Kara's Kottages

837 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
Innkeeper(s): Kara Keller
  • About my Kottages

    This unique bed and breakfast is a beautifully renovated, Italianate-style, three-unit home nestled in between three historic Kalamazoo neighborhoods and located on Kalamazoo College’s scenic campus.

    All three private Kottages within this multi-unit house are furnished with all the necessities of home, including a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room, separate bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Plus, all the warm touches you’d expect from a beloved B&B– like fireplaces, beds you melt into, European-style breakfast treats and even mini-bars.

    Available for overnight, weekly or monthly rental, this Kalamazoo B&B is an ideal choice for business or pleasure.

  • Policies

    Cancellation Policy
    Kara’s Kottages are designed to be a user friendly and flexible lodging choice for today’s modern
    traveler. This means that we will hold a room for our guests from the point of their reservation
    until their check-in. In return, we ask that our guests contact us at least 10 days prior to their arrival
    date if their travel plans have changed or if they need to cancel a reservation to assure that they will
    not be responsible for any costs associated with that reservation.

    If a guest cancels or makes alterations to their reservation less than 10 days prior to their arrival
    date, we must hold them responsible for the entire reservation. In this case, we will make every
    effort to advertise that Kottage and refund any nights that we are able to re-book.

    Check-In/Out Times
    Check-in is anytime after 3pm EST. For guest coming from Illinois or Central Time Zones, please remember that Michigan is Easter Time; one hour later.
    Check-out time is anytime prior to 11am.
    Both times are flexible with advanced authorization as long as there isn’t another guest checking in that same day.

    Non-Smoking Environment
    Smoking is prohibited indoors. If it is determined that smoking has occurred indoors during your stay, a $200 charge will apply to cover damages as a result.
    Smoking is allowed outdoors only. We ask that smokers please be courteous of other guests and be sure that smoke isn’t able to pass through open windows, that it is not in a the presence of other guests who may be offended by the smell and is disposed of properly in receptacles (not thrown on the ground).

    Pet-Friendly Environment
    Only well adjusted, well behaved and demesticated dogs allowed
    Only dogs under 50 pounds are allowed
    Maximum of 2 pets allowed per kottage
    In consideration of other guests, absolutely no barking is prohibited
    Pets must be leashed when out of the guest room
    Owners should bring their own pet bedding, dishes and food
    No pets permitted on the beds or furniture. Protective covers advisable, "just in case." Loaner bowls, beds and towels and/or sheets available upon request.
    Extra charges apply; $15/night/pet

    Child-Friendly Environment
    Many attempts have been made to make all of Kara’s Kottages child-friendly and safe for all of our guests, both inside and out. However, if we know that a small child will be present, we will happily go the extra mile prior to their arrival to implement additional safety features such as
    baby gates and receptacle protection.

    Candle Safety
    We ask that you exercise extreme caution while burning candles
    Do not bring your own candles to burn
    Candles provided are all soy based and healthy to burn
    Do not move provided candles from their original location
    Keep wicks trimmed so that the candle burns properly and safely
    Do not burn candles that are placed inside of a book shelf
    Do not burn candles while asleep
    Do not tip over candles while burning when wax is liquified
    Guest will be charged for any damages associated with candles; scorching, wax or the like

    Entertainment Policy
    Out of consideration for other guests, we ask that the use of each kottage is limited to outside guests.
    A maximum of 10 people is allowed in the two bedroom kottage at any given time
    A maximum of 6 people is allowed in the studio kottage at any given time

    Quiet Zones
    Parking lots, front and back entrances, outdoor patio and exterior lawn areas will be considered to be part of a quiet zone determined by Kara’s Kottages. Quiet, mindful and respectful behavior specifically before 8:00am and after 11pm is expected of all guests.  
    Gatherings shall not take place outside on the porches that could disturb the neighbors after 11:00pm and before 8:00am
    Music and audio levels shall be respectful and mindful of other guests and should not be heard outside of any kottage or through open windows.
    I would strongly recommend a friendly and neighborly disposition with other guests if you wish to entertain outdoors.

    Outdoor Space
    A charming and inviting, fenced in outdoor space is provided for all guest to share. Please be courteous of the shared part and invite other guests to enjoy along with you. The fire pit is just outside of the window of the Birch Bark Kottage. Please be sure to respect other guests by keeping voices low enough so that it isn’t disruptive.

    A parking lot along with an open garage is provided for all guests to share. There is no reserved parking, so feel free to park anywhere. Please be sure not to block in other vehicles and do not drive onto landscaped areas.

    Ecological Efforts
    As diehard stewards of the planet, we take great pride in our efforts to minimize our ecological footprint. This includes such things as biodegradable cleaners, soy candles, compact florescent light bulbs (where we can), high efficiency appliances, aerated faucets, motion activated lighting and recycling everything possible. In turn, we ask that our guest recycle all possible paper, plastic, aluminum and glass in the baskets provided in the kitchens. We’ll make sure that all recyclable trash doesn’t end up in landfills!
    We also request that guest be conscious of waste on the part of heating, cooling and electricity.
    Please turn down furnace when you’re away for long periods. It heats up very quickly when it is turned back up. Also, please do not be excessive with high temperatures.. It’s just respectful on all levels. Air conditioners have several setting. Please be sure and adjust to a low setting if you’re away for long periods or if it isn’t very hot outdoors. The entire house only has 1 small southern facing window, so it stays quite cool in the summer with the absence of direct sunlight.
    Please do not leave lights on when you’re away, during daylight hours (unless needed) or when you’re asleep.

    Safety against theft
    Due to the fact that there isn’t a 24/7 innkeeper at the house at all times and that it’s located in a historic neighborhood with foot traffic, we ask our guest to be mindful of their possessions.  Theft has never been an issue here and we would like to keep it that way. Your efforts should include:
    Not leaving valuable items in plain sight inside of your vehicle
    Closing doors behind you so that the house is locked at all times
    If you’re in a 1st floor suite, be sure that the safety latches are engaged if windows are open and that windows are locked if they are closed.
    Not leaving valuable items out on the patio

  • About Kara

    Kara is a Michigan native with an appreciation for historic homes, a passion for good design and a love for the planet.

    She moved to Kalamazoo from the Shores of Lake Michigan in 1990 to attend college. She remained in Kalamazoo because of it's youthful energy, amazing people and an up and coming direction which has since been realized.

    In her spare time, when she's not combing the earth for treasures to use in her Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast, she's exploring life with her husband, Dean. They enjoy participating in many recreational sports, the company of their friends & family and traveling.. All while being responsible stewards of the planet.