We were doing a road trip around Lake Superior and we were just looking for a place to spend the night and get back on the road early the next morning, (and without spending too much). The Mariner turned out to be just that. The place is definetly dated and has some interesting furnishings. The room was very clean and comfortable and the shower was great. The place is well maintained, and a value for the price.
If your just looking for a good place to spend the night and get back on the road, (and you,re not too picky), for the price it will be a good pick. And yes, the gentleman might be precieved as a tad cantankerous at first, but he does warm up.