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Crooked River Lodge

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2.5 of 5
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6845 US 31 N, Alanson, MI 49706 (Formerly Clarion Collection)
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alanson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

In Michigan's northwestern lower peninsula, "Stafford" is a well-respected name in the lodging and dining industries. Stafford's Crooked River Lodge on the outskirts of Alanson is the most recent (Decmber 2011) addition to a growing empire. According to lodge staff, the former owners went bankrupt a short time after building it, leaving this complex to the Stafford company.. It has... More 

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jumomof3
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The property manager was terrific and the front desk staff was friendly. The room was clean; the value was excellent! We had a 2-bedroom suite, which really helps when travelling with 3 kids. The only unfortunate thing was the a/c is located in the familyroom area. To get the bedrooms (even with the doors open) cool enough to sleep, the... More 

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Kassel, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Just stayed a night at the crooked river. I am so overwhelmed, I had to give my first review. We spent merely one night on our way from mackinac to traverse city. We took a great kayak ride on the river, took out the peddle boat, went for a run along the old rail line, spent hours in the indoor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed at the Crooked River Lodge in July 2012 while visiting family. I had originally wanted to stay in Petoskey but hotel rooms were running $250 a night. I was able to book a one bedroom suite at CRL for $139. It was an easy drive from Petoskey--about 12 miles. I was really impressed by how spacious the rooms... More 

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Frankenmuth, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This newly and totally renovated facility has an exceptional log cabin theme with beautiful outdoor fire pit (gas so no odor or burning smoke) and an included breakfast where they make the belgian waffles for you when slow for a chance to visit with you. The rooms are abundantly spacious with balconies. Next time the two bedroom suite room 115.... More 

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Management response:

Thank you very much for your excellent review of our property. At some point we hope not to be the "best kept secret" any longer and simply one of the best places to stay in the area. We appreciate the thoughts on the plastic ware as well. Happy Travels! More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Booked a room for our anniversary. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was very clean and the bed was super comfortable. The grounds and nature trail was an added bonus. We loved the view of the river and the fire pit at night. The breakfast was way better than expected and had a make your own waffle station... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for staying at Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites and for sharing your experience with the followers of Trip Advisor. We know that the sum of a positive stay is made up of so many details that you touched on in your review. Being "picky" is a good thing... if it is important to you as our guest,... More 

East Lansing, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is a 'hidden treasure'! Peaceful setting, overlooking Crooked River. Clean, comfortable and spacious rooms (plenty of room to store our bicycles overnight). Each room faces the river and has a balcony with chairs and little table, perfect for morning coffee or evening wine. We really enjoyed taking the complimentary kayaks (and paddle boats) out on the river every morning,... More 

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Management response:

Wow! Thank you very much for sharing your fine review of our newest property with the followers of Trip Advisor. We felt just the same way about Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites when we took on this project last year. The staff and I look forward to your next visit. Happy Travels! More 

Traverse City, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed one night in the hot tub suite. Its very spacious and I loved the rustic look of the room with the large jet tub. We had a complimentary breakfast of eggs, ham, and waffles. We ventured on the nature trail in the morning and swam in the large pool as well.

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Management response:

We are delighted to know that your stay was a great experience. Our goal has been to provide a superior lodging value in a very unique setting that is "pure northern Michigan". Happy Travels! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Great place, it hits 6 out of 7 of my requirements for a hotel/motel. 1. A room with a view. 2. A place to sit and look at the view (the 2nd and 3rd floors are the best. 3. A place to sit and watch tv that doesnt include the bed 4. adult hours at the swimming pool 5. Free... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for your positive comments for Stafford's newest lodging property, the former Crooked River Lodge in Alanson. We know our guests appreciate the very items you listed in your reveiw as "requirements"... That is what attracted us to this property last fall. We could see the vision the original owners and builders of this beautiful lodge had in mind... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Spent memorial day weekend at the CRL. Stayed in a King bed room which actually had a separate living room and private bedroom with the bed. Fantastic value for the price. All of the staff were very helpful and very competent. We were visiting all of the towns around Petoskey (Harbor springs, boyne springs and charlevoix) and the CRL was... More 

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ManagerReg, General Manager at Crooked River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Stafford's newest property, just 12 miles north of Petoskey in beautiful Alanson. We continue to make a few improvements for families like yours to enjoy up north Michigan. Happy Travels! More 

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