Saravilla Bed & Breakfast

633 N. State Street, Alma, Michigan 48801
Innkeeper(s): Rolando Labadan and Gerry Shields
  • Introduction

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, front view

    Saravilla is a three-story Dutch Colonial home built in 1894 and was originally a summer cottage for a prominent Michigan family. Located right in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula, Saravilla is near Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University, and Soaring Eagle Casino, and an easy drive to numerous golf courses and other recreational and cultural attractions.

    Listed on the Michigan Historic Register, Saravilla boasts imported period woodwork, original wallcoverings, period light fixtures, leaded glasswork, and magnificent craftsmanship throughout. With its landscaped grounds, inviting front porch, landmark turret, and 1200-square foot ballroom, Saravilla delights our guests with the grace and charm of an era gone by.

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, front porch

    Saravilla features seven air-conditioned guest rooms, all with private baths. All rooms have TVs and several have wood-burning fireplaces. Spacious common areas available to all guests include a 1,200 square foot ballroom with a ping pong table, fully equipped kitchen, sunroom with hot tub, billiard room with a pool table, parlor, library, large foyer, and dining room. Enjoy the wrap around front porch or back deck which overlooks the garden and pond.

    Awaken in the morning to the smell of fresh coffee and the prospect of a delightful breakfast with fresh fruit and pastry and hot entrees. At your leisure, join us for breakfast on fine china by the fire in our elegant turret dining room. And the rest of your day? Relax before the fireplace in the library, linger on the broad front porch, play a game of pool, or unwind in our hot tub.

    Saravilla offers a delightful taste of the Bed and Breakfast experience for everyone from B&B first-timers to seasoned travelers. Your hosts, Gerry Shields & Rolando Labadan, look forward to making your stay at Saravilla a total treat.

    Saravilla Bed and Breakfast, dining Saravilla Bed and Breakfast, dining

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gerry Shields and Rolando Labadan for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The best lodging in town – historic mansion with original features – spacious common space – great amenities

    What are you best known for?

    Extraordinary architecture and decor, very large public spaces, comfortable, squeaky clean guest accomodations.  

    What makes your inn unique?

    11,000 square feet, c. 1894 with original features; wood burning fireplaces (3 in guest rooms), pool table and hot tub, kitchen for guest use.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Very spacious for both guests and separate space for innkeepers; very peaceful, quiet neighborhood, walking distance to college, Masonic Home and business district.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Picturesque college town, close to Alma College and 15 minutes from Central Michigan University and Soaring Eagle.  Bike trail from Greenville to Alma.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That guests enjoy both the beautiful setting and the relaxed atmosphere.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Perhaps Saravilla!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    For those at leisure,biking, walking, antiquing, enjoying the peace and quiet-on our front or back deck. Many of our guests use the inn as a base for activities at Alma College, the Masonic Home, CMU or Soaring Eagle.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Very walkable (4 blocks), several restaurants, antique and specialty shops.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Francesco's Italian American Bistro - #1.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Pure Michigan, Michigan Lake to Lake, American Historic Inns, bbonline.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    35 in the house – 7 guest rooms all with private bathrooms (two with whirlpool tubs for 2).

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets. There is a local kennel which we have personally used and to which we refer those traveling with pets.

  • Group Gathering Place

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, living room

    Saravilla offers an excellent location for various group gatherings. We are located right in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula, at the crossroads of US127 and M46, and an easy drive from Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant. With our seven very spacious guestrooms (eight, if needed) we can provide overnight accommodations for up to twenty-three people.

    Guests have use of nearly 4,000 sq, ft. of meeting space on the first floor--including a 1,200 sq. ft. ballroom, billiard room, sun room with hot tub, library, parlor, and fully-equipped kitchen.

    We're a great place for scrapbooking, stitching, quilting, or any other craft gathering. Saravilla is also a grand place to hold reunions, holiday gatherings, and smaller weddings, and receptions.

    Contact us today to discuss your group's needs and how we might make Saravilla work for you.

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, dining area

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, pool table

  • Area Attractions

    • Loafers Glory (Village of Yesteryear) - 30 miles
    • Mid-Michigan Motorplex Raceway - 23 miles
    • Soaring Eagle Casino - 20 miles
    • Uncle John's Cider Mill - 20 miles
    • Central Michigan University - 16 miles
    • Alma College - 1/2 miles
    • Golf - a dozen courses within 20 miles
  • Directions

    Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, front view

    Southbound on US-127; or East or West on M-46

    1. Take Business 127/M-46 exit
    2. Go south on Alger Rd. 1.7 miles (it becomes Wright Ave.) to Orchard St. (three blocks past Masonic Pathways)
    3. Turn left and go four blocks

    Northbound on US-127

    1. Take Business 127 west into Alma
    2. Go straight(this becomes Superior St.) 3 miles to State St.
    3. Turn right and go 3 blocks

    Saravilla is on the southwest corner of Orchard and State Streets. Ample parking in the rear (off Orchard).

    Just look for our turret and the boulder in our front yard!