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American Boutique Inn - Lakeview
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   517 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701   |  
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Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Niles, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
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5 hotel reviews
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“wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Just came back from visting mackinaw. Our stay at the hotel was wonderful. We love it here, the location is perfect. Once you arrive you can then walk to everything. A short walk to town and to get on the ferry. Also, there is a beautiful park across the way with incredible views of the bridge. They now serve continental breakfast and have a wine/cheese tasting if you book a themed room. The breakfast was very good. We will always stay here in the future. Thank you for making our stay so nice. See you again hopefully soon!!!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I take my Mother on a short trip every year for her birthday, and this year she chose Mackinaw. We spent one night in the City before heading over to the Island for another night. We stayed at the American Boutique Inn and for the most part we really enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately there was a lot of fog in the city that day and we couldn't see the bridge and the fog never lifted. Also, the midges (reminded me of mosquitoes with larger wings) were horrible. Neither of these things were the fault of the hotel, of course, but they did lessen the enjoyment of our stay. We had hoped to be able to walk over to the lighthouse, see the lights come on the bridge at night, etc. but we weren't able to. Even though the midges don't bite, they were terribly annoying.

But the hotel was wonderful. The owner was very pleasant and kind. And, as we are both cat lovers we so enjoyed meeting and petting the resident cat, Spenser. What a sweetheart! I had reserved a themed room and we were given "Bed of Roses." The room was a bit small, but decorately very nicely, and in super great condition, and best of all was extremely clean. We loved all the "homey" touches such as embroidered roses on the window curtain, hand painted nightstand, wicker basket full of perfectly rolled fluffy white towels (along with a hairdryer), and many other special decorating "touches." The beds each had 4 pillows. The TV was on the smaller side and the local channels were a bit fuzzy but other channels came in just fine. The bath was a split-bath, which I prefer as I always like having the sink just outside the door of the bathroom. The only suggestions for the bathroom would be a curved shower rod so the shower curtain isn't as "friendly" with you, and a hook on the back of the door for your robe/clothes. Other than that the room was very, very nice. The hotel seemed more like a quaint "bed and breakfast." Not a cookie-cutter-big-chain style at all.

We went to the Serendipity Room for breakfast the next morning (through the French doors in the small lobby) and appreciated the decor in that room as well too. It's obvious the owners care a lot about their business and take special care in the maintenance and upkeep. Spenser greeted us and posed so nicely in the chair for pictures. The owner poured us each a glass of orange juice. There were bagels, donuts, sweet rolls, 3 or 4 kinds of cereal with milk, coffee, hard boiled eggs and yogurt. We enjoyed our breakfast while chatting with the owner. My only slight negative about the breakfast was that there really wasn't much to choose from if you're avoiding wheat gluten. Oatmeal would have been welcomed, but I did enjoy the yogurt and an egg. And the coffee was hot and fresh. And there was soft music playing which added to the relaxed feel of the room. We were able to chat with the owner which was enjoyable.

When we checked out we braved the bugs and managed to get a few pictures of the outside. The landscaping is very nice, with a pretty water fountain and several wooden swings. Had the weather cooperated a little better, and there were no midges, we would have so enjoyed sitting in one of those swings for awhile. But, the fog and the bugs (the owner said they last about 2 weeks) have just made me want to go back...maybe in the fall...to experience staying in another of their lovely themed rooms, and be able to enjoy the outdoors. :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The room was small but very comfortable. The proprietors are very friendly. I had forgotten my tooth brush and asked where the closest drug store was. When I said it was a tooth brush I needed, she offered me one and refused payment for it. We were just across the street from the water. Enjoyed both a beautiful sunset and a sunrise. Both worth waiting for. I would stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We found the grounds beautiful and well cared for and the rooms clean and comfortable, nicely decorated. Breakfast room was small. Front desk personnel always friendly and helpful and the cat who serves as a greeter was beautiful! We came with a group of 10 during the BigMac Bike ride, and we were very pleased by location to all we needed.The swings in the front yard were great!!

  • 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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Mattawan, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Just had a wonderful time in Mackinaw for our 38th anniversary!!!!! We have gone back to the American Boutique (formerly Budget Host) for many years. We consider the owners our friends, always have great service and conversation with them. The staff is exceptional, the rooms are always very very clean and neat. The addition of the breakfast and wine reception is wonderful. Mornings at breakfast are always such a pleasure to go to. We always highly recommend this hotel to friends and family. Great great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 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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Tuscany, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a great stay here, despite what the title may lead you to think; however, you need to either ignore the edgy lady at the front counter or chat her up. I chose the latter and ended up receiving no little advice and help from her, but she might rub you the wrong way if you're sensitive!

Excellent location, nicely heated pool, funky rooms, this is in any event an old motel. Excellently maintained and lovingly repaired, but it's motel soul comes out in the AC units that make a lot of noise and the tiny bathroom.

A lovely breakfast finished our over-nighter, and yes, I'd recommend this place, and would go back there, just brace yourself for your arrival!

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Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

Each themed room is done in a very unique way. Gardens & sitting areas very relaxing to hear fountain whether you want to read a book, or just people watch. Crew works very hard to keep grounds up and rooms spotless! Short walk to downtown or bridge.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about American Boutique Inn - Lakeview

Address: 517 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — American Boutique Inn - Lakeview 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a full city block with shade trees, lush gardens and water fountains overlooking Lake Huron, and just across the street from the Mackinac Bridge and the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse. Award winning themed rooms. Expanded continental breakfast served in our SerendipiTea Room or opt for our signature "Breakfast in Bed". Evening wine and cheese reception for guests staying in themed rooms. Luxurious outdoor pool heated to 88 degrees (mid-May thru mid-Sept). Professional personalized service. ... more   less 
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