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“Very pleasant stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Tawas Bay Beach Resort
300 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730 (Formerly "Holiday Inn")   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in East Tawas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very pleasant stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Hotel was in need of a little brightening up. Our room was comfortable and clean. Bed was comfortable and air-conditioner worked great. Front desk staff and all staff we met during our stay was very friendly and helpful. Bikini bar was a good place to hang out. Trisha out rocks Marcie at the bar. Trisha made sure we were taken care of and knows how to treat a customer. The hotel gave vouchers for free breakfast for each day we stayed. Monday service was in need of help but breakfast was very good. We tried to have dinner Monday night and left after not being waited on. There was a table next to ours where the people were eating and it looked like a nice salmon dinner. We had breakfast on the second day and had wonderful service and a good breakfast. The manager on duty was our server and we voiced our concerns and she listened to our experiences with genuine concern. Hotel was very quiet, we didn't hear anything in the room or hallways.

Room Tip: 254 at the end on the second floor over looking the bay was a nice room
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 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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Allen Park, mi
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for one night, July 14, 2013. Our room did not originally have soap, etc. in the bathroom. We needed to flag down one of the folks cleaning the rooms to get basic amenities. The air conditioner was very loud and you had to turn it on or off every time you got too hot or too cold,... It didn't really work automatically based on room temperature. As the evening approached, we found an ant or two,... which turned into dozens before too long. We called the front desk about 11 p.m. and they were able to change us to another room ... without ants. The pool area was extremely hot and the pool water so hot that the kids would not even get in it. Most of the exercist equipment did not work. There were only 4 machines. Two did not turn on at all and the other two had mechanical issues that made them basically unusable. We were not able to get the WiFi to work while we were there and the front desk was unable to provide any help other than to say their computer was working just fine. The food was decent but overall this place was not worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I recently stayed here and had a horrible experience. I got to my room and there were 4 flies flying around the room. I killed them, no big deal. I woke up to take a shower the next morning and there were 20 to 30 in the bathroom. They were on my toiletries and on my dishes. Very disgusting! Then tried to go to sleep and between the springs sticking into my back and the trains it was impossible! My back actually went numb from one of the springs. I tried all sides of each bed and found the least horrible spot.

They have recently painted the hallway and put new carpet in the hallway. What about the rooms? They need A LOT of work!!

The only good thing to say is the food is good!

Room Tip: Rooms on the bayside have to be quieter than the street side, you should not be able to hear the tra...
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Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Just traveling down the east side of Michigan with no where in particular to stay. After passing one set of cottages or small hotels after another there was Tawas, a very nice place to stay.


We left the dining room to eat in the bar because there was a large table of loud women
The bartender did a good job of handling many customers at once. A server from the restaurant came over to take our order. I was prepared for cold, bland food. However, the food was hot and absolutely delicious. Whoever their cooks/chefs are, they should be sure to keep them. If I lived in the area, I would be a constant diner there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shelby Township
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We have been to the Tawas Bay Beach Resort twice in the last three years. Just spent the weekend there (June 2013). The hotel is in a superb location with lots of beach, next to the marina and across the street from downtown. Rooms are generally clean and quiet. Did not eat at hotel except for drinks outside at the Bikinis Bar. This is not a fancy hotel but a nice place to bring the family. The only real negative is that the beds are not comfortable. I am about 180 lbs and I didn't feel like the bed gave me any support. Also, our room had two double beds which is very small for two people. At least queen would be nice. We would visit this hotel again due to location but hope that they upgrade the bedding.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a 1st class hotel. The service was great from the time I walked in until the time I left. Maid service was excellent, The front desk was outstanding with Annette Balbaugh. I ate at the Hotel the whole visit and the food was superb. The lounge was so much fun. I daughter got married there on the beach and it was so well done and I want to thank Donna and the whole staff for pulling off a beautiful wedding. Also the bikini bar staff were awesome, they went out of there way to serve me. To the whole hotel staff, you guys and gals are great and you rock. Thank you so much for making my stay and my Daughter's wedding a great experience.

  • Stayed June 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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Lapeer, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Hotel is a concrete box style that was built in the 1970's and thus the rooms are very quiet. The property is kept fairly clean and reasonably well maintained and the layout is easy to navigate. Breakfast is for people with time to lose. Start to finish at breakfast takes just under 1 hour. Yep service is sloooow. Beds are comfortable and the A/C machines make a lot of noise which is irritating to say the least. There are other choices in town but this is about average. Management is non existent at best.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near the lobby which is noisy and rooms that face the road.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in East Tawas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a full service resort on Lake Huron. We have 101 rooms, a beach bar with live entertainment in season, a restaurant and lounge open year around, and 600 feet of clean sand beach. We also hold beach weddings and receptions and many business meetings each year. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tawas Bay Beach Hotel East Tawas
Tawas Bay Beach East

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