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Franklin Square Inn

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   820 Shelden Ave., Houghton, MI 49931
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Ranked #5 of 7 hotels in Houghton
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, MO
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188 reviews 188 reviews
115 hotel reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time I stayed here. The location is great if you are wanting to be downtown. My room was very clean as was the bathroom. The view over the river was wonderful. When I come back to Houghton I will not hesitate to check in here again.

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27 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were coming from Isle Royals and this hotel is a mere stones throw from the ferry dock. Perfect. Desk staff charming & helpful. Room fresh and clean with great view. Restaurant above average for dinner & breakfast adequate and the server was rushed as help did not show up but still made us feel welcome. We needed a ride... More

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Grand Haven, Michigan, USA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed nine days on business and found my room to be comfortable with a great view from the fifth floor. The soundproofing between rooms is not so good. The free breakfast was a nice surprise, but it was a hassle having to go to the front desk each morning to ask for my voucher. Why can't they give them... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed 3 nights at the Franklin Square Inn for a family wedding and had a great stay! The rooms are average, yet very comfortable. We stayed in a waterfront room and the view was great. Our room was right off to the elevator and at first I was nervous it would be noisy but turned out to be very... More

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Iron Mountain, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

On the spur of the moment, my husband and I decided to go to Houghton for a weekend alone. The Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn had an opening on Orbitz so we booked it with very little in the way of expectations mostly based on online reviews. On arrival (3 hours early!) Chelsey was friendly, outgoing and very helpful. This... More

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Ann Arbor MI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This was my first stay at the hotel. I stayed overnight in mid-July 2014. It's a benign, clean and easy place to stay with the location If you head out the front - you're on the principal avenue in downtown Houghton - out the back of the hotel on the first floor and you're a block from the trail and... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is in a great part of town. Located right on the river and within walking distance to many shops and restaurants, it is perfect for a stay in Houghton. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The hotel itself is outdated and needs a facelift. The carpet is old and the bed and comforter were not very comfortable. Bring... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent location in Houghton overlooking the river and hill side. Close to shops and restaurants, and the university. The room was mostly clean though outdated. The mattress was EXTREMLY UNCOMFORTABLE due to it being very old. Overall its an ok quality for the U.P. though definitely needs updating or at least new mattresses. Staff was friendly. Didn't check out the... More

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Monroe, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Booked our reservation back in November for a week. When my husband arrived the room received was pitiful to say the least. When he checked in he asked for a room that had been renovated (read that on here). The clerk had not a clue. Our partial view of which is Jimmy Johns not the canal as was thought to... More

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

While the location is great - within walking distance to the university and restaurants, the room is like taking a step back in time. The room still has tube TV's and is quite dated. In the morning when I pulled back the shower curtain to shower, there was a used washcloth, bar of soap and half used shampoo/conditioner. I immediately... More

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tomtom60, Owner at Franklin Square Inn, responded to this review

Firstly, I would like to apologize for your unsuitable experience at our hotel. Our staff is trained to offer a new room to any guest that is unhappy with their room or attempt to remedy a problem in a prompt manner. I'm terribly sorry this did not happen in your case. We are in the process of updating all of... More

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Address: 820 Shelden Ave., Houghton, MI 49931
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Houghton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Franklin Square Inn 2*
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Franklin Square Hotel Houghton
Best Western Houghton
Houghton Best Western

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Seven-story Hotel adjacent to Michigan Technological University & Isle Royale National Park Headquarters, overlooking Portage Lake. This Houghton, Michigan hotel offers unique views of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Situated at the gateway to the beautiful and historic Keweenaw Peninsula, the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in Houghton, Michigan is the only full service facility in the area. Visitors particularly enjoy the view while dining in the 7th floor restaurant. ... more   less 
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