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“Our new favorite place” 5 of 5 stars
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Marina Grand Resort
600 West Water Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in New Buffalo
Harrison Township, Michigan
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Our new favorite place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

We love New Buffalo. Marina Grand is awesome! We stayed on a first level suite. The suite was very clean and had everything you could ask for. I would recommend it over Harbor Grand, although Harbor Grand was also nice. Marina Grand offers complimentary bikes and Bentwood Tavern is on the first level of the hotel. Harbor Grand offers a mini complimentary breakfast basket. Bentwood Tavern is awesome, great servers, food, wine and cocktails. If you want live music head to Stray Doy or Casey's (I think that's the name) good times. Everything is within walking distance.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Huntley, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

My husband and I drove to this resort on an early Tues. morning and liked it so much we stayed until Thurs. an extra day. We arrived around 9am and found the front desk staff was amazing and very accomodating. We were already very impressed when Julie took our reservation over the phone prior to our trip. She gave us allot of advice and promised us a nice room location. We were actually able to check into our wonderful one bedroom loft as soon as we got to the hotel thanks to Inga and Keenan. The view was incredible overlooking the boats and harbor! There is a full kitchen, loft, LR w/ fireplace and DR area and you will love the bedroom and bath with a soaking tub. You also get a balcony with comfy chairs. The Bentwood restaurant there is HIGHLY recommended for lunch, cocktails and dinner. You can eat outside on the patio overlooking the water. Make sure to also visit the nearby Harbor Grand sister resort for a couples massage (or just single) and dinner on the patio as well! There is an excellent coffee bar for free black cofee or lattes worth the $$ and great pastries and snacks. The outdoor pool and fitness room could be better but still were nice to have. Go into town to browse and visit the beach for sure. There are allot of kids and families especially on the weekends but we got lucky because it was not that crowded when we were there. We will definitely go back there once a month if possible.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morris, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

During the busy summer season the Marina Grand can be costly with min. nightly stays so we have never stayed before. However, on travels to northern Michigan we stopped for the night. It was very quite and not full at all. The nightly rate was considerably lower than the summer and we stayed in a 1 bdrm with loft. There was ample room for my husband and I and the 4 kids. We had a full kitchen and 1.5 baths. The room itself was very well decorated. Stacked with books, games, potential video rentals our time was very well occupied. The pool was very small and not great for non-swimmers. If you have little ones you will need to have a lifevest, floaties or hold them. They did have a small hot tub and rest rooms. The pool is indoor so the rainy night did not interfere with our play time. The Marina Grand also offers a gaming area that was a nice surprise! It boasted a pingpong table and foose (sp?) ball table. It wasn't full of video games which is a nice break from coins, tickets and cheap prizes. The do have a nice restuarant with an ample wine selection. One appitizer of goat cheese and flat bread touched all the pallet and the children loved it! We ended up going to Timothy's at the Gordon Beach Inn for dinner (up the main road take a left at Skip's and follow it down) and had a great time. They always make us feel welcome and treat the children well. They have the most increadible gorgozola bacon dressing! We had a wonderful time during our 1 night stay, I would caution families with real young children that the loft is not baby proof. The rails are easy to crawl under or over and that is all that seperates them from the first floor.

Room Tip: Go off season and call last minute.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Grand Haven, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

The room was nice (loved the fireplace), enjoyed the free coffee and iced tea for our trip home was a nice touch. The staff was very friendly and I especially appreciated that the front desk clerk mailed me a jacket I had left in the closet. It warmed up over night and I didn't even realize until the next day that I had forgot my coat at the resort. I called and they mailed it to me the same day. That was great customer service!! We will be back!

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

We stayed at the Marina Grand for a quick getaway. The one bedroom suite perched on the edge of Lake Michigan. Comfy chairs on a private patio invited visitors to sip their coffee and admire the view. The suite had everything: nice bed, a sofa bed, 2 flatscreen TVs, a tub, shower, powder room, full kitchen, gas fireplace. The hotel restaurant, the Bentwood Tavern, was fab: good food, nice beers... even enjoyed the background music. Will be back. Soon.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Let me start by saying that I usually stay @ the sister property The Harbor Grand. This was my first experience with the Marina Grand. Not a real fan. While the property is nice, the Harbor is way more intimate if that's what your looking for.

This resort is nice for families. The rooms were ok, walls very thin. I could hear every sound in the hallway. Don't get a room by the elevators, OMG! very loud. The hotel lobby was nice, check in was smooth, parking was ok, room had a nice large balcony. The restaurant was nice, pool nice. I can see how this property works well for families in the summer months.

Overall, this property was nice, just not for couples!

Room Tip: ask for a room furthest from the elevators.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

We stayed at the Marina Grand over Spring Break. It was an impromptu, mid week stay, so rates were reasonable. The weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't enjoy the marina or beach but we thoroughly enjoyed full use of our suite. We made our meals. Played games. Enjoyed the pool. Rented DVDs. The beds were to DIE FOR :-) We just really enjoyed each other as a family in this beautiful setting. Will definitely stay again! Weekend/season prices do make it kind of prohibitive, however.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Additional Information about Marina Grand Resort

Address: 600 West Water Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Location: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > New Buffalo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in New Buffalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A waterfront boutique hotel for overnight and extended stay featuring luxury accommodations, highly personal service and unexpected touches. Amenities include waterfront dining, rooftop deck, swimming pools, game and fitness rooms. Complimentary bicycle and beach chair rentals. Walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. Wedding and conference facilities to 100. ... more   less 
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