There are good reasons to stay at this hotel and good reasons not to. I will cover both.
First, reasons to stay here. This is a very family oriented hotel. The water slide, pool, and hot tub are sure to be enjoyed by your kids. If that is not enough to wear their batteries down, there is also a small playground and shuffleboard court outside. There is a wood deck next to the play area outside the parents can sit on while the kids play.
A continental breakfast is offered each morning. In most ways, it is similar to other hotels in this price range (I paid $59 for a Friday night in early summer but expect to pay more if you do not book far in advance). One advantage this breakfast had over other hotels in this price range is they had four waffle makers instead of one. In addition to the regular waffle batter, they also had a strawberry flavored batter. Also, they had several flavors of syrup. The woman taking care of the breakfast area was friendly and interacted with the guests.
While this property does not have a business center, there is a public computer in the lobby and free wi-fi is available. Complementary newspapers are not included but the Ludington Daily News is available for purchase in the lobby.
Now, why you should skip this property and stay elsewhere. Since this property is the only one in Ludington with a water slide, it is easy to imagine how many vacationing families stay here. It's not that their water slide is hugely elaborate (see attached picture) it's just the only game in town. I am surprised no other hotel has added one to their property. Many of the rooms in the hotel surround the pool area but there are some on a separate hallway on the south side of the property. When I was assigned to a room in this area, I saw it as a positive. Unfortunately, I was not far enough away from the noise. The walls and floors of this property must have been made using cheap materials because it is very easy to hear people running up and down the hallway. Also, every time a door opened and closed, it was easy to hear. I had the misfortune of being placed next to a noisy family. From what I could discern through the wall, it sounded like two families were staying in the hotel and were using the room next to mine to socialize. The kids were back and forth from joyful screaming to crying while the parents talked over the noise. I asked to be moved to another room but the hotel was full. As I knew would happen, they got tired around 10:00 or so and started to settle down. Better to be next to a noisy family who does not stay up late than noisy couples who stay up all night. I got up at 7:00 the next morning. I can say with great certainty they got up at 8:15. Could these walls possibly be any thinner?
Would I stay here again? I would certainly try to avoid it. If for some extreme reason it was unavoidable, I would request the very last room at the southern edge of the building in hopes I could detach myself from the noise. I understand kids will be kids but parents need to be responsible. When they are not, the resulting noise seems 10x magnified if the building has cardboard thin walls and floors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Lakewinds is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your stay. Close to beaches and great restaurants as well as downtown shopping. We offer several room types, one of them is sure to fit your needs. We have a family suite with two queen beds and a separate room with a king bed, great for the whole family. Or a whirlpool suite with a hot tub and fireplace perfect for two. Let the kids enjoy our playground area that is also a picnic area with a grill. We will start your day with a wonderful hot breakfast, Belgian waffles, sausage gravy and biscuits and much more, all compliments of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Splash Park Hotel Ludington
- Best Western Ludington
- Ludington Best Western