My family & I are currently staying here during Tip up Town celebration. It's right off the highway & there are plenty of places to eat around here. We came up here with a large trailer for snowmobiling - there was plenty of space to park. Located a few miles from where the big Tip up Town stuff is set up, but it's only a short ride by snowmobile to the lake. Rooms & hotel are s little dated, but they are very clean. Front desk staff are helpful & friendly. Housekeeping is quick, friendly & helpful too. Pool area is extremely well kept & decorated nicely. Pool is not huge, but still a nice size - water is warm & clean. They, also, have a hot tub & sauna that are a nice feature. My 7 year old daughter is having a blast splashing & swimming. Definitely recommend.
We stayed at the Super 8 in Houghton Lake for a couple nights in late December, while in the area visiting family. As much as I love to write glowing reviews for lodgings, this is a pretty mixed bag.
The hotel itself was basically…average. That’s to be expected from Super 8, but this was less-than-your-typical-Super-8 average.
The lobby is a nice little area with a gift shop. They have an assortment of touristy items, some themed to the area, and this is also the area where the front desk is. It’s situated so that it’s hard to discern if its main purpose is to be the front desk, or the gift shop.
The room itself was clean, but small. We were given a room directly next to an entry door, so there was a lot of noise with people coming and going at all hours. The room is also rather…minimal. No closet for putting things away, just a wall-hanging coat rack. The kind with the hangers that have the little nub at the top and they have to fit inside the holes in the clothes rod….that I didn’t think they still made.
It’s a good thing that we travel with our own bathroom amenities, because the bathroom stock consisted of a bottle of “conditioning” shampoo (which should be labeled “dries your hair out and creates static electricity shampoo”), and a small, square bar of soap that was awkward to hold on to. That’s it. No lotion No mouthwash. No hair cap (not that I’d ever use one). The towels were terrible and were rivaled in their abrasiveness only by sliding down a two-story cheese grater with no clothes on. And they were smaller than average towels. And one of the washcloths were stained. A yellowish stain. I was afraid to use it.
We stayed for Thursday and Friday nights, and our room was not cleaned on Friday. We left the room at about 11:00 a.m. and when we returned about 10:00 p.m. the room hadn’t been touched, and we did not have the Do Not Disturb sign out.
The pool area is large and decorated with hunting and fishing and outdoorsy stuff. It’s actually rather neat, giving the room a northern Michigan feel. There is a sauna, but we didn’t use it. The pool was cold. I have a sneaking suspicion that the pool water consists of the snow that has just melted off the roof. Yea. Cold. Outside the pool area was a playscape, some picnic tables and a grill. (It was 15° outside. We weren’t using those on this trip.)
The hot tub was a great temperature and seats about 6, but could have used some attention. Amongst the bubbles and foam that gather at the top of any hot tub was (for lack of a better word) a scum line. It was actually rather gross, because you don’t know if it was a grease slick left over from someone who works in a machine shop and used it as a bathtub, or if it was an amalgamation of lotions, soaps, deodorants, and hair products that most hot tub filters filter out. Regardless, if it weren’t for the very cold nature of this time of the year, I wouldn’t have even put my foot in to see how warm it was.
Otherwise the property was well maintained. The access road was well plowed (there had been a pretty significant snowfall the day we arrived), the common areas were kept clean, and the staff was very pleasant.
If you’re looking for a place to crash for a night that is easily accessible and you’ll be spending minimal time in the room, this location will fit the bill. This won’t be the kind of hotel you write home about.