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“If you're looking for someplace to sleep...” 3 of 5 stars
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Chief Motel
10470 US Highway 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701   |  
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Ranked #37 of 41 hotels in Mackinaw City
Howell, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“If you're looking for someplace to sleep...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My stay here was tolerable. Their website boasts a private beach and grills to use. Neither existed. Their beachfront is about 1/4 mile behind the property (which they describe as a stroll). When we got to the beach, there was none. No sand, just weeds and rocks. Nothing inviting. The grills are in the back on the hotel and I don't think they have been cleaned or used in years. The continental breakfast is coffee and juice with packaged pastries. The family that owns and runs the hotel are very nice. The rooms, the sheets, and the pool are clean. It was a hot weekend and the AC worked nicely. If you are looking for someplace to sleep that is inexpensive, this is the place to go. The rate is good for the area. This is a motel that has been in business for a long time and it shows. If I was alone and needed a place to sleep, I would come back. I will not come back with my kids. I wanted more than this motel offered.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011 via mobile

We booked the Cheif Motel after calling several hotels with no vacancies. Everyone was booked.. Being it was a long weekend. Our first night, was not pleasant! The room was musty, could not air out the place.. even with the windows and door open for hours. We had no hot water to shower and brown in color. The next day it was cleared, so we stayed and went on with our visit to Mackinaw. During the following night, we had no water! And by morning it was cold and dark brown. When we decided to leave, and ask for a refund for our remaining night stay.. The owner was very abrupt with us. Could not understand why we wanted to go. We explained this was not worth the whopping $120.00 a night she was charging us! In the end, we found a beautiful hotel with an indoor waterpark for a few dollars more.. It was an experience my family will never forget!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Clinton Township, Michigan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

My family and I have stayed at the Chief Motel on a few occasions. The rooms are nice and the staff is friendly. We had a GREAT view of the Mackinac Bridge and the island. Camp fire accommodations on Lake Huron were appreciated and useful. We'll definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

The woman at the front desk was nice, but the room was so musty, it was hard to breath. The wall A/C unit worked, but was loud and rattled. The bathroom seemed clean, but the sink was old and had rust spots on it. The sheets were definitely not washed, there were arm/leg/or other hairs on them. Luckily we had sleeping bags. We stripped the beds and tried our best to sleep, but the thought of sleeping in a dirty bed was unsettling. Even if you're looking to rent it just for the hour, I would say pass.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

Overall terrible experience; the rooms were very dirty and it was clear the sheets were never washed. The employees that worked there were extremely rude and didnt know how to run a motel.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chief Motel

Address: 10470 US Highway 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #37 of 41 hotels in Mackinaw City

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