This is a nice hotel, matching the Barvarian style of nearby Frankenmuth. I'd love to give it five stars for its friendly and helpful staff, clean and up-to-date accommodations, affordability and convenience—everything we've come to expect from Best Westerns. If we'd stayed in the newer part of the hotel, I'd almost certainly have given a top rating.
We stayed in the older section, however. Our "honeymoon suite" included a jacuzzi & "fireplace" (a gas contraption hinting at ambience), as well as a king-sized bed & two T.V.'s, one in each area. I can readily forgive the low-watt bulbs (intended to create a romantic mood?), though it would have been nice to have at least one normal light at the desk. The room was quite nicely remodeled, with attractive decor and newer amenities. Everything INSIDE the room was in top-notch condition, with a GENEROUS supply of electrical outlets, towels, and space. The complete breakfast included an accommodating staff and breakfast burritos. Our suite came with two free drinks at the bar—albeit from a severely limited menu. The hotel also offers a game room, well enclosed pool (no chlorine odor in the hallway!), small exercise room, and play area for children. Birch Run Outlets has a nice selection of restaurants and an unparalleled selection of shopping less than two minutes away.
Despite all this, the lack of privacy made our room one in which I'd never again stay by choice. The older hotel area was previously a motel, meaning a parking lot and its traffic immediately outside our window, which was in turn directly in front of the jacuzzi and bathroom area—daylight and privacy were mutually exclusive. Worst of all, the paper-thin walls meant we could clearly hear dialogue in the adjoining room. Ugh.
If you stay here, make CERTAIN your room is in the newer, hotel section! Also, be aware that this location is Birch Run. Although this is the freeway exit for Frankenmuth, that town is actually 7 miles / 12 minutes away.
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