I've stayed here multiple times over the past six years, and the hotel is showing its age. The rooms are still larger than most, and they've added a mini-fridge and microwave. The cable TV system is good (Cinemax, HBO, Turner Classic Movies, etc.), the matttresses are very comfortable, and there are plenty of pillows. But the carpeting and wallpaper throughout the hotel needs to be replaced. And the "deluxe" breakfast advertised on the road sign has become false advertising. I used to look forward to a hot breakfast of sausage gravy over real biscuits, or scrambled eggs and sausages. But that's been replaced with a Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich that you heat in a microwave. And that breakfast sandwich has the thinnest (almost paper-thin) slice of ham I've ever seen! So much for "deluxe." If you really think that a deluxe breakfast starts with a cheap breakfast sandwich, McDonald's is just down the street -- and an Egg McMuffin tastes a whole lot better.
I paid $59 a night (plus tax) for my room, so the hotel is still a good value. And if you travel with Fido, the Quality Inn allows pets (but I'm sure that extra fees are invloved). You're also close to the center of town -- rather than being out near the freeway. And downtown Big Rapids looks almost like it did in the 1970s, so it's a nice place to explore if you enjoy a bit of nostalgia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Quality Inn & Suites, a Big Rapids hotel walking distance to Ferris State University. Across the street from the Ewigleben Sports Complex! The Muskegon River is just one mile from the hotel and offers outdoor activities like fishing, canoing and tubing. The White Pine Trail is just a short bike ride away. Hunting is available in the surrounding area. Several shops and a variety of restaurants are conveniently located minutes from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn Big Rapids
- Big Rapids Quality Inn