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Star Gate Motel

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4646 South Straits Highway, Indian River, MI 49749
Star Gate Motel
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We reserved 3 rooms from 2/19/15-2/22/15. The rooms were extremely clean, beds were all comfortable, and service was outstanding! The motel was very close to Burt Lake Marina where we rented snowmobiles and close to some excellent restaurants . Owners are very friendly and they provided fresh coffee every morning. I would highly recommend this place!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It is where my husband stayed when we dated and where we continue to stay. Very friendly and helpful people. Other members of my family have stayed at this place over the years. Never heard any complaints. Close to great restaurants!

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Midland, Michigan
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We reserved 5 rooms for weekend of 8-22-14. Ended up cancelling one room, renting mobile home on property and took 4 motel rooms. The motel rooms were very clean and neat. The mobile home had everything you would need and owners very accommodating. They called us in advance to confirm our changes so arrival/check-in was swift. We even got in... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We work hard every day to provide clean, comfortable accommodations for a great value. We're happy to hear that our property worked so well for your group. We hope to see you again! John & Jill More 

Indian River, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We operated a motel in Indian River for several years - this is just a comment about the review referring to minimum booking. Motel owners are not being greedy when they ask for a minimum commitment for high volume weekends! It is just good business. The Start Gate has long been the most popular motel in town- we knew the... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. The post you refer to was regarding a guest experience prior to our ownership. We do require a three-night minimum for two holiday weekends each year: Independence Day and Labor Day. A vast majority of guests reserve at least a three-night stay well in advance of each of these holidays. On occasion, a single night... More 

Haslett, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stayed here recently while on vacation. We stayed in room 8 which had a queen bed and a separate room that had 2 single beds in it. This was perfect for our family. We were able to put the kids to bed and still be able to stay up without disturbing them. Also worked great for naps. The room... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We're happy to hear that the room arrangement worked so well for your family. We work hard each day to provide comfortable accommodations for a good value. We hope you'll stay with us again the next time your travels bring you to Indian River. John & Jill More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After our stay we realized we picked the best motel in the Indian River area. Clean and relaxing. Owners John and Jill were so nice and accommodating. We will stay there when we are in the area next. Vivvio's is Italian restaurant is across the street. All rooms are being remodeled.

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

What an honor to be labeled as the best motel in Indian River! Thank you. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We hope you'll stay with us again in the future. John & Jill More 

Lafayette, Indiana
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband loves mom and pop establishments. I do too, except when mom and pop exploit others. We stayed at this place a few years ago prior to the new owner. We did not mind the antiquity of the place because the price per night reflected it's lack--in spite of it being clean. This place has box springs that are... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing a “mom and pop” establishment! It means a lot to us small business owners who work hard every day to provide the best possible accommodations and value to our guests. We sincerely appreciate your kind comments regarding room cleanliness and friendly service. When we purchased the motel almost 18 months ago, we created a priority list... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the cottage. Very spacious, clean, and comfortable! There were 2 of us and had plenty of room to do our own thing if we needed. The cottage has everything my home has...seriously! Dishes, pans, silverware, magazines and books by the fireplace, plenty of toiletries, wztra blankets...and much more!! John and Jill made us feel welcomed and were... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

We're glad to hear your enjoyed your stay in our cottage. We do try to think of everything our guests will need. Just before your arrival, we replaced much of the cookware, glassware and utensils in the cottage. We're glad it helped make your stay a great one. Please come back up north and see us again! John & Jill More 

Plainfield, Indiana
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We snowmobile in the Indian River (upper lower MI) area quite a bit and had never stayed here before. It was a great deal for the cabin (North end of property.), which was very nice and clean. The manager/owner, John is a great guy. The bath towels are rather small and thin and John tried to accommodate by providing extras... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing the Star Gate Motel for your snowmobiling trip. We're glad you found the cottage comfortable for your stay and that your dogs were able to accompany you. We have had no problems at all with the vast majority of our guests who bring pets and stay in our designated pet-friendly accommodations. We created our pet policy after... More 

Novi, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We snowmobile a lot in Indian River and we always stay at the Star Gate, we have been going there for years. If you have not met John and Jill they are super people! You could have not asked for nicer people to take over the Star Gate Motel and let's not forget their two dogs. If you're looking for... More 

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StarGateMotel, Owner at Star Gate Motel, responded to this review

We're always happy to see you return. It's good to know we are continuing the legacy of sincere hospitality here at the Star Gate. We work hard every day to ensure our guests have a great stay. Thanks for making us your home in beautiful northern Michigan John & Jill More 

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