AuSable Valley Inn

AuSable Valley Inn

515 Lockwood Ln PO Box 249, Mio, MI 48647-9387

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#2 of 3 motels in Mio
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.2
Value
4.0
Built in 2000 the Ausable Valley Inn is the newest most modern motel in area. Most new guest respond that they never expected this modern motel with an indoor pool in a rural area like this. The motel overlooks the Ausable Valley and the Ausable River. The Ausable River is know world wide for it's trout fishing. The section below Mio is known as the "Trophy Water" because if its large brown trout. The river is also known for its canoeing and kayaking. Because approx 2/3 of the land in Oscoda County is owned by the US Forest Service and State of Michigan there are many miles of Snowmobile and Orv Trails. You can also enjoy just a long walk in mother nature and enjoy the nature sights and sounds.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Indoor pool
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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515 Lockwood Ln PO Box 249, Mio, MI 48647-9387
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nanook6969 wrote a review Apr 2021
Gaylord, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First the good: The room was clean and economical. Then: You get economy. Bars of soap the size of a large paper clip. two washes of my hands, and it was history. No tissues provided in the room. When the attendant was asked about that, she replied "Oh, we are out of those." Really?? Towels thin and barely absorbent, and white has faded into a light gray. The TV is tiny, but not a huge deal breaker for me. thre were no outlets near the table in the room to plug in a computer and the secured WIFI would not connect. Not one staff person in the motel was observed wearing a mask, and this is at a time of accelerating rates of positive cases of COVID. I find it disrespectful to their clientele. When I stopped in the morning to see if rooms were available for that night, I was told there were only a few, and no kings. The next morning there were a total of 9 cars in the parking lot at 6AM. I guess that's full. So. for planning purposes, take your own soap (thank goodness I had some with me), and take a box of tissues if you have allergies. I understand needing to be economical, but the soap and tissue is ridiculous.
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Date of stay: April 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: ask about amenities important to you
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kayjay625 wrote a review Feb 2020
Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the AuSable Valley Inn many times over the years while visiting family in the area. The new ownership has made a huge difference! Clean rooms, friendly service, reasonable rates. What more can you ask for?
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Pam Baker wrote a review Feb 2020
Grove City, Ohio
4.0 of 5 bubbles
First, the negative.

We arrived at AuSable Valley Inn in the evening, in winter and totally unfamiliar with the area. We couldn’t find the driveway! I ended up turning down the street that leads to the dam and then turned at the first (and probably only) street to the right.

The young man working the desk was friendly and helpful. We couldn’t figure out how to turn on the lights in the bedroom. There is a light switch inside the door. Turn that on and it turns on ALL the lights.

The room was clean, big and the bed was comfortable.

The next morning, we enjoyed coffee, yogurt, bagels and oatmeal in the lobby. The desk clerk told us about the new owners and improvements that have been made and planned to be made.

It was a nice stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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K N wrote a review Jun 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Had to travel to this area for a wedding, no where else to stay that was decent and after reading reviews saying it was “clean and nice” we decided to book a room. We ended up driving home late at night instead of staying here because it was just all around gross. The whole place smells, the room smelled like smoke, carpet was dirty, pillows were stained and smelled so bad of stale smoke and just dirty. The bedding looked unclean, stains on mattress etc. Just avoid it all together and sleep in your car.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Emma & Aubri wrote a review Jun 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in handicap room. Only issue I had was mattress was too soft gif handicap person. You sunk foen & made it hard to get out of the bed. But rest was wonderful. Bathroom big & was designed to help handicap. But shower only would be better than tub but still Adequate. Ahold room very clean.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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soswop wrote a review Nov 2022
Lansing, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed here a few times now and always was very satisfied. Good service, good facility, clean, well maintained, good location, good prices, quiet. My go to place when in the Mio and Fairview area.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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japetek4 wrote a review Aug 2011
Detroit, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the AuSable Valley Inn for a two night get away and our very own Dream Cruise down the AuSable river. These rooms were great, good size, clean and quiet. The owners were very friendly and accommodating and gave us recommendations for dining that didn't let us down. Breakfast consisted of coffee, tea, juice, muffins and donuts. They have wireless internet if you take your laptop along, if not they have a computer for guest use in the lobby. Features include and indoor pool and hot tub, a patio/deck with a great view of the river valley, a campfire pit and a barbeque grill along with a microwave, refrigerator and cable tv in your room.
I think they have 28 rooms, we rented 3 rooms and hope to expand our group and need 6 rooms next year, as word spreads I would recommend that you make your reservations early.
We were close to Hinchman Acres Canoe Livery, Fairview Hills (9 hole) golf course, and had a fantastic dinner at O'Briens Dinner Table Restaurant.....excellent food!!
We crammed as much as we could into our little get away and after 5 hours and 22 miles on the river the hot tub was great for our aching bodies.
Like I said "I am already looking forward to next year." This is THE place to stay.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Trenton19 wrote a review Aug 2016
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family stayed there for our annual canoe trip we reserved 5 rooms. We checked in early before any other families had arrived and my son's room had a very bad smell (old stale smoke and B.O.). My room was fine so I went with him to check it out and there definitely was an issue with smell. He complained at the front desk and was told to go talk to the owner. The owner went up and said he couldn't smell anything (he is a smoker in his office). My son was so upset, I went to talk to the owner and ask if he could just change the room with someone who had not checked in, he absolutely refused to change the room (they had pre-assigned the rooms prior to check in) We said no one else had checked in why can't you change his room? His very stern reply was "they already have their bags in the room". My son had not unpacked but simply put his bags on one of the beds before heading down to talk to front desk.
Also, later on two members of our family were "yelled at" for taking too much ice. The owner literally came out of his office and threatened to tell the rest of the guests that we took too much ice and what room we were in, we only had taken 2 buckets each. (total of four buckets).
Other issues were our outlets in the room didn't work, we couldn't plug in phone chargers and the WiFi was so slow we couldn't even post any photos of our time together.

