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Atascadero, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I traveled to Hillman for a surprise party for my brother's 80th. I was very happy to find a room in this cozy area of the backwoods of Michigan. I actually ended up with a "villa!" Plenty of space, 1 full size bedroom, a full kitchen , bath and even a front porch overlooking the golf course. The decor could/should... More 

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Lansing, MI
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thunder Bay Resort is somewhat isolated in Northern Michigan which is fine. Large rooms and we had one with a golf course view. Mattresses above average, not great. Good WiFi. Rather dated décor but acceptable, especially with all the room it affords. Smallish refrigerator could use updating and the a/c (was a hot spell) was very loud. One unit on... More 

Thank BBallRef
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came on a group tour and warmly greeted by Carrie and Hanna. Got to our rooms quickly and luggage was there in an instant. (Win!) A few hours after arrival we ate 5 course meal prepared by Spencer (Win!) Elk viewing in- between. Al and Jack did a spectacular 'through the woods ' tour.( WIN!) Very unique experience that was... More 

Thank principalpaul
Midland, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow what an exceptional place. We stayed only one night but wish we could have stayed a week. Played a round of golf on a beautifully landscaped course cut from the woods of Northern Michigan, took part in an Elk viewing carriage ride to see wild Elk. Saw great Bulls, some female Elk and two young calves. After the ride... More 

Thank paleojoe
JackMatthiasTBResort, Owner at Thunder Bay Resort, responded to this review

paleojoe-- Thank you for your review on our resort. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope to see you again soon. If you have already done the Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, we suggest checking out some of the other events we have to offer, such as our Murder Mystery Weekends. -Jack Matthias, Owner More 

Spring, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this activity and it was well executed. You will learn a lot about elk and you will see many elk. It was a nice touch to have the owner of the resort, Jack, be our guide, because he knows so much about the history of the elk and the resort. It was also nice to have the owner... More 

1 Thank annezehnder
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at the resort in the afternoon. Lovely spacious accommodations. The hour carriage ride before dinner at the lodge was enjoyable. Beautiful lush greenery and fun looking for elk. After an hour ride arrived at the lodge. Gracious hosts provided wine tasting and truly five course gourmet meal. The shrimp appetizer, soup, outstanding fresh salad, crown roast of pork and... More 

Thank Mary O
JackMatthiasTBResort, Owner at Thunder Bay Resort, responded to this review

Mary O, We thank you for your kind words about our resort, and are happy to hear you had a good stay with us. If you are interested in coming back for another opportunity other than the Elk Viewing, we also have our Murder Mystery weekends to offer. Of course, you can always come stay with us to play a... More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I learned about this trip through AAA. The carriage ride was fun, the dinner was wonderful! Truly a fun evening and the owner was so caring for all of the guests. My husband and I aren't wine drinkers, but they quickly came and offered us sparkling grape juice. Breakfast was very good and again the owner came and greeted all... More 

Thank Kirsten F
JackMatthiasTBResort, Owner at Thunder Bay Resort, responded to this review

Kristen F-- We are pleased to hear you had a good stay with us at the resort. If you would like to come back and stay with us, we also offer Murder Mystery weekends and you can always stay with us for a round of golf in our beautiful Northern Michigan golf course. -Jack Matthias, Owner More 

Macy, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Enjoyed our 2-night stay. Accommodations are great. Enjoyed the entertainment, meals and carriage ride thru the elk preserve. Great gourmet meal prepared by the son of the owner after the carriage ride in the beautiful log cabin.

Thank Janet J
Flint, Michigan
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74 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This place is hardly a resort. Given that Pickens are slim for hotels in the area of alpena, this place is rated highly. Hillman is a dive of a place...but quintessentially up north MI. It had a golf course. That's it. The deluxe suite was roomy for sure, with a little kitchenette and separate living and sleeping area. But dear... More 

2 Thank pac0101
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Got a great deal on groupon . Had a very relaxing time , room was very clean ,staff was very friendly . Carpet older but clean walls seemed freshly painted . Only thing to make it better would be complementary breakfast it's expensive to travel and it would have helped with meal expense . Would return.

Thank Bonnie A
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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Golf course
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Resting on over 400 acres of Northern Michigan's stunning landscape, Thunder Bay Resort is the perfect retreat for your weekend escape! Complete with a state-of-the-art, Full-Service RV park, Deluxe Lodging poised on our pristine 18-hole golf course and a 160 acre Elk preserve, Thunder Bay Resort is truly a destination for all seasons. Enjoy the outdoors? Then take advantage of the amenities hosted by Thunder Bay Resort including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, horseshoes, and the Resort's award-winning, signature Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting Event! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thunder Bay Resort

Address: 27800 M 32 W, Hillman, MI 49746-8674
Location: United States > Michigan > Hillman
Price Range: $63 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunder Bay Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
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Also Known As:
Thunder Bay Hotel Hillman
Thunder Bay Resort Michigan/Hillman
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