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The house was built in 1872 and has many amenities of the era. When you arrive you'll be greeted by Shelly, who is an absolute pleasure to meet. She will be your hostess on a daily basis. She keeps the house running to perfection, always with a smile on her face. The house sits close enough to town, so it's an easy 15 minute walk. We stayed in what is called the Sun Room from Sept 14th to the 19th. The room was comfortable, with a private bath. It also sits close to a small kitchen with a freezer full of Klondike bars. Coffee is also available. The front porch is traditional from the times, with a wrap around railing and many comfortable chairs and tables. Around the side of the house is a gold fish pond with a small waterfall, which is often visited by deer, and various other forms of wild life, which seem to be very well fed. Breakfast starts at 9:00AM and you have an option of eating indoors or outside. The meals are served in a buffet style. One other great thing is the location. The town sits roughly 30 to 40 minutes from either Grand Rapids, Ludington, and Saugatuck. So it's an easy drive to either one of the three. Free off street parking is also provided. I would definitely recommend this B&B, and most certainly would visit again.
Beautiful house, very friendly and accommodating host, and loved the location. We parked the car in the driveway Friday afternoon at check-in, and didn't get in again until leaving Sunday. If you don't mind short walking (less than a mile to anything), you can see all of Grand Haven on foot. Breakfasts were delicious (LOVED the white wine souffle), and the host was very friendly and accommodating. Little touches, like cookies and Klondike bars available 24/7 really made the stay special. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a romantic, or just quiet place to stay in Grand Haven near everything.
We reserved a night in the Carriage House room at the last minute. This was a lovely property and experience, very well maintained with obvious care by both owner and on site staff. Plenty of parking, multiple places inside and out to relax and enjoy the ambiance. Plenty of evidence of ongoing (yet unobtrusive) upkeep and renovation. Breakfast was charming and excellent. We will definitely come back!
We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful Victorian mansion. It was clean, comfortable and cozy. The hostess was friendly and knowledgeable and made delicious breakfast every morning. The location is great for an easy walk to the downtown area. We highly recommend!
The Boydon House is a real classic for B&B lovers -- a beautiful old building restored to tip-top condition, beautiful woodwork, furnishings, and details. By a quirk of scheduling (our fault) we stayed our two nights in two different rooms. We liked the Sun Room best, roomy and light, but the smaller Love Nest for our second night was also very comfortable. One feature of the Love Nest is a balcony with comfortable furniture, great for a picnic supper or lunch, but too cold in the late fall when we visited. A nice feature is a kitchenette shared by all rooms that has fridge and microwave, plus china and silverware. You could bring your own ready-to-heat or cold supper and eat it in comfort. I would rate the house Excellent and the breakfast very good. The house is 10-15 min walk from the central waterfront area with restaurants and other attractions -- close enough to be convenient, far enough to be quiet.
Loved our stay at the Boyden House Inn! It is a beautiful Victorian inn; a fine example of the local history. Our room was clean, comfortable, and well supplied (toiletries, ironing board, wine glasses, etc.). We especially liked our private entrance, and the delicious breakfasts (and, of course, chocolate chip cookies which were available all day!). Our host was friendly and accommodating. You will love it, too!
My wife and I came for a weekend getaway on my birthday and had a grand stay. The breakfast in the morning was delicious and fueled us as we walked all around town. It’s very easy to walk out to the restaurants, stores, and bars downtown as well as go down to the beach. The house itself is very vintage and cool looking, yet has all the amenities you’re used to. Infused water and cookies sitting out in the downstairs lounge area welcomed us “home” each time we returned from our excursions. Best place to stay in town!
Overall we really loved the idea of Boyden House. Our room was large, the accomodations were really nice, as was the innkeeper. The bathroom was nice and big. We enjoyed the small library and the back patio. The breakfast was delicious and we really liked the close location to downtown. However, we arrived when they were doing construction on the house, and we were forced to park in the street and carry our luggage from across the street. Even worse, they were doing construction on scaffolding right outside our room. It was loud and we couldn't open our blinds to enjoy the view until they left. And they started on construction the next morning early and woke us up, and they were swearing outside our window and banging around. Again, we could not open our blinds the entire next morning. I would not have chosen the room we did if we had known construction workers would be right outside. Other than that we really liked our room. I just wish we were moved to another room due to the inconvenience. It made it less than romantic.
This is one of the Best Bed and Breakfasts we have ever stayed in. The House is Beautiful and although currently going through renovation we were not disturbed at all. The Gardens are beautiful and the Woodwork inside the home is breathtaking. I will most definitely return to the Boyden House.
I grew up in Grand Haven, but moved away as an adult, so it's nice to go back and try out all the places I just saw as a kid. We stayed at the Boyden House over the opening weekend of Coast Guard (last weekend in July), and had a very pleasant stay. We stayed in the Amber Room, which was on the small side, but since we were out and about most of the day, we could live with the small size. The bathroom was quite large, though...the only downside was that, because it was a clawfoot tub with a shower over, there was NO place to put anything in the shower. Amber's Room did have a nice little private balcony, though, which was a great place to sit and read. The breakfasts, which we enjoyed on the main floor porch, were wonderful - such a wide variety of foods for every palate and diet. The location, while further from the beach than most of the other GH B&B's, was pleasant - the property is well maintained with very usable outdoor spaces, and it was only a short walk to downtown and the beach. The property does sit on the main parade route for all of the Coast Guard parades (the Kids Parade is on the opening weekend, and the main parade is on the closing weekend), so you can't leave by car during those times. If you want to stay during Coast Guard (last weekend of July through the first weekend in August), there is a minimum stay and you should book your room pretty far out...we booked our room for the opening weekend in September.
Boyden House Inn B&B is located within a mile (2 km) of Grand Haven Beach and Grand Haven State Park. This 3-star bed & breakfast has 5 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Free full breakfast is served each morning from 9 AM to 9:30 AM.
A TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.
Boyden House Inn B&B offers a garden, a banquet hall, and wedding services. Free parking is included with your stay.