Au Gres, MI is a small fishing port community that seems to have somehow allowed the properity of waterfront to pass it by. there are only two motels in town. I walked into then out of an Econo-Lodge. Read others review on that dump. This property may simply be reflecting the lack of vacation and recreation dollars spent in this town. The mid-week room rate was $50 "cash". i would have thought that $30 - $35 might have been more fair. to be honest - I felt kind of good giving my money to the owner. This is a family run place that is apparently struck by the rough economy of Michigan. Kids pictures are in the lobby along with Pinewood Derby cars on display. There are a few cats walking around the place. the room was, well, rough. there was a prominent hole punched in the wall near the door. There was a TV that was powered by an electrical cord plugged into an extension cord that ran through a freestanding clothes wardrobe, that had holes cut in the side and back so that the extension cord could be plugged into the wall socket. Not exactly to code - know what I mean? Read as a fire hazard. This motel looks like it was last updated in the 1970's. BAD carpet, indistrial grade, matted and stained. the beds had clean sheets, but no blanket. the bed spread was apparently supposed to do for a blanket. I typically remove the spread, since they are rarely laundered. Oh well.... The bathroom was rough. there was a prominent crack in the tub-shower liner which could likely cause a foot to be cut (or rear end if taking a bath). There was no iron or hair dryer in the room.
The heat in the room is controlled by a very old through the wall heater. there was one setting, either hot or off. the thermostat was shot.
windows in the room could not be locked, so I had to wonder if some thief might simply slide the window open and enter.
This property does have an indoor pool and hot tub, which you would have to pay 50% more for in nearby Tawas City. The pool appeared clean, clear and wekk maintained.
The reality is this is of the two properties that I would stay at if I had to stay in Au Gres. That is not saying much. try to dicker and get your best deal. Offer $40 mid week. In reality Tawas City is 20 minutes away, and has far better motels for less money, or for a little bit more very nice properties. I'd suggest the Bay Inn just south of Tawas City on US-23, about 20 minutes north..
Do not accept a $100 rate. I would not offer more than $50, even on a weekend. Ask to check the roo...
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