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“What a beautiful escape!” 5 of 5 stars
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Crooked River Lodge
6845 US 31 N, Alanson, MI 49706 (Formerly Clarion Collection)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alanson
Hartland, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“What a beautiful escape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Huge rooms in a beautiful setting near Petoskey. Every room has a balcony overlooking their beautiful gardens and out onto the Crooked River.

Indoor pool (adults only from 9pm-9am!), outdoor grill, fire pit for roasting toes and marshmallows, and an exceptional breakfast selection - chef makes something scrumptious every morning plus they have yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, waffle makers, cereals and oatmeal.

We stumbled on this fabulous place during a driving trip with friends in September and were so pleased, we contacted other friends and took them back in October for the fall color change. Service is great and the place is immaculate!

This hotel has kayaks and paddle boats (with life jackets) that you can take out on the Crooked River, and in the winter they have snow shoes and I believe they said they would arrange for snowmobile rentals as well.

Only 2 negatives to report -
No refrigerators in the rooms (each floor has a microwave, ice and vending machines)
Toilets are very low with no grab bars to help you get up - we mentioned this one to management and I am confident they will have it fixed by the time we return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Flint, Michigan, United States
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Stayed here for one night on a last minute trip up north to see the fall colors. The staff was wonderful, and there were many things available to do. We fed the fish in the fish pond with the complimentary fish food, and would have walked the trails, sat at the fire pit, and kayaked if the weather was better. The complimentary breakfast was better than average, and the indoor pool and hot tub allows swimming at all hours for adults. Our only (minor) complaints would be the shower head could be updated as well as the TVs. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Il
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

i found this hotel lovely. staff friendly and accommodating. would stay again. only but is sink located outside bathroom and that is just a personal dislike. great views and pool.nice selection at breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Troy, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I was with a group of 52 senior citizens on a bus when we stayed at the Crooked River Lodge for 2 nights. The manager and chef were probably the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever dealt with in my many travels around the world. They went out of their way to make our stay memorable and fun. My roommate left her ipad on the bed and didn't realize it till we were on Mackinac Island. The manager and her husband drove there and delivered it along with 2 other items that were left behind by others. Unbelievable. It is also a lovely place to stay. Rustic lodge décor with a beautiful outdoor setting which included a firepit with Adirondack chairs around it and kayaks and paddleboats for the use of their guests. I could go on and on about what a wonderful stay we had. And I plan to stay there again when in the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Byron Center, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We we able to spend two wonderful days at this lodge and enjoyed the awesome grounds and the quietness. About 5 hours north of Grand Rapids, MI and well worth the drive. The people in thus area are friendly. The Lodge had a fantastic continental breakfast and the dining area was all windows with a view that was unlike any other hotel I have ever been to.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Goodrich, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This place is a hidden gem. I have been there before in the winter and the lodge is so pretty lit up. It is like a big log home with a beautiful fire place. This year was the first year I have been in the summer and let me tell you it was even better. Not only is the staff wonderful and friendly but helpful and they truly go out of their way. The landscaping and grounds is beautiful. I went with my kids and we had so much fun on the kayaks, paddle boats, fishing, feeding fish in the pond and going for walks on the nature trails. The pool is nice and clean, the rec room upstairs kept the kids busy at night after we had smores by the fire. The breakfast was great. My kids loved the little play room under the stairs. My daughter left a little ring that we bought in Petosky in the room and the same day I received a phone call that they were mailing it to me. I will defiantly be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This place is a must if you are in the area. We had 4 couples on our Harley's. The campfire at night was a real highlight for us. The rooms were very comfortable and clean not to mention the impeccable cleanliness of the entire grounds. The staff was out of this world, especially Janet, who was there at breakfast, she is so entertaining, outgoing and nice.

It was our first time here but are already making plans to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6845 US 31 N, Alanson, MI 49706 (Formerly Clarion Collection)
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Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Alanson
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alanson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites is conveniently located on US 31 just 1 mile north of Alanson and 12 miles north of Petoskey. We are also 9 miles south of the Pellston international airport. Now under Stafford's Hospitality management we have deeded access to neaby snowmobile and recreation trails and a beautiful vista of the historic Inland Waterway for every room. Newly renovated indoor pool and common areas with 40 spacious family and group friendly rooms and suites. "Your up North adventure starts here" is our promise of a unique and true experience that travelers have come to expect in this beautiful landscape we call home. Let us share our "home" with you. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Crooked River Hotel Alanson
Clarion Alanson
Alanson Clarion

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