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Island View Cottages

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853 E Front St., Traverse City, MI 49685
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

This summer will be our 4th year staying at island view cottages. Seems like every year, we have more and more family joining in on the fun! These cottages are Traverse City's best kept secret. They provide a clean and comfortable environment, great beach front, walking distance to downtown, BBQ grills, fire pits, lawn chairs, etc! 2 years ago the... More 

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Wayne, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Wonderful waterfront location with one of the best views of the entire bay, nice beach and clean and cozy houses and cottages with gas grilles and fire pits. Close to downtown and bike trails. Be sure to brings bikes. The beach house is our favorite cottage and its has become our large extended family's summer vacation tradition. I can't wait... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Ann, Thank you for the nice review. We are looking forward to seeing your family this summer. The oak floors in the Beach House have been refinished and I added Oriental carpets. See you this summer. Bill More 

Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Over the last 10 years our family has spent a delightful week at three of the larger cottages (the Carriage House, The Colonial house and the Beach House). The Carriage House has wonderful access and accommodations for wheelchair users. The Beach House has a great layout on the first floor especially the kitchen and a wonderful large deck right on... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Mike, Janet and family, Thank you for the nice review. We are looking forward to seeing you again this summer. Michael Moore's Film Festival Week is always a great time to visit Traverse City and enjoy this beautiful area. Best regards, Bill More 

Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We have stayed on this property for the last five years. We have really enjoyed the comforts of being able to stay in a beach side house and have it all to our own. Island View Cottages are conviently located near downtown which is packed with all kinds of stores, shops, and restaurants. I would highly recommend this property for... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We have several families that return to Island View Cottages year after year. There is always something new in Traverse City, a new hotel, a new winery, a new brew pub, a new restaurant. At Island View Cottages we make improvements, but for the most part it remains one of the few reminders of... More 

Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I have grown up spending my summer going to these cottages for vacation. We have met some great people and made life long friends while staying her. I love spending my summers here! The cabin is always clean and if we need anything, they get it for us right away. They take the time to get to know people which... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. We enjoy having our guests return year after year. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Counties, Interlochen Art Academy, casinos, brew pubs, shopping, beaches, hiking, biking, parks and Island View Cottages are all here waiting for your return. Come see us again. Best regards, Bill More 

Warsaw, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We have stayed in the "Beach House" for at least 20yrs, prob longer. We raised our family vacationing every July 4th/Cherry Festival week at Island View. Bill has been a great host...his staff have always been attentive to our needs...and the setting is absolutely the best in all of Traverse City. We're already booked for next summer...now we bring our... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. This year we added some shipwreck furniture to the Beach House and Cottage #7 has a new kitchen with hickory cabinets and a remodeled bathroom and shower. I also put new slate floors in the living room, kitchen and bathroom. Thanks again for the review, have a great new year. We will see... More 

Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Our families rent ten cabins for the last 15 plus years. We take over this wonderful cozy get-a-way. The owner Bill is more then accommodating and lives on the property. Downtown T.C. is a ten minute walk for all types of shopping and food. The private beach is second to none.I think going there for 15 years speaks for it... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. I hope all is well in Saginaw. We enjoy having your family visit us at Island View Cottages each summer. Tell Bill we completed the renovation of Cottage # 7. I am sure he will like it. See you in August. Have a happy New Year. Best regards, Bill More 

Boyne City, Michigan
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We love this place! I first stayed here a few years ago by myself and return whenever possible. Great location...close to everything and I felt very safe. Each cabin has its own character. If you are looking for glamor and glitz, this is not your place...it is quaint and cozy and comfortable. The private beach is awesome with a fire... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. Traverse City is a special place and we enjoy meeting new families and returning guests. We are the only remaining cottages located on Grand Traverse Bay in the city of Traverse City. There are plenty of newer motels in Traverse City but we offer a nostalgic return the past, the way visitors use... More 

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We have been coming to Island View Cottages every summer for 16 years now. My daughter has grown up here and now comes at the same time in a cottage of her own with her family. The accommodations provide all that we need to have a simple, yet comfortable vacation. Everything we need is included with the cottage. The private... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. It has been a pleasure providing cottages to your family. I hope to see you for the next 16 years, by then the grandchildren will be teenagers. Thanks again, Bill More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The main reason my wife and I stayed here is because they are located very close to downtown TC. We stayed in cabin 5 in mid-August. The following are the pros and cons to the cabins. Pros 1. walkable to downtown Traverse City 2. located right on the lake 3. fire pit on the beach and free firewood 4. nice... More 

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Bill R, Owner at Island View Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and stay at Island View cottages. Your comments are appreciated. All of your concerns have been addressed and corrected. We are stocking new pillows, and bedding for the upcoming season. I have personally reviewed your comments with our housekeeping staff and have advised them to be sure this never happens again. Island View cottages are... More 

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