I've learned to check out prospective hotels here as well on various other booking sites since a comfortable clean resting spot is important to me. I had booked a room in mid-September for my first visit to Door County here for 3 nights. Algoma is indeed a cute very small town (3,000 population roughly) slightly south of the Door County peninsula. This motel is very charming from the outside and I had no issues with the no-contact check-in process, which is explained in advance by text and posted on the door of the middle reception room. For security, I won't go into more details but it was clear. The other guest who arrived at the same time was a bit miffed of this "remote" check-in; he muttered that he didn't book the room himself so he didn't get the details. He trudged off to find his own solution. The single queen room is very small: a single traveler will find it quite snug. To its credit, the mattress was firm, which is what I like. Two friends traveling will become very intimate since there's no way to have any privacy from each other. You may have more space from each other if you arrived in a large SUV. You'll have a Keurig, microwave, and mini-fridge on a metal cart across the foot of your bed. You could sit on the bed and reach for things on the cart - that's how snug this room is. You won't have a closet but you'll have a metal suitcase stand by the door along with a rack for any clothes storage. The bathroom is very clean, having a retro look, and the shower, sink, and toilet all worked perfectly. Only one average-sized person can be in there at any given time. Like most old bathrooms, there is a shortage of space for toiletries. As a single man, I had to play a game of moving some items to the table outside the bathroom after using them and bringing the other things in. I had used the given shallow glass shelf and the window ledge already in the bathroom so this tells you how little space there is. If you are traveling with another person, good luck with that person's stuff and you both will be annoyed with the lack of space. The TV is mounted on the shiplap room wall: as another reviewer noted, you'll have two remotes. One will control the channels and the other is used for the power and volume. So, you may have a shortage of space but an abundance of remotes. The window AC unit was chugging away on the arrival day when it was a relatively balmy 75 degrees. Since I'm from the South, this was pretty cool to me so the AC was largely unnoticed until the next morning when the humidity was a bit much, even with the AC running all night. There is a centrally steam-based heating system that is along the floorboards. I texted the hotel to ask about how it is controlled since I knew that a cold front would arrive on my second night there and the AC would not be what I needed but rather the heat since temps would be dropping into the upper 40s overnight. A few minutes later, the staff said that they had not activated it for the season but I could get a space heater from the cabinet in the middle reception room. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about how sufficient this would be for me, much less any other guests who will be staying in the next few nights. After 15 more minutes, I decided that this was all too much for me so I contacted my third-party booking site to ask how to abandon the rest of my stay. Let me be clear: I was going to pay for the first night since I was already in the room. I was open to paying for the second night if I was past any cancellation deadline (I learned I was) but I expected to get the third night back since I was giving more than 24-hour notice. To their credit, the hotel was very pleasant and immediately issued a credit for that third night when I left the next morning. I booked my remaining 2 nights at a Hilton property in Green Bay (about 45 minutes) away. I think the River HIlls Motel has a lot of charm and the interactions with staff (all by text) seemed warm and professional. But, I think I've gotten to the age where I won't put up with rooms that don't function at a basic level to keep guests comfortable on various factors (e.g. space, functionality, temp control, cleanliness). This property may be right for others but it was a bit too rustic for me.…
Algoma is a very pretty town along the shore of Lake Michigan in Kewanee County. The Rivers Edge Motel is on the north edge of town in a neat neighborhood. It's worth takeing a few minutes to drive up the road to see the city park and nice homes. The motel itself is clean, quiet, and everything worked as it should. No breakfast, but the price is economical.
This retro motel was wonderful! Even the young adults traveling with us loved it and commented how Clean it was. Set in mature shade trees, it was perfect. Obviously recently updated nicely too! The amenities were great, loved the. No contact check in, smooth instantly answered my call when I had a question and very kind. The grass was beautifully manicured and the sweet little buckets of ice were thoughtful for guests on a hot day. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Good hotel, manager is off site but reachable via text message..It is contactless checkcin and check out...They do have an office that is stocked with extra towels and pillows as well as some personal hygiene items you might have forgot at home..very good price and in good position for exploring Door County
Upon arrival the check in process was very easy. We appreciated the contactless check in process. Our room is small but very clean. We did not understand the need for two different remotes to control the TV…..one changed channels and the other controlled the volume. We would have liked a third pillow on the bed also. Overall everything was good except….. Cold…..walked into the room and it was very cold. We found the heat turned off in the room. It was not turned down to a low setting but completely turned off. All the surfaces was cold. According to the app on my phone it was 56 degrees in the room. We turned on the heat….and waited. The heat register became “warm” after a while. It took six hours for it to reach 68 degrees in the room. I don’t know why the heat was off upon our arrival. Maybe previous occupant turned it off and housekeeping didn’t notice or the owners are trying to conserve energy…..All we know is we were cold most of the time we were here. Our suggestion is for the owners to check to see the heat is on a least a few hours before checkin and for guests to bring warm clothes if this is a standard practice. We would stay again but knowing to request the heat be checked prior to our arrival.…
I stayed here for the first time earlier this summer during my first trip to Door County and when I went back again to the area last week, I made sure to stay here again. The rooms were super clean, newly renovated, and the check-in/check-out processes were extremely efficient. The location is quiet, yet still close enough to everything in town. I would definitely stay here again!
Nice up north motel. Our room was very nice, very clean, and the staff was very accommodating. We forgot a toothbrush and toothpaste and they had complimentary supplies in the lobby. That was a very nice surprise for a motel like this. We went to the wine festival and algoma and it was a very short drive or a little bit of a walk either way it was very centrally located because we also went up into door county and then down into Kewanee.
My husband and I were making a short road trip, visiting family and friends. We were heading to Door County for a visit and needed just a one night stay, which was difficult being it was a weekend. I was so fortunate to find River Hills Motel, and even more delighted when we arrived. Total contactless registration, the room was spotless, recently updated yet keeping the charm of the era it was built. The rooms are not large, but as we were only there for the overnight it was perfect. The motel was fully booked, we did not hear any excessive noise. We would certainly stay again if we are in the area.
It was a great little hotel. May not have all the bells and whistles of a new hotel but you will definitely get a clean room with a very helpful staff. Also in a quiet neighborhood with not many rooms to deal with a lot of people.
The blend of modern and vintage is seamless, this place is such a gem of door county. The beauty is really in the details here, everything was so carefully thought out which made for such a hospitable experience, from the recognizable Keurig options, utility towel, fresh white bedding and a little glasses ledge by the bed. This place was so much better than other hotel or Airbnb options around the same price range. And it was squeaky clean!