We stayed here for one night on a stopover on our way to Mackinac Island. Gaylord, a rest belt Michigan town that has seen better times, is an hour away from the ferry boats to Mackinac. Next time, we'll choose another stopover. Like the town, the Holiday Inn tries hard, but just doesn't have the traffic to move from 2 stars to 3 stars. The Holiday Inn is undergoing the corporate-required makeover, but the hotel still overlooks a gas station, so it's a waste of money. The rooms are nice enough--in a Holiday Inn kind of way--with new carpet and bedding, but the whole hotel has the feeling of a 1970s dorm, complete with greasy handrails in the stairways. My children wanted to leave when we pulled up outside. The new Holiday Inn blue lighting outside created an eerie warning: Get Out!!! It was late, so we endured. The swimming pool was closed for repairs (of course)! The breakfast was horrid: cold boxed scrambled eggs, stale bread and mysterious bacon started our day. I told everyone not to eat the cold eggs--clearly not compliant with health department regulations. Now, on the other hand, there isn't any better place to stay in Gaylord! Which is really the point of my post: Michigan is so depressed, that service, quality, and hope are non-existent. It's sad: but why waste your vacation dollars on sad. Next time, we'll stay in another Michigan city on our way to beautiful Mackinac Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Gaylord, in Northern Michigan, 45 minutes from beautiful Mackinac Island and located on the 45th parallel Gaylord, Michigan. Guest rooms are equipped with refrigerators, free wired/wireless high-speed Internet access and a 27 cable television with HBO & voice mail. King rooms offer 32' HD LCD TVs with DVD players. Free DVD rentals are available at the front desk! We also offer Jacuzzi rooms. Enjoy the spectacular hot Smart Start breakfast and our indoor heated pool, hot tub, dry sauna and fitness center. Our 2 meeting rooms accommodate 6-50 people. For outdoor enthusiasts we are minutes to Treetops Golf Resorts, Boyne Mountain and Shanty Creek. Join us in Gaylords golf Mecca with 24 of Michigan finest golf courses.Upcoming events: Boyne Morel mushroom Festival, regional hockey playoffs, soccer tournament, and baseball camp, trout season is open! Guides available. Plenty of shopping and restaurants are located nearby as are Halliburton, Wal-Mart, Lowe s, Home Depot, Norandex, Georgia Pacific, Wolverine Power, Holland Dist. Gordon Foods , M-DOT, MIDNR, Nabisco, Reinhart, and the Ostego County Sportsplex. We are FEMA approved for all federal and state meetings. Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Gaylord! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Gaylord Hotel Gaylord
- Holiday Inn Gaylord