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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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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Alpena
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3 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
Becky55512 Michigan Center, Michigan
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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Michigan Center, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rooms were clean but the entire hotel is in need of a facelift. Its old by hotel standards and showing its age. Although the place was 80% empty they only had 2 double bed rooms available when we checked in but King beds were available online???? Pool and hot tub were clean as well.

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

Thank you for reviewing your stay. I am sorry you could not get a king room. I don’t know which night you stayed, but I do know we had a large group in July who stayed more than two weeks and they had king rooms. I hope you will stay with us again on your next trip to Alpena. More

Columbia, South Carolina
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201 reviews 201 reviews
15 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our recent stay at the Sanctuary Inn was very much like our previous one, which was back in 2012 when it was a Holiday Inn. The place was comfortable and value-priced back then, and it seems not to have missed a beat with the change of ownership. Our room was spacious, clean, quiet, and had everything we wanted except a... More

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

We are very happy that we will remain your hotel of choice when visiting Alpena. Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. More

Kalamazoo County, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Price of the room was appropriate for the accommodations. After reading some of the reviews I was very concerned to stay here. Being July 2nd people were pouring in for the 4th of July festivities and we got one of two rooms left. (Single w/ king bed) Lobby was very nice with step down fireplace and a sitting area. The... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to provide this thoughtful review. I am happy to hear that your room met all of your expectations. I hope you will stay with us again soon. Perhaps one of our plated menu items would be more to your liking. We have some great sandwich plates! More

Dover, New Hampshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Granted, I stayed here awhile ago (Sept 2013) so I don't know if it's changed, but when I stayed here on business the hotel was a ghost town. I believe they had just changed their name so I think no one knew the hotel existed (hopefully that explains it). There were so many rooms and I think there were maybe... More

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

I am sorry you were not happy with our arcade during your stay last September. We weren't happy with it either and have recently changed vendors. New games should be arriving this week. If you stay with us again, I think you will find the quality of the games to be much better. Thank you for taking the time to... More

Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Sanctuary Inn is a budget hotel that over charges. We stayed here on Easter weekend and there were so many people in and around the pool on Friday night that we didn't bother going back. The hotel was loud and there were always cooking smells in our room. We entered via a back door that had the same dirt... More

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

Our indoor recreation center is always quite busy on the weekend. Most people thoroughly enjoy this area. It is by nature active and noisy with kids of all ages having fun in the swimming pool and with all the other activities in this area. Our entrance areas are cleaned every morning, but dead leaves, etc. stick to the bottom of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Very nice clean room, friendly staff on the phone and in person. Stayed on a Friday night due only to availability but will visit again when I'm in the area. The lounge had entertainment but could not be heard from my room at the same end of the hotel. Do not be discouraged by the fact this is an independent... More

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

We are so happy that you enjoyed our hotel. Thank you for taking the time to let others know. We hope you are able to visit again soon. More

Sydney, Australia
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199 hotel reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It's not going to excite you but you will be comfortable. Still feels like the Holiday Inn it used to be. Everything about it was okay: bed, shower, comfort level. There was a fridge, which was handy. There's lots of onsite parking and free WIFI. Good location if you are exploring downtown Alpena and the Maritime Centre.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We hope to have you as our guest on a future visit to Alpena. More

Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We needed a place to stay while my mother was at Alpena Regional Medical Center first in ICU then Hospice. We stayed the first night at regular room rates then the hospital gave us a form for a hospital discount. I have to point out Chad at the front desk he was very kind and helpful. There was another lady... More

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

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are glad to hear that we made your stay a bit more pleasant during this difficult time in your life. We hope you will be able to visit again during happier times. More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Friendly staff. Clean & comfortable room w/ frig & micorwave. Nice to have adult swim only from 10-11pm. Large entertainment & pool area with space for families & groups to gather. Enjoyed breakfast in CW's Restaurant. Close to attractions & downtown. Would stay again & will recommend to others. Satisfied Guest

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

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon! More

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Additional Information about Sanctuary Inn & Conference Center

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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