I gave my rating as an overall 5 but I do have a small reservation. Anyway, I'm from Michigan and I needed to pay a visit to this area due to somewhat painful personal reasons. I am familiar with Bay City and Saginaw and have been to Clare but don't really know Gladwin or Harrison. Neither of these towns seem to have much structure; my impression was stores on either side of a highway. But Riverwalk Place really stood. Before I arrived I noticed my reservation was for one night but I needed two. When I arrived I was told they had upgraded my reservation to a suite.
Riverwalk Place was intended to be condos but that fell through because of the economy so it was decided to turn the place into a sort of hotel. On the ground floor are two shops selling clothing and other articles along with a restaurant which I am told is about the best in the area. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to eat there and was disappointed in that. The back of the hotel faces the Cedar River which isn't very wide, at least not at this point, but is very pleasant to view while dining. There is a riverwalk and I am told that in both directions the walk ends in a park. It looked like a very pretty walk.
My suite was on the third floor. There was a large living room with a large and completely stocked kitchen and two bedrooms. Both bedrooms had TV and bathrooms and there was another bathroom for the suite. There was also a laundry room with washer and dryer. But what attracted me the most was the large balcony shared with the suite next door which overlooked the Cedar River. The balcony and view really are stunning and the balcony was furnished with lounge chairs, a table and chairs for eating and playing games and other chairs placed about this very generous balcony.
My one small reservation was that in the bedroom overlooking the Cedar River there was not curtain and shade covering the window. There obviously was a shade at one time because there was a cord still attached to a pulley. Once the shade is replaced the suite will be perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner Riverwalk Place features overnight accommodations in luxurious suites and hotel rooms; delicious dining at Riverwalk Grill and unique shopping at RW Threads & Chic Boutique along with relaxing salon and spa treatments at Oasis Salon & Spa. ... more less