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“The Leland Lodge is recently remodeled, with new staff and owners” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Leland Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Leland
Farmington Hills, MI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Leland Lodge is recently remodeled, with new staff and owners”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

The experience I had was exceptional. I highly recommend it since new owners took over. It appears any negative comments below were previous to the new ownership. We could walk to the beach which was just down the street from the lodge. I thought the food at the restaurant was delicious, and we could sit outside and enjoy the view of the golf course. We could also walk downtown, which was very convenient. I would recommend staying here for any of my friends and family.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
5 Thank Bee B
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We spent two nights at the recently renovated Leland Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The room was spacious and well appointed - we loved the expansive deck right outside our door. We sipped drinks on the veranda overlooking the golf course and appreciated the time spent relaxing in the sun. The only caveat: the Lodge's restaurant needs to step up the appetizers and offer a few high quality plates. The salsa and nachos were definitely disappointing!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Linda L
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We recently stayed at the newly renovated cottages and were pleasantly surprised by how clean and fresh everything was. The staff was very accommodating in addressing all of our needs, as we were part of a fairly good size wedding group. Because there was apprehension (on our part) about whether the remodeling would be done in time for the wedding, we were amazed at how all three cabins were decorated & furnished. They were comfortable and served all of the families & friends well that weekend. We would highly recommended the "New & Improved" Leland Lodge.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Barb B
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Leland Lodge is a beautiful property, just remodeled with new owners. I was on a bicycle your of the Leelenau Peninsula and was surprised to find a bicycle rack out front. Check-in was quick and our room was huge. The room appeared to have new beds, bedding, and bath fixtures. The room was real clean. The place is a couple block walk into the main part of town. A wine tasting festival was in town the night we were there. Fish Town is neat to see and worth the short walk. In the morning they had muffins and donuts set out in the lobby for us. I thought the price was a little high. This room was almost twice the cost of our other two B&B rooms this trip, however this was by far the biggest room. I'm not sure if the fact that the M-22 Challenge and the Wine Tasting Festival were in town has any effect on the rates.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Jason B
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Over this past Memorial Day week-end, my wife and I had the pleasure of staying for two nights at the Leland Lodge, which, under new ownership, has undergone a complete renovation. Neglected and in decline over a number of years, the Lodge had become a kind of sad afterthought in a Michigan coastal town to which vacationers flock in the summertime. Its re-emergence was entirely welcome to a community which wishes it only the best, and all signs are that it's going to be a vital, comfortable, welcoming lodging-place for years to come. Our first night at the hotel, as longtime Leland vacationers, was literally the day after its grand opening. We'd heard fine things from friends who were impressed by a fresh new exterior which both preserves the historic charm of the Lodge and makes it particularly distinctive, and we weren't disappointed either by the interior or by the experience offered by its new owner/managers and staff. Literally everything has been revamped, from wiring to Traverse City-made new bedding, with the sole wise exception of the original wood panelling in the rooms. Each room has a fresh clean look, with neutral colors, and many have direct access to a second-floor deck which overlooks a large new patio surrounded by landscaping from Country Gardens, just down the road near Good Harbor Beach, and which will soon be covered (this may already have happened) by tables and offer cocktails and a fire pit. The new owners have sensibly maintained the distinctive look of the Lodge, not turning it into a version of a chain hotel while providing all of the modern amenities (with the exception of TV, which they believe shouldn't be necessary in a lovely destination such as Leland). The owners have made every effort to tap into local resources to furnish and maintain the accommodation, the only exception being their fleet of two-wheeled bicycle cruisers, complete with cupholder and bottle opener and available for rental, which come, they report with a laugh, from Walmart. We had a fine dinner in the bar/dining room, which, judging by the presence of a steady stream of other patrons, is meeting the expectations of discerning diners. Knowing that the Lodge had just opened, we expected some glitches in service or room maintenance, but the friendly, enthusiastic management and staff didn't miss a beat. Well located next to a (private) golf course, offering on its east side a view of Lake Leelanau, and steps from the center of town, marina, and Lake Michigan beaches, the Lodge has returned to being the destination it once was. The property also offers three separate cottages; not yet open when we were there, they have also been redone, and if what's been done to the main building is any indication, they are well worth a look by vacationers who'd like to spend a week or more, with the opportunity to do their own cooking. During our stay the management was happily showing rooms to visitors, and it was clear that all were impressed. It's great to see this asset to the Leland community returning to its former status. We're guessing that if you're interested in staying there, you should book early.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Dick T
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

