Hampton Inn Traverse City is just what we expected based on our frequent stays with the Hampton Inn hotel chain -- attractive furnishings, very comfortable bed, good breakfast with plenty of variety, and large flat panel TV with good picture quality. Hotel staff at this location is very friendly, efficient, and accomodating, especially the evening staff.
Most of the Hamptons have refrigerator and microwave in the rooms, but this one does not. On our first evening, one of the desk clerks noticed that I went into the breakfast area to find a microwave (one there may be used anytime). When she asked what I needed and I expressed surprise at no refrigerator and microwave in the guest room, she quickly offered to have a small refrigerator sent to our room the next day. I accepted her offer and was glad of its use. It seems that you must request a refrigerator, and it is supplied free of charge. If you request one at the time of reservation, it should be in your room when you arrive -- wish we'd known that, but maybe this will help another traveler.
Our room was a king study -- lots of woodwork in the decor which makes for a dark room, but it was attractive. I wish it had been a little larger and lighter, but it was fine for our 4-night stay. The desk area was handy for using our laptop in the evening. When housekeeping brought the refrigerator, it was just set on the floor -- kind of low to use, but it was appreciated.
Breakfast each morning was very good for a couple on the go. At our convenience, we helped ourselves to coffee, juice, eggs, meat, make-your-own waffles, and fruit. Cold cereals, oatmeal, bread, and pastries were also available. During our stay, most of the fresh fruit was local fruit from the Mission Point Peninsula (be sure to drive up the peninsula and enjoy the view of the many orchards and vineyards). The breakfast area is very busy and can be crowded in the mornings, but we enjoyed eating and talking with other guests.
One practice that is not common to all Hampton Inn hotels is that a pending charge is placed on the credit card the day of check in for the entire estimated bill plus $50. At check out, I made sure to notice that the final charge to my bill was correct, and the credit card statement reflected the correct amount. I was initially concerned about the extra $50 of pending charge, but it was not charged to our account -- I suppose this is the hotel's practice for making sure that the guest has enough credit to cover final charges.
The hotel staff is genuinely interested in their guests and wants to ensure a good stay in the area. They are quick to offer help, information, and directions. When you return in the evening, they ask about your day and your plans for the next -- much more friendly than some places where we've stayed.
The purpose of our stay was to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the surrounding area. The weekday price that we paid for four nights at Hampton Inn Traverse City, was a good price for the accomodations, but the drive back and forth each day did cost us in time and gasoline. This hotel is actually on the end of Traverse City furtherest from SBD. Things that we enjoyed close to the hotel: the cute state park just across the street with a beach along the bay, a late afternoon drive up Mission Peninsula with a visit at Mission Point Lighthouse, a late afternoon meal and stroll in nearby Sutton's Bay. Late day/early evening strolls along the bay in the park were very relaxing, but be careful crossing the very busy highway.
One thing about the busy highway and the location of the hotel -- the building is built perpendicular to the road. Our room was halfway down the hall on an upper floor, and we heard no road noise at all. With regard to noise, the hotel was very quiet over all. The cooling system is quiet and efficient.
Something unexpected was a gift of local wine and card in our room. I had noted on the reservation request that we would be celebrating a birthday on our trip. The gift from the hotel management was certainly a nice surprise.
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