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“Nice facade + cheap interior = an average experience” 2 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Petoskey
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1751 US 131 South, Petoskey, MI 49770   |  
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Ranked #4 of 15 hotels in Petoskey
Michigan
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“Nice facade + cheap interior = an average experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed for three nights in a two bedroom presidential suite. It must have been named for one of our worst presidents. The outside of the hotel looks great. It is relatively new and impressive. The rooms are marginal at best. Our suite had a tiny common area with a mini-kitchenette. There was not even a table, so I am puzzled as to why they bothered with a kitchenette. All of the finishes were constructed from the cheapest materials possible. The plaid carpet from 1979 was a particularly tacky touch. The one redeeming quality was the enormous master suite bath. It was almost too large.The workout room was hot and consisted of three pieces of equipment.The breafast area in the lobby was decent size and the free breafast was okay. There is NO sound insulation so be prepared to hear every noise all night long. The staff was friendly. It is right across from the casino, so prepare to share the hotel with busloads of only the classiest people. There is no Petoskey charm for this overly-priced motel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Munith,MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Extremely Extremely nice hotel. Very nice that the hotel gave me a room upgrade. Very new hotel i might say also. The pool was nice and staff was extremly friendly. The Breakfast wasn't so great, the reason I think thing were sitting out because the hotel wasn't even half full the night of my stay.I would most diffently come back and stay at this hotel. Though I would try to get a room on the top floor. I don't think the walls and cealing are thick enough in this hotel. I was awoken to people walking and a suit case rolling alone the floor. .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Parma, Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We had a 'Girl's Week end' for shopping and gambling. We took the limo to the casino Saturday night and the driver was great. The only suggestion we have for the room is to have a full curtain to darken the balcony light that cannot be turned off. The privacy curtain is fine in the daytime. The breakfast buffet is terrific with lots to choose from and a wonderful staff. The young man at the desk on Saturday night was also great. Sorry we didn't get his name. This was our second stay at this hotel and we will be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed here just this past weekend during a mini-break to visit somewhat nearby Fiske Orchard and to drive the Tunnel of Trees (both great fall activities that I would highly recommend). The hotel looked nice enough online and seemed to fit our basic needs - a clean place to stay, pool for our toddler to play in during downtime, nice valley view room option - but I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with the end result.

I was very surprised to later learn that the hotel was just built in 2007 because parts of it (the carpeting and elevators in particular) look like they're about 20 years old. Our room was clean enough, with the separated bedroom and living space that we were looking for so that my husband and I could relax and watch a movie near the in-room fireplace after we put our toddler to bed. Great in theory, except the fireplace did nothing but make a loud fan noise and there was no option to order on-demand movies so we were stuck with whatever was on TV that night.

The biggest complaint that I have about this hotel is the paper-thin walls, as other reviewers have referenced. We received a call from the front desk at around 9:30pm and were told that the person in the room below us had complained about our "walking loudly", which was interesting because we were sitting on the couch watching television and not moving around the room at all. There was a wedding group staying at the hotel on the night that we were there, so I'm sure that played into the numerous door slams and loud voices that carried throughout the night, but the last straw for me came when I was woken up at 1 in the morning by the sound of people in the room next to us having, um, intimate relations. Frankly, it was disgusting how clearly we could hear what was going on and I can honestly say that I'm sure that it was more due to the poor design of the hotel than how well things were going for the couple next door.

The contintental breakfast was nothing amazing (standard cereal, bagels, pancake machine), but would have worked as a quick bite before we headed out the next morning had there not been people wandering the dining room without shoes (and one without a shirt), immediately making me lose my appetite. We ate at the Bob Evans down the road instead.

The good news is that the pool area was nice, our bed was comfortable, the people that we interacted with at the front desk were very nice, and we did get a pretty good laugh and take-home story from the goings-on in the room next to us. That being said, I don't think I'd ever stay at this hotel again if we were in the area, especially for the price that we ended up paying ($186/night).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed here before and had a good experience, but our room overlooked the street. When we booked this time, we requested a valley view room. Our room was on the first floor and was extremely noisy. When we inquired about the noise at the front desk, the young lady stated it was one particular washing machine we were hearing. I asked for another room, but she said they were full. She said she would ask them to stop that machine, but she also let me know that it would put them behind. The room was much quieter, but quite frequently another rumbling would interrupt the peace and quiet. We discovered it was the elevator we were next to. There should be a better sound barrier. The hotel itself is well maintained and clean and had we been in another room, our stay would have been much more pleasant.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Midland, Michigan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

It was amazing... Super clean Deluex suite lots of room. we had a fireplace in the living room
The contanetal breakfest that was yummy. location was easy to get around it was right off the highway. we would stay here again and again. the city is just beautiful anlong with the lake.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plainwell, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I usually stay here on my business trips and have had a great room with everything you could ask for. Your close enough to drive or you can ask for a limo ride for dinner or even the casino. The views over the valley are fantastic!! Fireplace rooms or jacuzzi rooms make for great romantic getaways too.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: 1751 US 131 South, Petoskey, MI 49770
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Location: United States > Michigan > Petoskey
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Petoskey
#3 Family Hotel in Petoskey
#4 Romantic Hotel in Petoskey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Petoskey 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Petoskey, MI Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites near Little Traverse Bay.This new hotel is conveniently located off Hwy 131 and offers easy access to ski resorts, golf courses, casino, wineries and beautiful Petoskey beaches: home to Michigan's state gem, the Petoskey stone. Your family can enjoy a stay at our Petoskey accommodations with an ideal location near the Bay Harbor Marina, Kilwin's Quality Confections Tours, Raven Hill Discovery Center and Michigan's largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay. Petoskey is also home to the Gaslight Shopping District and the Odawa Casino.Business travelers enjoy our hotel in Petoskey because of its convenient location near businesses such as Manthei, H&D, Wal-Mart and Northern Michigan Hospital. Several world-class golfing venues, like Crooked Tree and Bay Harbor, are within six miles of our hotel in Petoskey, MI. Free high-speed Internet access and faxing services are offered for your convenience.Our excellent Petoskey hotel facilities offer you upscale amenities including private balconies, a fitness center, a heated indoor pool, whirlpool & dry sauna and a free stretch-limousine shuttle from 3 - 11 PM, with service to all area attractions within a 10-minute radius. Wake up to the fabulous views of Bear River Valley and Little Traverse Bay. Book your stay in Petoskey, MI today! ... more   less 
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