This was our first time at this hotel/resort and area and we loved every minute of it.
The only cautions I can provide are (a) be sure to get a bay-facing room, and (b) this place is a bit pricey so be prepared to shell out a few bucks. If you have the $$$ though, it is definitely worth it. We don't stay at upscale locations often, and I would put this resort into that bracket. Upscale in location, feeling, service, dining and overall quality. But, and this is important, not at all snobby.
I caution against getting a "resort" view room.... simply because that view is basically just a parking lot with some condos in the distance. Nothing pretty to look at. The view from the bay-facing rooms, however, is wonderful.
From the moment we drove up until we drove at the close of our stay, we had nothing but wonderful service and in a great facility and location. The room was attractively decorated and not just cookie-cutter in feel. The restaurants were relaxed while still being a bit upscale.
It is an enjoyable and short walk from the hotel over to the small marina and village shops nearby. Having this available added to the fun. Also, being so close to the beautiful town and lake of Charlevoix was appreciated.
On our trip we had first stayed up in Mackinaw City for 2 nights prior to coming down to Bay Harbor. We now see that it would be quite easy to simply spend the whole stay at this lovely resort and then drive up to Mackinaw City, should we desire to go out to Mackinac Island.
We are not golfers and can't speak to the quality of this golf course. Actually, prior to staying here I had feared that this would be a resort overrun by golfers... not so. You would barely know that there is apparently a golf course somewhere nearby.
We will be coming back and our kudos to the great staff.
Oh... get the package which includes the breakfast and a resort credit if it is available. We enjoyed these extra benefits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of The World's Best Hotels. The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort rekindles the romance and style of the great turn-of-the-century Northern Michigan lakeside inns. The Inn at Bay Harbor enchants guests with spectacular Lake Michigan views, a gracious ambiance, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites. The hotel is designed with cottage-style elegance is ideal for a romantic retreat, girlfriends getaway or relaxing sanctuary from the everyday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Bay Harbor - a Renaissance Golf Hotel Petoskey
- Hotel At Bay Harbor
- Resort At Bay Harbor
- Renaissance Petoskey
- Petoskey Renaissance