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“Excellent accomodation!” 5 of 5 stars
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1100 E Bay St/ U.S. 23, East Tawas, MI   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in East Tawas
Sterling Heights, Michigan
1 review
“Excellent accomodation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

We stayed at the Bambi Motel for three nights. The room was kept very clean, everything worked well, and the bed was very comfortable. The owners were very good hosts.
We can't say enough...and, yes, we would stay there again!
Frank & Joann

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

We went to East Tawas to go bird watching at the State Park. I never stayed at a motel in East Tawas. My wife and I don't usually do motels. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we gave the Bambi Motel a try. The hosts, Bill and Kay, were gracious and accomodated our every need. The carpets were freshly steam cleaned, the room smelled great and was very clean. The bath and shower were very clean and well maintained. The TV had a full array of channels and a built in DVD player. Kay made fresh coffee every morning. The coffee was great after a nice morning run along the boardwalk. Thanks to the owners and staff of the Bambi for making it a great weekend.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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Thank you for the awesome review. We love the Birders!
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Hazel Park, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

Will definately stay again at this very clean, high-value and sufficiently-accomodating motel. A nice location in a nice town.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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Thank you for your kind words and your patronage.
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Michgan, USA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We went to the E. Tawas area to enjoy the fall colors, and at this time of year the lodging options, never exactly plentiful in this region, were more limited still. To put it simply, you're not going to find a Ritz-Carleton in rural Michigan

That being said, we found the Bambi Motel to be more than adequate for our needs. It's a single-story 1960's style motel, which means that the rooms are big, the bathrooms are small, and you park right outside your door.

There's no mini-bar, but the convenience store a short walk down the street is wall-to-wall liquor. There's no pool, but they do have beach access to Lake Huron, which is just in back of the motel. There's no fitness center, but the motel is on a regional bike path that runs for several miles if you want to get some exercise. There's no basket of fancy shampoos and body washes you'll never use (all the management supplies are little bars of soap), but there's a Wal-Mart down the road where you can buy your favorite shampoo There's no business center, but the free wireless Internet connection is really fast. There's no complimentary breakfast, but they do provide coffee in the morning, and it's a short walk to the Big Boy down the street.

What you do get is an exceptionally clean and well-maintained room, tastefully decorated with wood paneling (as you see in the picture). The beds were much better than you might expect from such a low-cost motel, and we slept soundly. The room came with a decent cable TV with lots of channels. Finally, there was a mini-fridge and a small microwave oven as well as a couple of chairs and a low table, making it possible to eat at least some light meals in the room (a good thing, since dining options in the area are fairly limited). The owner and his wife were both exceptionally friendly and accommodating and they try to enforce quiet hours after 11, so you can be sure you won't be kept up all night by drunken partying as can happen at some motels.

The Bambi Motel is a no-frills kind of place, but it provides everything you really need, and does so at 1960's pricing (in the height of fall color season, our room was $60 on weekdays and $70 on the weekend). Having stayed at some four-star hotels at triple the price that were not as clean and comfortable, I would recommend the Bambi without hesitation.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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I was described recently (in a Detroit Free Press article) as being "voluble" by the reporter. I'm going to describe this guest who reviewed the Bambi Motel in the same way. I loved his review! It is sincerely an accurate and honest description of this property. Thank you:)
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Farmington, MI
Top Contributor
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

We stayed at this motel in East Tawas during the 1/2 Ironman Triathalon in September 2010. The room was extremely clean and well cared for and the bed was comfortable. Excellent value for a no-frills conveniently located lodging.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Thank you for the GREAT review. We appreciate your kindness.
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Swartz Creek, MI
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

This was our first time staying at this motel after many years of driving by and thinking how neat and clean it looked. It exceeded our expectations....for an older motel, it is extremely well kept and the owners keep it immaculate. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. All of the reviews on this website are right on. It is also a great location...walking distance to town and the park.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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We're honored by your patronage. Thank you!
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Monroe, Michigan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

We love the Bambi.......we stayed here for the first time last year and we are going back again this year. This is the cleanest motel you will ever stay in.....it is an older motel but they take care of this place with pride...both outside and inside. The owners are wonderful!! they will do what ever it takes to make this stay the best for you....they always have coffee every morning for the guest and there is also a micro wave for your use in the lobby..the only thing there is no beach at the motel.....but you are close enough that you can walk or ride your bike to the public beach which is also where there is shopping and places to eat.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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What a nice compliment!. Thank you for your review.
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Address: 1100 E Bay St/ U.S. 23, East Tawas, MI
Location: United States > Michigan > East Tawas
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in East Tawas
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Tawas Area's preferred motels, extra clean, quiet, cable T.V., full, queen & king beds, waterfront easement, near shopping. Facilities: Motel, Air Conditioning, over half the rooms are non-smoking. NEW - wireless internet ... more   less 
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Bambi Hotel East Tawas

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