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“Overpriced average room” 3 of 5 stars
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Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise
8112 N M123, Paradise, MI 49768   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Paradise
Vista, Ca
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“Overpriced average room”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We had a non view 2 queen room which looked out on the parking lot but had the same amenities as one on the other side of the building facing the water. Not sure if room had queen beds since they were smaller than ours at home, perhaps really double or full beds instead. The room was very plain. No fridge, a big empty space at one end of the room where one would have expected a nice chair with ottoman to read, especially at the price of the room. Table and 2 chairs along with floor lamp bunched tightly together which we had to re-arrange to use. Nothing in the room to tell you anything, nothing on tv channels, anything else about either hotel or surroundings. Breakfast buffet was underwhelming and the breakfast room was small and had blinding sun coming in off the water. I would not recommend and would try to find alternative accommodations if in the area again.

Room Tip: Try to find another place to stay in this somewhat remote area.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
First let me respond by saying I'm sorry that we did not meet your expectations. We strive to make all of our guests experience the most we have to offer with our hotel and the surrounding area. I hope you will allow me to respond to a some of your remarks. Our beds are queen size. They measure 60x80 like all standard queen beds do. Regarding our tv, we are in the process of switching over brands and all of our print has to be re-done, our tv guides being one. Our hotel directory is also in that process but the front desk staff is trained to let you know all information while checking in and also is available 24/7 to help with anything you need. As far as your disappointment in the room and design, you were in our most standard room at the lowest price. Our lakeside suites offer a fridge and microwave also a small livingroom adjacent to a queen size bed. A nice size balcony or patio is also an advantage to upgrading your room. Our COMPLIMENTARY deluxe continental breakfast includes all of the standard hotel breakfast items but includes hot scrambled eggs, sausage, and waffles. There are restaurants in town availble for a cook to order breakfast.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Cincinnati
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Blink and you will miss Paradise, but this was not only the nicest hotel in Paradise but one of the nicest in the U.P. Large rooms with separate sitting area. Large indoor pool area and great lake views from the room. The beach area is smaller than the site photos suggest, but still very nice and private.

Room Tip: Make sure your room is on the second or third floor for the best lake views.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for posting such a great review. We are flattered that you took the time to mention all of the areas of our hotel that are the most important to travelers. Our staff takes great pride in providing the best possible service, in a clean comfortable setting. Your review will be shared with our entire staff. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.

Laurie Winkler
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Be warned.
We reserved through the 800 number, booking a room facing Whitefish Bay and specifying that we were bringing our dog. The person who made the reservation asked us how big the dog was (30 pounds), and charged us the extra fees for the Bay view and the dog. We thought we were all set. Luckily, however, before we left home, we looked closely at the receipt we received and noticed that it specified "no pets." We had time to seek and find a great alternative - a housekeeping cabin right on the lake a little further North, surrounded by woods. It was quiet, the elderly couple and their son who owned it were terrific, the view from our porch was spectacular, and they were dog-friendly.
Later, we drove back to the restaurant owned by the Magnuson Hotel. The place had signs in every direction saying, "No pets. No pets in the lobby. No pets in your car. No pets on the grass. This is not a dog run." Since we had Skipper in the car, we left and ate at another restaurant.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
I feel that this review is not fair to the property as the guest never stepped a foot in the door. The hotel as well as the entire property has a "no pets" policy. They have the right to have policies in place for the betterment of their business as well as their guests. Furthermore, they, the hotel owners, general manager, and 80% of the staff have had or have dogs at home. We are not hostile to dogs, it's just that we feel that a hotel is not the place for them.
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Everything was clean, quiet, comfortable. We had a room on the third floor and the elevator worked just fine although the stairways were carpeted and clean. I can't say enough about this hotel. I was very, very please and will retrun again. We stayed there from 8-29-12 to 8-30-12. The view from Lake side was awesome. They have several hundred feet of beach and it was very clean. I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: If you like the view, remember to ask for a view of Lake Superior... The sunrise is spectacular.
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  • Stayed August 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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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for posting such a great review. We are flattered that you took the time to mention all of the areas of our hotel that are the most important to travelers. Our staff takes great pride in providing the best possible service, in a clean comfortable setting. Your review will be shared with our entire staff. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.

Laurie Winkler
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Columbus, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Loved this hotel. It was very clean, beautiful view of Lake Superior, which was just steps away. Continental breakfast was nothing to write home about but it was pretty standard. Staff was very friendly. Great value. We will be back.

Room Tip: Pay the upgrade for the lake view and get up to watch the sun rise. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for posting such a great review. We are flattered that you took the time to mention all of the areas of our hotel that are the most important to travelers. Our staff takes great pride in providing the best possible service, in a clean comfortable setting. Your review will be shared with our entire staff. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.

Laurie Winkler
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is the nicest hotel in these parts up north. We had a 2nd floor (main level) king room with balcony. Very clean, plenty of towels, good standard breakfast, and helpful staff. The view of the lake is spectacular, with a nice beach area. We were very pleased and will be back in the future.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 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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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for posting such a great review. We are flattered that you took the time to mention all of the areas of our hotel that are the most important to travelers. Our staff takes great pride in providing the best possible service, in a clean comfortable setting. Your review will be shared with our entire staff. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.

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Davison, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Located within easy drive of Shipwreck museum, Whitefish Pt, Tahquamenon Falls, etc. Private sandy beach to relax on the water. Beach is stocked with an assortment of furniture to enjoy. Room is above average but lacks flat screen tv and small fridge for this price range. Best whitefish dinners served five minutes away at Brown's Fisheries Fish House Restaurant. Not gourmet, but the fish served is caught that morning. Overall, would recommend the Magnuson Hotel and would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lovestotravel1964, General Manager at Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for posting such a great review. We have added new televisions to our rooms so we hope we have met all of your expectations if you ever return. We are flattered that you took the time to mention all of the areas of our hotel that are the most important to travelers. Our staff takes great pride in providing the best possible service, in a clean comfortable setting. Your review will be shared with our entire staff. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.

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Additional Information about Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise

Address: 8112 N M123, Paradise, MI 49768
Location: United States > Michigan > Paradise
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise! Enjoy convenient access to Tahquamenon Falls, Lake Superior and Whitefish Point Lighthouse while staying at this Paradise, Michigan hotel. Welcome to this lakefront Magnuson Grand Hotel where guests will receive exceptional customer service, unbeatable amenities and a fabulous location all for an affordable price. Guests will enjoy well-appointed guest rooms, some with balconies and water views, featuring satellite television with HBO® and free high-speed Internet access. Every morning guests are treated to a complimentary hot breakfast while looking out at a magnificent view of Whitefish Bay. To make traveling even easier, this Paradise, Michigan hotel comes equipped with an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. Guest will especially enjoy the sandy beach located right on the hotel grounds plus convenient parking for large trucks and snowmobile trailers. We are also a Biker Friendly Hotel! The Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise is located close to where travelers want to be while visiting Paradise. Nestled on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, and with direct snowmobile trail access from their parking lot, guests will appreciate the location of this Paradise Magnuson Grand hotel while enjoying a variety of activities including snowmobiling, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, cross skiing, snow shoeing, and bird watching. No visit to Paradise is complete without visiting our famous local attractions such as Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Lighthouse, and the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. What's more, we will often host guests in town attending our annual Blueberry Festival, 2 annual winter festivals or to participate in the Tahquamenon Trail Run, or the Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Paradise, Michigan. Make a reservation today and save! ... more   less 
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