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Kentwood
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely stay. The room was clean and nicely decorated. We were happy to have a refrigerator and microwave included! We drove up for a 3 night stay, right after Thanksgiving. We were able to hike and enjoy the holiday festivities, and be able to come back to a warm and cozy room.

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Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our son wanted to show us a beautiful part of Michigan. We had visited the peninsulas near Traverse City and were impressed, but tired. He had secured a cozy, comfortable and reasonable spot for us to spend the night on the lake (which looks like an ocean!) It was the ideal resting spot for the night and launching pad for...

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Lansing, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Neat and clean and friendly! I had everything I needed in my room. Located in a small town, just down the street from where I was having Thanksgiving dinner. I met another guest who has been there before and loves it.

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Southfield
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a weekend at the Lakeshore Inn and it was perfect! The inn was well cared for and in a perfect location. We enjoyed exploring the town and local restaurants. We would not hesitate to return to the Lakeshore Inn!

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Clarkston
Reviewed November 1, 2016

You can't beat the location if you are visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's close to the Empire Bluff Trail, the Visitor Center, and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and a very short drive to other areas of the park. The rooms are very basic but more than adequate with flat screen TVs and comfortable beds.

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed October 27, 2016

The service is very nice, and room is clean. The location is great, close to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Overall, this town is quite and beautiful in the fall, especially in the foliage peak time. I would like to stay here next time.

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Niles, Michigan
Reviewed October 24, 2016

We enjoyed our visit so much we stayed two nights! There are a few things we would change but not many. The beds were great and it was very well decorated. There were great restaurants and gift shops within walking distance. The beach was beautiful, and clean, and it had a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Dunes. I wish we...

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Bloomington
Reviewed October 24, 2016

The whole reason for our trip up north was to hike daily. We wanted a nice hotel room to come back to at the end of the day. This was perfect! The room was nice and clean, and the beds were super comfortable. While you can hear an awful lot through the walls, we never had any issues as everyone...

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Lake Orion
Reviewed October 16, 2016

The Empire Lakeshore Inn is exactly what most people touring scenic areas need at the end of the day-a clean, quiet place to recharge their batteries in preparation for the next day's activities. Its located at the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore...the park headquarters is about a block away. Quaint towns like Glen Arbor and Frankfort are also...

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Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Clean rooms, comfy beds, and not big prices, close to Frankfort and Glen Arbor, this is the perfect spot for a one night getaway on M22. We walked down to Joes friendly tavern...perfect spot to spend the night.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just Under Went a 12 Room Makeover! Empire Lakeshore Inn is the only hotel located in the quaint little village of Empire, Michigan. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, grocery stores and the famous Empire Beach. We are nestled in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, with close access to hiking trails, fishing, kayaking and much, much more. Come stay with us in one of our our 12 unique rooms. This old fashion Mom and Pop hotel has undergone many fresh updates but still holds true to that good small town nostalgic feeling. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Empire Lakeshore Inn

Address: 11730 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9403 (Formerly Lakeshore Inn Motel)
Location: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Empire
Price Range: $66 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Empire Lakeshore Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“We were on the first floor and it was quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles JanelF2949CA, 2 days ago | Read review
“If you want a quiet room, ask for room 204. ”
 of 5 bubbles DEBRAL984, Sep 26, 2016 | Read review
“it was great for me ”
 of 5 bubbles 735dennyr, Sep 22, 2016 | Read review
“We were in room 202. It's the other side from the ice machine (quiet!) and one room in from the steps (more quiet), so a good choice.”
 of 5 bubbles Mdejaco, Sep 8, 2016 | Read review
“We could have had an another towel / washcloth, but I could have asked too. Owners are wonderful ”
 of 5 bubbles SandyVN, Aug 30, 2016 | Read review
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