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“So very bland” 2 of 5 stars
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Franklin Square Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   820 Shelden Ave., Houghton, MI 49931   |  
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Big Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“So very bland”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

I am paying $89 a night. What does that get you, oppressively low ceilings, a weird musty smell, polyester comforters, super crappy tv, bad wine at the bar, and whatever you do, don't fall for the free breakfast or $2.99 menu breakfast, it was disgusting. Beautiful view and in edible food, Luke warm, weak coffee. This hotel has a great downtown location but is in serious need of a big overhaul. Buy some decent bedding at least and get some new carpet. I can't wait to check our of here.

  • Stayed August 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Overall the room was nice, the bed comfortable. The staff was very accommodating and apologetic. However, the rooms were not quiet. There was some sort of hockey tournament going on in town. The kids set up some practice equipment in the hallway and were very loud all day from 2 in the afternoon until 10 at night. We asked them to be quiet several times. Then the parents were partying in the hallway until midnight. Then someone was knocking on doors at 2:30am. They never knocked on our door, but it did not matter, they knocked loud enough to wake us up. Funny thing was we could not hear any television or noise from the rooms next to us, only what was happening in the hallway. So if your neighbors are quiet, I bet this is a great place. Unfortunately for us, we had frat house neighbors.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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29 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We stayed at the Inn, hoping to enjoy the area. The bed were very comfy, as with the pillows, and probably had been remodeled not to long ago - - a few years....for the money, tho, it was overpriced. We had a small dog, and had signed a 'lengthy' ''contract'' for the $20 charge fee, and ''hoped'' nothing happened!! ALOT of extra charges for the pet stay could have been exspensive even more!!! We will be 'watching' our credit card closely. The restaurant was very good & quality and quantity!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed at the Inn and attended a wedding reception there. The rooms were clean, beds were cozy, updated and freshly painted. We had a wonderful view of the water. The reception room was beautiful the staff was very friendly and food was wonderful.

To top it off we got a coupon for a free drink in the bar and a coupon for breakfast for $2.99 or $3.00 any regular breakfast, free continental breakfast. The $2.99 breakfast was a choice of a couple different items but we had 2 eggs, toast, potatoes, sausage, and coffee for 6 bucks.

It really could not have been a better stay. If you are looking for a place to stay when the colors are changing I would recommend the waterfront view. But in the winter you can see the ski hill.

I will be back !

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eagle River
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I have to say that my husband after traveling from Eagle River up to Copper Harbor and then to Houghton were very pleased with this hotel from the moment we walked in the door. They gave us a 10% discount for being on our bikes. We had a beautiful room that over looked the water. We went to the lounge and I wanted a certain wine that they did not have at the bar and the bartender went down to the 'cellar' and returned with the perfect bottle of wine for me! I was very pleased! We sat on the cushions by the window and enjoyed the scenery while the sun was setting and the boats were going by... The restaurant was just as accomodating they had awesome bread, and I couldn't choose between the lobster or the mushroom ravioli and they did half and half. With a side of spinach I was very pleased! My husband enjoyed his steak very much. We were so full but still wanted the creme brule' and the very nice waitress put it, two spoons and a pitcher of water, the rest of my wine( that the bartender made sure we were charged for the bottle in the end and not per glass.) all on a tray for us to take to our room.
I have to say it was a perfect night for our anniversary celebration and from the moment we walked in a positive experience! We will stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houghton, Michigan
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

I'm a wheelchair bound "local yokel" who stayed with my nephew from Brooklyn, New York, over-nite. The caliber of this facility is outstanding!! From Brian, Jan and Liz (in training-- give her time) at the front desk, Cormac in the Lounge, Kendra waitress at breakfast, handicapped accessible room, comfortable mattress-- you can't go wrong!! .

Room Tip: Lakeside rooms cost alittle more.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northfield, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

After being unable to stay at another place in Houghton, we were lucky enough to get a room here after literally walking in off the street. The check-in clerk was busy, but pleasant and helpful, and - as a nice gesture - gave us the lower "streetside" rate for a "lakeside" room that had a truly spectacular view of the Portage Lake canal. The room was small but clean and functional. The shower was especially good! (A darker curtain/shade would have been good, given the long summer days in Houghton.)

Other aspects of our stay are worth mentioning. I appreciated the coupons for dining in the hotel's restaurant; we had a breakfast up there and thought it was very good. It's true that the pool could be updated, but it was more than adequate. (My two daughters loved it.)

The hotel's location is absolutely ideal: it's right on Houghton's main street, and no more than ten minutes' walk to every bit of downtown. The hotel overlooks the waterfront, which means great views of the canal and easy access to a walking path along the canal. We had a great time here.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tomtom60, Owner at Franklin Square Inn, responded to this review, July 7, 2011
Thank you for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Please contact the hotel if we can be of any further service. Hope you stay with us again in the future. Jan Lubinski, Owner
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Address: 820 Shelden Ave., Houghton, MI 49931
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Houghton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Franklin Square Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seven-story Hotel adjacent to Michigan Technological University & Isle Royale National Park Headquarters, overlooking Portage Lake. This Houghton, Michigan hotel offers unique views of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Situated at the gateway to the beautiful and historic Keweenaw Peninsula, the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in Houghton, Michigan is the only full service facility in the area. Visitors particularly enjoy the view while dining in the 7th floor restaurant. ... more   less 
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Franklin Square Hotel Houghton
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