We went to the E. Tawas area to enjoy the fall colors, and at this time of year the lodging options, never exactly plentiful in this region, were more limited still. To put it simply, you're not going to find a Ritz-Carleton in rural Michigan
That being said, we found the Bambi Motel to be more than adequate for our needs. It's a single-story 1960's style motel, which means that the rooms are big, the bathrooms are small, and you park right outside your door.
There's no mini-bar, but the convenience store a short walk down the street is wall-to-wall liquor. There's no pool, but they do have beach access to Lake Huron, which is just in back of the motel. There's no fitness center, but the motel is on a regional bike path that runs for several miles if you want to get some exercise. There's no basket of fancy shampoos and body washes you'll never use (all the management supplies are little bars of soap), but there's a Wal-Mart down the road where you can buy your favorite shampoo There's no business center, but the free wireless Internet connection is really fast. There's no complimentary breakfast, but they do provide coffee in the morning, and it's a short walk to the Big Boy down the street.
What you do get is an exceptionally clean and well-maintained room, tastefully decorated with wood paneling (as you see in the picture). The beds were much better than you might expect from such a low-cost motel, and we slept soundly. The room came with a decent cable TV with lots of channels. Finally, there was a mini-fridge and a small microwave oven as well as a couple of chairs and a low table, making it possible to eat at least some light meals in the room (a good thing, since dining options in the area are fairly limited). The owner and his wife were both exceptionally friendly and accommodating and they try to enforce quiet hours after 11, so you can be sure you won't be kept up all night by drunken partying as can happen at some motels.
The Bambi Motel is a no-frills kind of place, but it provides everything you really need, and does so at 1960's pricing (in the height of fall color season, our room was $60 on weekdays and $70 on the weekend). Having stayed at some four-star hotels at triple the price that were not as clean and comfortable, I would recommend the Bambi without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Tawas Area's preferred motels, extra clean, quiet, cable T.V., full, queen & king beds, waterfront easement, near shopping. Facilities: Motel, Air Conditioning, over half the rooms are non-smoking. NEW - wireless internet ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bambi Hotel East Tawas