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“Family Friendly Gathering Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bavarian Inn Lodge
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Frankenmuth
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Family Friendly Gathering Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We visit the Bavarian Lodge no less than twice annually over the past 25 years. That is my testimony and will continue our tradition to the next-generation. The rooms, food and Customer Service are World Class.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tim K
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Tim K.,

Thank you for visiting the Lodge with such great frequency over 25 years. We are proud of a long-standing staff who have worked hard to create enjoyable experiences for our guests. We so enjoy seeing generations of family come and stay as children then grow up and bring "their" children to enjoy what they did when they were children!

We will keep working hard to help you have FUN at the Lodge for another 25 years!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O. - Creating Enjoyable Experiences for 36 Years at Bavarian Inn -
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Oswego, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Very well themed with German decor and the family histories of the original settlers posted throughout the resort was fascinating. We had an interior room to keep costs down and it was nice, but really missed having outdoor view, I imagine the rooms with river view are much nicer, just wasn't worth the extra money for one night. The pools are nice and simple and the kids really enjoyed the two new slides. Grounds are well maintained and the staff is very friendly. Great location right in heart of Frankenmuth shopping area. Building is very large, but doesn't feel overwhelming, perfect combination of large resort amenities with small hotel feel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank DisneyDad21
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Dear DisneyDad,

Thank you so much for staying with us recently and taking in the amenities of the Lodge with your family. The interior guestroom type you stayed in is the same price as 50% of our exterior view rooms. If you were not offered a view with an exterior window, that would only be because we were near sell-out at the time of booking. So pleased that you didn't feel like you were lost in a huge resort with our design concepts. We hope to serve your family again when you decide to return to Frankenmuth!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay here. Every employee we encountered was helpful and the place was very clean -- just like we read in so many TA reviews. It has a lot of old fashioned charm...which is a big plus. The only negative was the hard beds! Very uncomfortable and we were sore in the morning.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Thank PMath5516
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear P. Math,

Thank you for staying with us at the Lodge. I am so sorry to hear that your beds were uncomfortable for you. Our beds are all relatively new (2 months old to 3 years old) and I am not able to know what room you stayed in to identify the type of mattress you had. We do have some pillow top mattresses and we have some all-foam mattresses. If you would consider returning, our reservationists can look up your last room and then the mattress type (yes that is on record in reservations) and then assigne you one of the other rooms with the opposite mattress types.

I hope you will try this!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O. - Creating Enjoyable Experiences for 36 Years at Bavarian Inn -
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Our room in the lodge was immaculate although the decor was somewhat dated. The property landscape was well manicured and offered a pretty view. Unfortunately, we found our overall experience to be disappointing. The shops/restaurants were in walking distance to the lodge but offered mediocre dining and cheap, generic souvenirs. The Inn was average and we probably would not return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank mkj50
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Dear MKJ50:

I am so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your with your Frankenmuth Experience. We appreciate your compliments on the cleanliness of your guestroom. Our Bavarian theme is a long-term consistent theme that has only changed a bit over the decades. Our lighter-pine Alpine themed furniture motif is the base of this theme. We have expanded to a 4 pillow (soft/firm) system on all beds, have new mattresses, flat screen wall mounted televisions. I suspect you were not able to explore the shopping of Frankenmuth for much time. I would e happy to discuss with you many of the finer retail opportunities of the community - including Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - the world's largest CHRISTmas store.

I'm sorry the 4 indoor pools; Willy's Kingdom & waterpark facilities and video game ;/ miniature golf facilities did not meet your needs. The Lodge will continue to analyze all of our amenities and entertainment and strive to make it the best value possible for our guests.

I hope you will reconsider a revisit in the future.

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This place is amazing!!! It has something for everyone and the staff are absolutely the best! From the manager who helped us when the token machine didn't give us the tokens to a couple of young workers in the elevator, they are the best! So much to do and everyone can have a good time. We will definately be coming back soon!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Peaches2564
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Peaches 2564.

Thank you for your kind words about our staff and your stay. So happy to have served you and your family. We look forward to creating more family memories when you next return!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O. - Serving Bavarian Inn Guests for 36 Years -
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Canton, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

We've stayed here several times because our 4 year old loves it. It is a great mini vacation for us, not too far from home. This time when we checked in, the front desk attendant asked me if I wanted to renew my Perks membership for $5. I had sort of forgotten about having it. It turned out that it save me $70 off the cost of the room. I would definitely recommend calling the hotel in addition to looking online to figure out what your best deal is.

Overall, our experience was very good. However, we wake up rather early and were out on the balcony around 7am. I did notice that there were maintenance workers doing construction on balconies at that same time and using some loud power tools. If our room had been near that, I would have definitely been irritated. Hopefully the rooms were empty. As it was, it was just a nuisance during breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Laura P
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Laura P.,

So glad your 4 year old has so much fun at the Lodge and you choose to return to visit and take advantage of the rewards as 19,000+ other families in our club. I can affirm, that we are performing constant preventative maintenance on the building and we are in fact putting large sections of the rooms out of order at the time and we have started a bit earlier in the morning due to the unsafe heat for workers in the intense mid-day weather. I'm sorry it was an inconvenience but glad they were working far away from you. I will check out the power tool aspect as the primary focus us on caulking around windows, door and balconies.

Thank you for your loyalty and we look forward to helping your family create memories again in the near future!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O. - Creating Enjoyable Experiences for 36 Years at Bavarian Inn -
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Kendallville, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

We've come to the Bavarian Inn lodge for years. This time we brought our two grandkids. The water slide and pools were the highlight of their trip. We cannot say enough good things about the Lodge. The accommodations are superb. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and very helpful. And there is so much to do and see in the nearby town. Definitely something for everyone.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms. Even though the Lodge is very large it is laid out so well that each room i...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Davrhon
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Davrhon,

Thank you so very much for vacationing in Frankenmuth and at the Lodge from Indiana! So happy that your family has enjoyed your previous visits with us at the Lodge! So happy that you enjoy our staff and their service. We appreciate you spending time with all of us!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Additional Information about Bavarian Inn Lodge

Property: Bavarian Inn Lodge
Address: 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1900
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Location: United States > Michigan > Frankenmuth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Frankenmuth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bavarian Inn Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 360
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

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