I cannot thank enough the Bavarian Inn Lodge, its staff and management, and the town of Frankenmuth in general for my recent visit, from which I returned home to Kansas City just this afternoon. I must be totally honest and say that I did not want to leave this morning AT ALL.
Long story short, but I really would like to share: I lived in the Detroit area twice in years past (Birmingham and Royal Oak) and was able to go up to Frankenmuth frequently, generally 2-3 times a month for lunch or dinner, and ALWAYS made it a #1 on the "to do" list for out of town visitors and family. They, too, fell in love with Michigan's Little Bavaria as I always did. In 2001 I left Detroit with really no choice due to a job change, and the biggest thing I was heartbroken about was having to leave my "little heaven on earth - Frankenmuth" not knowing when or if I would ever be back. But during those years, in addition to going up for lunch or dinner, I would also occasionally treat myself to the Bavarian Inn Lodge for some much-needed R&R after the big holidays such as Easter and Christmas, and being a church organist-choirmaster I needed that "down time!" But the entire town made it even THAT much more special, and when I was there, whether local or in the years since when I have been able to visit, I would even have my friends from Ann Arbor or Detroit meet me up there to dine and enjoy. This time was no exception, only it was a more important visit because I had not stayed there as a hotel guest since 1992 or 93. I was able to have dinner in Frankenmuth two years ago when I performed in Detroit, but I did not have time to stay over night, and Bronner's was closed (i was so upset as that is also a "must do" when visiting there!)
The hotel is magic, pure magic - I cannot adequately express how much I love being there. Even just walking into the lobby front doors makes me feel like I am indeed leaving the ordinary workd behind and entering a truly special place which sincerely welcomes you. It is IMMACULATE in every single regard. It looks fresh, smells fresh, is inviting and almost seems to say "wow Scott, hello! I am so glad you're back here again!" Very few places have had that affect on me.
I have stayed in Weiss Suite with a whirlpool, river view rooms with windows and balconies and countryside rooms. This time I got an adult pool courtyard room with a kingsize bed on the 1st floor...that will be my room of choice from now on, hands down!
The new flat-screen TVs are wonderful as are the new pillows they are trying out, and for which I filled out my survey form as requested that was left in the room. The mattresses are extraordinarily comfortable and firm support for one's back (bravo there!) The quality of sleep or even just watching TV is unsurpassed - the rooms are SILENT except for the very (very!) quiet "white noise" of the air handlers for each room, which is a sound I actually expect and like. But the rooms here are indeed genuine oases of peace, tranquility and pure enjoyment.
Even though the hotel is as huge as it is (and it really IS an enormous and beautiful property), one feels so safe, secure and CLEAN staying there. In this day and age, these are important and valuable attributes for any home away from home. The fact that there are entrances ALL throughout the building with their own bellman/luggage racks are a HUGE help as well!
Oma's Restaurant and the Loralei Lounge are also wonderful to have on site if one doesn't want to venture across the bridge to eat or drink, and if one just wants to stay in. The food, beverages and staff there are wonderful as well, and they too ad to the "Bavarian" experience and realism. I even enjoyed just sitting in my beautiful room and watching TV and enjoying some solitude time by myself. If I walked to the lobby or anywhere for that matter in the hotel, the staff is friendly, welcoming and kind - such a welcome change in a world that's fast becoming a much harder and scarier place in which to live, much less survive. That's another thing about Frankenmuth - it's almost like a retreat to me, it really is. I stayed two nights this time, and want to go back and spend 3-4 or more next time, and I would not be bored in doing so! (That adult pool and hut tub are even some of the main reasons for my going back).
Now a note here: management really should allow guests to stay in the pool or hot tub as late as they want PROVIDED they are not loud, disruptive or causing a problem - after all the courtyard rooms are right there in an enclosed space and noise could be a consideration. I go there to have solitude, R&R and enjoy such amenities, and resent being kicked out by night auditors "just because it's 11 PM" and I was an advanced swimmer on swim teams all my life and a very good and strong swimmer. I see no crime in being allowed to quietly and respectfully stay in the water, or just sit next to it, and continue enjoying it later at night instead of beign sent to my room just because the clock hits 11. There is no rhyme or reason for it and that should change. The first night I was there the people playing cards at the tables were far louder than myself and my friends who ame up and stayed overnight from Ann Arbor.
Price wise: well, I do think the hotel is high, especially given the last and most recent position/salary change I experienced. But at the same time, it is a very nice place and needs to be updated and kept well. I am a Perks Club member now so, supposedly, that will help in that department. Perhaps in this economy if the prices were lowered a bit it would help out for guests who want to return and yet also not diminish the quality or service.
Another suggestion: provide 24 hour room service. Both nights I got the serious munchies and there was NOTHING but vending machines. The town shuts down and even the McDonalds or Burger King drive thrus are not open late.
But the Bavarian Inn Lodge is a MUST SEE and MUST DO for anyone traveling to Frankenmuth. I tell people with a smile but also with acute seriousness "whenever I am in the state of Michigan, Frankenmuth is definitely on my 'to do' list and the Bavarian Inn Lodge is without question my hotel of choice." Its location and the ability to walk across the beautiful and rustic Holz-Brucke (wooden covered bridge) into town are just wonderful and one can actually park once at the hotel and not need their car again until they go to Bronners or Birch Run, or when the sad moment of deaparture from Little Bavaria must occur.
THANK YOU, Bavarian Inn Lodge, for all you give to your guests, and to me personally in more ways than you know. Visiting there is a truly special place to me, and I hope to be able to come back sooner than later. (I also must commend Jacob and Mary for all of their incredibly kind and knowledgeable assistance and for putting up with my questions!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bavarian Inn Lodge is a treasure in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth - Michigan's #1 tourist attraction. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Cass River, the Lodge is a world-class getaway destination for families and couples. The Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth is about gathering. For generations, millions of people have come here to stay and play, to be welcomed with our home-cooked chicken dinners, delightfully cozy beds, and warm Bavarian hospitality. It's like stepping into the heart of Europe without a passport or the jet lag! •360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool, family suites and balcony rooms •Indoor water park with four indoor pools;three whirlpools & two large waterslides.•Four tennis courts (two with nighttime play). •Three-story European-style courtyard with one indoor pool and whirlpool reserved especially for adults. •18-Hole indoor miniature golf. •The largest Family Fun Center in any Midwest hotel with 110+ video and redemption games, air hockey, and pool tables.•Two-story Children's Village play area. •Two lounges, two restaurants, two gift shops (stop in at Michael's Gift Shop to check out board games galore).•Gourmet Coffee Bar in Martha's Gift Shop.•Free live nightly entertainment including sing-a-longs and Karaoke. •Free WIFI internet with over 50 hotspots throughout public areas and in guestrooms. •An abundance of public areas for your family or group to gather and socialize. America's FIRST Living Room Styled Water Park! Yet... A couples paradise with an adult only pool and whirlpool! Oh yes... Parking is always free! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bavarian Hotel Frankenmuth
- Bavarian Resort Frankenmuth
- Frankenmuth Bavarian Lodge
- Bavarian Inn Frankenmuth Mi
- Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge Resort
- Bavarian Lodge Frankenmuth
- Bavarian Frankenmuth