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“The cleanest, prettiest place I've seen in years!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Driftwood Resort

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Driftwood Resort
6477 E Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629   |  
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Ranked #3 of 14 hotels in Houghton Lake
Roselle, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The cleanest, prettiest place I've seen in years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We were there celebrating a friend's birthday. The grounds are impeccably kept. The cabins, though somewhat dated, were spotlessly clean. You get the idea that these people are passionate about what they do and they do it very well. I wish I had known about this place earlier. I will be back as often as I can going foward. There were activities for all of us and never a dull moment. Thank you!

Room Tip: We stayed in a cabin along the lakefront. Just beautiful! Spacious, clean and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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rockford michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

Been comming here for over 30 years and never had a problem, Quiet and clean,.. the people who run the place are friendly and help when asked,.. this is a family place to stay with plenty too do,.. Very people friendly and clean,... Fishing is great too,.. Hily recomended!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Huron, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

We have been coming to this resort for the past 15 years (35 years to Houghton Lake). It is by far the best resort on the North Shore, if not the whole lake. The other cottages are occupied the same week as us by similar long time visitors. As the range of ages of the renters varies from infants to retirees, some rules naturally have to be in place so that everyone enjoys their stay at the resort. The most obvious rule is around noise. Quiet time for playing outdoor games etc is around 10 pm. Unfortunately the odd renter likes to play their music full blast on their ghetto blaster, so they can hear it 30 yards away. (Why not use an IPOD?). Another possible example is where a group are still whooping it up around the campfire at 2 am. Given these very rare examples, I don't think any reasonable person would object to the owners asking for some quiet and consideration for other guests staying at the resort.
Its unfortunate that one renter objected to the grass being cut at 9am. As we all know, grass grows pretty fast under the right conditions and has to be kept cut to keep up the appearance of the resort. He would probably be the first to complain if the grass was too long. Most people are up and about at 9am...
My personal exchanges with the owners has always been very polite and enjoyable. The owners always make a point of a short visit to the campfire a couple of times a week to see how everyone is enjoying their stay. The rest of the time, they allow you to enjoy your stay without interference. The office is usually always open if you have any questions needing answered.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntertown, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

Driftwood is a wonderful place to stay. Exceptionally clean cabins and grounds. Probably the nicest place I have stayed on Houghton Lake. We have been coming here for 8 years and Houghton Lake for over 20 years and this is the cleanest place. This is a family tradition; my wife has been coming to the lake for over 40 yrs. They have a great sandy beach, playground, horse shoes, fire pit, corn hole, basketball, volleyball, tetherball, sandbox, ....you get the picture; and they are off the main road quite a way so you can let the smaller kids run. You can walk out on the sandy beach for about 500 yards. The fishing is excellent too.

They have WI-FI and cable TV if you need it.
Excellent Place to stay - we'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Waterford, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

It's a nice resort but the lady owner is rude, no people skills. She would yell at us for being too noisy in the middle of the afternoon. The lawn was cut at 9 am. While we were out playing horseshoes the lawn was being cut and it wasn't that high. They just have no clue how to relate to folks. Not once were we asked how things were. This ownership couple want the income the property generates but no the inconvenience of actually having guests.

We found out on the last day that they had games (bean bag toss and ladder ball). That's an example of how badly they think of their guests - can't even explain a basic "this is what we have available, ....."

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Driftwoodresort, Owner at Driftwood Resort, responded to this review, September 8, 2010
I would like to respond to the Rude owners review. I was never rude to you. I never yelled at you either. I did ask you to talk lower when it was 1:30AM and you were at the campfire being very loud. The music you were talking about was outside, and you expected the whole resort to listen to it full blast while you were at the other side of the resort playing horseshoes. You should of had a portable radio, not one you had to plug in and then place outside your cabin. The people at the resort were tired of your music, that was why I asked you to turn it off. You stated we are rude owners. My husband is deaf and can't even talk, so I don't think he was rude to you either.
I didn't think we were doing anything bad by cutting our grass so the resort looks nice. We didn't cut it to make you upset. You asked us not to cut the grass and we did stop. It wasn't 9AM either, it was in the afternoon. You remember, it was the same time you were playing horseshoes and your radio. You have to understand that you were not the only people here. All the people who were here, except you and your friends, booked for next year. Two of them only booked if you guys weren't going to come back. I have been in business for 19 years and if you check with the Houghton Chamber I never had a complaint about my place. I have one of the finest and cleanest resorts on the lake. You also stated the sleep quality was not good. I don't get that, since my beds were all new two years ago, and I bought very goods beds too. I understand you can't make everyone happy. I was very nice to you and your friends. The games you were talking about were out front for anyone to use. I don't get what your problem was about that, it's not like they were hidden from view at all. I was hurt to see what you wrote about us. We only tried to be fair to the whole resort. If that meant you were not happy then I guess that could not be helped.
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Additional Information about Driftwood Resort

Address: 6477 E Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629
Location: United States > Michigan > Houghton Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 hotels in Houghton Lake
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Driftwood Resort has 200+ feet of lakefront with 2 docks, 2 large community fire pits, 9 Log Cabins/cottages on the northeastern shore of Houghton Lake. All cabins/cottages are housekeeping units with complete kitchens. 4 of the Lakefront Cabins and the large Timber Cottage have natural wood burning fireplaces and are available throughout the year. All cabins/cottage rentals include a 14' boat, picnic table and charcoal grill.A large recreation building (ping pong table, air hockey, darts, game tables and a stock of games, cards, etc.) can be reserved for group events (reunions, retreats, etc).Plenty of parking on the grounds for boat/ATV/snowmobile trailers. Secure mooring available for renter's boats. ... more   less 

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