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.
All 38 Traverse City hotels

Anchor Inn on the Bay

Save Saved
You added Anchor Inn on the Bay to your Saves list
12068 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Hotel amenities
  • Overview
  • Reviews (39)
  • Photos (18)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (8)
  • Location
  • More
Anchor Inn on the Bay
Ranked #15 of 38 hotels in Traverse City
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Traverse City
Check In Check Out
Write a Review

39 people have reviewed this hotel

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great price, perfect location, beautiful HUGE yard, lovely location for multiple families to stay together with a home-from-home feel. We rented the 2 bedroom cottage and the neighboring room... It was perfect for us. We enjoyed the beach on the Grand Traverse Bay (right across the road is the Anchors Inn private beach). The biggest highlight was the huge playground... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cabins are older, but very clean and comfortable; more importantly, much cheaper then any hotel in Traverse City. We were there for a wedding, so not a lot of time was spent at the cabin. In the evening we did sit on the beach swing and enjoyed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pinckney, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just spent a comfortable & enjoyable 5 days here. We hosted a rehearsal dinner in their spacious lawn...playground, horseshoes, hammock, volleyball net, firepit, lakeside beach and lots of parking made it a big success! The host are very accommodating and willing to help in anyway. Rooms may be a bit dated but the quaintness beats the "hotel room" look and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miamisburg, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best prices in the area. The owners are friendly hard working folks. The rooms are small and older but clean. There is play space for kids. The beach is OK, you will need to walk across the M-22. Its Not luxury, but I would stay again

Was this review helpful? Yes
Muncie, Indiana
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I travel I want clean, safe and cheap. Will pay more to ensure the first two. Yes it does seem to be a little dated and our room was small. I was in the bathroom changing clothes and cracked my elbow on the knob to the shower. But our room was very clean and it did look like they... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Macomb, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I always like to rate our travel experiences honestly and fairly. I was rather disappointed when we opened the door to our "cottage" none of the furniture matched, green sofa, mauve chair, old stained carpet, bedding straight out of Salvation Army ( none of the sheets, pillow cases matched) the bathroom was so tiny you could not sit on the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed here for a week. If you are looking for a nice adorable, quiet place close to TC and not expensive like the other hotels in the area than this is the hotel for you, but if you are expecting it to be like the newer motels please don't stay here, they don't need the negative feedback. The hotel... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here in the fall of 2012 when we traveled to Traverse City for our anniversary. It was the most affordable place we could find without staying outside of town. It is not by any means a fancy place, but for the price it was great. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable, it was quiet. That's all... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Upnorth Michigan
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Found this gem while searching for a hotel room, and it was just what we wanted! Located just a few miles north of downtown Traverse City, the Anchor Inn offered a nice, cozy, and clean room. The pine beds were SO comfortable and the corner gas fireplace was perfect for taking off the chill in the room after a raining... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Miami, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Great spot to stay! Very Nice, clean and cozy rooms. Great private beach section. Just a few minutes away from the downtown area. A lot of good restaurants around and different things to do. Owners are very friendly, prices are comparably cheap. Free WiFi and Cable. Will definitely stay there again

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Anchor Inn on the Bay, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Anchor Inn on the Bay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Anchor Inn on the Bay

Address: 12068 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

18 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (14)
Family/play areas (1)
Pool/beach area (2)
Hotel & grounds (2)
Room/suite (4)
Other (5)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (5)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (4)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Traverse City with
any amenities


Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style
#2 Best Value Hotel in Traverse City #5 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City #12 Family Hotel in Traverse City
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Anchor Inn on the Bay is a quaint family style resort on the West Grand Traverse Bay - situated in a beautiful park like setting. You may choose from 1, 2 or bedroom cottages with full kitchens - or a unique motel room. All rooms are air conditioned. We are on M-22 just 2 miles north of Traverse City. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Anchor Inn on the Bay staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer