DISCLAIMER: I did not stay overnight but rather took myself on the self-guided tour of the mansion. To take a tour, simply ring the front bell and the owner will appear and bring you into the foyer where she will collect your admission, provide you a pamphlet and a brief introduction of how her and her husband came to own the property. You are allowed to go from room to room, as long as the door is open (some do have guests staying in the closed-off rooms, so please be considerate). Feel free to turn on and off lights, take in the grandeur of the details in each and every room. It took me over an hour to see the mansion, as there is a lot to take in. Having never been inside of a bed and breakfast previously, it was a great primer as to what one could expect in that type of lodging. I would definitely recommend this if you are in the Calumet area.
If you only care about two things, a comfortable bed and proximity to Michigan Tech University, this hotel will meet your needs. However, noise level runs high past midnight, with college student aged guests talking, laughing and running down the halls. Hotel and rooms are very outdated, tub non-slip surface was dirty looking from age, curtains had to be paper-clipped closed for privacy and room did not have regular coffee, just decaf, while the room next door had both. Breakfast shut down before 9:30 AM on a Sunday. Cleaning staff alerted room next door they had to be out by 11:00 AM at 10:15 AM, which has never, EVER, happened in any of the many hotels we have stayed at in over 35 years all over the country. The elevator reeked of old beer. This was our second and last night ever spent in this hotel. Major remodel and overhaul of customer service necessary. Bummer, since the location and beds are great.
As a part of a 8 day trip exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula, and Isle Royale, I booked one night in the Laurium Manor Inn. We had just come off the boat from Isle Royale in Copper Harbor, so we had to drive about an hour down to Calumet. We finally found the place - it's in an ordinary neighborhood with a lot of ordinary working class homes.. I had booked the Laurium Suite - the only room with access to the beautiful balcony. So much for sitting on the balcony enjoying the view. The check in didn't feel very welcoming - I don't think the owners were on hand at the time. We were given a flyer on the history of the building, and the key to the room. No one escorted us to the room, or offered any additional information. It felt like checking into a museum - and a dark, gloomy one at that. Most of the dark and gloomy feeling came from the decor, which was pretty typical of that era. Not very welcoming or cozy - more of a "do not touch" feel. We went into downtown Calumet to find some dinner - what a sad town - and came back to our room. Often, when we stay in B&Bs, we enjoy sitting in the common areas. It didn't even seem like there *was* a common are for guests to gather. So upstairs we went. We had a pretty good night's sleep. Going downstairs for breakfast in the morning was the biggest disappointment of all. We went down later than the other guests, who were already seated and eating - I don't remember there being a specific start time for breakfast, since it was served buffet style. No one greeted us, or acknowledged our presence - we just got our food and sat at an empty table. The food wasn't memorable in any way. We love our B&Bs and stay at them whenever we can. We love meeting and talking to the owners and other guests, and have experienced some excellent inns that are really "high touch" when it comes to clientele. That was not our experience with the Laurium Manor Inn, and I can't recommend this - especially for the price and the location.