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Tawas Bay Beach Resort
300 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730 (Formerly "Holiday Inn")   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in East Tawas
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“BEST HOTEL EVER!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We have been staying in this hotel for over 5 years now and we love each and every visit there that we decided to get married there just last weekend! The location is amazing because it is right on the beach and only a block away from downtown. The staff and atmosphere at the hotel is more than can be expected because they always go out of their way to make you feel like you are at home. The food is always tasty and I have never had any complaints. Bikini's the bar outside on the beach makes the experience extra special!

I would recommend this place to everyone and anyone!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, 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 Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

My daughter and her new husband chose this spot for their beach wedding. All of our big family and many friends made the trip. We were warmly welcomed by Donna at the front desk and all of the staff was very helpful to us as we unloaded our wedding"stuff", making sure the banquet room was available to us as soon as possible. Jasmine did a perfect job, having everything planned and ready. We enjoyed our rehersal dinner at the Bikini Bar after Jasmine walked us through the wedding. A great help! The setting was beautiful, and every person was friendly and helpful. I wish I knew all of their names so I could thank each one of them. The food was great and set up and clean up went so smoothly. Our rooms were clean and comphy, and all of our kids and their kids were close together. That made things easy and fun. Lots of fun time on the beach enjoying the sun and sand as well as the jet skis! Great memories!!!

Room Tip: We likeed that our family was all together on the first floor. Lots of little ones. Very quiet on th...
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  • Stayed June 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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Gaylord, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

Got a better rate to stay here during softball tournament. I would have been extremely disappointed had I paid the $137 per night for the normal rate. Very old with uncomfortable beds and loud air conditioners. The shower barely spit out water. Random noises came from the water lines even when the bathroom hadn't been used for hours. For the $$ you are better off renting one of the numerous cabins along the lake shore.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

My hubby and I just took a motorcycle trip around Michigan. East Tawas looked like the nicest town to stay in in that part of the state. Tons of old "resorts" north of there but they all looked like they hadn't been updated since the 50s. Then we spotted Tawas Bay Beach Resort. We were greeted by a very friendly young lady who gave us a great room on the bay. Then the owner came over and told us that since we had bikes and it was supposed to rain, we could park right under their overhang by the front door. By morning, that entryway was filled with motorcycles and grateful riders. We went to their tiki bar, Bikinis, (way cuter than you'd imagine!) and got a couple of Coronas and sat out on their nice lounge chairs on the pristine beach. It was just lovely. It was like being transported to the tropics. Our room was spacious and comfy, and the bathroom was large and nicely appointed. We had dinner at a fantastic pizza place right across the street and walked around the cute little town. Everybody was as friendly as they could be. I'd go back again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: There is no elevator but the bayside rooms on the second floor have a great view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Royal Oak, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

We started with 16 of us going to Tawas for a long weekend, 6 ended up going. We had a great time, that staff at the resort were great. Our restaurant host, waiter, bartender could not have given us better service. The pool & hot tub were clean, table & chairs comfortable. We had "dinner" in the bar, played lots of songs on the jukebox. We shopped downtown & had some awesome pizza at G's (my sis-in-laws fave). There was one store where, despite 3 people standing near the counter, we were never greeted or waited on. (no other customers in the store) They had great Hue socks, Vera Bradley...I'll never go in there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Beach Resort and loved it!!! I have stayed in many other hotels while traveling and by far this one was the best, from the staff, to the clean rooms, to the great times out at Bikini's and the restaurant....yummm. At night we would go down to the lounge and hang out and have a few cocktails, the staff were great to talk to and we met a lot of great people from the area!!!

I know that we would stay at the Beach Resort again and again!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort. We traveled to the area from Florida with a group of Friends and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and helpful, from the front desk on through. We had drinks and lunch several days at the Bikini Bar and took in the Bar lounge at night with some great entertainment and good drinks. The Bartenders and wait staff at both places were friendly and quick and they were very busy many times that we were there.
We had Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners at the inside restaurant several times and enjoyed well prepared meals and friendly staff without much wait, the varity of food and preparation was very good and they have excellent appetizers.

Our stay was during the middle of July and I found the rates to be very comparable to many other areas of the country during the prime season. Our rooms were clean and well equiped and even though we were unable to get a beachside room (they were fully booked) our room met our needs and we were able to be given rooms next to our other friends that had traveled with us from florida, making it all very convenient for getting together.

We came during "fishfly" season, which was a bit of a shock, but then again we have "no-see-ums" and "lovebugs" so it was fine and I noticed that each morning the staff was out washing down the sides of the buildings and the walkways to clear everything away for the patrons.

To sum it up, we had a really great time and already plan on returning again this July and many more in the years to come as we have an anual trip planned to the area for all of the foreseeable future.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tawas Bay Beach Resort

Address: 300 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730 (Formerly "Holiday Inn")
Location: United States > Michigan > East Tawas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in East Tawas
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