We go to Mio every year for a long weekend, this is the first time we stayed at AuSable Inn and will definitely be the last time! I have traveled extensively and have never come across such horrible customer service. This place is listed for sale, If I were looking at this property I would seriously consider how many customers this current owner has managed to "scare away" that have not bothered to post their bad experiences.
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Date of stay: August 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Don't waste your money or time on this place
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Eyegore wrote a review Jun 2017
Fort Wayne, Indiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited family again in Mio, and again chose the AuSable Valley Inn.

I'm going to get the negative out of the way first....To the grandparents more interested in their smartphones than keeping an eye on their grandchildren, who ran wild throughout the property and in the pool, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Now, my first review of this property was titled a "Nice little gem" and the place truly is. Clean, affordable, and the most modern property in town. Wealth of choices on the TV. Spacious and clean room. Convenient to everything.

An added trip back in time: actual keys to the room doors. Not cards. KEYS.

Do yourselves a favor, if you're ever in the deep north of Michigan looking for a place to lay your weary head, give the AuSable Valley Inn a shot.
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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foxyloxy324 wrote a review May 2015
Rochester Hills, Michigan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a family emergency and had to travel to Mio. Room was clean and pretty much what you would expect. Chair, table, small microwave and refrigerator but we did not use. TV was small (19"), which we are not used to so that was a little drawback but we weren't there for very long anyway. Had a small problem with plumbing, which couldn't be fixed until morning. Did have an indoor pool but the pool room itself was chilly, about the same temp as the water.

From the few people I have talked to, this is the cleanest and nicest place to stay in Mio. I would stay there if again if traveling back to the area.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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dmlyle22 asked a question Feb 2017
are pets allowed
Answer from Heather10271979
No pets allowed.
lauralr0se asked a question Jun 2015
arcanum
phone number please
Answer from Heather10271979
(989) 826-1737
nanook6969 wrote a tip Apr 2021
Gaylord, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask about amenities important to you"
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ErikandChris wrote a tip Jan 2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The handicap accessible room is HUGE!"
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Trenton19 wrote a tip Aug 2016
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't waste your money or time on this place"
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Gloria J wrote a tip Nov 2015
Mio, Michigan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have a Family sized room!!"
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baileybran wrote a tip Mar 2015
Elk Rapids, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you book a room with a king size bed, ask for one with a Lazy Boy recliner. The one in our room was very comfy!"
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PRICE RANGE
$98 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesMichiganMio
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Frequently Asked Questions about AuSable Valley Inn
Which popular attractions are close to AuSable Valley Inn?
Nearby attractions include Our Lady of the Woods Shrine (0.9 miles), Ausable River Outfitters (0.8 miles), and Community Playground (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at AuSable Valley Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at AuSable Valley Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at AuSable Valley Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at AuSable Valley Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to AuSable Valley Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mio Pizza Shop, Paddle Inn, and The Farmer's Creamery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at AuSable Valley Inn?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Is AuSable Valley Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Mio.
Is AuSable Valley Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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