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The Little Inn of Bayfield

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26 Main Street North, Bayfield, Bluewater, Ontario N0M 1G0 Canada
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#1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Bayfield
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Located in the picturesque, heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron's sandy shores, The Little Inn provides charming and authentic accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
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Gift shop
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Breakfast available
Special diet menus
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Non-smoking hotel
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Graham B wrote a review Nov. 2022
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Stayed here 10 years ago (then excellent) and was unaware of changes in ownership. Clearly ratings based on past performance that today’s reality does not warrant! Not at all welcoming from the outset. Having reserved and paid for a suite we were mailed, after the fact, a “required” Guest Agreement to complete. Upon arrival, receptionist appeared more concerned about going home than attending to other members of our party who had yet to arrive. Overall, staff little more than polite; certainly not welcoming. Had made a dinner reservation (based on past experience). Big mistake! Ordered a glass of prosecco while waiting that proved so flat and warm it must have been open for days – could not get a bubble out of it. Replaced after complaint with no apology. Degree of dryness of the burger and bun matched only by the inflated price. Definitely an “exceptional” culinary experience but for all the wrong reasons. As for the room; might have passed for a storage facility for random pieces of misplaced furniture. No thought to placement or possible usage. Cheap plastic fittings in bathroom more in keeping with a basic motel aesthetic. (Have never come across such thin toilet paper in such tiny sheets!) So unlike our previous experience that had justified the “charming and authentic” tags. The peeling “Little Inn” sign outside rather reflects the changed environment. No idea if breakfast was an improvement on dinner – it was not included in the substantial price charged and was therefore avoided, based on our previous evening’s experience. Lots of (good) alternatives to hand. We shall not be back.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Gregory J wrote a review Sep. 2022
Detroit, Michigan5 contributions7 helpful votes
Needed a quiet get away from the hectic pace of everyday life in the States. Within a 2.5 hr. drive from Bloomfield Hills, life changed, and my wife and I were sipping drinks on the front porch of this quaint boutique hotel, overlooking the laid-back bustle of main street in the center of this adorable heritage town of Bayfield Ontario. This over a 150-year-old hotel with all the modern amenities, is a well-kept secret. Rooms are all different with their own character and the food service was excellent at the direction of an engaged chef! An impressive wine list with some good French Bordeaux’s as well as wines from Chile, California, New Zealand, and Ontario. As with all hotel properties these days, the pandemic has had an effect, but the energetic staff has powered through the challenges to make our stay comfortable and memorable during these halcyon days of late summer. We will return next year, Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Date of stay: September 2022
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MOrfitt2014 wrote a review Jul. 2022
Dundalk, Canada1864 contributions198 helpful votes
I've been coming here for years and always enjoyed the peace and quiet and the dining room. All that has changed. Dinner is only available 2 nights a week ! That's a lot of lost revenue. Breakfast used to be included but not anymore and there is a 15% surcharge as well as hst on top. I mentioned to the surly front desk clerk and she said "you get a 25% discount on breakfast. It says so on your confirmation!". No, it does not. The Lake House across the road has huge rooms and a very large continental breakfast is left in your fridge... included in the comparable price.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Mike Oliver, Owner at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Responded Jul. 29, 2022
Just to be accurate the dining room is open for dinner 4 nights a week. The challenges of staffing are industry wide post covid and we are trying our best to satisfy our guests. You should have received a voucher for 25% off all food and beverage for your stay not just breakfast. I will follow up on these matters personally.
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Shelley I wrote a review May 2022
Tillsonburg, Canada6 contributions
The Little Inn of Bayfield was so cute. My husband and I booked online and it was a simple and streamlined. We were a late arrival but was able to email them and they left the keys with restaurant so there were no issues whatsoever when we checked in. The room was beautifully decorated and very clean. And the bed was super comfy. We will be back! A little note: there is major construction directly in front of the inn. This is not the Inn's fault so it not reflected in this review but just know if you are visiting, that you will have to walk a block or so with your belongings to get to the front door.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the inn are a bit quieter in terms of traffic noise
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Jake N wrote a review Dec. 2021
Fergus, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
We recently spent 4 nights at this little gem. Great food, great staff! Christina, treated us extremely well. She is an amazing employee, and we would return because of her keen eye to detail. Quiet room, but close to shopping and pleasant walks around town. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mike Oliver, Owner at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Responded Dec. 8, 2021
Thanks Jake for your review, and thanks for your comments on Kristina she is and always in an ambassador for the Inn. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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TRCD wrote a review Jul. 2021
Toronto, Canada72 contributions18 helpful votes
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While the town itself is charming, the Inn is warm, inviting and filled witheven more charm and character. The room we had was spacious and exceptionally clean. Sitting out on the upstairs porch was relaxing and the front desk staff were pleasant and helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: We stayed in room 12 which was spacious, had a pull out couch and access to the upstairs balcony.
