Are tripped began with a few simple questions over the phone. Pet policy, Drinks on beach etc. we were given answers of " I think so, or maybe?" This should have clued us in on what to expect.
The hotel has a great location and has alot of potential to be a great resort. It is need of some renovations of the rooms and decor. The staff seems to be trained with the very basics to get by. Their knowledge of the actvities and policys are no so great. and the little things like putting down the hundred dollar bills your examining in the open while a customer waits to check out!
Our room had torn bits of wallpaper a mess of caulk in the bathroom with barely any ventilation. The windows were secured so You could only take in 4in. of the wonderful bay breezes? The fishflies were hatching and daily a young man would spray the entire building down. For some reason He skipped the sidewalks whered the hundreds of fishflies freshly cleaned from the walls now lay waiting to be tracked into the building and through the carpeted hallways. You can Imagine the smell You encounter when first walking into the hallway from the parking lot! The pool was high in chlorine and the sauna didnt function well maybe reached 100F. You have to sign for Your cheap sandpaper towels at the front desk and must return them there. Apparently they get alot of towel thieves?
While I can understand the lack of information and unsure answers of the front desk staff I could not forgive the food and beverage experience we encountered. The only thing that truly makes this a "resort" is they have a wonderful restaurant a bar right on the beach and a bar inside that has a service window to the pool area. We decided to have dinner our first nite at the hotel we were not greeted at the door and had to wander in aimlessly and were sat by a waitress whose attention we caught. The dining room was for the most part empty. A 2nd waitress came up and took a drink order 10 minutes after staring at menus. Then the drinks were delivered by a 3rd who apologized about the wait and let us know they were short a girl. We placed our orders and I decided on a glass of chard which I never received! the wait was horrible it was 15 to 20 minute intervals between each course or check up. it was a good 30 min. before getting the dinner salad or app. another table had a better idea and left before even having the chance to order as they too waited a ridiculous amount of time with menus. in all it was an hour and a half dinner at a restaurant with 4 tables including us! Breakfast was much better as we were the ONLY ones Dining! Food was great even at dinner but service was horrible. I also ordered 2 top shelf margaritas from the bar the second day and they were disgusting all sour mix and even after trying to fix them with more tequilla I would have rather saved 8 bucks and had 2 beers. This type of place should have a real bartender and know how to make good drinks with the beach atmosphere..
The beach and Beach bar has a smelly outhouse to enjoy as You enter. The volleyball courts had nets that were out of whack. The shoreline was full of dirft wood and not groomed. Luckily we were hanging out at the public beach when a man posted a sign warning of high ecoli bacteria levels in the water. The hotel had no such postings!
In summary we enjoyed the proximity to downtown and the park next door, and the views of the bay are great. Just didnt enjoy the smell of the place, the service, the drinks (if You get them) Food was ok just dont hold Your breath.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a full service resort on Lake Huron. We have 101 rooms, a beach bar with live entertainment in season, a restaurant and lounge open year around, and 600 feet of clean sand beach. We also hold beach weddings and receptions and many business meetings each year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tawas Bay Beach Hotel East Tawas
- Tawas Bay Beach East