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“Clean & Basic” 3 of 5 stars
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1070 E. Huron Avenue (M-142), Bad Axe, MI 48413   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bad Axe
Chesterfield, MI
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Clean & Basic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hotel is old and in need of some serious updates, but it was CLEAN and the employees we encountered were nice & friendly. It is not cozy or super comfy, but if your budget is tight & you really just need a place to crash, this is a great find. We had two rooms for 2 nights and spent about 300 bucks. We ate breakfast in their restaurant. It was good & reasonably priced. The toilets didn't flush well & some light switches didn't work, but it wasn't creepy or dirty.

Stayed July 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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GrandRapids
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Not many options in Bad Axe, but i would definitely recommend this motel over the big name brand hotel. This motel is cozy and clean. It has a restaurant connected to it with a great Buffett dinner. My mouth is watering thinking about the fish. Not opulent, but a great place to stay for the night.

  • Stayed August 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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2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I would absolutely work with Franklin Inn for weddings... Do not use Holiday Inn. We had a terrible experience with Holiday Inn and wish we would have gone w Franklin per past experiences w family's weddings.

Stayed August 2013
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Avon, New York
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21 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Thumb of Michigan is flat, rural, farming territory now peppered with hundreds (?) of huge windmills. Though its shoreline perimeter attracts visitors, the area in general is not a major tourist destination, and consequently, not populated by very many motels. Bad Axe is the hub of commercial activity, with most of it on the north edge of town. I probably drove by the Franklin Inn (on the east edge) hundreds of times many years back when I lived nearby, or when I later visited routinely. At that time, the Franklin was the only "premier" overnight in Bad Axe. It no longer holds that distinction, but on a recent trip to the Thumb we found it to be clean, comfortable, and convenient. Yes, the rooms are spartan and the overall motel is in need of a makeover, but if you are just looking for a place to crash and not to have an "experience", it suits that need well. And compared to the couple of big name hotels now in town, you will save some bucks as well. Did not try the restaurant, but was impressed with its size / appearance. They must do a pretty good business to keep it going. Desk staff have definitely not mastered the science of hospitality, but at least they were not rude. Overall, it was a pretty good value compared to the few alternatives available.

Room Tip: Rooms in the east wing are a bit more isolated and might be more desirable.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Livonia, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I booked a room here for my boyfriend and I on our road-trip around Lake Huron because of the reviews on TripAdvisor, and was not disappointed. Most other motels in the area have 2-night booking requirements during the summer, and the "chain" hotel in Bad Axe was full.

When we pulled up, I wondered if we'd arrived at a motel or a bowling alley... but don't let the exterior fool you. The service was prompt and friendly--even at 3:30AM when an alarm was repeatedly going off in the room next to ours. The room was quaint, but the fridge was useful and the Wi-Fi worked perfectly.

The Sunday breakfast buffet was amazing... and delicious. We didn't eat dinner at the Franklin Inn, but I would definitely stay there again to try! A great value all around. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to stay near Bad Axe.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Accommodations were antiquated, but homely, the scenery/deers made it nice. the convenience of the restaurant made the stay better. a little pricey for the amenities and of course lower than surrounding chain hotels. will stay again, hopefully will have rate specials :-)

Room Tip: no upgrades. no amenities i.e. fitness, pool, hot tub...not sure about laundry. banquet facility ver...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

On the east edge of town and much nicer and cozier than the "chain" hotels/motels north of town. Will definitely stay here on future visits. The city and all surrounding areas were a treat from "big city life"------wish I could reside in area year round.

Room Tip: Great small town friendly service and the restaraunt on premises was awesome !
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Address: 1070 E. Huron Avenue (M-142), Bad Axe, MI 48413
Location: United States > Michigan > Bad Axe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bad Axe

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