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Birchwood Inn
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Great time, Great Price and and Great smells and the pool is 9ft. deep. . A nice getawayfrom the over priced chain motels. Simple pleasures!

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

They are true to their claim to preserve the hotel from the era in which it was built! It is very old. Our mattress was absolutely terrible. I sat on it and sunk almost to the floor. I had an extremely uncomfortable sleep. The carpet must be original from the 1960s as there was a very strong musty smell when we walked into the room which kicked up an allergy attack for the weekend. The water pressure in the hotel (which was full our stay) could not handle flushing very well. There are no modern conveniences in the room such as a hairdryer or fridge. You have to sign out a blow dryer at the front desk. There was no full length mirror in the room either-only the small face level bathroom mirror. They offer a continental breakfast which is literally only some bagels, bread to toast, coffee, mini muffins and there were 1 or two eggs or yogurt. Don't expect Super 8 style breakfast. You have to eat breakfast elsewhere I would say. However, all that said it was clean and I did check. And, the staff was polite. There was a pool and swing set for the kids which a bunch were enjoying. We stayed as it was the only hotel room that weekend in town and it was conveniently located on the M119 cycling route of the tunnel of trees. However, next time if it's the last room, I'll stay home. It was cheap for a reason.... you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Do not accept a "closet" room at any cost!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

As others have said, the Inn is very clean and comfortable and everyone there is super nice. The walls however are very thin and I was startled awake by a group of men at 1:00 AM who were unpacking their SUV, talking guy talk with each other (obnoxious, but at least they were using day time voices and not rowdy given the hour) I could hear their entire conversations. At 115 am, I think they tried to open the room joining door which was thankfully locked. (I had stacked pillows over my head to try to block the noise so not for sure which door it was).

I don't know why they were assigned rooms so close to me on a sparsely occupied night. It put a dark mark on an otherwise acceptable stay. I would give them another try because of their great people.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Recently a friend and I traveled to Harbor Springs to attend the end of the season party at Legs Inn. Our intent was to find a comfortable and reasonable place to stay while visiting the area. The Birchwood Inn exceeded our expectations. Our room was very comfortable and clean. The day room is flooded with sunlight and has a wonderful fireplace to sit by. It truly is a place to reflect and relax. We will definitely return for another visit.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

We recently stayed at The Birchwood Inn for three nights with our dog on a mini vacation. It was just after Labor Day weekend, so the summer vacation season had just ended. This is a lovely place to stay. Situated at the edge of the "Tunnel of Trees" which is a beautiful stretch of road, and right next to an equestrian center, the setting is picturesque, wonderfully quiet and convenient to all the surrounding towns. Upon check in we were given a "puppy pak" which consisted of a clean sheet to cover our bedspread with, a clean up bag for the yard, a set of guidelines for our stay with our dog and a biscuit for her to enjoy. She was welcome to go anywhere on the property, although I doubt that they would have allowed her to go into the swimming pool.
This place was built in the 60's and that is what it looks like. If you are a baby boomer like we are, its the kind of place you stayed in as a kid. The management has elected to keep the building in essentially its original condition, which means that you will see signs of wear and tear. But if you appreciate things like an "honest to God" bathtub rather than a creepy fiberglass enclosure, mosaic tile on the floors in their original pale yellow and white, wonderful sliding windows with old fashioned screens that open so you can enjoy the night air, old knotty pine furniture and a real screen door, you will like this place. Even though the structure is older and showing its age, the room was very clean and was nicely tidied up every day when we were gone. Amenities are basic--soap and shampoo, plenty of nice clean towels, an ice bucket and plastic cups. TVs are not flat screens, but they have cable and a decent selection of channels. The heat is baseboard heat, and each unit has its own air conditioning unit. One thing I appreciated was the fact that the AC had a "fan only" setting, so even if I didn't want the AC at night, I could run the fan so the steady sound of it could help me sleep.
The Birchwood Inn has a wonderful common room where you can enjoy the continental breakfast. Our dog was permitted to accompany us into this spacious area, complete with a small library if you wanted a book to read, a piano if you felt musically inclined, a big working fireplace, lots of fun antiques and cozy old furniture. Kind of like the family room of the house where all your friends liked to hang out in high school. There are also several grills and very nice outdoor seating as well. The breakfast is basic--breads, muffins and cakes, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice, yogurt, peanut butter and cream cheese. It was attractively laid out and everything was very nice.
The people are friendly and laid back--very welcoming to us and our dog. One night we had to take her out for a potty break and accidentally locked ourselves out of our room (another old touch--you get real keys--not plastic swipe cards to open your door) It was about 10:30 and no one is in the lobby at that time. We found an emergency phone in the anteroom and called for help. Someone came immediately and let us in, so the crisis was averted. Another fun aside--if you go out after dark you can hear owls singing in the woods, and the Canada Geese fly over in the morning and you wake to the sound of them overhead. There are some old apple trees at the back edge of the property and they were dropping their fruit while we were there. While we didn't see any deer in the area, the management did say they are frequent visitors.
So that is our experience with the Birchwood Inn. I would say if you had a group of young people for a ski or bicycle trip (the area is replete with bicycling trails and this is located nicely to access them) this hotel would make an excellent choice. Or if you just want a lovely, nostalgic place to stay this is the place. If you are traveling with your pet you can't do better than this spot. But If you can't abide things looking a bit old or rustic, then go to one of the larger towns and stay at the Best Western or something.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

I booked this room online and the pictures don't tell the real story... This inn is "quaint" in an old, needs work sort of way. Pretty run down. The rooms were pretty clean though. Smelled pretty musty and it felt a little like camping indoors. Would be great for a family who just wants a place to stay with a bunch of kids and don't need anything special. In this trip I had my mother and too older aunts and was never informed that our room was upstairs and we would have to climb two flights of outdoor rusty steps to get to the room. However, when it was pointed out to the desk clerk that this room would not be possible, she was extremely nice and worked very hard to make sure that we had a room that was appropriate even "upgrading" us to a larger room at the same price. The staff we met were all very nice and tried very hard to make our stay nice. I was just a little disappointed at the overall appearance of the place. I wouldn't say don't stay here, but if you are looking for a typical hotel room, you should probably stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We avoid chain lodging whenever possible, and were happy to find the Birchwood during a visit to the area, in part for the Bliss Fest. The breakfast could have used a little tweaking, but it was welcome, and we loved the lodge room, the pool area, the horse farm next door, and did i mention the affordability? We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 7291 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740-8925
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Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Harbor Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harbor Springs
Price Range: $79 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Birchwood Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close your eyes and picture a place to relax at in Northern Michigan. Cozy chairs, field stone fireplace, tranquil courtyard. A place with history, wood beams, and lodge decor. Throw in warm hospitality that comes naturally from a seasoned staff and you will find yourself at Birchwood Inn. Built in the early sixties as a corporate retreat for New Era Potato Chips, Birchwood Inn has been carefully preserved by the Innkeeper with the lodge aura intended by the builders. We welcome individual travelers and group gatherings alike. Birchwood Inn is perfect for family reunions, destination weddings, sporting groups, seminars, and of course corporate retreats. The philosophy of the original builder, comfortable surroundings fosters friendships, is deeply held by the Innkeeper of today. ... more   less 
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