Stayed here one night before ferrying over to Mackinac Island for a 2-night stay at the Grand Hotel. We arrived later in the evening so a relatively easy check-in was appreciated; however, the parking lot was packed & we had to park quite a distance from where our actual room was. When we got to the hallway in front of our room, we had to go around the maintenance man who was trying to get rid of a bat that was either injured, or worse, lying on the sidewalk outside our room. Not a very pleasant first impression. Due to a cancellation, we were "upgraded" to a jacuzzi room, but had to wait before entering so that the desk clerk could remove the "romance package" from the room. The room was at a closed-in end of the hallway, and each time we went out of or into the room, we had to dodge a flying bat. So if you have a bat phobia, or don't like bats swooping that close to you, you may want to either stay in your room and not leave at night, or avoid the hotel altogether, as bats do seem to be an issue.
The room itself was fine for an overnight stay. The decor is dark, dated, and shows several years worth of wear & tear, but it was clean & the king bed was comfortable. We didn't use the jacuzzi tub, but it seemed to be a comfortable size & was clean as well. We were on the first floor so the "balcony" consisted of a railing around a very small concrete pad. I wouldn't recommend this room for anyone seeking privacy as it's right on the beach and anyone on the beach can look right into your room. There were no sheers behind the heavy drapes so you either have to keep the drapes closed, which makes the room very dark, or keep them open where everyone can see in. There was a mini fridge in the room, which is always appreciated, but the "coffee station" was situated on the small, one-sink vanity, and it had to be removed just so there was enough room for minimal toiletries. Also, the vanity area is located in the main area of the room, separate from the toilet & tub. The bulb was out in the bathroom light, so to have light in there, we had to turn on the heat lamp. You would think that housekeeping would've noticed that the light was out when they were in there cleaning, but maybe not? There was a large flat screen TV in the room and the WiFi had a good signal, although the remote control for the TV was sluggish.
We were up early enough the next morning to see a fantastic sunrise over Lake Huron which made the overnight stay worth it; breakfast, however, left a lot to be desired. This was our 2nd time staying in Mackinaw City and the hotel where we stayed on our previous visit was on par with the Comfort Inn. We went into this overnight stay with no expectations or delusions of grandeur so we weren't disappointed, but any future guests planning to stay here need to know that it's just an average hotel, for a slightly above-average price, in an above-average location.
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- Mackinaw City Comfort Inn
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