The Water Street Inn

The Water Street Inn

Out on the pier
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View from room
Room & Suite (27)
And a private dock to enjoy the wind, water, and wildlife!!  xo
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5.0
#1 of 2 inns in Ephraim
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Location
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Built in 1896 The Water Street Inn is a newly restored historical landmark in the village of Ephraim Wisconsin. The Inn offers 26 beautifully renovated rooms all with spectacular water views. Rooms include all new furnishings, walk in tiled showers and flat screen TVs. Our professionally maintained lawn, with heated pool, hot tub, stone patio and fire pit, is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the water and bluffs of Door County. 24 hour assistance.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Beach
Bicycles available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Wifi
Pool with view
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Complimentary tea
Fishing
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Room features
Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Business

Location

9944 N. Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 53 out of 100
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles168 reviews
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The Water Street Inn delights guests with its attentive service and the charm of yesteryear, complemented by meticulously maintained rooms and grounds. Nestled in a prime location with scenic views near Ephraim, it's a stone's throw from local attractions. While its rooms are praised for their cleanliness and modern comforts, the simplicity of some rooms is noted. Reviewers celebrate the range of amenities, including a pristine pool and complimentary water activities, enhancing the inviting and charming atmosphere that makes the inn a valued destination.
Location
Central
Atmosphere
Inviting
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Remarkable
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Abundant

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Isa wrote a review Sep 2020
Arlington Heights, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at the Water Street Inn. The location was perfect right on Green Bay and our room had a great view. Ephraim offers the perfect central location in Door County and serves as a great jumping off point for the state park and neighboring towns. There were several great restaurants that were walking distance and we took advantage of the bikes that were available for guests' use - we liked them so much that we purchased the same type of bikes when we got home. The outdoor pool was perfect for taking a dip on those warm summer afternoons. Also unique was the gas bonfire that is lit nightly - it gave us an opportunity to meet some of the other hotel guests.

The property is kept super clean by the friendly staff that is constantly wiping down surfaces. We felt very safe and the environment helped us relax and enjoy our vacation.

