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“Owner was very helpful.”
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Julie's Motor Inn
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Reviewed August 8, 2011

My friend and I stayed in this hotel during a trip to Keweenaw in August 2011. The price was good ($55 for a double). The rooms were a bit dated, but not in a bad way. Thermostat and A/C worked excellent. Location is close to town.

The hotel no longer has a pool; it has been converted to a flower garden, but it is very pretty.

Speaking of very pretty, the owner, Julie, is quite a nice looking woman and VERY knowledgeable about the local area. We asked her for some advice on places to swim and she gave us about eight suggestions. She even was able to give us information like, "About forty miles up US-41 there is a dirt turn-around on the right side of the road. Turn in there, go down the path, and there is a river with a swimming hole that you can jump in." We followed her instructions and found the swimming hole, just as she said!

So, she is very knowledgeable about the area. Rooms are small but clean, no bed bugs (in mine at least), good amenities and great place to stay, it you don't mind the 70's wooden paneling on the walls.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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InnkeeperJulie, Owner at Julie's Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

Hello Boys – I totally remember chatting with you gentlemen in the parking lot prior to you leaving on your Keweenaw adventure. I’m so glad to hear you were able to find the swimming hole in Eagle River. Having been born and raised in this neck of the woods has many advantages for me in running my small business. I am also happy to share with you that since Spring 2012 we are fully independent, no fancy franchise, just the “mom & pop” that many of my guests have come to appreciate. We are slowly renovating many rooms (replacing the paneling with dry wall) and updating the furniture and lighting. All rooms now have refrigerators, free WIFI, desks, easy chairs and continued wonderful housekeeping by my staff....with NO bed bugs. I thank you for your time in reviewing our property and invite you to come see us again soon - the same friendly smiles await you at the front desk!

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Reviewed June 8, 2007

We stayed here one night while traveling through the Upper Peninsula. The hotel is a few miles south of town, on US-41, which is a little farther out than I expected. It is arranged as a typical motor court, with a row of rooms on three sides of the square and parking and the pool in the middle. There were a few second-story rooms on one side, but our room was on the single story side.

The room was nice. It seemed to have relatively new carpet and furnishings and it was clean. The doors were heavy, solid wood that made us think "1950's" but not in a negative way. The room was quiet and had a thermostat that worked well. Everything was comfortable.

The tiny bathroom was really tiny, though. To get to the toilet, tucked in a corner between the stand-up shower stall and the sink, one had to be careful. Tall people would have great difficulty squeezing into the space without getting bruised. The shower head was low too, and the shower stall did not allow much room to maneuver. New towels would be appreciated, as the ones we had were very thin. Also, the cold water taps had a lot of air and rust in them when first turned on. This could have been because we were there at the very beginning of the summer season; maybe no one had stayed in the room all winter.

The owner was the only staff member we interacted with and she was friendly and helpful. During breakfast in the lobby/office, she made conversation with us. Breakfast offerings were minimal: small sweet rolls and coffee only. The outdoor pool was not yet open for the summer, so we didn't use that.

This place was a good value, although a little far away from the rest of town.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2014
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Stayed: September 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Julie's Motor Inn

Address: 46995 US Highway 41, 3 miles from Hancock, Houghton, MI 49931-9019 (Formerly Budget Host Inn Houghton)
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Houghton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Price Range: $40 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled quietly off the highway 2 miles SE of downtown Houghton, Julie's Motor Inn provides a comfy, cozy, relaxing stop for your visit to the area. All rooms have small refrigerators, free WIFI, ample parking (many rooms at-door), morning coffee with grab-n-go items, and plenty of smiles to warm your stay. Rooms have been recently renovated with new furnishings - all double rooms having queen beds, an easy chair and desk area. In the summertime take in the garden/picnic area during the day or enjoy a bonfire at night. Only minutes from Michigan Tech University, Isle Royale Boat Dock, beaches, nordic & alpine skiing, golf, fine dining and downtown excitement...We are available four seasons! We offer special rates for university families and extended stay rates (weekly or monthly) based on availability. If you need a change from the franchise scene WHY NOT give us a try?! We would love to have you as our guest. ... more   less 

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