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Thunderbird Inn

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   146 Old US Hwy 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Ranked #20 of 41 hotels in Mackinaw City
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed here for our 2 year wedding anniversary. It was a wake up and drive kind of trip and it was great that we stumbled upon this gem. They were clean and comfortable rooms with super friendly service! I would recommend to anyone looking for a cheap getaway. It's also close to the island ferry and... More

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Lansing, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was nervous before coming after reading the recent reviews. The place was average. It was clean. The bed was pretty comfortable. We weren't in the room much so it worked ok for us. We were able to walk to town. The water in the shower did take a while to heat up and some of the towels smelled moldy.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Girl Scout troop (6th-grade girls) stayed at the Thunderbird Inn and it was everything we hoped it would be. We were looking for economical accommodations, and were very pleased with what we got for the price. We really enjoyed the indoor pool. The temperature was perfect (cool but not cold upon entry), there was adequate seating, pool towels were... More

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Central Vermont
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Mackinaw City for a reunion of the crew of the icebreaker Mackinaw and lodgings were arranged by others. While the discounted price was attractive the "Inn" wasn't so hot. It's basically an older motel with thin walls between rooms and a sign in the shower that warns the water temperature may change unexpectedly. Rooms are on the... More

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Coopersville, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here two years ago and really liked it. This year we didn't. The room was not clean. It was a dark dingy room. Had a strange smell. The bed sagged really bad. Very uncomfortable. We had no hot water at night for a shower or washing my face. They do have a sign telling you the water flucuates,... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check in was fine and easy. The location is near many other hotels. Our room was tidy, but the hot water was a serious issue (as noted in other reviews). I had booked online because I figured it would be the cheapest and easiest way to ensure we had a place to rest our heads. It wasn't! The paper in... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off I would like to say that the male front receptionist was great, the female not so much. I found her to be rude. We stayed for 3 nights in July. We arrived to only a couple of towels (that you could almost see through) and a moldy smell in the room. To top it off I went to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't willing to pay the price of other hotels around Mackinaw City, so the Thunderbird Inn was a nice little find. The room was spacious and the bed comfortable with plenty of pillows. Even with the sink not in with the shower and toilet, the bathroom was nice sized. Breakfast had a lot to offer and the area was... More

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

I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. One of our main improvements this year was to offer a hot breakfast and it seems like you enjoyed it. Thank you for your review. We look forward to having you stay in the future. More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon arrival we were initially charged twice and extra! Once confronted about being charged twice the front desk was very unorganized and confused on what to do. Room was small and dingy it was a king size room. Sheets were not changed when we left the sign off it. There were only two towels and they smelled sour and gross.... More

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

I would like to apologize for the double charge; I am glad we were able to sort that out before your left. We did find that our heater for our pool went down for a period of time and it is now corrected. Our goal is to provide our guests with a clean, comfortable stay and I am disappointing to... More

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After 6hr drive got to the Thunderbird to see if we could check in early. The answer was "No, you can come back at 4." She had quite the attitude. Then asked if I could use the restroom. Answer was "no". Wow! How accommodating! Got to the room at 4...very shabby and dirty. Towels so thin you could almost see... More

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

I completely understand that after a long car ride you want to kick back and relax. Unfortunately, we cannot always accommodate our guests with an early check-in. Our check-in is stated on all of our websites as 4pm. I do apologize for the issues with your stay, customer service is one of our main goals, and it is my job... More

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Address: 146 Old US Hwy 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Thunderbird Inn 2*
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Also Known As:
Best Western Mackinaw City
Mackinaw City Best Western
Best Western Thunderbird Hotel

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We are a Beautiful Boutique Property completely devoted to customer service and clean rooms. We provide all the things you have grown to love and trust from a hotel including free WIFI, free breakfast, an indoor pool, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, cable TV and much more. We are AAA approved, Pet friendly, AARP accepted, along with many other discounts and very close to all local attractions including the ferry lines and water park. Here at the Thunderbird Inn we welcome everyone with a smile and we are confident you will leave with one. ... more   less 
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