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“Needs an update” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fire Fly Resort

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Fire Fly Resort
15657 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier, MI   |  
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Needs an update”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

I'm not sure that I would call this place a "resort". It's more of a glorified, kitschy motel. Rooms are cute, but our cottage (#10) needs a serious update. Dishwasher didn't work, bathroom smelled, and the couch was filthy and old. The TV in our bedroom was practically from the turn of the century. The towels provided were very old and rough. The grounds are nice, but it is seriously lacking a pool, and the beach is a bit of a hike.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

This property is a number of joined cottages that are great for a family, or multi-family, stay. We had a 13 and 15 year old in a one bedroom cottage and it was fine (although the sleeper sofa was not very comfortable). Besides the cottage being cute and practical, the private beach access is awesome. Warren Dunes is great, but if you just want to relax on the beach, a private beach is the way to go. The "resort" has a nice yard with picnic tables and grills. A 5 minute walk also takes you to the Red Arrow Highway Roadhouse which is a surprisingly good (and crowded) restaurant. Pets are allowed in most of the cottages, but we asked for one that did not accept them. Finally, I did get the feeling that management company was a bit absent, but fortunately we did not need anything during our stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkville, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

Love the resort! Very cute and well kept. Steps from the beach, either private or public. Very close to great restaurants and shops. Close to the Warren Dunes.
Only negative that I can possibly think of is that it might be a little hard to get a hold of anyone that works there when you need them.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Greenwood, Indiana
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

Rented 2 cabins (#11 & 12) 2 adults & 3 teens in one, 3 adults & 2 todlers in the other. Cabins are a bit small, but nicely decorated & equipped for family fun.  They are individually owned, so it's fun to check out all the differences in style.  Nice back yard with play house, swings, firepit, 3 grills, & plenty of picnic tables ended up being where we spent most of our time.  There was a public & private beach entrance, we used both, not really a preference they were both nice. Our family had a great time, nothing bad to say about this stay except towels seemed to be very difficult to get, other than that no complaints.  Going into New Buffalo for sunset, shopping, & food was a blast as well.  We've stayed in this area for the past three years & will return next year.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

The Union Pier location is great. The private beach is the highlight of Fire Fly. The hotel is located across the street from the beach, but guests get access to the private Lake Michigan beach area. We stayed in a one bedroom one bath room which included a decent kitchen and living room. It has nice enough furniture and cable tv with a DVD player. The condo was very comfortable for 2 people. Charcoal grills are provided. The hotel also has a large back yard with a nice fire pit. We had the opportunity to meet the other guests sitting around the firepit. The walls are a little thin and we could hear our neighbors walking around and talking in the mornings. This was not terrible, but enough that we noticed. Overall it is a great place to stay if you love the beach.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, IL
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

In July 2009 we had an extened family vacation at the Fire Fly Resort. It was perfect for the whole family including 5 children under the age of five. There was a play area in the back with swings around the fire pit. Along with plenty of area for the kids to run.

The cabins are all owned by different people but managed though the Fire Fly office. So each cabin is different. The one bedrooms are small but if you have two or three people it is fine. They have everything you need in the kitchens so cooking is easy. The two bedrooms had more room and were very comfortable. I woud say that you cannot sleep as many in each cabin as the website claims. We had two one bedroom cabins the first on would sleep 2-3 people and the two bedrooms would sleep 4-5 people.

The beach was great! there were two options when it came to the beach. There was a public beach just a few steps across the street and there is a private beach equally as close but not as easy to navigate with small children.

There were plenty of places to eat and a gorcery store not a far car ride away. As well as an ice cream place within walking distance.

Overall a great place for families and friends to get away for a low key relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

Just completed a nice little stay over the Thanksgiving weekend at one of these charming cottages. Our family of four (two kids aged 6) stayed in #7, which has a nice layout (complete kitchen, fireplace, TV). This is a privately run little operation, not a hotel. No phone. Only issue is that Resort management was hard to get hold of when trying to book our stay.

Please note that this was an off-season rental, and your mileage for an in-season rental may and likely will vary....

  • Liked — Fireplace and location
  • Disliked — Difficulty in contacting management to make booking
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Also Known As:
Fire Fly Hotel Union Pier
Fire Fly Hotel
Fire Fly Resort Union Pier, Michigan
Address: 15657 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier, MI
Location: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > Union Pier
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty lodging in Union Pier

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