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Hometown Inn
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

If you're spending a few days in and around Indian River, Burt Lake, or Mullett Lake, the Hometown Inn is about your choice for a hotel other than driving to Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, Petoskey or the airport in Pellston.

A good location right off I-75, the Hometown Inn was until about a year ago a Holiday Inn Express franchise. It's my understanding the then-owners refused to make some of the upgrades that are being imposed on Holiday Inn Express franchises.

The first thing I noticed upon checking in was a large sign reading "under new management." The lobby has an up-north lodge feel, is clean and welcoming. There is also a large pool that is regularly used by locals for swimming in the colder months.

Rates weren't too expensive -- they hovered between $69 and $80 on a weekend. The rooms are basic. The TV may be older, but it has 99 channels. The decor is basic and is probably original to when the hotel opened as a Holiday Inn Express in the late 1990s.

I was given a smoking room, though I don't smoke and there were no ash trays in the room. (There also wasn't any odor.)

On the downside, the rooms are basic. There's no coffeemaker, and the complimentary toiletries -- still carrying the Holiday Inn Express logo -- are limited with only a bar of hand soap and a small bottle of shampoo (with no conditioner) provided. On the positive side, the Hometown Inn provides free wireless internet, which is very good and super fast. While I was disappointed not to have a coffeemaker, there was an iron and ironing board, as well as a hairdryer in the room.

The air conditioning worked well in my room, which was generally clean and well attended, though I did fine a piece of hair in the bathtub.

I didn't take advantage of the breakfast bar, but there seemed to be a fair number of people having a meal in the morning and I didn't overhear any complaints. The public spaces seemed clean, though the lighting in the hotel seemed a bit dark.

Overall, this is a decent hotel and is probably better than the other local hotels/motels. On the downside, it doesn't offer much frills and could use a redesign of the interior and lighting. If you're staying for a couple days around Indian River, you really won't find a better place to stay other than a cottage.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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