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Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   11380 U.S. 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701   |  
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Palos Park, Illinois
1 review
“Wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a great place and we would definitely stay again. Our first room had a bit of a glitch so they moved us to another / nicer room (and the first one's glitch was fixed). Both rooms were clean and comfortable; the location very close to town; view was great. Staff was very friendly. Can't say enough nice things about this place. And the price was terrific.

Room Tip: We ended up in a room that looked out over the lake, which was wonderful, but the one we were origin...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Tom, thank you for writing the nice review! I'm glad we were able to quickly resolve the issue and that you enjoyed your stay. We would love to welcome you back!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Oak Park, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Lets start with the good...For the price the breakfast and the view were fantastic! We arrived in the late afternoon and were able to do a beautiful bonfire right on the lake. They have fire pits and lawn furniture which make for a nice relaxing night. And we didn't have to pay for firewood because they have a pile for their guests to use. The whole lake front experience was the best part of the hotel.

The hallway to our room smelled. I can't even describe it or put words to it. Our room felt like the smallest one there. It barely had enough room for us to move around, let alone move around with our bags in the room. The worst part was the bed. Not only was it small, which was expected, but there were springs broken and it made a lot of noise when you moved around on it. The blankets were very thin and not soft at all.

It gave me exactly what I was looking for, which was an average room that I was only going to really use to sleep in. And for that it is getting an average review.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony with a lake view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Thank you for the review Rebecca, I'm very sorry that we didn't meet your expectations. We are continually making improvements and will carefully consider your comments. Thanks again.
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Manitou Beach, Michigan, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

For the price, this was one of the finest motels we have stayed in anywhere. We were in #203, one of lower level units (I think), in Building 2. Each unit faces the water with a private balcony and awesome view of the Mackinac Bridge. Rooms in a few buildings do not have a lake view, but guests could still enjoy the beach. There are several swings, many lawn chairs and chaise lounges along the motel beach for guest use as well as a half dozen fire rings with free firewood. Had we arrived earlier in the evening and had bug spray, we would have enjoyed the beach. The beds, towels, furniture and provided toiletries were all first class. There's a playground great for kids and an indoor pool. The free breakfast was wonderful: two kinds of fresh fruit, yogurt, orange juice cereal, breads, muffins, bagels (cream cheese, too), plus "make your own" waffles. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. We plan to return to this family-run independent motel again when we can stay longer.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Wow. We really like that first sentence Lynn! We really try to be a good value for our guests. Come on back for a longer visit, and remember that if you book with us directly the 7th night is free on a week’s stay! Thanks for the fantastic review!
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Warren, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It's a nice place to stay with family and friends. Rooms with balconies have beautiful mackinaw bridge view , day and night both. Rooms are spacious and clean. It's has a private beach with pit fire. Looks beautiful. I have to say one thing though, keep screen doors shut after dark, you don't want Mosquitos coming in. Nice breakfast. Amy at the desk is friendly and courteous Will stay here again. My name is FAIZ and I am from Michigan

Room Tip: Rooms with balconies are nice but keep screen door shut after dark
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Faiz, thanks for being our guest and writing a review! We have begun spraying around the buildings and firepits with an all natural mosquito repellant which appears to be making an enormous difference. We look forward to your next stay with us!
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Rochester
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed 3 nights and chose Clearwater because it seemed affordable, had great reviews, and was close to our destination, Mackinac Island. The front desk was incredibly helpful in checking in and giving us suggestions for eating and activities. They upgraded us without us asking and we had a great room on the first floor lakeside. The rooms are older but have a wonderful view of the bridge/waterfront and a clean, nice bed. We used the pool and had breakfast, both appreciated. The campfires out front were my favorite thing - thank you for such a great stay!

Room Tip: Ask for lakefront, well worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Thanks for the great review Jewentink! It's just not possible to sit around a fire on a cool Northern Michigan evening with your family or friends and not enjoy yourself. We're glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Westland, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great service! Great price! Great view! Beach and fire pit were a bonus. Best sunset and view of the bridge anywhere in Mackinaw City. Gary and his staff work hard to make you know that they value your patronage. We will be booking again this Fall!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Thanks James! It was nice to sit by the fire with you and Heather for a few minutes which I rarely get a chance to do. Just give us a call when you’re coming back up in the fall. See you then!
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Saint Louis, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

The Clearwater Lakeshore is a "diamond" among the lakeshore hotels in Mackinaw City. The rooms are clean, the staff is so friendly and Gary, the owner, will bend over backwards to see that your stay is pleasurable! Thank you Gary and staff for a wonderful vacation memory!!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 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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Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
SL – I’m glad my wonderful staff and I were able to provide you with great service! We try our best and it means a lot to us when it’s appreciated. We’d love to see you again!
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Address: 11380 U.S. 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mackinaw City
#1 Family Hotel in Mackinaw City
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mackinaw City
#4 Best Value Hotel in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Clearwater Lakeshore Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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