5 on July 15, 2017
Relentlessly peripatetic in retirement, following travel-rich careers, we pick and choose our B&B’s carefully, and know the “ropes” pretty well, given the house into which we brought our sons has since itself become a B&B. We’ve had good stays and bad stays, and at the Wellington we had unquestionably our best-ever. The home itself is a magnificent example of turn-of-the-century (the 20th) opulence in small-town America, and it has been revitalized to perfection by its current curators, with virtually no artificial enhancement to accommodate unrelated guests. It’s cleaner than almost any top-rated hotel. The breakfast is more a full-meal brunch, and if one cleans one’s plate, it’s unlikely any hunger should return before dinner time. Probably by the time you’ve finished your breakfast, you’ll find your room has been made up and fresh towels hung, An upstairs kitchen for guests is open 24/7, and stocked with nibbles, beverages, microwave, and ‘fridge. There are many common rooms to enjoy: a parlour with a baby grand, the large attic “ballroom,” and the expansive front porch. On the practical side, there’s adequate off-street parking, guest umbrellas, and a broad selection of reading material available. The owners are friendly, intelligent, and informed conversationalists, and expert historians about not only the home, but also about the region and its many attractions. Overall a five-star place!
5 on May 26, 2015
I wanted to stay in a beautiful place within walking distance of downtown Traverse City, and that is exactly what a got, along with so much more than I had expected. The minute attention to detail of the restoration of this home, including all its furnishings and accessories, is wonderful. It was truly a step back in time to a quiet and genteel era, yet still comfortable and welcoming in every way. Delicious breakfasts, gracious service, and delightful conversations with my fellow guests were a highlight of my stay. I plan to stay here again.
3.6 on March 04, 2014
Great place to stay. Close to downtown and a short drive from Old Mission Peninsula wineries. Barb was very helpful in recommending places to eat and check out. Breakfast was good too!
4.6 on September 08, 2012
Truly incredible experience. The home itself is beautiful, and the owners do a tremendous job. There are lots of common areas decorated in the appropriate historical style. It was really incredible to see the well-kept and beautiful antiques in such a grand old home. Barbara is very welcoming and does a magnificent job of informing the guests about the surrounding areas and the city itself. She's invested in the guests and their stay, as well as the area, and is always willing to point you in the right direction. The room itself was nicer and larger than the photograph. The whirlpool tub hits the spot after a day of exploring the national park and climbing dunes! Our room had its own entryway and felt private which I'll admit was my main concern with staying at a bed and breakfast. We shared only one wall with another room and I never heard any other guests. We had a small TV which more than fulfilled my expectations considering you should be out and about. Plus, there's a common area with a HD TV upstairs in the large attic/loft, right by the common kitchen that Barbara keeps stocked with water, homemade cookies and snacks. There were several guests who watched the Spartan and Wolverine games up there and seemed to have a great time. I'm not a huge breakfast person, but I have been accused of being-for better or worse- a foodie (i.e. locked in reservations for the Cook's House-a block away from the Wellington- and Boat House before a place to stay). And I really like the breakfast. It's served at 9 a.m. each day and starts with a yogurt parfait that incorporates local produce and fresh-squeezed orange juice. It's then followed up by a slice of a fritata-style egg dish with, in our case, asparagus one day and sausage/peppers/onions and sour cream the next. The side dishes were nice sausages and a homemade bread. One day was blueberry muffins/bread. Our last day the main dish was blueberry pancakes with sausage. Delicious.
5 on August 31, 2012
We have been guests at The Wellington Inn for the past four years, spending a month each time in what feels like "our" French Country apartment in the carriage house on the property. This is a very special time for us. While completely respecting our privacy, Barb and Hank Reichel and their friendly staff always make us feel right at home. The fact that we are within walking distance to vibrant downtown Traverse City with its great restaurants (in every price range) is an absolute plus for us. Not only is the Traverse City area an attraction in itself, but also the location is centrally positioned for visits to nearby destinations such as the Interlochen Arts Academy. We are already looking forward to coming back again next summer.
