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Island View Cottages

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853 E Front St., Traverse City, MI 49685
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I just spent 3 nights here and had a wonderful time. We stayed in a 1 bedroom cottage that had an incredibly comfortable bed. There were picnic tables and grills outside our cabin so we cooked quite a bit which was really convenient. The beachfront is small but really beautiful and had some play stuff for the... More 

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Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I would say that there are major pros and definite cons to this establishment. Pros: 1. While not cheap, it is certainly less expensive than most in the TC area. Be prepared to spend at least 180.00/night at Island View, which is much cheaper than most. 2. LOCATION. The location is fabulous. Close to downtown, and has a private beach... More 

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

Thank you for your review. As soon as I saw this review I personally inspected the unit she stayed in. The carpet was vacuumed and the contents of the vacuum were examined by two individuals. No bugs of any kind were found. The bed was inspected and what she saw was lint on the mattress pad. There were absolutely no... More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The cabins are a blast from the past in a good way-- simple yet charming, and stocked with everything you'd need to cook dinner or make coffee to enjoy with your view of the water. Delightful little beach with a view of spectacular sunsets. Highly recommended.

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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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