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“Excellent trip for all ages!” 4 of 5 stars
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Harbor Springs
Windsor, Ontario
1 review
“Excellent trip for all ages!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

We took our entire family- from age 10 to 70! Everyone had a super time;the indoor/outdoor pool in the snow was great! Ice skating, horse back riding-it was alot of fun. Several of the group took the ski lessons-which were very good! Ask for 'Dick" if you need a great lesson. The skiing fantastic! The staff could not have been more helpful and courteous! We stayed for 5 days at the Boyne Highlands Townhouses- not really fancy, but clean and enough space for 8 of us. I would highly recommend this resort for family adventures!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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English first
Appleton, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

The golf courses at Boyne Highlands are great; we especially enjoyed the Hills course. The hotel employees, however, were inattentive and curt. Our room was "cleaned" half-heartedly, the employee at check-in was not helpful and only gave one word answers to our questions about dining, etc., and everything closes down at 7pm except the dingy bar. The food in the main dining room is so-so and the service was lackluster.
I have stayed at quite a few golf resorts and this is the first one to which I would not return. I could have accepted the dark, dingy, and out of date accommodations had the service been better. Above reviewer is correct---play golf here, but stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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soo, ontario
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2009

This was my third stay at highlands, once at the Bartley house, once at the main lodge and once at the Heather townhouses. Everytime there has been something broken. Once ther was NO HOT WATER. This last time the Steam room was out of order and the dishwasher and telephone didn't work. The townhouses are seriously in need of some maintenace and updating. The deck boards are rotting thru and the BBQ that's included is an old 3 wheel kettle tub full of holes, so bring your own charcoal. While your at it you might want to bring your own coffee cup too because the things supplied are more like thimbles. Also there is only one shower for 8 guys on the third floor. Stay away from this overpriced place.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
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156 reviews 156 reviews
125 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2009

My 4th visit to Boyne Highlands. I have never visited durring their core winter season, only late spring/summer.
The Good Stuff: Check in was easy and all employees I encountered were freindly and greeted me with smiles; even the maids...
My king room was huge. Walk in closet. Furnishings all taistful and everything worked in the room. The "Boyne Bed" is great and equal to Westins Hevenly Bed. Divided bathroom with good lighting and counter space. Free coffee and tea throughout the day in the public areas

Area's of Improvement: Pool closes at 9:00pm; needs to be open later. Restaurant and bar/lounge need to be completely redone. A dark, sad and old dinning room and a menu no better than the enviroment. The bar's low, dark ceiling, worn carpet, broken down funishings, lack of moniters, dancing; or for that matter anything to look at makes staying in your room a better option. It sucks with no other place to eat/drink on the property.

I've recently stayed at other mountain resorts including Timberline Lodge Mount Hood and Resort Plaza Park City all with better dinning/amenity options.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2008

Boyne Highlands is a wonderful resort built primarily around a really great ski slope. There is a wide variety of accomodations: hotel rooms in the main lodge, condos arounds the slopes, and cabins for weekly/weekend rentals. All very nice, just depends on how many people you have and what environment you want. There's a great outdoor pool that's heated in the winter. I very highly reccomend this resort for winter.

Summer is a different story. The resort is still very nice, especially if you want to be right on their golf course (which is supposed to be very good, although I'm no golfer). Yet the charm of Harbor Springs in the summer is enjoying Lake Michigan. There are numerous places you can stay either on the lake or within walking distance. From Boyne Highlands, you would have to drive to the shore. Only a short drive, but the very busy street you cross makes it feel far away. Depends on your priorities...

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2008

We have stayed at Boyne Highlands resort several times in the winter to snowboard and in the summer to cycle and golf in the area.
The staff there is fantastic. They bend over backwards to please you and are very friendly. They definitely make you feel welcome.

The hill (550' vertical) is well maintained and there are 55 fun runs with night skiing most of the season. Krazy Daze in March (around St. Patrick's Day) is a fun activity filled weekend for families or party people.

In the summer time the golf courses (we golfed the Moors) are beautiful and well kept. We had a late tee off time which was quiet and peaceful. There are numerous back roads for road cycling as well. The famous "Tunnel of Trees" is a beautiful ride in the spring, summer and fall. There is a pool, putting course, tennis court, basketball, hike the hill, mountain bike... lots to do even if you don't golf.

The food at the resort is okay. It's not a cuisine oriented destination so don't expect fabulous dishes or great variety but they are good and generously portioned.

Will definitely return again and again.

  • Liked — Great service. Good sport facilities.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2007

Just returned from a Weekend mini Trip to Boyne Highlands Resort. I cannot rave enough about the place. My family skiis extensively around the world, and this was by far the greatest family experience ever. The Skiing was wonderful, just rmember it is a little mountian, Only 550 ft vertical, but what makes the trip so wonderful are all the extras.
We booked the Gold package, new for this year. Included in this Are lodging, Meals, Lift tickets, and Adult beverages.. Yes that's right, a SKI resort that includes the liqour.
Let me run you through our trip. We booked the weekend Gold package, you check friday afternoon, and dinner friday night starts the package, then ski saturday, sunday and monday, being out of your room by monday at noonish.
Now here is how it unfolded. We checked in at Noon Firday, they had our room ready so up to unpack we went, I had misundersttod the package, and was disappointed that we couldn't ski friday as that had been our plan. The staff, said that they would geive us COMPLIMENTRY lift ticket starting at 4PM. That in itself would have been wonderful, but they did one better, as we weren't planning on skiing Monday they started our package right then and let us ski friday. As a side note the snow was wonderful, they have a phenominal capacity to make snow there, and with the natural snow they had, It was beautiful. Dinner was in main lodge dining room, the wait staff is incredible. If you are like me and think that service is dead in America, I implore you to try the Highlands. After Dinner a short a nap we headed down to the outdoor heated pool. You know the kind were you are are comfy and warm and snow is building on your hair. We were thinking this is wonderful, but a drink would be nice. As if they read or minds, out comes a waiter to the pool to ask if anyone would like somehting to drink. Unbelievable. Again Service. The breakfast buffet is outstanding, the next day skiing, at the top of on of the lifts, the lift operator has a box of chocolate kisses, with a note on the board, "Stop in for a chocolate Kiss" Nice fellow, Service again.. My sister had rented skiis, she was astounded at how quick and effeicient they were, She needed to exchange her boots, no problem, no hassle.. Service again. Although no one in our group took advantage of their ski school, just watching their instructors work with the children was refreshing and enjoyable.
Check out was quick and efficent and the real kicker, it was even cheaper when we checked out than we had expected!!!
If you are looking for a place to take the family skiing, look no further than Boyne HIghlands, skiing isn't cheap, take it from a long time skiing family, but the value recieved at Boyne Highlands, had me smiling even when I paid the bill. You Children will thank you for years to come from growning up vacationing at Boyne.

  • Liked — The Service
  • Disliked — No Negatives at all.. Unbelievable
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Location: United States > Michigan > 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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