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Waters Inn

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10565 Old US Hwy 27 South, Gaylord, MI 49735
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Gaylord
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
dl27439 Troy, Michigan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Troy, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a hotel near a friends cottage so we have stayed there several times. Every visit has been great. Make no mistake about it, this is not a chain hotel, but is easily the best independent motel I've ever stayed at. The decor and amenities are simple, but the rental rate is a great value. The rooms have been... More 

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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved our recent stay at Waters Inn! This hotel was a wonderful surprise; clean, rustic, comfortable, quiet, and simplicity at its best. It is also the BEST value around--especially during the high summer season--$79 total including taxes and fees. We had the "Fishing Room" and there is so much pride shown in how the rooms are decorated, cared for, and... More 

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Bob H, Manager at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your business and thanks for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We take a lot of pride in making sure every customer feels right at home. Our goal is to provide a Clean and Comfortable experience at an Affordable price. Based on your review it seems like we hit the target on all 3 for you.... More 

Flint, Michigan
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have stayed at The Waters Inn on three different occasions over the last six months. We like to sight-see the back roads off I-75 to several northern Michigan locations. This is a beautiful place to use as a home-base for our travel adventures (beach, casino, river tubing). The themed rooms are so delightfully decorated from the bed spreads to... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your multiple recent stays, and your kind words. When you stay with us you're not staying in a building across the parking lot from Walmart, you are staying at Bob's home, that just happens to have 10 rooms attached to it! I'm happy you found our bathrooms "spotlessly cleaned", I like to tell people that we... More 

Burgettstown
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm and cozy, shower a little small , great outside area for guests. Could have ice machine . The staff was very nice and helpful., great places close by to eat, breakfast- Hilltop. The Keg , and it was just across the street had great food and drinks

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Betty thanks for your kind words, I'm so happy you found our little place "Lovely"! Our managing partner Bob Holmes really enjoys making our guests feel at home. If you need some ice on your next visit, just ask, I'm sure Bob will find you some. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this inn by accident on our way to Mackanaw Island. It is more of a drive up motel than an inn. No breakfast on site. The room was a through back in times gone by but clean no musty smell. The closet restaurant was a bar across the street. The inn gave each of us a 5 dollar... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your charming review! We really appreciate you staying with us and taking the time to tell others about your experience. Diana's Delight is one of several great places to have breakfast. Remember when you get a "Free" Breakfast at one of the big name places, you paid for it in the price of your room. As one reviewer... More 

Ponce Inlet, Florida, United States
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rating was #1 in Gaylord, MI with 5 dots. This is crazy as this is an economy motel with very small rooms, about 220sf. It is clean, the beds are comfortable and the towels are good but the room is the most basic of accommodations at a good price. So it is a great value if you want the... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Donnie - Thanks for your review but I'm a bit confused with your comments. Your 3 Dot review is an "average" rating and we strive to provide an "excellent" experience. You seemed to like everything except the price, it feels like you thought we should have charged more? It's true we don't have a pool, banquet facility or a Concierge,... More 

Elkhart, Indiana
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42 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked this place mostly based on TripAdvisor reviews and it did not disappoint. It is easy access off highway and back on highway. It has everything you need within walking distance; restaurant, bar, pizza, and convenient store with gas station. We wanted to experience the old mom and pop type motel and this was truly it! Very friendly staff.... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Kim - Thanks for your thorough and thoughtful review, you said it all. We look forward to seeing you again, but please reserve a room on our website (TheWatersInn.com) because with only 10 rooms we book up fast. More 

Michigan
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the overnight traveler it has all you need. A bit off of the highway in a quiet town. No continental breakfast, but what you save on the price you can buy a real breakfast at a restaurant and lunch also. I have slept in Gaylord hotels dozens of times and none compare. In the future this is my only... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Lin, we really appreciate your comment " I have slept in Gaylord hotels dozens of times and none compare. " With only 10 rooms we can provide a level of service the big guys just can't match. Unfortunately our rooms book up fast, but you can reserve your's on our website so you won't be disappointed, The village of Waters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've stayed here twice and are about to stay again on a fee weeks. This is probably the cleanest hotel I've ever been in. The rooms are so cute & Cozy and the prices are absolutely unbeatable. The owners have obviously put their hearts into the place. It's just a beautiful peaceful place to stay. Even my kids love the... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

Thanks SO much for your repeat business, we have many customers like you that appreciate the value we provide. Unlike the "big box" places whose owners often live thousands of miles away, we live right here and we love our customers. Thanks for taking time to write a review. More 

Northern Michigan
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a small motel that probably was remodeled from a 1940s version. It is very (very) clean and cozy. Rooms are small and the bathrooms tiny, but it met our needs for a place to lay our heads. The bathroom sink was so small, my girls splashed water on the floor--but when I wiped it up with a white... More 

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HSBicknell53, Owner at Waters Inn, responded to this review

When customers use words like "very (very) clean and spotless", it puts a big smile on our face. Yes we are small (just 10 rooms) and we like to think of our bathrooms as "cruse ship sized" but to us there is nothing more important than clean. As a small family owned motel we really appreciate EVERY customer. Thanks again... More 

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