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Bella Vista Inn
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Bella Vista Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bear Lake
Reviewed May 24, 2012

My wife and I travel to the Manistee area regularly. There are many lodging options in all price ranges but relatively few accept pets. We rarely travel without our dog. I believe we've tried every pet friendly hotel/motel in the area and the Bella Vista Inn is easily the best value. It is convenient to Manistee, Onekama, Arcadia, Crystal Mountain and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It isn't luxurious but is well maintained. The grounds are quite nice and the rooms are comfortably appointed, quiet, clean and reasonably priced. I highly recommend it, particularly for those traveling as a family.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

My family has stayed at this motel on multiple occasions and will continue to do so whenever in the area. The rooms are very clean. The showers are nice and hot and the beds are very comfortable. Most hotels have very stiff and starchy comforters on them, but theirs are very soft and warm.
Our children love the pool during the summer. There is a lot of patio furniture to use around the pool and on a patio next to the pool under a shaded tree.
The owners have always been very courteous and helpful. They know the area very well.
I would recommend this motel to anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Gloria S
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Our family took a quick weekend off to explore the great beauty of Northern Michigan. We stayed at the Bella Vista Inn. The rooms were spacious, clean, and staff made the weekend enjoyable.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank HappyInMichigan2012
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We stay often at this property and always enjoy the stay. The owners are always on site and very helpfull if needed. Rooms are large and very clean, microwave and refrigerator are a nice touch. Location is close to casino and Crystal Mountian Resort. I travel over 115 nights a year, mostly for business, so when it's play time my wife and I enjoy a nice quiet motel that has some ammenties. This motel fits the ticket perfectly.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jim K
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

my brother and I stayed at the hotel during hunting season. when we would go back to the motel to warm up throughout the day, we found the room ice cold. the owners sort of beat around the bush as to the reason. after a couple complaints, the admitted that they control the heat from the office and shut it off during the day. i have never heard of such a thing! very strange. if you read some of the other reviews, a lady makes reference to the owner being obsessed with the air conditioning. there seems to be a trend for the owner in controlling the temperature of the individual rooms.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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9  Thank ejd1111
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Bella Vista Inn is an average motel that deserves a break and a four-bullets rating. It is charming on the exterior, the classic roadside L-shaped motel with the pool in front, and with a partially-blocked view of Bear Lake across the street.

Although our room itself was utterly charmless, with cheap furnishings that were very dated and mismatched, the room was clean and huge -- easily twice the size of many chain hotel rooms. The bathroom was likewise large, and a very handy feature was an extra sink vanity in the room itself. There was no coffee maker, but there was a microwave and good-sized refrigerator, and coffee and breakfast muffins and juice were available in the office in the morning. The wi-fi was dependable.

We were in need of lodging that accepts dogs, as the lodge at the nearby golf course which was our destination does not. When I called for a reservation I was quite disappointed that the motel's quota for dogs was already filled for that night, but I soon received a welcome return call saying they would indeed accommodate us. The room rate and the dog fee were fair.

The surrounding area is quite beautiful, but the village of Bear Lake seems to be a good example of Michigan's hard-hit economy. On my short driving tour of the main drag, the BP station on one end and another gas/convenience store on the other were the primary businesses besides Bella Vista.

Those reviewers who were critical of "the rules" need to adopt a sense of adventure and adjust their expectations when choosing an independent motel. Turning off the air conditioning when we weren't in the room for an extended period was not only a reasonable request by a small business trying to make a profit in tough times, but also the green thing to do. And any responsible dog owner should have no problem with the common rule of designated walking areas and cleaning up afterward.

The proprietor was not loquacious but also certainly not rude, and more than once he sincerely thanked me for choosing his motel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mannekb
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

We found this beautiful place 3 years ago and have been back every year. Bob and Barb the owners make sure everyone is happy and safe. The rooms are large and super clean, with frige and microwave, large bath rooms and the pool area is great. and a patio with grills you can use. they offer everything you could need. I got sick this time and everyday Bob would ask is I was feeling better or needed anything. They always asked if we had a good day, and they know all the best places to go for sightseeing and for eating, or just for a drive. Bear Lake is beautiful, and Lake Michigan is awsome.. We think this area is the most beautiful place on earth. Thank you Bob and Barb for a great vacation. Travelers if you are looking for a new place to travel and meet new people this is the place. We hope to return next year, Thanks again Bob and Barb.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank malteseabby
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Inn

Address: 12273 West St, PO Box 117, Bear Lake, MI 49614-9440
Location: United States > Michigan > Manistee County > Bear Lake
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bear Lake
Price Range: $90 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bella Vista Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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