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11380 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9796
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#1 of 40 hotels in Mackinaw City
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.7
Travelers' Choice
Located 1.5 miles from downtown Mackinaw City and the ferry docks, you can easily access Mackinac Island or explore northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Our Property features 300 feet of sand beach with gas grills, picnic tables, lounge chairs with beach umbrellas, and six well-stocked fire pits for evening camp fires. We offer kayaks and paddle boards for use exclusively by our adult guests. Our indoor heated pool and hot tub are available from 8am-10pm. (8am-11pm Friday and Saturday, Memorial weekend through Labor Day.) All rooms have comfortable beds, a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee-maker. lakefront rooms have private balconies and Mackinaw Bridge views. A complimentary continental breakfast is available from 7-10am. Choose from make-your-own waffles, old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, breads, and cereal. We also offer gluten-free options and almond milk. Come see why so many of our guests return year after year.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Children's television networks
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Lake View
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English
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JillMPass wrote a review Nov 2022
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Loved our entire stay at your beautiful lakeshore motel. From the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out, excellent customer service. Room was very clean and we enjoyed being right on the lake. Campfire s'mores in the evening were such a nice touch. Everything about our stay was perfect and we can't wait to visit the area again and hopefully stay with you!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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klhedberg53 wrote a review Oct 2022
Lexington, Kentucky
The room was a little dated but it was very clean and perfect for a couple for a few days. Breakfast was the typical hotel breakfast with waffles, donuts, fruit, eggs, biscuits & gravy, coffee, juice, etc. The best part of this place in my opinion is the view (pay the extra money for the lake view) and the nightly fire pit s’mores on the beach. The guy who takes care of the breakfast and the fire pits is really nice and helpful.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Melissa S wrote a review Oct 2022
Walkerton, Indiana217 contributions23 helpful votes
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Friendly greeting upon arrival with this very reasonable motel on the beach. Large rooms, with the exception of the bathroom, with balcony, overlooking the water and the Mighty Mac. The truly special experience at this place is the nightly bonfire on the beach with smores to roast on your own. They build 6 fires along the beach so each family can have their own. Roast a marshmallow as the Mighty Mac lights up at night.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sean9 wrote a review Oct 2022
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I have stayed at many hotels in the area over the years and first time stayed here this year. Everything about this stay was relaxing. The rooms were very clean. The grounds were well maintained. I loved the added bonus of bonfires at night time on the beach with complimentary s’mores! The breakfast was very good as well and always restocked in a timely manner.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kristin F wrote a review Oct 2022
Brunswick, Ohio6 contributions
I feel like I’ve been duped by the reviews. I spent a lot of time researching places to stay and can typically tell by a combination of the reviews and photos. This photos had me question this place but the reviews had me book a stay. While the staff was friendly, the added fire at night was incredible and the view truly amazing - the room was not. It smelled like must and mildew, the carpet was dirty, the walls were scuffed and you entered through the bathroom. The door to the bathroom was so dirty it looked as if it was not cleaned in years. I wish I would have gone with my gut.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Safari62880530273 wrote a review Oct 2022
My husband and I had a great time at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel. Our room was exactly as described, clean, well maintained, comfortable. The breakfast provided was very nice. He (the owner) had everything you could think of. Greeted us both morning with a big smile and made us feel so welcome. Also in the evening at dusk he would place chairs around several small bonfires and pass out S'More bags and sticks for anyone who would like. We will definitely be coming back.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Julie R wrote a review Oct 2022
Findlay, Ohio, United States43 contributions3 helpful votes
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Beautiful property inside and out. Very well maintained. Lakefront rooms and views. Beautiful views of mackinaw bridge too. Nightly bonfires & s’mores provided. They also provide paddle boards and kayaks. Nice pool and hot tub. Great breakfast. Very friendly staff. Definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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BradleyMerrill wrote a review Oct 2022
Very nice and clean. Bonfires on the beach and smores provided by the staff. Awesome place to stay! Clearwater Lakeshore is a little off the beaten path, away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag in Mackinaw City. They provide free breakfast and the staff are very nice and welcoming. Clearwater Lakeshore is also very affordable compared to the chain hotels and motels in the city. Nice beach area. The area is also pretty quiet compared to the rest of Mackinaw City.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Steve S wrote a review Sep 2022
Powell, Ohio5 contributions2 helpful votes
Arrived about 5:30'ish and were warmly greeted. We were awarded with a first floor unit and immediately noted how clean the room was, with an excellent view of the Mighty Mac in the distance, the curve of the nearby shore, and a glimpse of the Grand Hotel and the docks on the island. Sat out on the "beach" meeting other guests until sunset. Then a gentleman in an ATV pulled up to the 8 fire pits on the sand, filled them with seasoned wood, lit them all to give us all a warming fire until 10 pm, and gave us a paper bag containing ingredients for s'mores. It was an amazingly relaxing night and breakfast the next morning was awesomely filling, better than the majority of big name hotels. We highly recommend the Clearwater and would return again. Plus the price was right, much cheaper than staying on the island. 5 stars!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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mra13132022 wrote a review Sep 2022
Knox, Indiana
Employees are always friendly and helpful Very clean rooms. Breakfast good with plenty of choices. Wife especially loves the fire pits at night. Very relaxing atmosphere being that they are not in town.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$109 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesMichiganCheboygan CountyMackinaw City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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CLEARWATER LAKESHORE MOTEL - Updated 2022 Prices & Reviews (Mackinaw City, MI)

Frequently Asked Questions about Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Nearby attractions include Jack Pine Lumberjack Show (0.9 miles), Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. (1.0 miles), and Colonial Michilimackinac (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Chippewa Room, Audie's Restaurant, and Darrow's Family Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Clearwater Lakeshore Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colonial Michilimackinac (1.7 miles), McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site (3.0 miles), and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park (2.9 miles).
Does Clearwater Lakeshore Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Clearwater Lakeshore Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.