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“The Mt Villas were not what we were expecting”

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Boyne Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boyne Falls
Sanford, Michigan
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“The Mt Villas were not what we were expecting”
Reviewed April 24, 2011

When looking for a place at Boyne that would accommodate 10 people we saw the Mt. Villa's and they seemed to be a good choice. The Boyne/Avalanche Bay website showed a Villa that was very appealing to the eye. When we got into our room/Villa, it was nothing what the pictures promised us. Besides the kitchen, it was completely out dated with brown shag carpet and 60's decor. By looking at the pictures we were expecting a refrigerator just a bit smaller than the average one, but instead we got 2 hotel size refrigerators with the tiniest freezer. The rooms were so dirty with cobwebs in the bathroom and nobody had vacuumed around the couch because we had found food on the floor before we even started to eat. The bathtubs didn't have anything on them to prevent someone from falling; they were very slippery and dangerous. We had small kids there and it posed an unsafe environment. On the plus side we were very close to the water park which made getting there convenient. There was entertainment for the family around Boyne and the kids had a good time.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

As an active Grandmother, I have taken my grandchildren to many well-known and not so well known attractions, including water parks. Therefore, I was dismayed that this Water Park, supposedly a "Best Attraction", was so woefully understaffed and ill prepared. Even our basic needs could not be met, such as enough dry towels for the six of us and life jackets for two small children.

In addition, after we were there an hour, an alarm sounded, which was ear piercing, but the staff provided no explanation, information or instruction. The water park was full of swimmers, who were waitng for an explanation, but one was NEVER given. Apparently, this water park has no over-head speaker system or mega-phones, as neither were used by the Staff, at any time, to speak to its guests.

After we got out of the water, we stood in our wet suits, with no dry towels to be found, hesitating to go outside, as it was only about 35 degrees or so. After one full hour, we were allowed to go back into the water, but to this day, I do not know what took place.

Will this Water Park be closed only after it suffers a tragedy by the means of a fire, tornado, or other unexpected accident?

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Brazil, Indiana
1 review
Reviewed March 30, 2011

We traveled with family for a ski trip. We found the lodge very nice the ski hills nicely groomed and staff very friendly. We asked if there was a microwave to pop popcorn and the provided us one for our room free of charge! Waterpark was a nice bonus. The only downside was that we wish village shops would of had longer hours. We wil be back!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Fenton, Michigan
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

This place is messed up and we spent good money to stay there. The sofa was ripped and the piping was coming out. The chairs around the kitchen table were broke. There was no recycling, no housekeeping. There was sleeping for 10 but the living space was big and comfy enough for 4. There was 1 television for 3 separate sleeping areas and it didn't have a DVD player. There were no hair dryers in the 3 bathrooms. The wifi did not work.We had problems checking in and the resort not dividing the bill correctly. Our reservations for ski lessons were messed up. BUT the kids LOVED the skiing and the waterpark!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Troy, Michigan
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

Mountain Grand is not a four star resort. Three on it's best day.

Everywhere we turned the place was understaffed.

Bellman, reception, lifeguards, waitstaff, barista, and on and on....totally understaffed.

Adult ski school was good, but my five year old was jammed into a class with six other kids. The school was so disorganized and responsibility was visibly diffused He hated it! Great. Thanks for the negative association Boyne.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Indiana
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

This was our 2nd visit to Boyne over MLK holiday weekend. We stayed in the Grand Lodge in a suite that had a sleeper sofa downstairs and a king bed in an upstairs bedroom. The unit was very spacious,clean and up to date. Bed was very comfortable and bedroom has a large whirlpool tub in addition to the 2 bathrooms the unit had. Main restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices and with a nice view of the downhill skiing. Hotel has a nice indoor/outdoor pool. We went for the snowshoeing and cross country skiing and both are nice there. We enjoyed our stay and would go there again. Only complaint is that things really shut down at off peak times. We were there through Tuesday of the holiday weekend and on Monday afternoon the waterpark(one of the nicer ones we've been to) had 2 slides closed down(lack of staff),Tuesday there was no fireplace in the lobby fireplace,etc. I'm not sure I'd want to be there during the week although the rates drop a lot at that time. We did have poor housekeeping one day of our stay but main housekeeper said they were training someone and this was not typical of our experience there. Would visit there again

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Michigan
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

My wife and I took our three kids (11,9,6) to Boyne Mountain for a three day ski vacation in early January (a very cold three days). While the wait for food at all of the resort's restaurants was a bit long, the overall service and performance of the resort staff was very good to outstanding. On the first day, our kids received great ski instruction from the experienced ski staff and moments after we requested a rollaway bed from the main desk is was delivered. The room, a one bedroom suite in the main building, was very clean, spacious and nicely decorated. The indoor/outdoor pool was well maintained and surprisingly warm (90 degrees).

We did have some problems with the temperature in our room as we were not provided the necessary heating instructions upon check in. Likely for conservation reasons, the hotel equipped our suite with a device - a slot just inside the door - that regulates the heating and cooling system provided a hotel key is inserted into the slot. We were not informed of this system until we called the main desk after the temperature hovered at about 64 degrees most of the first day. In addition, we found out after the fact that even if the hotel key was properly inserted into the heating device, room only heated if the thermostat was set to "auto" instead of "heat." We had set it to "heat" the just before going to bed one night and the temp dropped to 58 degrees. A simple instruction guide above the thermostat would take care of these problems.

The skiing was great as the slopes were perfect for kids learning how to ski and the staff working the lifts were very friendly, patient and helpful. Pierson's pub offered a good lunch option at the base of the hill (food decent, great atmosphere). The small village vibe around the base on the mountain, complete with ice cream shop, pub and shopping was very nice. The campfires outside and inside the resort were very welcome during the cold weekend. The kids also enjoyed the waterpark and snow tubing. The fitness center was large and offered a wide variety of quality equipment. Overall, the experience at Boyne Mountain was very satisfying .

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Boyne Mountain Resort
Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713-9642
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Location: United States > Michigan > Charlevoix County > Boyne Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boyne Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Boyne Mountain Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 233
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Things happen at Boyne Mountain. If you've been here, you know. If you haven't, take our word. We understand how to have fun. And not just the kind of fun people talk about at work on Monday morning - but the kind that keeps you smiling to yourself all week long. ... more   less 
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