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“Not what I expected” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Traverse City, MI

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Traverse City, MI
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3701 N Country Lane, Traverse City, MI 49684   |  
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Ranked #11 of 39 Hotels in Traverse City
Thamesford, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This hotel was clean and the staff was friendly but it is in need of more updating. It is off the beaten path, but only a short ride to down town. Breakfast was included in the price of the hotel but the selection was not great. Microwave egg sandwiches and hard boiled eggs but the waffle machine was good. The Crackle Barrel was just in front of the hotel and breakfast there was great and it also offered shopping. There is no restaurant in this hotel so you will need to go out but there are lots of chooses close by.

Room Tip: This was a reasonable priced hotel. We paid $107 through hotel.com
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Buffalo, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

A nice clean hotel. Could have used more decor on the room walls as they had high ceilings so it would have made it look more homey. the colours that decorated the room did look cool, new, and modern. Breakfast was great as you can make your own Belgian waffles! This hotel was also in a good location with lots of food places to eat around.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I recently stayed here this August for a Bachelorette Party. We had 2 connected rooms. The hotel was clean, had an indoor pool and jacuzzi, and a continental breakfast. The breaskfast was so/so, but what do you expect with a free breakfast. They had all the basics. The pool was open until 11 for adults and 10 for kids, which was nice for us. The hotel is kinda far from the main city, so make sure you have transportation. Overall, good experience. I would stay here again,

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan
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16 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

The first rule of traveling to a resort destination is that you are almost always going to pay more than you should, this is especially true when it comes to hotels. Inevitably the choice comes down to deciding between the high end premium properties or the overpriced budget offerings though sometimes you can almost find a middle ground and in this case the Fairfield was the middle ground that surprised us.

Being in the middle means that you’re going to see a variety of guests, from the high school age volleyball team, retirees, couples on a weekend getaway or families so finding a hotel that can keep all sects from driving each other crazy is a rare thing. We think that the Farfield did this pretty well. Walking in you see a strikingly clean lobby that is modern, up to date and contemporary. The staff was helpful, friendly and welcoming. On the ground floor there is an indoor pool and hot tub on the way to the elevator that appeared to be well maintained and clean. We took the elevator up to the third floor, blissfully away from the teenage volleyball team and given the lack of racket, the families with kids as well. That or the hotel really is that well insulated. Regardless, the bright hallways become vibrant guestrooms, a nice sized room with couch, king sized bed, arm chair along with a desk and desk chair, all modern, colorful and appearing to be very new. The bathroom also appeared to have been recently remodeled.

As far as comforts, the bed was frankly amazing; it seems to have some type of memory foam as a part of the mattress so it was perfect, firm yet contoured, the kind of bed that inspires snooze alarms; if you don’t get a decent night’s sleep on this be I don’t know what it will take. The one area that was a little lacking were the towels, they are thin but clean. Then again, this is a Fairfield, not the Ritz so in that context they are perfectly suitable.

Keep in mind this is a hotel meant to serve as a base of operations, not to be a destination in its own right, by that I mean that yes, it has a pool and a lobby but you’re not going to spend all day at the hotel if the weather is not cooperating. For that; the location is great, if the weather turns you can always spend the day wandering the mall or catch a movie at the cinema less than half a mile away. Since we had nothing but clear skies and sun we chose to take the 10 minute drive downtown as well as heading off onto the wine tasting routes all of which makes this a far better location than you might think.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that yes, the hotel features a complimentary breakfast. The breakfast area can get a little congested if you’re a late riser but the range of yogurt, oatmeal, fruit, cereal and the now seemingly standard waffle station ensure that you’ll start your day with a decent breakfast as you venture out; oh, and the coffee is decent too.

All this made for a hotel experience that was better than expected, yes the seasonal rates are higher than they should be but that’s the case everywhere in Traverse City so you just have to accept it or be more flexible in timing your visit. I’d have no problem recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Great location. Staff very friendly with many ideas for activities and restaurants in the area. The staff would be one reason to return. The 3 helpful women are an assett to this hotel. Rooms are large and very clean. Bed was comfortable. Towels were a little on the thin side. Would stay here on future visits?

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile

Very good hotel. Great customer service. The hotel's employees are very kind and helpful. Clean hotel and pleasent envoirnment. Nice breakfast. My wife and my 3 kids loved it. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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White Lake, Michigan, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Very clean place (even the pool!), friendly staff, especially housekeeping, front desk and the breakfast ladies. We were there on a very busy 4th of July week, so there was a little wait for breakfast but the staff worked very hard at keeping the tables clean and the food stocked. Our room was large, with a very comfortable bed and modern decor.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Traverse City, MI

Address: 3701 N Country Lane, Traverse City, MI 49684
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Traverse City
#13 Romantic Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Traverse City, MI 2.5*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your Favorite Traverse City Hotel to experience Pure Michigan! The Completely modern Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is conveniently located in the epicenter of destination Corporate, Government, andLeisure Travelers coming to Traverse City. For Corporate Guest we are minutes to Munson Medical Center, Interlochen Center for Fine Arts, RJG, Sara Lee, Grand Traverse Mall, NMC University Center, and a host of our regions premier businesses. The Leisure Traveler will find us just down the road from Grand Traverse Bays, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Old Mission/Leelanau Peninsula Wineries. Perfectly located around the finest golf, boating, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, & nature site seeing in Pure Michigan. Large rooms, indoor pool/spa, free high-speed, complimentary breakfast,legendary guest service that makes you want to return. National Cherry Festival First Week of July 2010. Book now and experience the best hotel for the money in Pure Traverse City, located in Pure Michigan. ... more   less 
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