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“More than we could of asked for”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Big Bear Lodge

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Big Bear Lodge
Columbia City, Indiana, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“More than we could of asked for”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

My wife and I booked a 3 night stay at the Big Bear Lodge over the 4th of July weekend. Randy and Sarah are awesome!! Friendly as all get out, good people...definitely made us feel welcome. The rooms were exceptionally clean and the queen size bed was comfy. Mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker in the room was a big plus. The fireworks for the fourth were set off right across the street from the motel and it was spectacular!! Everything we decided on seeing in Alpena was only a hop, skip and jump away!!! Definitely will stay here again the next time we are up this way.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alpena, Michigan
1 review
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed here just for the night to beat the 4th of july traffic and so that our children could swim in the pool. Very clean room, Very friendly owners and very warm pool. i recommend staying here anytime.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Akron, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Awesome place to stay! Made my anniversary extra special! Was very impressed. Management was very friendly and made you feel welcome with a smile. Rooms smelled nice and was very clean. Comfortable beds. Coffee pots.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saginaw, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed here because we had a wedding in Alpena and most places were booked, a family member looked into this place and had a nice chat with one of the owners, and on the spot, they booked our room for us. we had the suite room that had a functioning stove and oven (that baked a great coffee cake for breakfast!), microwave, coffee pot, and a full size fridge! we saved a lot of money by not eating out because of this connivence! The room felt like more like a home/apartment than a hotel. we felt so comfortable and relaxed. We had 6 people all together in this room (there's 2 beds and a futon, but we also brought an air mattress along) and we felt comfortable and not squished at all. the new owners have made a LOT of new improvements and it shows! they still have a little ways to go, but give it time and this place will SHINE! The owners were so friendly and nice! they really made the stay so enjoyable! they were willing to accommodate anything we needed. our room have 2 huge closets, which were perfect for all the luggage we brought along. We have family in Alpena, so if we have to stay up there again, this is the ONLY place we're going to stay at! Can't wait to see all the new improvements ahead!

Room Tip: the suite on the west side was quite and away from traffic
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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North Muskegon, Michigan
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Neat, clean, comfortable and very affordable. More than adequate for a night's stay on our color tour. The $50+ savings over the price I was quoted for the same night at the local Holiday Inn and Best Western paid for our dinner at the great Italian Restaurant next door. The owner is a very pleasant person, someone your glad to do business with. Will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Alpena.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Eagle River Alaska
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87 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

We didn't know what to expect after reading some of the TA reviews. Now we do, a good bed, an incredible view and some of the friendliest folks around. Vet discount and BA (big a&$) breakfast rolls to be enjoyed while gazing a beautiful Lake Huron. They are making improvements all the time to a real roadside motel and it is nostalgic in appearance.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Sheridan, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2012

I have stayed at the Big Bear Lodge twice this summer and have had a great experience both times. I fond the staff to be warm and inviting, and the room comfortable and affordable. It was a big plus to find a place on the beautiful shore line of Thunder Bay with a pool. I plan to return again this summer.

Room Tip: Book early during the summer months.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Big Bear Lodge

Property: Big Bear Lodge
Address: 2052 US Highway 23 S, Alpena, MI 49707-4523
Location: United States > Michigan > Alpena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Alpena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great value for the dollar,continental bkfst,good wi-fi, best views of Thunder Bay-Lake Huron, Clean and comfortable rooms, recent updates include new beds, new linens,blankets, and comforters. New Tapestry outdoor theme valances. All rooms well equipped with coffee makers in room, refridgerators, microwaves. We have 4 kitchenettes, two are lg with full living rooms, wide screen tv, full kitchen and bath. The other two have two seperate bedrooms and kitchenette, one has two full baths, and the other has 1.5. We also have an outdoor 8'deep pool heated to 84, with suntan deck. Come and take sanctuary from the storms of life, kick back and relax with us! ... more   less 
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