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“Pure Michigan "up north" lodge.” 5 of 5 stars
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Crooked River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alanson
Certificate of Excellence
Northville, Michigan
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pure Michigan "up north" lodge.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our second stay at Stafford's Crooked River Lodge did not disappoint. Awarded one of my Trip Advisor "EXCELLENT SERVICE" pins. Rooms exceptionally clean. Front desk staff very helpful with arranging dinner and golf. Free Breakfast included, with food delicious and inviting. Would recommend to the most fussy travelor. Rooms nicely appointed. Amazing lobby. Wonderful view of the Indian River with balconies from king suite room. You will LOVE your stay. Can't wait to go back.

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

While in the area we stopped and stayed at the Lodge. very nicely decorated and nice rooms. Located right on the Crooked River in Alanson. The staff was friendly and the rates were reasonable.
Next time in the area we will stop back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Stayed two nights just to get away. The staff was very helpful and the breakfast both mornings was very good. Lots of variety. Our room was a Jacuzzi room with king bed. The balcony overlooked the river.
The river was very high, so the walking paths were not available. The halls were very quiet and we did not hear anything from the adjoining rooms. There is a microwave, mini refrigerator and sink area.
This was a perfect location, just 10 minutes from Petoskey and 25 minutes from Mackinaw City. We visited both and were not disappointed in the drive.
We definitely would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Commerce Township, Michigan
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96 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Stayed here twice this past winter for ski weekends. The staff was so nice and helpful. Love that you can rent snow shoes for a walk around the grounds. Breakfast was wonderful and a bit different each day. We happened to stay in the same room both times we were up there - lots of room and comfortable. Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Au Train, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Crooked River Lodge is located just north of Petoskey in Alanson, MI. We stayed one night in a standard room with two queen beds and a roll-a-way. Plenty of room to accommodate the extra bed. Beds were comfy and the room was spotless! The pool was wonderful and warm enough to enjoy! Hot tub was "hot" and well kept. Breakfast was great. The great room loft was open to all of the guests and sported a huge tv, sitting areas, games and a pool table. Staff was friendly and very helpful. The lodge had snowshoes that we could use on a mapped trail around the property and there was an outside fire going! What a find - we will come back again!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank Penny F
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Charlevoix, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I was one of the five grannies who attended the knitting retreat at the Lodge. We thoroughly enjoyed the Riverview suite and were surprised at how large it was. The service consistently exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The pool was warmer than what you usually find in a hotel and very clean. The hotel also serves the community and allows a ladies group to use the pool for an exercise class and also has open swim hours for a fee. The pool was open 24 hours with "adult only hours" later in the evening and this was so appreciated. It is also equipped with a machine to assist those with disabilities with pool access.
The only disadvantage was that the suites are not connected to the elevator and the stairs make it difficult for those with physical disabilities. The rest of the Lodge is handicap accessible and my husband and I make this our first choice for a winter getaway. They even offer free use of snow shoes and the outdoor fireplace is terrific.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank 102love2travel2014
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Rockford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Five grannies loaded our weapons (aka: knitting needles) for a weekend at THE lodge in the Riverview suite. We overflowed the pool, we lounged by the TVs, drank in the views of the Crooked River, and utilized the well appointed kitchen. We loved that the breakfast came complete with a real cook who circulated amongst the guests with enthusiasm. We also enjoyed the Dutch Oven Bakery and Yarn shop.
The CRLodge really improved once Staffords took over.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Crooked River Lodge
Address: 6845 US 31 N, Alanson, MI 49706 (Formerly Clarion Collection)
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Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Alanson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Alanson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Crooked River Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites is conveniently located on US 31 just 1 mile north of Alanson and 12 miles north of Petoskey. We are also 9 miles south of the Pellston international airport. Now under Stafford's Hospitality management we have deeded access to neaby snowmobile and recreation trails and a beautiful vista of the historic Inland Waterway for every room. Newly renovated indoor pool and common areas with 40 spacious family and group friendly rooms and suites. "Your up North adventure starts here" is our promise of a unique and true experience that travelers have come to expect in this beautiful landscape we call home. Let us share our "home" with you. ... more   less 
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Crooked River Hotel Alanson
Clarion Alanson
Alanson Clarion

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