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“Great family ski destination” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boyne Highlands Resort

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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Harbor Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great family ski destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We have been going to Boyne Highlands for the last five years to ski as a family. It is a great place for kids to learn to ski. I can't say enough about the ski school and ski instructors - they rival any major Colorado or California ski resort staff, top notch!
There are more than 30 runs that I suggest for a family of skiers that range from beginner to advanced ( yes, I know that BH boasts about having more than 50 runs but some aren't worth your time, in my opinion.)
They used to allow kids 10 and under to ski free when you rented equipment but now they have dropped the age to 5 and under which is disappointing - but hasn't seemed to reduce the crowds so, they are raking it in!
The food can be hit or miss, too. But the bar is always packed, warm and a great place to eat, drink, watch the mountain and some football.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Michigan
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
34 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We visit Boyne Highlands every year between Christmas and New Years. The staff in all regards (lift operators, wait staff, housekeeping, etc) is very nice and friendly. The food quality is great at all the restaurant properties. This was probably the best skiing ever at this time of year!

We stayed at the Bartley House which is the lower cost on property lodging. It's considered a ski in but short walk up a hill to the lift. It's a bit of a walk to get breakfast (which is in the main lodge) but no big deal.

My major complaint is the Bartley house rooms are due for an upgrade. The bathrooms are old and the rooms are basic. The TV is "old school" but setup for a wide screen and thus all the programming is chopped off (couldn't see the scores of the football games). For not a lot of money they can get some new TVs, upgrade the bathrooms, decor etc and get a lot of perceived value. (the beds are comfortable though)

The WiFi still needs to improvement.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I have two good things to say, the food is not bad, and the slopes are ok. The accommodations are very antiquated, and bare. Popcorn sprayed ceilings, 20 year old tube TV's that do not work, ripped vinyl seating in lobbies, to name a few of the deficiencies. This would be understandable if I was paying $100 per night. But $350 plus per night? This is just awful. Find another resort. Do not stay here.

Stayed December 2013
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Close, clean, organized, fun, efficient, friendly, beautiful, peaceful, relaxing and all just before Christmas hell week. Had gone last year for New Year's Eve weekend and it was packed and crowded; had fun anyway, but we prefer more people space

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gillette, Wyoming
Top Contributor
366 reviews 366 reviews
49 hotel reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife, family and I have been raving fans of the Boyne Highlands staff, mountain, and golf courses. We've visited and stayed for over 20 YEARS! Ten's of thousands of dollars($). Unfortunately our trip this weekend will likely be our last as house guests until the main lodge room (338) is properly maintained. Boyne management obviously feels like it makes better economic sense to invest in a Zip-Line or Segways(sp?), than update their hotel rooms. If it was a $69.95 Knights Inn I'd not complain, but $200 a night out-of-season is a shame. Flat screen TV without HD. Shower curtain rod pulling out of the wall, sink that "barely" drains, weak toilet flush, 1980's faux gold fixtures that have the finish worn off they've been cleaned so many times, swimming pool no longer hot, Slopeside Lounge service abysmal.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perrysburg, Ohio
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
20 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Booked golf trip - not a bad place. Very clean, good service, lots to do (esp for family!) Rooms a bit dated. Lots of work going on (roofing)... Overall could be a bit nicer for a higher rating. Also had shuttle to casino (believe it was 20 or so min trip.)

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Farwell, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed at Bartley House, which apparently has the largest hot tub in the midwest - it's the size of a pool! It was amazing after hours on the road on our bikes. The room was plenty large enough, it was clean and comfortable. There were 4 of us per room, so it was a bit tight but all we needed was some place to shower and sleep. I wish they'd delivered pizza from the bar to the hotel, but it was only a short walk to the main lodge and bar. Not being in the main lodge, we didn't hear much noise from the bar; when we walked over there, it wasn't very busy and they had a decent band. Would be more than happy to stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Boyne Highlands Resort

Address: 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Harbor Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Harbor Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 386
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The English country estate charm and elegance of Boyne Highlands Resort Is captured in this Mid-West hospitality. A total of 165 rooms plus 172 unit condominium hotel, private condominiums and golf side cottages will comfortably house up to 12 guests. World class accommodations ranging from studio rooms to elegant suites and townhouses are complete with every imaginable amenity. Boyne Highlands is now a non-smoking resort. ... more   less 
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Boyne Highlands Hotel Harbor Springs
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