5 on August 30, 2012
An absolutely gorgeous home and property and expertly decorated for the era it represents. We were greeted warmly by our hosts Barb and Hank and were given a wonderful tour and history of the property. Our hosts took the time to talk about the area attractions, restaurants and activities available for the weekend along with many recomendations. Our "room" was actually an apartment in the "Carriage House". It was beautiful, and private, with excellent housekeeping service. We opted to have the breakfast on our last day there and it was a wonderful treat. The staff was very attentive and we enjoyed it entirely. Our hosts spent more time with us prior to breakfast pointing out other interesting things in the mansion and some of the restoration that took place. We felt our stay was well worth the money and we will recommend this property to others.
5 on August 28, 2012
My fiance and I arrived at the Inn on a Sunday morning, which I can only imagine is a busy time for an innkeeper. As we were staying for a week we had a lot of luggage with us. Barb and Hank, out gracious innkeepers, treated us like royalty! They helped us with our baggage, led us on a beautiful tour of the inn, our room, and the fully stocked guest kitchen that was brimming with food and beverages for us to enjoy. Our room was glorious. Breakfast each morning was innovative, delicious, and very well-rounded. (Barb makes the BEST coffee!) Nothing served was too heavy or repetitious. I am a vegetarian, and Barb accomodated for my dietary restriction with the ease and flair of a culinary genius. I have never enjoyed such a wonderful stay. Barb and Hank provided wonderful suggestions for our daily excursions to the local wineries (Brys Estate and Two Lads are my favorite on the OMP!) and beaches (North Bar!). We have already booked our return trip next year. We can't wait to spend another week with these wonderful people at this glorious inn.
5 on August 26, 2012
This was our first B&B experience and it was wonderful! Barb greeted us and made us feel so welcome. We were given information about the house and the area and given many suggestions as to where to travel and dine. We were then taken to the Carriage House, where we were staying, and given the grand tour and our keys. The decor was amazing and the amenities were excellent. There was nothing we wanted for. The staff cleaned everyday and restocked our cookies, which by the way were addictive. So very good! We lounged one afternoon on the balcony and had a great chat with Barb when she came out and saw us enjoying the outdoors. We had breakfast on Sunday in the main house and it was so delicious. Fresh peaches and cream, a very good breakfast casserole and homemade cornbread. The coffee was just perfect. So full when we left. We will definitely be back whenever we return to the area and will recommend the Inn to friends. Thank you Barb and Hank for the hospitality. We are B&B converts now, no more hotels for us.
2.6 on July 26, 2012
We stayed three nights here, and really loved the look and style this bed and breakfast portrayed on bedandbreakfast.com When we arrived, the innkeeper didn't seem very nice. She showed us the basics of how everything worked, showed us the room and all the public areas of the house, but seemed to put on a faux niceness. Didn't seem genuine. The architecture and detail of this home is beautiful and it was really neat to see the old world furniture. However, most of the furniture was threadbare, and the cushions were flat. The sofa in our room, you sat in and could feel the springs poking you. Our room description, said it had a balcony overlooking the garden, when in fact it overlooked the driveway. There also didn't seem to be air conditioning in our room, as it was often very warm in our room. The old world feel was very nice, using the old skeleton keys to lock up your individual room. Breakfast was to fussy, to complicated. Quiche everyday with a different vegetable, and bratwurst, are not the home style type of breakfast I look for in a bed and breakfast, so I barely ate here. It is a beautiful home, but lacking in some areas. We won't stay here again.
4.6 on June 21, 2010
The pictures don't do the Wellington justice. It is even more beautiful in person. Every room is decorated in stunning antique furnishings. It is large enough to not feel like you are sleeping in someone else's home but cozy enough that you never want to leave. The Inn keeper, Barbara was a pleasant and attentive hostess. Her thoughtfulness far exceeded my expectations. I have many food allergies and she and her staff went out of their way to make me special meals and buy me special snacks. The food was great...baked butternut squash with cinnamon apples and cherries, fabulous quiche, French toast, fresh fruit parfaits...the list goes on. Between the bubble bath in a giant antique tub, sitting out on the porch in the sunshine and all of the great stores and restaurants within walking distance it is worth every penny. I really have no idea why you would stay anywhere else...
5 on March 01, 2010
I highly recommend staying here. The house was absolutely beautiful and I loved all the antiques. The food not only looked picture perfect, but also tasted delicious. Barb and Hank are wonderful hosts and truly make you feel at home.
