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“No surprises” 3 of 5 stars
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Junction Highway M-123 & Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 (Formerly "Howard Johnson")   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Paradise
Manistee, Michigan
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“No surprises”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This hotel is unusual only in the sense that it is like a chain hotel in a land of mom and pop motels and up north lodges. The room was large and clean, the beds comfortable, everything like you'd expect from an average chain motel. The room was non-smoking but had just a trace air of previous smokers. The shower and bathroom was clean and modern and well lit.

Breakfast consisted of juice, coffee, muffins, and donuts. The front desk attendant was helpful and friendly.

The room was fairly quiet on the night I was there other than hearing the screams of children at the local "Haunted Trail" Halloween event next door, a once a year occurance. If it was a busy time of the year I imagine the room would be a bit noisy as the walls were thin enough for me to hear someone in another room snoring. Bring your earplugs or do like my friend did in his room and just turn the room fan on all night.

The hotel is not on the beach but right in town and conveniently located not far from the Falls, and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (where we were headed) and the other attractions (beaches, national and state forests) of the area.

Room Tip: get an second floor room to cut down on the noise
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

Front desk staff was very friendly. Gave us the aaa rate and called the pizza place down the road for us to make sure we could get delivery before they closed. Room was clean and typical for an older motel. No frills but quiet. We were traveling with no reservations and were pleased with the service. Coffee juice and donuts in the morning is more of a courtesy than a breakfast. Beds were fine.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

There aren't many places to stay, or eat in Paradise. The hotel was OK, at best. The desk staff were not helpful and often absent. There is an ice machine you have to pay to use, and even then rarely worked. The room was good size, bed had a cheap mattress, and the whole place felt less than clean. The breakfast included stale doughnuts and warm coffee. We paid more for the room here than at the Gateway Motel in Newberry, and that was a nice stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Branch, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed in this motel July 27th and 28th and had a great stay, we were in room 114 and it was Real Clean which is a big plus in our Book, Plus the air conditioner worked Great when we came back to the Room after a Busy day, We will stay there again when we get up that way, The only gripe that we had about Paradise is they need better places to eat, The Berry patch just plain Sucks and the Yukon Inn is not very clean to eat there, More of a place to Drink I Guess.

Room Tip: Take your own food, Because Paradise is Real Far from Paradise !!!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Montana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Average room that is way overpriced at $69. Large room with one uncomfortable lounge chair. Wall covering is peeling from people leaning too far back in the chair. Mattress is soft. Bathroom looks remodeled but has low pressure from shower head. Continental breakfast consists of coffee, juice, and doughnuts. Staff at front desk is very unfriendly.
The town of Paradise has few other choices for lodging or even dining. The Best Western appears to be the best option but may not be open year round. A fish house may be the best dining option, but in October is only open Tuesday thru Saturday. The other option is a tavern with burgers.
If possible, I would plan a trip where I would not have to stay in Paradise. Tahquemenom Falls is a good place to visit. A brewery and restaurant is at the falls.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Our basic two queen sized bed room was clean. The continental breakfast consists of doughnuts, coffee, and juice. There is a charge for ice. This motel is very close to the beach, only 15-20 minutes away from Taquomenon Falls State Park which is a Michigan Upper Peninsula MUST SEE! Basic, adequate motel.

  • Stayed July 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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Tallahassee, FL
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187 reviews 187 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Can't complain, it was average and over priced for the age of the hotel. But it was in the middle of the woods in the upper peninsula. The desk clerk directed us to a good local restaurant where I could enjoy my smoked and fried whitefish. We wanted to go to the Shipwreck Museum and Paradise had the nearest hotels.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Junction Highway M-123 & Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 (Formerly "Howard Johnson")
Location: United States > Michigan > Paradise
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
Also Known As:
Paradise Hotel Paradise

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