Breakfast/dining area

Details Diamond Collection

30 N 1st Ave , Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 USA (Show map)

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