We arrived on July 30, 2013 for a 2 night stay. We were satisfied with the check in. The room we were sold, 136 I believe, is right next to an access door to the interior, which slammed night and day. There was a lot of rust on the bathroom fixtures and the metal nightstand supports. This room needs a lot of work. Peeling wallpaper, that sort. The bedroom and the bath were quite large with lots of floor space, like a handicap room. The shower was good. I will attempt to attach a few photos to this memo.
Sleep quality was not good. Besides the constant slamming of door number "3", there must have been a herd of elephants (or soldiers) lodging in the room just overhead, constantly marching around until wee hours.
The location was very good, but as previously mentioned by other Tripadvisor reports, "by the Bay" is only sort of true. "Across the street from the Bay" would be more accurate. You can't even see the Bay from anywhere on the property. The Quality Inn is on the "Miracle Mile" which is the preferred location in the Traverse City east bay area. Nearby are the Bay Market, where I shopped for smoked whitefish from Charlevoix, and a restaurant called 'G's Pizzeria which is also very good. There is no refrigerator in this room, but I travel with a large ice chest in the truck for keeping food and drinks cold. A large park for camping is just next door, and there is a nice hiking and biking trail just behind the Inn which I used, very handy, and it goes on forever.
A lobby breakfast is served from 6:00 AM, and I am always up at the crack of sparrows anyway, so the timing was perfect for me and just a few other early risers. I must say that I really liked the coffee. I also made an egg and sausage sandwich in a toasted "English" muffin, yogurt, milk and apple juice both mornings. They have a waffle maker, cold cereals, toast, hard -boiled eggs, donut holes, cream cheese but oddly no bagels; a decent selection all in all. But one time I cruised thru the lobby while checking out (9:00 ish), and there were people sitting in the stairs, and outside, and taking food back to rooms on trays. So get there early for breakfast if you can.
On check out I saw on my bill the almost famous now charge for "Safe and insurance" at $1.50 plus tax per day, referring to the in- room safe which we didn't use, and the lady gladly deleted those charges for me, at my request, no questions asked.
Traverse City seemed to be having some sort of festivities the week we stayed here. Over on the west bay there were tents and food booths set up near the shore like for a carnival, and that may be the reason that the prices we paid for this stay were so high. For the over -all condition of this property, I would only give them 2 stars considering the price, but they get an extra half a point for personnel.
Next time in the Traverse City area we will probably try some other motel.
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Thank you for sharing your experience during your stay with us. We are sorry you had to deal with the unsatisfactory location of your room next to a main entry way to the hotel. I'm not sure if you had the chance to bring this matter to our attention during your stay, but if we had another room would have been more than happy to offer you a more suitable room.
We are pleased to know you enjoyed the location of the hotel in regards to the restaurants but there is always a confusion regarding the title "Quality Inn By The Bay". Unfortunately we are not on the bay and the way the hotel is situated, there are no good views of the bay or beach, however, we are a block walking distance from beach access.
Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again.
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