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“Excellent, Dog-Friendly Lodging!” 5 of 5 stars
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Traverse Bay Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2300 N US Highway 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686   |  
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Ranked #8 of 38 Hotels in Traverse City
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Excellent, Dog-Friendly Lodging!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Every June, we come to Traverse City for the annual dog shows, my favorite shows of the year. One of the many things we look forward to is staying at Traverse Bay Inn. Not only were we initially attracted to the inn's well-kept, inviting, external appearance, the fact that such a great place allows dogs sealed the deal for us! We love it every time, and always hate to head home. A couple of times, we stayed somewhere else, but we were always drawn back to Traverse Bay Inn. The two bedroom, two-story suites (complete with a living room, full kitchen, three TVs, AC, and windows that actually open) fit our needs perfectly! You can park right outside your door, which is a huge plus in my book. Further, the inn is in a great location right across from the bay, and close to everything! The staff, and Jeff, the owner, could not be more friendly and attentive. The property and suites are extremely clean and in great condition. I cannot recommend Traverse Bay Inn more highly!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed here with the kids for a night before an early-morning hockey game. The kids had a bedroom downstairs and we had the king jacuzzi room upstairs; it was more like a mini-vacation than a family hockey trip. Everything was very, very clean. The white down comforters were crisp with a nice, soft bleach smell. The kitchen cupboards had everything we needed for snacks and breakfastware, including real glasses, a good corkscrew, and a big ol' tea kettle on the stove. While the common area space was rather small, and the bathroom was teeny tiny with no counter space, there was an amazing amount of closet space in both bedrooms and the common area--and those were clean, too! The jacuzzi worked perfectly, and the hot water was literally steaming hot.

The location is close to parks, restaurants, and stores without being on the main drag. We'd stay here for a longer vacation during beach season, for sure.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Jeff and Chris run a wonderful place. We booked the 2 bedroom with a fireplace (One king size, and the other queen size) a kitchenette and three flat screen televisions. I came into town the night before surgery and needed a place to stay for the night before. The beds were very comfortable and having two bedrooms made it so I wasn't waking others when getting up in the middle of the night. The off season price and the pleasant dealings with Jeff made me less nervous at a stressful time. I plan to return, next time for "FUN" as their sign says.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Clean room that looked recently remodeled. We stayed in a kitchenette. it was like a two room apartment. Bed was very comfortable. Bathroom was very clean. For the price, I dont think you could beat it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Kodiak, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Our stay here was great. The staff was friendly and they accept large dogs. For the price it is hard to beat. The rooms are all very clean and unique. Our first night we stayed in the queen studio, it was a very cool space but tiny! I felt like I was in an RV.

The next night we stayed in the king suite. That was great however it was in need of updates. The fridge was very loud when running and there was a lot of rust on the side.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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TBI-Owner, Owner at Traverse Bay Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thanks for the review and comments. It's that time of year when we concentrate on our annual upgrades and ongoing repairs so your comments are very timely and appreciated. See you again soon I hope and while your there do stop in the office for a visit! - Jeff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Super clean, great location, comfortable beds, hot water. .. and great staff! We will be back here and only here when we visit again! We have stayed at 5 other places over the last year and none have compared to Traverse Bay Inn!!! I highly recommend staying here anytime of the year

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

We absolutely loved this place. The decor is a little outdated, but clean, spacious and wonderful. The staff was helpful and we ended up staying an extra night. The TART trail is right behind the property and the location was great. Would stay here again no doubt.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Traverse Bay Inn

Address: 2300 N US Highway 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Traverse City
#10 Family Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Traverse Bay Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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Also Known As:
Traverse Bay Hotel Traverse City
Traverse City Bay Hotel

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