The mattresses were very comfortable and our room looked as though it was just remodeled. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Jules M wrote a review Jun 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let’s face it, for summer 2020 we all need a vacation getaway and Door County was perfect. But we also to clean and safe and The Water Street Inn certainly delivered. The staff was constantly cleaning and very conscience of social distancing and sanitizing. Hand sanitizers everywhere and common outdoor areas such as chairs, railings, pools, bikes and kayaks were cleaned constantly. We chose the Inn for the recent remodel (6 years ago) was clean and fresh, and clean looking. Plus we liked the fact that there were no indoor hallways. All rooms enter from outdoor decks. But in addition to all that it was a great venue with lots to do and great views. Kayaking across the bay to Penninsula State Park to Bike riding into town for morning coffee or evening ice cream. Morning activities followed by afternoon dips in the pool. Evening dinner in your choice of towns (centrally located... seems like everything is only 10-15 min away) then back to the Inn to watch the sunset (take the kayaks out to have a surreal experience) then out to the fire pit with a glass of wine or beer. Wonderful Experience, highly recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SandiToes4me wrote a review Jun 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Water Street Inn was absolutely perfect for our small family's visit in June of 2021. The Inn was very nice and IMO, has one of the best views of the Green Bay sunset on the Peninsula. The staff made us feel right at home and we took advantage of the many amenities on the property (heated pool, fire-pit, cornhole and shuffleboard, and complimentary use of bikes and kayaks). All rooms faced the water and we had everything we needed (clean, plenty of space, comfortable beds, mini-fridge, hair-dryer, coffee, access to ice, etc.) The Inn is also walkable to a few restaurants and very centrally located (seems that everything you might want to do in DC is within an easy 15 minutes drive). After traveling around the Peninsula, I'd make this choice again in a heartbeat. Thank you Water Street Inn for serving as the perfect "home base" for our vacation.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Choose a 2nd floor room in the Main building for the best sunset view!
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Response from Debbie Kordon, General Manager at The Water Street Inn
Responded Jun 28, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your experience at The Water Street Inn! We’re touched that you and your family felt at home during your recent stay. We strive for all of our guests to feel that same way! We especially are excited about your feedback on the inn’s amenities. We are pleased your family was comfortable during your stay and hope you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to serving you again the next time you’re back in Door County!
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Melissa C wrote a review Aug 2023
Minneapolis, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you to the conscientious, friendly and thorough staff at the Water Street Inn in Ephraim. Our rooms were cleaned so promptly, replenished with water bottles and fresh towels each day, and our pajamas were left neatly folded on our beds. When we were at the pool staff always made sure a fresh supply of towels was there and kept replenishing the complementary lemon water and cups poolside. Everyone was very friendly, welcoming, attentive, and happy to chat. The grounds are beautiful, the firepit is on every night, and the kayaks/bicycles/SUPS are complementary for guests.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Our Management, Owner at The Water Street Inn
Responded Aug 15, 2023
We’re thrilled to see this 5-star review! It means the world to us how much you enjoyed your stay. We try our hardest to make sure you have everything you need for a perfect Door County vacation, and we hope you’ll come back to see us again soon!
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luxury_girl_chicago wrote a review Aug 2023
Chicago, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed there for 4 night the first week of August. Our experience was great. The building itself is old, but managed very well. Walk-in showers are a nice renovation. I really loved attention to detail, the room had everything. Plenty of towels, including the dark blue/black "makeup" towels, so that any residual makeup would not go onto the white ones. Coffee maker with coffee/tea, bottled water, regular ceramic mugs to have coffee in the room, disposable "to go" cups, sugars/substitutes and individual half-and-halfs (not the dry powdery stuff). There were also reusable glasses made from thick plastic (not flimsy disposable ones) that almost look like glass ones for cold drinks/wine and bottle opener. Plenty of towels were provided at the pool and there was also a water dispenser.
The office is not open 24 hours, so every evening we would receive a text from an employees about what time they are leaving and a reminder how to contact the hotel after hours. We also received texts the nights before if there was yoga on the lawn next morning (yoga mats provided).
Hotel is in the great location, close proximity to a lot of coffee shops and restaurants.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Our Management, Owner at The Water Street Inn
Responded Aug 30, 2023
Thank you for your generous 5-star review! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay. Your feedback inspires us to continue providing top-notch hospitality to our guests. We hope you’ll think of us the next time you plan a trip to Door County!
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William Randolp... W wrote a review Aug 2021
Midwest
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a gem! This is our first stay, but not our last!. This historic inn has been thoroughly renovated, and so carefully so, that it has included every amenity you would find in a high end hotel. We even found power strips behind the couches and beds to make sure that you could conveniently plug in anything everywhere. The beds and pillows were outstanding, the new tiled showers and spray heads were perfect, the flat screen TV, wi-fi and mini fridge allowed for everything you could want. BUT, to top it all off, you have the most beautiful lawn, chairs and unobstructed view of the water you can find in Door County. Whether its the professional landscaping or the fire pit overlooking the water, you want to just sit and enjoy where you are despite all there is to do. Finally, the Inn and Ephraim are perfectly located so as to make it a short drive to everything in Door County if you decide to venture out.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: While there are no elevators, take a second floor room in the main building for the best views...
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Response from Debbie Kordon, General Manager at The Water Street Inn
Responded Aug 16, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your experience at The Water Street Inn! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the amenities we love to share with our guests. With the addition of these modern renovations, we aim to enhance our guest experience down to even seemingly minor details without impacting the inn's historic charm. We are so glad you enjoyed your getaway with us, simply relaxing with us here at the inn and exploring Door County. We would welcome your return and look forward to you visiting us again during your next trip to Ephraim!
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SSchlieckau wrote a review May 2021
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin. This establishment it top notch!! Would I stay here again, absolutely! Uber super clean. The staff was helpful and courteous. The view to the water (Green Bay), was stunning no matter what room you are in.

Our bed.....the best!! So comply and warm you didn’t want to get out. Our room and the entire Inn was totally upgraded and beautiful!!

My only compliant and it’s only one, they do not offer onsite charging for electric cars. Considering there are multiple other establishments in this area that do, they need to get with the times and figure this out. If you’re driving an electric car, owners always look to see if this is an amenity that is offered and strongly influences where they stay. If you offer it, they will come.

