Cottonwood Inn Reviews


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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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Wonderful B&B

5 on April 12, 2016

It was so relaxing staying at the Cottonwood Inn - Liz and Don are wonderful hosts and were very helpful and informative. Every morning we were treated to delicious breakfast made from scratch by Liz! For example, fluffy waffles with strawberries and cream, or cheesy omelette with baked donuts topped with a tasty glaze, with fresh coffee brewed each morning made for a good start to each day. As an avid birder, I was very pleased with the variety of birds that visit the feeders and they can be heard in the woods behind the Inn. The building is beautiful with a rustic warmth and together with the lovely decor Liz has created a very inviting and relaxing ambiance. There are thousands of books that one can read in several cozy spots. The Cottonwood Inn is conveniently located to everything. There is so much to see around Holland, I would love to visit again. Highly recommend the Cottonwood Inn.

Our First B&B Experience was Amazing!!!

5 on June 07, 2015

My mother and I came to Holland for a biking weekend and decided to give the B&B experience a try. We had no idea what to expect and we are definitely hooked! We stayed in the John Calvin Room and there wasn't a dust bunny to be found. We did alot of biking during our stay and coming home to a bubble bath in the claw tub was heaven! Liz is like a calming butterfly. She's there when you need her and then when you turn around she's gone leaving you to enjoy your privacy. We loved waking up to Liz's smile and really enjoyed the conversations we had with her about the history of her home and how she came to be a B&B owner. We found we had alot in common with Liz but the BEST part besides her were the AMAZING breakfast(s) that she made for us! Our favorite meals that weekend were right there at the B&B. The food was phenomenal and the table was decorated so beautiful complete with candles. We really enjoyed the old fashioned way of sitting around the table all together with the other guests and having great conversation. That doesn't happen very often in today's world. It was a FANTASTIC way to start the day. I would describe the Cottonwood B&B and Liz as very welcoming, peaceful, calm relaxing and zen!!! Liz cuts no corners. She only has the best for her guests from the spa like sheets down to the organic ingredients she uses in her homemade breakfasts. We will be raving about this experience for weeks! Liz has set the bar high for our next B&B experience. It's going to be pretty hard to top her!

Great Stay!

5 on December 12, 2014

We had a great weekend here and Liz is a fantastic cook! The house has plenty of space is is about 2 miles away from the lighthouse. We ran up to it (all on trails) and did a 6 mile loop. Highly recommended.

Special early breakfast

4.4 on November 23, 2014

Our granddaughter, a nursing student at Hope College in Holland, was being inducted into a National Nursing Honor Society in Grand Rapids and we needed to leave very early in the morning to get there on time. Proprietor Liz made us a special early morning breakfast so that we could be on our way in a timely manner. This was way earlier than her regular scheduled breakfast, but she went out of her way to accommodate us. Thanks Liz. Al & Virginia Trudeau, Oakland Township, Michigan

Wonderful stay!

5 on November 10, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we only hoped it was longer. I was so impressed with how immaculately clean our room, bathroom, and living space was. The home was a very cozy and relaxing place to be. I have a gluten-allergy and Liz was very accomodating, the breakfast and coffee were delicious. We definitely plan on returning.

Beautiful home and lovely hostess

5 on June 26, 2014

The Cottonwood Inn is a wonderful place to stay. Liz was very welcoming, and offered great advice of places to visit in the area. About 15 minute drive to downtown Holland and Saugatuck, this bed and breakfast is ideally located. Bikes and kayaks are available and free to use. The breakfast was delicious, and Liz made us feel at home during our stay. We highly recommend The Cottonwood Inn. Jesse and Darcy

Great Weekend Getaway

5 on June 22, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Cottonwood for two nights for a short getaway. The B&B was conveniently located close to Holland State Park, Saugatuck State Park, and downtown Holland. Liz was very helpful in recommending things to do and places to eat. She also let us borrow her kayaks for a fun excursion at Lake Macatawa. The breakfast was delicious and the rooms were very nice! If we are ever in Holland again, we would stay at Cottonwood again.

A calm escape

4.8 on February 17, 2014

My wife and I loved our stay at Cottonwood Inn. The house has a cozy, rustic feel. There is plenty of space to relax, read (in a reading nook), or play board games. The room we stayed in (John Calvin) was the biggest with a fireplace, walk in closet, sitting outcove, and its own bathroom complete with a 1911 tub! The other rooms were a bit on the smaller side but there are three communal living spaces to offer space and privacy. What made the stay for us was Liz's wonderful hospitality. She is very personable, and made us feel very welcome in a new environment. She recommended us the good local restaurants and even offered us coupons for a free dessert. She cooks an an incredible breakfast, and she is immensely kind. It snowed 5" during our stay, so she woke up early and shoveled a path to our car and even cleaned the snow off of our vehicle! I have never been treated so well by a BnB host. I don't think you could go wrong staying here!

Cottonwood Inn- charming, clean, comfortable

5 on February 15, 2014

Cottonwood Inn was truly an awesome retreat. Very charming and impeccably clean. Liz, the innkeeper, was so gracious and welcoming. We stayed in the Jonathan Edwards room, it was clean and very comfortable. We had Belgian waffles loaded with fresh strawberries and sausage on the side. The second morning we had blueberry baked French toast with bacon on the side. Both breakfasts were homemade, delicious, and filling! Snacks, coffee, tea and water were always available. Cottonwood Inn is ideally located in the town of Holland, MI. Even in the middle of winter we didn't have enough hours in the day to do all that Holland had to offer. We enjoyed the bustling downtown, full of boutiques, shops, and eateries, we also went resale shopping and didn't make it to all of the stores or any of the antiques shops! We will definitely visit again!

Perfect stay in an ideal location

4.8 on January 20, 2014

What a wonderful experience staying at the Cottonwood Inn. Liz, the owner was so accommodating. She shared key points of interests in the area and identified them on a map. Breakfast was filling and delicious. The house is spacious but quaint. The large sitting area w/fireplace in the John Calvin room offered privacy and the gathering room w/fireplace offered a warm social environment. It's located 1/2 mile from the lake and the lighthouse is a short walk from the parking lot. Great location, great experience.

We have to go again

5 on December 06, 2013

Spent a couple of nights Veteran's Day weekend. I only ate one breakfast, but it was awesome. Waffle with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. They have good coffee, too. Better than a lot of restaurants that should have better. (I've turned into a bit of a coffee snob, so appreciate better-than-average coffee a lot). We stayed in the John Calvin Room. Electric fireplace, sitting chairs, very roomy, attached bathroom, walk-in closet. The hostess was very friendly and took care of us. I want to go back just to spend a day sitting in their common areas and enjoying the quiet with a book. It would be nice to go in warmer weather, too, to be able to sit on the deck and enclosed porch. I have nothing negative to say about our stay, except I was getting a cold and couldn't enjoy the second days' breakfast.

Very relaxing place to stay

5 on September 10, 2013

This is a wonderful place off the beaten path. We enjoyed 2 days of celebration of our 41st wedding anniversary here and are glad that we did. Liz, our hostess, was very gracious. Breakfast was great! This is a place not too far from lake Michigan sunsets that is a must to return to.


5 on August 23, 2013

Felt like Robinson Crusoe on an island far far away. The house is hard to find because it is surrounded by trees. The rooms are so nice and Liz is a perfect host. I hardly managed to eat all of the breakfast. But hold on, not that 'all you can eat stuff', freshly made with local products, Soufflee, Pancakes a.s.o. Try to come back, even the house is 5000 miles away!

Quiet, Clean and Friendly

4.8 on June 18, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay. Liz was very quick to reply to my emails and helpful to point out the sites when I arrived. I stayed in the John Calvin room which was very roomy. Liz cooked up a great breakfast and I was full. Free WiFi and beaches are an easy 5 - 10 minute drive away. Liz has the gift of hospitality and will accommodate you for whatever you need.

We loved the local culture

5 on May 30, 2013

My father and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cottonwood Inn. From Liz’s welcome at the door to the excellent conversation at breakfast, we felt like we were staying with friends. The house is full of captivating personal touches, a wonderful library, and much music. After staying there, we felt like we had indeed become part of the local community. We stayed in the John Calvin room and the Samuel Rutherford room, both very clean and full of interesting things. Holland is a fun town to visit, but this B&B is worth the trip by itself. Highly recommended.

Awesome Place!

5 on February 28, 2013

I was recently looking for a place to get away in order to do some marathon studying for a series of upcoming exams. My wife suggested that a b&b might be a good place to find solitude and get away from all distractions. I e-mailed the Cottonwood Inn and explained what I was looking for and what I was hoping to accomplish. I promptly received a reply indicating that they would be able to meet my needs. I stayed at Cottonwood from Monday to Friday, and found it to be exactly what I was looking for and more. I stayed in the Jonathan Edwards room and found it to have the convenience of a hotel with the homey environment that set it apart from any hotel I have ever stayed in. Most of my time was spent on the couch next to the fireplace surrounded by my books: the ideal environment. Each morning a hot, delicious breakfast was ready within minutes of waking up, and Liz was attentive to my every need without being intrusive to my “mission”. She provided everything I needed from fresh towels to a sandwich at lunch to a never-ending supply of coffee to directions to a local workout center. It snowed for a good part of the time that I was there, but Don worked hard at clearing the driveway of snow and also repeatedly cleared snow off of my car. The service I received at Cottonwood was second to none. It is obvious that Don and Liz want to provide everything a customer needs and are also sensitive to the purpose of their visit. I look forward to future visits to Cottonwood and would recommend it to anyone.

