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A Peek Inside the Dörr Hotel

Principal owner Chris Schmeltz cut the ribbon on the 47-unit Dörr Hotel Thursday, officially opening the doors to the first new large-scale hotel built in Door County in almost 20 years.

The hotel is the first four-story structure built in Sister Bay and is expected to generate $68,000 in annual property tax revenues, according to Village Administrator Beau Bernhoft.

The Dörr and neighboring CHOP restaurant are located on the site that was once home to the Walkway Shops and Beanie’s Restaurant. The lot sat empty for more than a decade before ground was broken on the hotel in 2019.

The interior was designed by Chicago-based Aria Architects and built by Hobart-based Bayland Building.

The spacious lobby features a beer and wine bar, fireplace, and two-story windows that look out on Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.
“Beauty and luxury are not mutually exclusive,” said James Lohmiller, the hotel’s director of guest experiences. “There is a casual luxury that we have here, but it’s not stuffy.” Inspired by the area’s Scandinavian roots, hotel developers worked with Chicago-based Aria Group Architect on the hotel’s interior design and Hobart-based Bayland Builders to blend the feel of a big city hotel with the surrounding village’s quaint charm. Photo by Sara Rae Lancaster.
Guests can take in views of the bay and overlook the village from fourth-floor suites. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.
The Dörr Suite, The Dörr Hotel’s premier suite, starts at $440 per night and features a king bed suite, Kohler shower, a private balcony overlooking Sister Bay, a spacious sitting area with fireplace and sofa sleeper and a wet bar. According to guest experience manager James Lohmiller, the hotel’s premiere feature is the staff. “Because we don’t have a pool or workout facility, it’s our staff and their ability to find anything and everything our guests could be looking for outside the hotel doors.” Photo by Sara Rae Lancaster.
Photo by Sara Rae Lancaster.
Not wanting to detract from the natural beauty of each room’s view or clean, minimalist interior design, artwork is simple — and local — featuring the works by local artist Bruce Basch. Photo by Sara Rae Lancaster.
Inside one of the hotel’s fourth-floor suites. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.
Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

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