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Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn

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820 Shelden Ave., Houghton, MI 49931
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Magnuson (sorry...I still call it the Best Western) is always our hotel of choice when visiting Houghton. The staff is professional and efficient, the rooms are always clean and well maintained, and the restaurant/bar is a nice option. I appreciate the fact that the free breakfast isn't in a cramped closet of a room in some extra space near... More 

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Angels Camp, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I was expecting this place to be more expensive because of the location, but it was under $100 a night. We got 2 drink tickets to use in the upstairs bar and breakfast coupons as well. Good value. Dog friendly. Will stay here again. The gal at the front desk was awesome! Make sure you show up on time for... More 

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I generally expect a little less out of a downtown hotel. They can charge a premium for the location, and typically aren't as motivated to keep the hotel renovated and modern. So I booked the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn with this in mind. As I suspected, this hotel is tired and in bad need of a major renovation. The lobby,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

I stayed on the fifth floor which faced right out towards the lift bridge which was nice. I was given a ticket for a free drink at the bar and a free breakfast. The room was clean and had very comfortable beds and pillows which was great. The shower was small but adequate for my needs. The bar upstairs at... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I laughed when I saw the room and stopped when I saw the view! This hotel has great potential, but even the bedspread is mauve and green. Everything was surprisingly clean for its age, and the staff were all very, very nice. The restaurant and bar have a great view, but again, everything is very old. The drawbacks to the... More 

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Good location. Hotel needs a renovation. While showing its age its just OK. Beds are not real comfortable, real hard. My room had a table the size of a card table. The table was an old wood table and had one chair. There was a recliner that reminded me of something Archie Bunker sat in. The bathroom counter was very... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We stayed here on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend. We stopped here when we got to Houghton and asked about a room. The very nice woman at the front desk said that they were all booked and then offered to call the other hotels in town to find us a place to stay. Before she could to that her... More 

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Very nice location, Excellent Views Restaurant and Bar on premises. Considering that Houghton is a College town, and Hotels do suffer abuse in those places, this one was clean, quiet and friendly, from the Staff at the Front Desk (Chelsea) to the Waitress for breakfast (Pretty young Blonde Lady) We enjoyed our stay, and talked about it, and if and... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My son and I unexpectedly spent a couple days in Houghton on our way to Isle Royale and stayed at the Franklin Square Inn. It is more expensive than some other options and I tend to stay in very inexpensive hotels, but in this case I thought that the price was well worth it. The room was spacious, beautiful and... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Our family and friends occupied approximately 30 rooms for our son's wedding weekend. The hotel staff couldn't have been more accommodating as they shuttled them back and forth to the airport (free service) and even went back out to pick up a group whose return flight was cancelled and let them go back to their rooms to sleep. The rooms... More 

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