In a nutshell, if you’re in the area, stay here, don’t drive by———you’ll need a reservation though 👍👍👍.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Debbie Kordon, General Manager at The Water Street Inn
Responded May 13, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your experience at The Water Street Inn! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend with us. Thank you for your feedback regarding electric car charging, and we look forward to seeing you during your next stay!
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sheryl s wrote a review Aug 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed in multiple locations in DC over the past many years. BY FAR, The Water Street Inn is our favorite for so many reasons: the availability/responsiveness and kindness of the staff, the immaculate nature of the rooms and property, the kayak's and bikes, shuffle board, pool, hot tub, lawn yoga, stunning views and serene setting are just a few of the superior qualities. The regular texts about the firepit availability, yoga schedule etc were kind and the timing of those was perfectly innocuous in terms of not bothering late risers. Once again this year, upon check out we booked our week for next year. I don't see us staying anywhere else. Huge shout out to Bailey, Cristi, Erin, Cristina, Ame--- and all of the other wonderful staff members who's names we unfortunately did not get. You have a GEM!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Just Book it!
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Response from Our Management, Owner at The Water Street Inn
Responded Aug 30, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing 5-star review! What a huge compliment to be your favorite place to stay in Door County! We’re delighted to know that your stay was exceptional. Your kind words truly brightened our day! We’ll be sure to pass your kudos on to our staff, and we look forward to your return next year!
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Mary Jane T wrote a review Jul 8
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed here for years and the recent improvements to this property will keep us coming back. The manager, Gretchen, is beyond amazing. Our every need was met by her and the terrific staff. We love this property because you can swim in a sparkling clean pool while overlooking the bay, watch the boats on the water from the adirondack chairs, use the complimentary bikes/kayaks/paddleboards, sip great coffee in the gazebo, read a book while sitting on the pier, laugh with friends sitting around the firepit - it is truly a lovely vacation to spend with family or friends. It's true that the rooms prices have increased, but we find that we use SO MANY of the excellent included amenities that it is worth it for us.
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Date of stay: July 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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tjpg56 wrote a review Jul 2021
Nokomis, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the pleasure of staying at the Water Street Inn over the Fourth of July weekend. We loved the location and the amenities offered by this Inn. The staff followed COVID-19 precautions but still made our stay feel welcoming and comfortable.
We definitely would recommend this Inn and will certainly consider it in our future stays.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Debbie Kordon, General Manager at The Water Street Inn
Responded Jul 8, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and share your experience at The Water Street Inn! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your getaway with us over the Fourth of July weekend. We do everything we can to establish a comfortable and safe experience for our guests during their stay. We hope to see you again during a future trip to Door County!
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Answer from Gretchen J
Ephraim, Wisconsin2 contributions
We do not rent bicycles and kayaks... we provide you with the opportunity to use both without charge!
Chloe1019 asked a question Jun 2018
Bourbonnais, Illinois15 contributions8 helpful votes
Are there hair dryers in the rooms?
Answer from TravelingShanti
Indianapolis, Indiana541 contributions89 helpful votes
There was in ours.
rlachowin asked a question Sep 2017
West Allis, WI9 contributions6 helpful votes
Do you have wine openers in room? Do you have an ice machine?
Answer from Nancy F
McHenry, Illinois11 contributions5 helpful votes
Yes they had a wine opener which also opened bottles and an ice machine in a separate building.
summerrose1216 asked a question Aug 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin1 contribution1 helpful vote
Does the water street inn have microwaves in the rooms?
Answer from Gretchen J
Ephraim, Wisconsin2 contributions
No, we do not have microwaves in the rooms. There are, however, many options nearby for meals.
LeeAnn094 asked a question Aug 2017
Va9 contributions8 helpful votes
Does the Water Street Inn have laundry facilities that the guests may use?
Answer from Mike C
Port Washington, WI21 contributions17 helpful votes
I do not believe so.
ro13 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Hubertus, Wisconsin2,161 contributions103 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 107 has a fireplace"
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Robert W wrote a tip Jun 2024
Kenosha, Wisconsin9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just go, look no further."
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Pam B wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get ready for fabulous hospitality!!!"
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Elizabeth B wrote a tip May 2024
West Bend, Wisconsin8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This property will fill quick, we book a year ahead to get an affordable rate!"
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Rickmully wrote a tip May 2024
3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Spring in Door County can be cool, but BEAUTIFUL!"
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PRICE RANGE
₱15,187 - ₱21,787 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
26
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Water Street Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Water Street Inn?
Nearby attractions include Door County Creamery (5.4 km), Peninsula State Park (3.9 km), and Northern Sky Theater (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Water Street Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at The Water Street Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Water Street Inn?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Water Street Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Water Street Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old Post Office Restaurant, Waterfront Restaurant, and Door County Creamery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Water Street Inn?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Is The Water Street Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Ephraim.
Does The Water Street Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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