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Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1000 US 23 North, Alpena, MI 49707 (Formerly Holiday Inn Alpena)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Richmond Hill
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an older property but our room was nice and clean, beds were comfy and service excellent. We did not try the restaurant though choosing to eat downtown instead. This is probably the best place to stay in Alpena. We would stay there again.

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Sanctuary Inn. Thank you for your review. We hope you visit again soon. More

Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First impression was not so good. Checked in super late on a Sunday, no issues; friendly front desk. Walked into my room, put down my suitcase, and went into the bathroom - where I was literally hit over the head with a terrible smell - it smelled as if someone had urinated on the floor of the bathroom, and it... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

I am so glad you would stay with us again, but I am puzzled as to the issue with the unpleasant smell in the bathroom. I would really like to know which room you stayed in so that we can investigate further. If you are willing to provide that information, please give me a call at 989.356.2151. Thank you. We... More

Saginaw, Michigan
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147 reviews 147 reviews
105 hotel reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'll be the first to admit, I'm a bit of a hotel snob...It's always Hiltons and Marriotts or better for me. That's why I was leery to trek to Alpena, where the best 'brand' was either a Days Inn or a Best Western...We opted for the Sanctuary Inn after decent reviews here on TA and some other sites. The accommodations... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

Our employees love when their hard work is acknowledged by such a positive review. Chef Tim's chicken & dumpling soup is our most popular soup! Thank you for taking the time to post this review. More

Saginaw, MI
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 2 nights and were pleased with our accommodations. The room was good sized (we had 2 double beds). There was a large small coffee pot and fridge in the room. The pool is great and there is a hot tub & sauna. There is a mini putt putt course, small arcade and pool table in the recreation... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Sanctuary Inn. Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We hope to have you visit again soon. More

Grand Blanc, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just outside of town very convenient to get to beaches, restaurants, parks. The courtyard pool/recreation area is awesome for kids, we had a poolside room 106 and could hardley keep the kids in it because it's so much fun in the courtyard. What we loved: Great fun for Kids, very nice pool, hot tub, sauna. Free putt golf, pool table,... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

We are happy you and your family enjoyed our indoor recreation center. I will pass your comments along to our guest service department to remind them to let guests know about the coffee, microwave, etc. when they check in. Thank you for taking the time to post this thoughtful review. More

Muskegon, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed with my husband and our dog for one night. They did not charge a fee for having a dog. Most hotels in the surrounding area charge a $25 pet fee. Our room and bathroom was very clean.Our carpet was wet for some reason. And we had to contact the front desk to find out when check-out time(11am) was/pool hours,... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to have you visit again soon! More

Alpena, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Damp carpet. Sticky bathroom floors. No amenity book in room. Loud. No continental breakfast. A LOT of rust, dust and dirty corners. I have a king room and this is no where near the quality of identically priced rooms I have stayed at in the past. I didn't search for a Choice Hotel which I should have as I have... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

We are very sorry you did not enjoy your stay. More

Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given the relative remoteness of the area and the lack of other lodging nearby, this place is alright. It does the trick, as they say. It is a very large property; one of those hotels that encompasses an indoor central courtyard area. Very similar to many Holiday Inn set-ups. The courtyard area included a large pool, some mini-golf holes, ping-pong,... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

We are very glad that your stay with us was pleasant. Thank you for writing a review and please stay with us again when you are in the Alpena area. More

Southgate, Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here with my daughter on a business trip. We did ont eat at the restaurant. The pool was very nice but we didn't use it. Rooms were comfortable. The location is older but from what we saw very well maintained. The staff that we interacted with were very nice - making suggestions as to where to eat, and always... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you stay with again soon! More

Michigan Center, Michigan
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been in the Alpena area on business several times these last few months and stayed at the Best Western most of my trips. However, because a big group was staying at that hotel they suggested the Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center. I like the Best Western a lot, so I followed through with that suggestion. The Sanctuary Inn... More

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Diana L, General Manager at Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Honest feedback is always appreciated as we strive to create the best possible lodging experience for our guests. We hope that you will reconsider and give us another chance to better serve your lodging needs. More

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Address: 1000 US 23 North, Alpena, MI 49707 (Formerly Holiday Inn Alpena)
Location: United States > Michigan > Alpena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center 3*
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Holiday Inn Alpena Hotel Alpena
Alpena Holiday Inn

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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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The Alpena Holiday Inn, offers the most amenities of Alpena, Michigan Hotels. High Speed Internet Access is only one of the free services to our guests. Our 15,000 square foot HolidomeIndoor Recreation Area offers the traveller the chance to relax in our indoor pool,whirlpool and sauna, to golf on our miniature golf course or apply their gaming skills in our large video arcade. Our exercise room lets the traveller keep their workout regimens while on the road. The only Alpena, Michigan hotel with a restaurant and lounge on property, the traveller needs only to step down from their room to enjoy C.W.'s Barbecue Restaurant serving fabulous authentic barbecue, or the Sneakers Lounge. Business travellers searching for an Alpena, Michigan hotel are unlikely to find lodging closer to their destination than the Alpena Holiday Inn. Ideally located in the city only minutes away from Besser Company, Lafarge Corporation, the Alpena Regional Medical Center,Thunder Bay Manufacturing and Omni MetalCraft. We are the nearest to the country's newest(and only freshwater) national marine sanctuary- The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary highlights Alpena's rich maritime heritage and the greatest concentration of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Historic lighthouses dot the lake Huron coast. ... more   less 
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