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Sugar Beach Resort Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686   |  
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Ranked #11 of 38 hotels in Traverse City
Warren, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Breathtaking view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the Sugar Beach Resort hotel. Our room was on the 2nd floor, and the balcony and view were definitely the highlight of our stay. It was very quiet and relaxing in our room and we rarely heard any other guests. The service was great and the bed was comfy! We did not have any major complaints. We didn't try the breakfast, so I can't comment on that (we like to sleep in on vacation!).

There were a few small things that we didn't care for: we were charged a "resort fee" but there really wasn't any benefit to us as we visited during rainy weather and all of the beach chairs and sports equipment were already stored for the winter, so I'm not really sure what that fee was for. The TV had a terrible picture and the TV cabinet made a loud clunking/knocking noise any time you walked past it. Other than that, no complaints!

Room Tip: Worth the extra money for a view of the water! Also if you are planning to take the casino shuttle...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Lake Wales, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Came in late on a Saturday afternoon. We were able to a great room at a great price and also got to use our AAA discount on top of the discounted rate. The room was perfect for the 3 of us (all girls). Double sinks made getting ready a breeze. Beds were amazing. Front desk gave restaurant tips and shopping locations. Breakfast was good and fully stocked. Everything was perfect for our short stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Indianapolis
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We made a last minute decision to stop in Traverse City. We walked in on Monday evening and got a very reasonable rate. The girl at the front desk was very helpful, friendly, and gave us great restaurant and winery tips for the Old Mission Peninsula. The room was very clean, with a separate bar sink, microwave, and larger than normal refrigerator. We used the pool and hot tub which were very clean also. The beds were comfy, standard beds. We realized we didn't have any washcloths so we called down and they were delivered quickly. I know we were there during "off" season (actually just this week) but I wouldn't hesitate to go back during peak season. The breakfast room offers great views of the bay and is bigger than many breakfast rooms. The only thing "new" to add to other reviews is that after driving an hour towards home, we realized we forgot our pillows. We called the hotel, they shipped them very willingly, and they arrived today, only 3 days after leaving Traverse City! We were grateful!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Thornton, Colorado, United States
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We rented a condo from Sugar Beach for four days while doing a "winery tour" in northern Michigan. The condos are in the building right next to the hotel. What a beautiful place! Three bedrooms each with a bathroom, gorgeous kitchen with granite countertops and large open floor plan with windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Just wonderful! We had the use of the hot tub and pool in the main hotel building, and took advantage of it one night. I would stay at Sugar Beach again!!!

  • Stayed October 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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Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stay here almost every time we come to TC in the summer. Its on a great stretch of beach with plenty of watersports. This year we had pretty bad weather, barely 70 degrees each day, but still enjoyed our stay. The indoor pool is nice, the room was great and the breakfast was decent. We stay in a beachfront, first floor room - much more expensive than the other rooms but very worth it when you have small kids. They can play in the sand and beach while you sit on your deck and relax. We really enjoyed it and will stay again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the end seem a little more quiet
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury, Canada
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131 reviews 131 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Whenever we're in Traverse City, we enjoy staying at the Sugar Beach. The staff is amazing and very helpful. The rooms we've stayed in are fairly large and have a fridge and a microwave as well as a DVD player and in-room coffee. There is also coffee and tea available in the main lobby 24/7. We like getting a ground floor beach view room so that we can walk out to the beach. Lounge chairs are provided on the beach, and towels are available there as well. A continental breakfast is provided in a "breeze way" which has a nice view of the beach. There's a swimming pool and hot tub. Parking is free. The hotel is a few miles from downtown, but there are several restaurants within walking distance. All of our experiences at this hotel have been excellent!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Austin, TX
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
113 hotel reviews
Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Traverse City has a row of resorts 3-4 miles outside of town, on the beach. I picked this hotel because I had stayed there before. All of the hotels along Munson Ave. are $200+ and not anything special. On the pro side, this hotel had large rooms, a nice view from the breakfast lounge and a nice beach. The rooms had a large frig and microwave, and a DVD player which was great for us. Across the street is the Trail which you can run on all the way into town and that was great.

On the con side, we had to fight at the front desk to not get a room on the first floor facing the parking lot so the headlights come in the room. And the rooms on the first floor smelled like smoking rooms. Yuck. We fought and got a room on the second floor. The breakfast buffet is continental, nothing special. And the way it's set up creates a huge backup for folks to get to the food especially on the weekend when it's busy. They should break up the food into separate stations for better flow. It's about four miles into town so not convenient if you want to walk into town.

Next time we are in Traverse City we will look for some more affordable options. We discovered The Village about two miles south of TC that offers rooms to rent. It's a pretty cool complex that is rapidly developing that we discovered on our way out of town. Will check it out the next time we travel there.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sugar Beach Resort Hotel

Address: 1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City
#11 Romantic Hotel in Traverse City
#12 Family Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sugar Beach Resort Hotel 2.5*
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