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Boyne Highlands Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Harbor Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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62 reviews
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“Boyne Highlands Resort -Alpine Village”
Reviewed January 29, 2011

We agree with the other reviewer dated January 27, 2011. The Alpine Village condo's are very well appointed but a serious flaw is the ability to ski-in/ski-out. The lifts over to this area shut down at 3:30. Making skiing back to the condo impossible. A serious problem for those who want to ski late or at night.

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South Haven, Michigan
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

We have a group of guys who take an annual trip skiing for over a decade now. Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Nubs Nob are the only places in Michigan we'll stay anymore. Alpine Village 4-bedroom condos in the Highlands are big, roomy, and can accommodate a large group or a couple of families sharing. Most owners have decked out the condos to pack in the guests. Purchase the ski package and you can get discounted lift tickets plus hot buffet breakfast in the lodge. Our condo was missing a DVD player and the front desk delivered one to our door.

However, not all Alpine Condos are an easy ski-in/ski-out so beware. Ask for a condo south of the parking lot along Lois Lane, not North Peak Pass. Trust me, you do not want to ski over the parking lot to get to your condo, especially after night skiing ends at 9:00pm.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

This was our first ski trip to Boyne Highlands & we've had a really nice time. Do the Express Ski Rental before you go, we avoided a huge rental line by doing Express. The staff here are all fabulous and always go out of their way to help or answer questions and they never make you feel like they are rushed or doing you a favor. The breakfast buffet is fabulous & the omelette chef is top-notch. The hills/slopes are beautiful. The resort is quaint but not particularly high/end which was fine with us. The skiing is good with a variety of difficulty in the slopes. They offer nice complimentary events like horse drawn wagon rides and an outdoor bonfire with S'mores making, complete with a staff person to assemble them for you! Our biggest complaint is the noise - kids running up & down the halls & the noise from the outdoor pool is unbelievable. It is essentially one huge frat party that goes full-tilt until they close it at 11pm. Of course, not knowing to request otherwise, our room, which we paid extra for for a 'view of the slopes', mostly overlooks the pool and thus, the beer-guzzling party goers. Next time, we'll request a room away from the pool. Other than that, we've really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed January 2011
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Mi
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

The hotel seems pretty old, but the bed was super comfortable and the room was decent. The outdoor ho tub is huge and warm! Had a great time!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

When you drive up to the resort, it looks absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, the interior is in need of a major overhaul. We stayed at Bartely House which is away from the main lodge. If you are coming to ski or play golf, don't care what your room looks like and get a great rate you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for some creature comforts, this is not the place. About the only things Bartley House has going for it are good water pressure, large towels and it's clean. Our sink was stopped up for two days. You have to wonder how they can clean the bathroom with a sink that barey functions.The rooms are dark even with the lights on( all two of them). If the rooms in the main lodge are like the lobby and dining room, they also need updating. It's just plain dingy.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2010

The good - Beautiful especially as we were there as the leaves on the trees were changin color. The golf course was really nice. The value of the golf course and the rooms were both very affordable. Lots of family friendly things to do, from zip lines to hiking, etc.

The bad - Difficult to get to. I don't think there are a lot of great ways to get there. Parts of it feel like they have gotten some wear. It seems like the original plan was to sell houses all along the golf course but it seems as though the economy might have slowed that.

Other items of interest - While we were there, there were many bicycle riders so there must be some good places to ride in the area. The weather in late September was pretty good but starting to get a little chillier because you are very far north. The ski slopes were pretty mild, I wouldn't recommend it for a high level ski trip but for a family with little kids, it would be perfect.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

My husband and I just completed a weekend stay at Boyne Highlands from July 30th - August 1st. For us, the stay was free. My husband won the stay and a golf outing through work. The hotel rooms are a bit dated, but not terrible. They are clean. The linens and towels are soft and clean. The breakfast buffet was delicious. Each staff member was very courteous. The exterior of the hotel is very old world Bavarian. The grounds throughout all of Boyne Highlands are immaculate. We golfed The Moors course; it is beautiful! Great course. We had dinner at the Seminole Pub. Food was tasty there as well. The free chair lift wasn't too exciting, but hey it's free and is a nice view. There is a free shuttle to and from the Casino in Petoskey. It was a nice stay.

I highly recommend spending the afternoon in Harbor Springs. A pricey town but worth visiting. If you are looking for a scrumptious lunch I recommend dinning at The Pier (Stafford's Pier). They offer dining in the back patio overlooking the water. The food is fabulous and the view is terrific.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Boyne Highlands Resort
Address: 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Harbor Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Harbor Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Boyne Highlands Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 386
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Byne Highlands has grown to become one of Michigan's premiere all-season resorts and we've taken care to preserve the things that matter. That's why we provide plenty of excitement - from Zipline Adventures to horsedrawn sleigh rides - right alongside exceptional golf, dinner theatre, and countless opportunities for guests to share time together with family and friends. ... more   less 
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