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Thunderbird Inn

146 Old US Hwy 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stayed one night on our way over to Mackinaw Island. Motel was rated 3 stars which was not the case. Room was clean, however, linens and towels were dingy and gray. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a room on the lower level, in the corner, and stayed the one night. Interesting place to stay Saginaw, like a mini Las Vegas in the downtown area. Only issue I had was with the people in the room above mine with children, as I could hear even step and thump on the floor from here room. Needless to... More 

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a last minute booking. If it was anywhere else and not a summer weekend, the cost would have been outrageous. Older property, musty smell to the room. Acceptable, but not recommended. On the plus side, the continental breakfast was very good.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of non-chain properties in Mackinaw City to stay. Always find the Thunderbird Inn to be a comfortable place. Very close to the downtown strip and ferry service, the rooms are simple but comfortable. The GM is always in the area and available. The pool and breakfast area is right across the lot with plenty of parking. Most... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room was clean, typical interior. Disappointed in the breakfast. Had stayed here before and it was better. No make-your-own waffles. Hot stuff mediocre. And make sure you get there before the 9 am cutoff. They put it away exactly at 9 so if you come at 9:01am you are out of luck!!

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Madison Heights
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel is older but is well maintained, "hot breakfast" is a bit misleading as there isn't a big selection (microwaved biscuits and gravy, toast, and cereal) and it ends at 9am so I only took advantage of it once. Pool is kept very warm which made it very pleasant and is large enough to enjoy a few laps. Overall very... More 

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here on a recent trip to Mackinac Island. The hotel is conveniently located, though not on the water. It was clean, and the breakfast was OK, though not great, and not much variety. The biggest downfall was that the shower had a HUGE and INSTANTANEOUS fluctuation in temperatures almost always, no matter when we used it. There was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Room smelled like mold sheets were not clean no hot water very bad hotel! Disgusting. We went to stay over night so we our family could rest we were all very disappointed. We will never stay there again

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Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

I am sorry about your recent stay at our property. I wish you would have brought this all to the attention of our front desk staff when you checked in; we would have done everything in our power to remedy the situation. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed here for 3 nights. The rates were great. My room was lovely, very clean, and had everything I needed. The property was well kept, the housekeeping staff was wonderful, and Steven, the manager, was very courteous and friendly. Next time I visit Mackinaw City I will definitely stay here again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Arrived late Friday, and the manager was very accommodating. Got settled in right away. The room was clean and neat, with no smells that would be offensive. That air conditioner was cold, but a little on the loud side. Breakfast left something to be desired, and service is from 6:30 to 9:00 sharp. But, you couldn't go wrong with biscuits... More 

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Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. Our breakfast does change depending on the day. We may do biscuits and gravy one day, and provide eggs and sausage the next. We try to give variety to those staying for an extended period of time. Again, thank you for the feedback; we look forward to having you stay with us in the future. More 

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