Charming B&B

4.4 on January 20, 2013

One of the nicest B&B's I've had the privilege of staying at. Very welcoming atmosphere. Our room was pristine and very comfortable. Breakfast far exceeded our expectations. We were greeted with the stimulating aroma of brewed coffee and baked bacon wafting through the air. As we entered the dining room we saw a blazing fire with crackling wood in the fireplace. The piece de resistance was the beautiful presentation and delicious flavor of the baked french toast lovingly prepared by Liz. Liz treated us as long time friends in addition to sharing her hobby of primitive rug hooking. Many of her pieces are used throughout the home. We look forward to returning in the future.

Location, location, location!

4.8 on August 27, 2012

My husband and I are lifelong residents of Michigan and in that time we have visited a lot of beaches, especially along Lake Michigan. The Cottonwood Inn is located less than 4 miles from what we consider among the top 5 beaches in the state; not to mention that you are less than 4 miles from the downtown area of Holland where there are a multitude of great dining and shopping options. As for the Inn itself, Liz is an excellent host(ess) and spares no details in terms of both the room and board. Her blueberry french toast was so outstanding I asked for the recipe. She provides many special touches and goes out of her way to welcome and accommodate her guests' needs. We highly recommend the Cottonwood Inn to all types of travelers.

Very homey

5 on August 18, 2012

What a great get away spot in Holland! Close to the biking trail and lighthouse and beach! The John Calvin room was so very spacious and comfortable, quiet and relaxing! We enjoyed our conversations with the fellow guests at breakfast and also with Liz. The food was spectacular with Michigan blueberry muffins, bacon and cheese omelet, juice and coffee or tea. We appreciated Liz's suggestions for dinner and going to a small beach for walking and the Saugatuck dunes for hiking. Cottonwood Inn is charming and full of Michigan hospitality.

Great Experience

5 on June 27, 2012

When going to a B & B I think we all look for different things, but we mostly hope to find the feel of warmth, comfort and overall peacefulness. All of the qualities happen when you arrive. The Innkeeper Liz, greets you with a smile and you get the feeling she wants your stay to be memorable and she goes the extra mile to help you plan your stay. The breakfast was very good and I enjoyed the baked cookies with some hot tea in the afternoon. There are a wide range of great things to do and being so close to everything was a "big" plus. This stay was worth every minute and makes the advertising that we always see come true.... so make sure you "Come to Michigan" and Liz will make you feel right at home.

Holiday Weekend

4.8 on June 09, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Cottonwood Inn over Memorial Day Weekend. Liz greeted us at the door when we arrived and showed us to our room. The room was beautiful and very clean! The bed and linens were wonderful. Liz is a great cook and was very helpful in providing us with information about the area/local attractions. We had a really fantastic weekend and look forward to staying at the Cottonwood Inn in the future!!

Great Place!!

5 on May 10, 2012

My sister and I vistied Holland for the Tulip Fest. Our stay at Cottonwood Inn was wonderful. Our hostess was very accomodating and gave us great suggestions about places of interest. The home was clean and the food was wonderful!! The inn was very comfortable and interesting. I would definately stay again!! Kathy Brush

A lovely and peaceful Home setting

4.8 on April 16, 2012

I spent an hour online looking for a place to stay for 1 night with my husband and daughter as we were visiting our son. Liz, owner, was very helpful on the phone and welcoming at the door. Our room was just right with a lovely attached private bathroom. The assortment of foods for breakfast suited all of us, which we shared with 4 other guests in a friendly atmosphere. We will come again and have already given our recommendations to 2 friends. Thanks, the Mydosh Family

Peaceful Getaway

4.0 on February 29, 2012

We were very surprised at just how lovely Cottonwood is! We were greeted to a warm and cozy space with lovely lights dancing off the polished wood. Warm brownies and coffee smells came from the kitchen. The bedroom was classic and warmly decorated. And the breakfast? Amazing. We will be coming back.

A night to remember

5 on February 23, 2012

The house is unique with many "nooks and crannies". Unique in every way. The host and hostess were very helpful and delightful.

excellent place to stay

4.8 on February 19, 2012

Very very nice overall. Owners were extremely accommodating, breakfast was top notch, our room/overall house was very clean and had plenty of room to lounge. The cottage-like house has a lot of character (exposed beams, plank stairs, reclaimed flooring, etc) and is decorated very well. Would come back again! Kevin/Liz

Excellent B & B

5 on December 13, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay. Excellent breakfast and what a beautiful rustic home. Would recommend this B & B to everyone.

Wonderful Inn

4.4 on November 19, 2011

Very nice Inn. They made you feel right at home. The room was beautiful the breakfast and coffee was excellent.

Cottonwood Inn


  • Nightly Rate $115 - $145
  • Reviews (28) 4.8
  • Rooms 3

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