My family stayed in a cottage at Leland Lodge during the summer before a trip to South Manitou Island. The area is beautiful and we could walk to the ferry as well as grocery store and restaurants. However, the cottage desperately needs upgrading. It seemed to be right out of the 1970's. Half the lamps were not working and either did the phone. It was very clean, but felt more like an old apartment than a hotel. I see there are new owners. Hopefully they update because the area is nice to visit and the hotel location is very convenient,

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank RoadtriptheWorld
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lelodge13, Front Office Manager at The Leland Lodge, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Yes, the Leland Lodge has new owners and is undergoing major renovations including the cottages. We have been closed since the purchase in November and will re-open the end of May.
Our Facebook page has pictures of our progress if you would like to see the extent of the renovations. We feel confident that you will enjoy the "new" lodge.
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Rochester Hills
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43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I were one of three couples that stayed at the Leland Lodge Resort September 7 – 10. We were in Room 204, a regular lodge room with king bed. Although the staff (when they were onsite) was very friendly and tried to be helpful, our stay was completely unsatisfactory for the following reasons:
1. We were not informed there would be a wedding in the ballroom directly below our room until we checked in. Even so, we had no idea we would be kept awake until 11 pm Saturday night by loud rap music with a booming bass that nearly shook the walls of our room. Since the purpose of our trip was to ride our bicycles and we planned to be up very early each morning, this severely disrupted our sleep time. One couple in our group was in a room farther away from the DJ and was not bothered. Our room was directly above the DJ. Since they had many empty rooms during our stay, they should never have booked us in that room.
2. Our room was not cleaned Sunday. We came back from our morning ride to an unmade bed, overflowing waste baskets, dirty towels, etc.
3. We were never able to get ice for our cooler and as a result, had to throw out half of the food we brought with us. Why couldn’t we get ice? Because it was in the bar area, which was locked whenever staff was not working. There was no staff on duty before 9 or 10 in the morning and after 5 or 6 in the evening and we left before 9 every morning to bike and came back from dinner around 8 in the evening, so the bar was always locked when we needed to get into it.
I wrote to the owner and requested a full refund of 2 of the 3 nights we stayed and never heard back from him.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
5 Thank ohmirose28
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lelodge13, Front Office Manager at The Leland Lodge, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
You will be happy to know that the Leland Lodge was recently purchased. The Lodge is currently undergoing major upgrades and renovations. I am sorry your previous stay wasn't up to par and hope you will give it another chance. It will once again be a great place to stay.
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Property: The Leland Lodge
Address: 565 E Pearl St, Leland, MI 49654-5055
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Location: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Leland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Leland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Leland Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Leland Lodge is located in picturesque Leland, uniquely situated between Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan. Just a few blocks from historic Fishtown, the Lodge has 18 rooms and 3 on-site cottages. We also have 2 dining outlets to fit every foodie need. Bogey's is our casual dining venue with an array of house-smoked meats and wonderful comfort food. The Wine Cellar is our newest outlet, with a 200-bottle wine list and an impeccable menu featuring local products and house technique by our Executive Chef, Richard Witham. Both have views overlooking the 8th hole of the Leland Country Club. The Wine Cellar is open exclusively for private events. We are also a full-service event facility, with meeting, cocktail and reception spaces to suit any event or party. We are open year-round and look forward to creating an unforgettable Northern Michigan experience for all of our guests! ... more   less 
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