I can honestly say the Betsie Bay Inn is one of the strangest places I've ever stayed. Did you notice there are no pictures of the rooms on their website? There's a reason for that. Whomever did the decor should consider an interior design refresher(?) course. There is no rhyme nor reason, let alone style, to the room decor. The log cabin room, with its skylight and other attempts at a modern look, has a lone antique dresser sitting in an unlit corner with a mirror that reaches up to your chin. Nice dresser. Poor placement.
It seems like they took a box of home decor items and starting whipping stuff around and where it landed was where it went. I'm no expert, but there really is something to be said for the "less is more" concept when it comes to "art" on the walls.
Consider, for example, having a hot tub in your room. Not a jacuzzi, mind you, a legitimate hot tub, cover and all. Temps outside were in the 90's. Hot tub...pretty self-explanatory, I think. Add to the equation an air-conditioning unit with a note attached telling you to keep the AC on low otherwise it will freeze. In the meantime, guess how cozily warm your room stays all night long. On the bright side, it provided an awesome table-top for our packages.
There was no lamp near the bed, but...across the room, beneath the television on a little table next to the stove...sits the cutest little lamp you've ever seen.
The plumbing was most decidedly installed for ease-of-access, as it is all outside the walls. And not in an attractive way.
The hallways, with their uneven flooring, reminded me of a fun-house...minus the fun.
It seems to me that a lot of redecorating projects were started and left unfinished. Take the fountain in the entryway, for example. It has the potential to be a really attractive and interesting water feature. As it stands, however, with its exposed pipes (seems to be a theme at the Betsie) and bare spots, it is just odd bordering on ugly. The entryway greets you with a blast of heat, which would work very well in January. In July, not so much.
My advice, however un-solicited, would be to pick ONE thing, whether it's the fountain or a room, and finish it. The whole mish-mash vibe of the place is distracting to the point that it is not relaxing.
I know people don't choose a hotel based on the artwork or furniture placement in a room. But they do choose a place they hope is attractive and relaxing. Betsie Bay Inn is neither. Which is a shame, because from the outside it looks so fabulous, and more importantly, it has such amazing potential to be a really great place.
With some updating and serious attention to the decor, it would be worth the price they charge for the rooms. Maybe bartering with an interior designer or other person of taste is an option they could explore since I'm sure the cost factor is significant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centered in Frankfort's historic Main Street, just two blocks from one of the most picturesque beaches of Lake Michigan, sits the historic Hotel Frankfort. Our 84 year old boutique hotel boasts 17 guest rooms, all with private baths, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning units and each decorated with a unique theme. Our larger suites feature whirlpool tubs or sauna, two-story rooms, and even a fireplace - perfect for your spectacular Northern Michigan getaway! Feel like dining in? We have a full scale restaurant, dining room and bar along with corporate conference facilities, with gourmet catered meals available for gatherings of up to 200. Come let us serve you in style and experience all Northern Michigan has to offer. From biking, to fishing our famous Salmon runs, snow skiing, sailing, or experiencing a great meal at one of our many unique restaurants, or even just watching a gorgeous sunset - Frankfort is the perfect place to explore! Whatever your pleasure, you'll be charmed by The Hotel Frankfort's blend of old world graciousness, modern-day amenities and peerless personalized service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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