We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Whaleback Inn

Certificate of Excellence
1757 N. Manitou Trail, M-22, Leland, MI 49654
Hotel amenities
Book on
TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Leland
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Whaleback Inn
View Map
Add Photo Write a Review

85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

We loved our King jacuzzi room...clean and comfy. The view was spectacular. The hospitality was awesome! I will definitely stay again and I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the Leelanau Peninsula.

Helpful?
Thank Cindy B
Carmel, IN
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We first visited the Whaleback Inn in 2013 in late summer. We had a double queen room facing the lake. The room was comfortable and very clean which we really appreciated! We love the setting which sits up overlooking Lake Leelanau on M-22. The location can't be beat! This year we went in October to see the leaves and enjoy... More 

Helpful?
Thank farmhouseindy
Henning, Minnesota
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is a family owned motel and you could tell that the property was well-maintained by the owners. The motel is located just south of Leland, MI, on a wooded hillside overlooking the water. Spectacular sunrise photos can be taken right from the property. Our room was small; however, it was very inviting and comfortable. The furniture and the bed... More 

Helpful?
Thank 68john
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This Inn reflects the quiet, peaceful, woodsy charm of the Leelanau Peninsula. Located just 1 mile south from Leland this is a lovely family owned property. We had a lake view room with a king. Nice windows overlooking Lake Leelanau. M-22 runs between the property and the lake so I was concerned about road noise. The traffic quiets down dramatically... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Vikki K
Riverside, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Our family of two adults and two teens stayed three nights during a family vacation at the end of July 2015. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay there again. Our room was very clean and comfortable. It was a typically-sized motel room with two queen beds. Not overly spacious, but enough space to move around or relax... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Dan M
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The Whaleback Inn is a great place to stay and relax. It is close to Leland which is a great place to shop or grab a meal. It is also close to several wineries and other quaint towns in the area. The Inn has access to Lake Leelanau so you can enjoy a quick swim or enjoy a nice glass... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Rusty T
DeWitt, Michigan
Level Contributor
94 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The rooms are not great, but they are clean and comfortable. The breakfast was not fancy, but healthy and adequate. Our hosts were friendly and helpful. Swimming in the lake was quite cold, but refreshing. The area is full of fun things to see and do.

Helpful?
Thank Dale_Dailey
Brookfield, Illinois
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We stayed in a queen suite at the rear of the property, and while there were no lake views from our room, the woodland views were pleasant and peaceful. Our room and grounds were exactly as described and pictured on their website. The suite had all the amenities you would expect in a cottage rental, with a full kitchen outfitted... More 

Helpful?
Thank Annette F
Wall Township, New Jersey
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We spent one night here and wished we could have stayed more. The room we stayed in had two queen beds (both the bed and pillows were comfortable and we had a great night sleep). The room was very clean, although a bit tight (but who hangs out in the room when there is a fantastic porch to relax on).... More 

Helpful?
Thank Luvstotravel1962
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
84 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We recently stayed at the inn over a few (very wet) days. We booked the king room with the whirlpool tub. The room was clean and nice, and it had a wonderful view from the windows of the inland lake. The shower inside the room (next to the tub) was really strange, particularly since it was directly next to a... More 

Helpful?
Thank parkbench28
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

35 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (35)
Viewed
Room/suite (7)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (10)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Other (15)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Leland
18.4 mi away
West Bay Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort
21.4 mi away
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
#4 of 41 in Traverse City
4.5 of 5 stars 1,786 reviews
19.4 mi away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
19.1 mi away
BEST WESTERN Four Seasons
BEST WESTERN Four Seasons
#2 of 41 in Traverse City
4.5 of 5 stars 96 reviews
19.1 mi away
Cambria hotel & suites Traverse City
6.1 mi away
Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities