Kara's Kottages

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


Kara's Kottages are in 3 separate locations situated near the Downtown District. All are furnished with many 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. Please read individual room descriptions for additional location details. Available for overnight, weekly or monthly stays, Kara’s Kottages are an excellent choice for business or pleasure.




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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Weekend getaway

4.0 on May 11, 2017

We stayed at the birch bark cottage. This is a lovely place to go with family as there is plenty of room to socialize.


4.8 on March 29, 2017

I wanted to surprise my wife for our anniversary and take her to a Bed and Breakfast. Wasn’t certain what I was looking for and happened upon Kara’s Kottages. I reserved the room, made some request like a certain amount of flowers be in the room upon our arrival as well as rose pebbles on our bed. The room was excellent, everything was just as I requested and more. My expectations were exceeded. Kara’s Kottages would be an excellent choice for anyone to stay at but looking for something special this certainly filled the bill.

Where to Stay in Kalamazoo

4.6 on March 19, 2017

My new home away from home. So much better than a hotel, tastefully decorated and welcoming. Like fresh-ground coffee? No problem! Want to cook yourself breakfast? A fully-stocked kitchen awaits. There is even maple syrup! And Kara is the greatest!

Kara's Kottage get away

3.8 on March 15, 2017

we had a lovely visit to Kara's Kottage with another couple. there was adequate room for all, we loved having the kitchen and all the supplies provided. we will definitely return


5 on December 29, 2016

My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary. It was outstanding. Very cozy and we felt right at home. Smelled great and was very clean and peaceful. Highly recommend!

Feels like I'm staying at a friend's house

5 on December 28, 2016

This is our third stay at Kara's Kottages. We have been in a different room each time and I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. Kara has thought of everything to make her guests comfortable. The unit is cozy, comfortable and beautifully decorated. From the plush robes to the comfy mattress, we felt right at home from the minute we walked in. Looking forward to many more visits.

WMU Graduation Weekend (Dec)

5 on December 21, 2016

Everything was great. Got to meet Kara, and she is wonderful. Highly recommend.

Work Retreat in Kalamazoo

4.8 on December 12, 2016

We had a work retreat in Kalamazoo and opted for a bed and breakfast instead of the typical hotel rooms. It turned out to be an amazing decision! We booked all the rooms at the West Main location and a couple on Kalamazoo Avenue. Since we had the whole building on Main, we spent quite a bit of time hanging out and cooking together there. We also used the amazing patio with a fire pit to enjoy the weather before the snow came. The kottages were clean, beautifully decorated and stocked for breakfast as described online. Kara was awesome, she answered all our questions, checked in on us and made sure everything was the way it was supposed to be. If I'm in Kalamazoo in the future, I will definitely be staying at Kara's Kottages again!

2nd time stay

4.6 on December 05, 2016

We enjoy staying here so much, we've declined red to make it an annual thing. Love the privacy, love the accommodations, location is great! See you next year!


5 on November 29, 2016

Beautifully appointed, comfortable and every detail was thought through. We really enjoyed our stay, and would definitely recommend staying at any of the units. Can't wait for my next visit to Kalamazoo.

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Rooms & Rates

Pine Cone Kottage @ 837 W. Main St.

This kottage is located on the 1st floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the Downtown District and sleeps up to 2 guests.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Driftwood Kottage @ 837 W. Main St.

This kottage is located on the 2nd floor of our original W. Main St. location, only 1/2 mile from the Downtown District and sleeps up to 5 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Birch Bark Kottage @ 837 W. Main St.

This Kottage is located on the 1st floor of or original W. Main St location, only 1/2 mile from the downtown district and sleeps up to 5 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Douglas Fir Kottage @ 509 N. Clarendon St.

This Kottage is located on the 2nd floor and located within a 1920's bungalow at 509 N. Clarendon St.. Note: This kottage is in the upstairs of a residence in a quiet neighborhood. No dedicated kitchen.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Redwood Kottage @ 926 W. Kalamazoo Ave.

This Kottage is located on the 1st floor of our W. Kalamazoo Avenue location in the heart of the Historic Stuart Neighborhood, 1/2 mile away from the Downtown District and sleeps 4 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179


  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Beds 1 Twin

Acorn Kottage @ 926 W. Kalamazoo Ave.

This Kottage is located on the 2nd floor of our Kalamazoo Avenue location in the heart of the Historic Stuart Neighborhood. It's only 1/2 mile away from the Downtown District and accommodates 3 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown


Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo Battle Creek Intl.) 8 miles

Directions to property:

See check-in instructions for directions and address. Kara's Kottages has 3 locations and when you receive your check-in instructions a few days prior to check-in, included in those instructions is the address to the property where you'll be staying.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, University, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Parking, Walk to mass transit, 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, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, 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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  • 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 AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: No security deposit required.
  • 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 guests contact us at least 10 days prior to their arrival date if their travel plans have changed or if they need to cancel a reservation to assure that they will not be responsible for any costs associated with that reservation. If a guest cancels or makes alterations to their reservation less than 10 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.
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Kara Keller

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About the innkeepers

Kara is a Michigan native with an appreciation for nature, a passion for good design and a love for historic homes. She moved to Kalamazoo from the shores of Lake Michigan in 1990 to attend college. She remained in Kalamazoo because of it's youthful energy, amazing people and an up and coming direction which has since been realized. When she's not combing the earth for treasures to use in her sweet kottages and working on DIY projects, she's often found enjoying recreation sports, outdoors.

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

Special meal options

Breakfast Only

Signature Dish

Breakfast Only
See "breakfast" on our website for an itemized menu.

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