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“Great place for family reunion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Beachfront Hotel Houghton Lake Michigan

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Beachfront Hotel Houghton Lake Michigan
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4990 W Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629   |  
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Houghton Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Rockford, Michigan
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great place for family reunion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The rooms were clean and beds were comfy. Free Breakfast- bagels, coffee, waffles, cereal. Make sure to request a lakeview room or you will be looking at the parking lot! I had been told that they would have a fire for us at night, but then when we arrived was told that we had to provide our own wood and do this ourselves. It was fun to sit at the fire with the family. Also, private beach is nice, but the only way to get to this is by going down by the elevator or stairs and through the hall to a sidedoor. In case of emergency, there should be a direct way from the parking lot to the beach. You can put your boat right at the dock which is really nice. Overall a good place for a big family get together.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Livonia, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

My family stayed here for labor day weekend and we had a great time. There was a little mix up with the romms when we go there, but they helped us right away and got our rooms together. We stayed in the 1st floor walk out rooms which were perfect for us. The rooms were big and had everything we needed. We liked that the beach was only a few feet away and lots of chairs to lay in. We really did enjoy the breakfest, they had everything you could want. We liked the hotel so much that we already booked for the 4th of July Week!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Columbiaville, Michigan, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Great hotel. Wonderful staff were very helpful in getting us a nice fourth floor room overlooking Houghton Lake. Adequete? breakfast buffet. Rooms were clean, quite, and comfortable. Nice beach with quite a few domesticated ducks - cuties!

Room Tip: Ask for lake view. 4th floor is great. 3rd floor is the best (it is also the lobby floor).
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Mount Morris, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This was our first trip to Houghton Lake. Decided to stay here for a few nights instead of making the trek to Traverse City when we found a great deal from Groupon. Overall, the hotel, though dated, was pretty nice. It looked like the lobby and elevator had recently been renovated, but not the rooms. Our Groupon was for a Jacuzzi room, which is not available with a lake-view. There are only, I think, 4 rooms at the hotel that have no balcony whatsoever (not even of the parking lot) and we got one of those, which was a bummer.

Our room had a strange smell to it. It wasn't overbearing, but it was there and noticable everytime we walked into the room. The jacuzzi was large and wonderful, however the shower was very small and the shelf wasn't even large enough to hold shampoo & conditioner at the same time.

The beach was small, but clean, for the most part. My 4 year old enjoyed it. They have 2 fire pits, several plastic chairs and I think even some plastic sand toys for kids. There are a lot of ducks there that aparently get fed a lot because they come right up to you. Which was cute at first, but then I got to thinking about all of the duck poop that must be in the water....

The game room is a joke with only about 3 working games and they wanted $1 to play pac man. The pool was pretty nice but had a lot of sand in the bottom from people not rinsing before they got in. The temperature was nice though.The hot tub was nice as well. My son really liked the playscape, but it was small.

The continental breakfast was the best I have seen in a while. Lots of choices, and plenty of everything.

Overall, if you're looking for a place to stay in Houghton Lake, I would recommend this hotel. However, the town itself didn't seem very family-oriented. Couldn't find a decent beach/playground anywhere. There was putt-putt golf just down the road, which was fun. But if you don't have a boat, and are looking for a fun beach, I would look elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I found out about this hotel from an advertisement online and remembered it when we were up in northern Michigan, and I can honestly say this is pure Michigan it was fantastic! our room was very clean and fully equipped with a great bed and nice new towels, fridge, microwave, and breakfast included, the staff was very good and helpful with anything from golfing, food, and anything you needed to make your stay comfy, we brought our jetski and we had a great spot to dock it right on the hotel lakefront property, I recommend this beautiful place to all my family and friends, enjoy and remember vinman gives this hotel thumbs UP!

Room Tip: I really like the lake view!
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Macomb, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights with my school age boys, when leaving today I spoke with the nicest worker about a later check-out during breakfast - never giving my name she figured out which room I was in and called to verify a later check out, I was impressed and even let us change from our beach clothes to our "drive home clothes" in an empty room after enjoying the beach for a few hours. When checking in our room smelled of smoke and they moved us to a room without a balcany, but I could not handle how bad the non-smoking room smelled. In the evening I turned on the AC and it barely worked and completely stopped 30 min later after the manager came up to look and she told me to open a window since it was going to be cool that night, I was up all night listening to people in and out of the hotel and cars passing since my room was above the entrance to the hotel. I called again about the AC in the morning and after being gone all day to Sleeping Bear I was very happy that the AC was fixed and I slept much better!

The room was decent, however the carpets/bedding need replacing (stains/burn hole), the bathroom needs to be totally re-done it was old looking - clean but many grout patches and water stains everywhere, really nasty looking but you knew it had been cleaned. The free breakfast was GREAT, very good with your basic carbs and saved me$ and time from having to go out. The pool was dirty, full of sand - the kids swam... The beach was really nice, loved the chairs and umbrella but ants everywhere in the sand and the water was a little rocky.

I used a Groupon, otherwise I don't think I would have stayed... Great for the Groupon value

Room Tip: Don't stay in room 407, your right above the door into the hotel
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Lyon, Michigan
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed here with another family. The hotel were very helpful and placed us in rooms opposite each other. The kids loved the pool, the adults LOVED the HOT, HOT spa tub next to the swimming pool. The hotel has it's own private beach which they plow each morning and a bonfire you can build. Great for watching the sunset and eating smores. The beach also has sun loungers, beach chairs and a few families of very friendly ducks. The breakfast consists of cereal, pastries, fruit, and waffles. It's plentiful and good for kids. Coffee is available all day in the same room. The hotel staff are friendly and the hotel was very clean and inexpensive.

Room Tip: Ask for a beachfront room, if possible with walk out onto the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4990 W Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629
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Location: United States > Michigan > Houghton Lake
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Houghton Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Beachfront Hotel Houghton Lake Michigan 2*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful private sandy beach on Michigan's largest inland lake, Houghton Lake. The hotel features barbecue grills, picnic tables, fire pit, indoor pool and hot tub, free boat parking on our 14 section private dock, free wi-fi, pet friendly, continental breakfast, 48 rooms with private balconies, 12 jacuzzi rooms to enjoy for your special occasion, family friendly, great for weddings, family reunions, golf outings, birthday parties, graduations, wedding packages available, group discounts. Closest hotel to the heart of Bud Bash and Tip Up Town USA! ... more   less 
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