4.2 on October 04, 2009
Wonderful B and B run by the very warm and friendly owners, Hank and Barb. Beautiful home, great food (accomodated my special diet of no gluten, no dairy), and close to downtown Traverse City. I will return!
5 on September 07, 2009
This was the perfect retreat for our anniversary. It was clean, quiet and we received wonderful service. The breakfast was outstanding and delicious. What a wonderful place and what a treat!!!
4.6 on July 30, 2009
We stayed at the Wellington INN in the Munson Suite for a PERFECT July 4th weekend - it could not have been more All American and special. Barb and Hank are perfect hosts and the Inn is delightful. And don't miss the breakfast! Maggie and Chris T.
4.8 on November 23, 2008
This is the place to stay! Worth every penny! The rooms are period decorated with some of todays ammmenities. The detail in this house is amazing! And just when you think it's over, you get served with the best breakfast in the world! Barbara is a class act and a warming host.
5 on August 26, 2008
This is a beautifully restored and inviting inn. The rooms are beautifully appointed with period furniture and accessories. Breakfasts are a very special event and dietary needs are exceptionally met. The location is within walking distance of the beach and downtown. The neighborhood is lovely, quiet and a step back into a quieter time. We had a great time.
5 on August 11, 2008
....A wonderful time at the beautifully restored Wellington Inn. Barb and Hank are gracious hosts, and have created a vibrant and welcoming environment for their guests. Rooms are impeccably furnished with antiques, yet the atmosphere is anything but stuffy. The abundant cooked breakfast exceeded expectations. Not to be missed on a trip to Michigan's' northwest!
5 on July 11, 2008
Fabulous place to stay . . extremely convenient location . . it was quiet, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The rooms were well supplied with towels and amenities. There was a kitchen area stocked with wine, soft drinks, etc. and snacks, cookies, etc. free of charge. The breakfasts were simply delicious and different every day, served in a beautiful dining room. And, the innkeepers could not have been more friendly and helpful . . they were delightful . . and made our stay very special.
5 on June 12, 2008
Our stay at the Wellington was an absolute delight. We felt so refreshed after our visit. Barb and Hank were terrific inn keepers. They also welcomed our local family to breakfast as well. I would suggest to anyone visiting this area to definitely consider this instead of the rat race of hotels along the shore. The rooms are more amazing in person and may I suggest taking the time to appreciate all the rennovations they have done to bring it back to its glory.
4.6 on February 20, 2008
Step back in time to tranquility - a magnificent home with historical details that will delight all who wish to leave the fast paced techno world. Barb welcomes you like a family member coming home - a home that is absolutely gorgeous, spotless, and full of history and stories. Decor is top notch, home baked cookies awesome, proximity to town/restaurants ideal. Apartments are special - full of character and charm. Three visits makes us want to return here again and again! Ed and Eileen, Jackson, Michigan
5 on November 12, 2007
The Wellington is one of the most outstanding B & B's you will ever have the good fortune to stay in. Barb and Hank are like that favorite aunt and uncle you love to visit. The home is so unbelieveably restored and elegant. When you walk through that front door and view the parlor, you feel as if you have stepped back in time to 1905. My husband and I have stayed at several B & B's all over the country, but this is the best! Barb is a gourmet cook and breakfast each morning was special. We plan on returning each fall for the colors of Michigan and the best B&B, THE WELLINTON! You will be enchanted.
4.0 on August 16, 2007
We just returned from our vacation in Traverse City, Michigan we stayed at the Wellington Inn. Of all the bed and breakfast Inn's We have stayed at we have to rate the Wellington Inn as the best. The House itself was beautiful with all the antiques Barb and Hank did a wonderful job renovating it.We stayed on the 2nd floor in the Woosley suite. It had a private balcony and it was as if you went back in time with all the beautiful antiques in the room. We did look at all the other rooms, and each room was decorated in an exquisite style. You can't go wrong in any of the rooms. You were welcomed by Barb and she gave us hints as to where to eat and go see the sites.I can't wait to go back again. Barb and Hank are wonderful people who make you feel at home. Thanks again Barb for making our vacation memorable.
5 on May 16, 2007
We stayed 3 nights at the Wellington Inn and hated to leave.Barb and Hank make you feel like family.Magnificent restored home and every detail is authentic to the period.The breakfast is 4 star-don't miss it.Can't wait to return.