The Colonial Inn is one of those places that you want to be really great. The main building has lots of charm and character, the grounds are very pretty and it is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood on the edge of the bay. Unfortunately there is some issues that keep it from being a perfect place to stay.
We stayed in Room 39 in the main building. It is "two-room suite". The room was very large but seriously under-furnished. The main room is has a king bed and a sitting area with two sofas. The second room has two double beds and one nightstand. There is no dresser or any place to lay out your things in either room. We ended up putting our suitcases on the floor and digging things out. Meanwhile there are huge open unused areas within the room. Sounds like a small thing but it becomes annoying.
But of greater concern is the smell of moth balls that almost knocks you out when you enter the room. Apparently this is to cover up the mold smell which is evidently an issue at this inn. The smell dissapates after leaving the windows open but you know the mold is still there. I woke up in the middle of the night with a seriously runny nose and itchy eyes which I can only attribute to the mold. There was a large area of black mold on the ceiling in the bathroom as evidence of the problem. The entire building appears to have deferred maintenance--seriously sloping floors, peeling paint, rotted window sills, etc. Quite sad as it is a great old building. While they have obviously spent some money recently renovating the rooms they clearly did not take care of structural and mold issues first.
If you choose to stay there here are a few more points--the pool is small but adequate and was good for a quick dip on a hot day as there is no real swimming beach nearby. Shirley the desk manager was very nice and doing her best to keep everything running (we never really saw anyone else working there except a housekeeper). The breakfast is very basic but passable. It is a fairly long but enjoyable walk into town. The Wequetonsing neighborhood just east of the inn is really special and not to be missed--explore it by foot or bike.
Lastly, there are photos of the owner in the lobby with Mitt Romney and John McCain. Personally, I do not think it is appropriate to display the political leanings of the proprietor in any establishment. Even in a WASPy place like Harbor Springs it is probably best not to risk offending your guests
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- Also Known As:
- Colonial Hotel Harbor Springs