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“Best Western Escanaba MI”

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Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Escanaba
Reviewed May 3, 2012

The Best Western in Escanaba has been around for a while, and some of this shows in the rooms, the restaurant, bar, and general decor. But then again, some of us have been around for awhile, and we also show signs of wear...

We have stayed there multiple times over the last couple decades, because of family functions, weddings, etc, where we could book a hotel with a large block of rooms, and there was an onsite restaurant where this old group of yoopers could congregate for breakfast, dinner, etc, etc...

Price wise, it is about par with some of the other chain hotels in town.

The rooms are not bad, but also not great, and are in need of some updating.

It is nice that there is a bar located in the basement/lower level, and there is a modest restaurant onsite, along with a modest sized pool.

The bar, along with the restaurant, is medium fare, nothing terrible, but also nothing to write home about.

It is right off a major highway, US 2, and very close to the downtown area.

As with most of the hotels in Escanaba, make sure you ask the front desk for a free casino package, if you were thinking of visiting the local casino. Visit the service desk on the East side of the casino to pick up your freebies.

The package changes sometimes, but as of now, we remember that each adult in the room gets a $5 credit for slot machine play, a $5 credit off any meal, and a free drink ticket, for anything you want, coffee, smoothie, or Crown on the rocks. There is also a free, yes, I said free, shuttle bus that will take you to the casino, and bring you back. This shuttle does not run all nite.

Good luck, great parks to visit in Escanaba and Gladstone, right on Lake Michigan, have a good one...remember...it is a pasty...not a pastie....one you eat, and one is something related to a form of dancing......if you can figure this out, you are on the path to becoming a yooper.....

Room Tip: The room cleanliness is between a poor and average, due to the lack of renovation needed.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Overall, the hotel was average. We stayed there for the weekend to go to a concert at the casino. It was very convenient to have a shuttle to the casino (though the casino hosts this, not the hotel). The front desk staff was GREAT. Every person up front was friendly and helpful-I couldn't say a bad thing about them. The room was good. Nothing fancy, but a nice size. Slightly outdated. The bathroom was basic-no frills. Clean, but old. There was no hot tub and the pool was left with the cover on all day Saturday. The bar had good food and nice staff.
The chain lock was broken on our door. The heater/AC didn't really seem to do much.
Overall, an ok hotel. I'm not sure that I would save the extra $10 in the future and stay here vs. the Comfort Suites, but it wasn't terrible.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We had a regular room here, not a suite and nothing special like a jacuzzi in our overnight stay as we made our way across Michigan's upper peninsula. The feel was basic economy motel. The room was clean, as you might expect, and there was a small refrigerator and microwave. We would have rated the property as "average" if we had been able to get a decent night's sleep. The mattress felt lumpy. The pillows were hard foam; it was like laying your head on a rubber tire. When pulling up the blanket, it only came waist high. We thought at first we had been short sheeted! Upon investigation we found the blanket had been tucked half its length under the mattress at the foot of the bed.

The attached restaurant was closed. The desk clerk was hard pressed to tell us where else we might find dinner. We weren't told that a continental breakfast was provided. We probably won't stay here again even though we make this trip fairly often.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

My boyfriend and I booked a room here when we went to a concert at Island View Casino. The casino was full so I chose this place. I picked a jacuzzi suite and the jacuzzi was probably big enough for three people. We had a balcony and a fireplace in the room as well. The room was super clean and the staff was very friendly. I wish we had more time to enjoy our room but it was just an overnight trip and we did spend most of our time at the casino. We had drinks at both bars and we had a great time. The breakfast the next day was decent there were scarmbled eggs and sausage. Which is better than the usual cereal bars most hotels have. All in all if we ever take a trip to Escanaba again I would stay here for sure. Oh and the bed was awesome. I wanted to take it home with me.

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Reviewed November 14, 2011

The room was a great price, and spotless. good, hot offerings with the continental breakfast, and the attached restaurant had terrific food. We didn't have time to use the pool, but it looked great. We were in town for two nights visiting family in the area. The hotel was easy to find, and a nice quiet area.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

While traveling the UP from Traverse City back to Wisconsin this was a nice place to stop. Clean, comfortable, very nice breakfast. Very quiet, great place at a great price.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Not my favorite place to stay. The staff was nice but the room were not up to par. Nothing horrible - but small things like mold in the shower; needed new carpet and the beds were OK. It was well located. - 6 min. drive to the airport; 2 minutes to Subway; 3 minutes to McDonalds.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites

Address: 2635 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-1332 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Pioneer Inn & Suites)
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Escanaba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Escanaba
Price Range: $94 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites! Looking for a quiet getaway? The Magnuson Grand provides a great night's sleep and much more! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at Pacino's, our hotel restaurant. Our property is conveniently located on the west end of Escanaba. We provide the perfect answer for the business traveler, tourist, sportsman, and senior citizen. Located just minutes from the mall, Family Fun Park, cinema, and downtown. Also located only two miles from Ludington Park on Little Bay de Noc, the beach and the greatest walleye fishing in the U.P. Nature is all around us! Our hotel is minutes from the water and hiking/ORV trails. Enjoy a round of golf at one of our five area courses, all located within ten miles of our property. Our friendly staff is here to ensure that you have a wonderful vacation. SORRY, WE DO NOT ACCEPT PETS! ... more   less 
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Best Western Escanaba
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