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Response from Mike Oliver, Owner at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Responded Jul. 19, 2021
Thank you for your review, and thanks for supporting small business its been a tough go with the shutdowns, but very happy to be able to welcome guests like you back to the Little Inn of Bayfield
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Egon v wrote a review Sep. 2020
Harriston, Ontario2 contributions1 helpful vote
Charming inn. We loved the unique rooms that were very cozy, clean and tastefully decorated. The continental breakfast was a nice surprise. We especially loved the croissants and the granola. Thank you to the friendly staff, we will be back!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mike Oliver, Owner at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Responded Oct. 16, 2020
Thank you for taking the time write a review and we appreciate the comments especially during this crazy time with COVID 19 and all the new protocols we have to follow. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Ann wrote a review Sep. 2020
Toronto, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
This Inn was recommended to us by friends who used to frequent the establishment. We found the rooms quite satisfactory, but were extremely disappointed with the quality of the food. For what the weekend costed us, we did not expect a bowl of cereal and grocery store yogurt as our Sunday breakfast. We will certainly not return, and will not recommend this experience to anyone else.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Mike Oliver, Owner at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Responded Sep. 7, 2020
We normally welcome the feedback and appreciate travellers writing reviews, however this one leaves us a little perplexed. Our continental breakfast includes many more items than cereal and yogurt, and most of our guests enjoyed the experience during this difficult time in the hospitality business. Not sure why you would complain about yogurt which is purchased through a Canadian owned and operated company and made in Canada by Canadian's, perhaps you wanted it served differently but for the safety standards we follow it remains in its original packaging.
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Tracy V wrote a review Sep. 2020
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We really enjoyed the Inn and the history of it! Dissapointed the Pub and dinning rm's were closed! As we were rushing to find a place to eat @ 7pm. The room was fine, comfy bed and clean. But couldn't find the outside patio. Would be nice to have @least 1 person to greet us on arrival and throughout the evening. We felt awkward!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Beyond_YXU wrote a review Aug. 2020
London, Canada10774 contributions2170 helpful votes
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We’ve stayed at The Little Inn many times over the years, in every room/suite category. Last week we chose to stay for just one night since we had an event to attend nearby. We would have extended it to a two-night stay, but as it was mid-week their restaurant was not open, so we decided to save a longer visit for when they are fully operational. Lots has changed since our last stay. Obviously, due to COVID-19, the hospitality industry at large has had to make significant changes. For The Little Inn, that meant arriving to an empty front desk and picking up an envelope with our room key and a brochure about what is and is not available. The wifi password in the brochure is inaccurate, but I noticed a different one posted at the front desk as we were leaving for dinner. Our Select Suite (#12) was small compared to other suites we’ve stayed in, but the bathroom (with awkward, not totally private bifold doors) appeared to have been recently renovated. All throw pillows, glassware, literature, etc. had been removed. I called the front desk to request a bucket of ice and wine glasses, and they were provided, but unfortunately it wasn’t until later when we realized there were no bathrobes in the room, and by that time there was no one on duty from whom to request them. Also, they no longer offer L’Occitane toiletries; these have been replaced with generic motel-quality “Esa” products. There as only one small bar of soap for the sink (nothing for the tub). There were no tissues/Kleenex provided either. The room was too cold, but we were unable to adjust the temperature, and both windows were painted shut. I had to stand on a chair to close the vent on one of the ceiling outlets, which helped a bit. (And there are lots of cracks in the ceiling that need some attention.) Since the restaurant was closed, there was no room service. The Black Dog down the street was open, so we were able to have a very good dinner there before heading out to our event. Before turning in for the night, we submitted our choices from a very limited continental breakfast menu, which we could have served on the veranda or in the dining room. I had to go down to the front desk and look for a pen with which to fill out the breakfast menu requests; not seeing one, I went out to my car and got one from the glove compartment. There's no reason why they can't provide a disposable golf pencil, or just sterilize pens in between guests. The breakfast was disappointing. The house made granola was good, but the yogurt and jams were generic packaged brands, the fruit cup was a few pieces of chopped melon, and the croissant and blueberry muffin were small and uninspired. No fresh juices were offered, and there is no opportunity to request additional coffee—or anything else. The Little Inn is still a charming hotel in a charming village, but we did not feel our experience merited the $319 room rate. Given the cutbacks and limited services, the rate structure needs to be reconsidered; it’s no longer a 4-star/4-Diamond experience.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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US$192 - US$231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Little Inn of Bayfield
Which popular attractions are close to The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Nearby attractions include Pioneer Park (0.4 km), North Beach Provincial Park (1.0 km), and Main Street Gallery (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro, The Little Inn, and The Albion Hotel.
Is The Little Inn of Bayfield located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Bayfield.
Are there any historical sites close to The Little Inn of Bayfield?
Many travellers enjoy visiting School on Wheels (14.2 km).
Is The Little Inn of Bayfield accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.