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Bay View of Mackinac Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #10 of 14 Mackinac Island B&B and Inns
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed August 1, 2005

My wife and I stayed in room 302 at the Bayview Inn for three nights beginning on July 4, 2005. Prior to booking the room, I made several inquiries with the hotel staff regarding the hotel and the room(s) that were available during this period of time. During the conversations with the hotel employees, I was assured that the room available (room 302) was a normal room with an air conditioner in the room.

Upon checking into the room, it was obvious that room 302 was not the normal room as advertised by the hotel staff. First, the door to the bathroom could not be fully opened because the bed was situated within two feet of the bathroom door. Additionally, the already cramped room contained an extra bed that had to be used as the storage site for our luggage since there was no other space to store the luggage. Finally, the space between the bed and the window was occupied by a portable air conditioner. Opening the windows to the room was not an option because this room did not face the lake breeze, and screens for the window were not provided until the last night. Not only was the air conditioner noisy, in order to keep the unit operating, I was required to remove and empty the drip pan on 3-4 occasions every night. Not surprisingly, neither my wife or I received a full night's sleep during the entire stay.

Of course, we did attempt to complain to the manager after the first night. However, the hotel employee told us that the hotel manager was not onsight and that if we had a complaint we could mail it to the manager. Moving to another hotel at this point was not an option because of the lack of vacant rooms on the island. In summary, we were disappointed in the accommodations provided, and we were even more disappointed in the lack of response regarding our complaints.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed July 30, 2005

What a wonderful first-time experience on the island! The Bay View was terrific. Upon arrival, there is hot, fresh chocolate chip cookies and lemonade or coffee. The room we had was small, but beautifully furnished and very romantic. We had a "bay" view window and we could watch the street and the fort. We could hear the "clip clop" of the horses passing by. The porch and deck were great places to watch people or the marina. The rooms were very private and quiet. Didn't know there were others in the building when we were in our room. The evening "snack" was fantastic... a big bowl of warm chocolate cake with whipped cream, ice cream and a cherry... (the night we stayed). VERY YUMMY. And breakfast was a BIG deal with several courses served to you in a cute dining room. Yes, it was a bit pricey, but well worth it. GREAT location, just at the edge of the downtown... close enough to walk to every where, but far enough away for a little peace and quiet!!!!

16  Thank deanejc
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Reviewed May 30, 2005

My wife and I spent a night at the Bayview B&B over Memorial Day weekend. The inn is located on the water with a nice view of the harbor. Take the Arnold line ferry service from the mainland, its terminal is closest to the property and it's a short walk from the boat. We were given room #101 on the ground floor right by the front door to the property. My advice is avoid this room and, I believe, room no. 102 across the hall - when the front door closes, the noise and vibration are quite noticeable. Plus, people come and go all night long. If you're a light sleeper (like my wife), this can be annoying. The coffee is quite good and the desserts they serve in the evening are yummy - when we were there, it was an ice cream sundae.

We had an unfortunate experience Memorial Day morning. I don't know if it was due to the Memorial Day holiday or if this is standard practice, but breakfast that day was served across the street at the Island House. At check-in, we were supposed to have been given tickets entitling us to breakfast at the Island House, but we never got them. We didn't know to ask for them since there was nothing in the documentation provided us prior to arrival that we'd be eating breakfast across the street and needed tickets, nor did the check-in clerk mention this. There was nothing we could do about it that morning - the front desk was closed and there was no one from the staff present. So, we left and had breakfast in Mackinaw City. Needless to say this was a disappointment. Moral of the story: when you check in, ask about breakfast tickets so you don't befall the same fate we did.

Breakfast and door-shutting problems aside, this is a nice place to stay on the island.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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9  Thank dave1013
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Reviewed May 30, 2005

We stayed three nights at the Bay View Bed & Breakfast in the "Executive Suite" at a cost of $295. per night + 9% tax. The "suite" consists of a bedroom, room with toilet and bathtub, kitchen area, room with sink and a sitting area. The room was billed as having a "water view" and this is true but it is not a very good view - the water can only be seen from the back of the suite, by looking over the unattractive roofs of buildings that stand between the suite and the water. The suite has a jetted bath for two. The first night of our stay, we ran the water and got in, then turned the jets on. This proved to be a terrific mistake because, within a minute or two, we found ourselves literally surrounded by a thick, swirling mass of what we suppose was bacteria, dark brown, slimy matter that had evidently been within the bath tub water lines. We know that some manufacturers of jetted "in line" tubs have been sued for diseases attributed to these mold or bacteria problems, and it was, in any case, very disgusting. We got out, went into the shower / bathtub room and rinsed off, then went to find the desk attendant. She expressed appropriate concern and offered to have someone clean the bathtub immediately, but it was late in the evening (approximately 10:00 P. M.) and we were tired and not interested in having someone in to clean the room at that hour. (The next morning, I awoke to find that the water had drained from the tub, leaving the residue of scum which I photographed, and the photograph of which I'm posting with this review.) The next day, two members of the house cleaning staff spent some time cleansing the jetted bath, but we couldn't bring ourselves to use it again, and were deprived of any enjoyment for this important "selling point" of this suite. In general, the Bay View Inn appears to be pleasant and attractive, although there were many problems with work in progress including torn wall paper, unpainted walls and unfinished and torn carpeting, all of which should, we think, have been attended to prior to renting the suite. In addition, the carpeting appeared to be extremely soiled througout the suite. Most problematic of all, however, was the fact that the entry into the suite is through the sleeping area, with the common areas at the other end; this meant that we could hear a lot of what occurred in the hallway outside of our door, even late at night, which disturbed our sleep somewhat. Wish that I could rate this better - it appears to be a cheerful place with a generally competent and agreeable staff, but our experience was too disappointing and uneven for us to provide a better rating.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Columbus, OH
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Reviewed January 19, 2005

My husband and I honeymooned at the bayview the week of Oct. 18th 2004. We couldn't have picked a better place. The staff was wonderful! The food was amazing! We stayed in the harbor suite. Our room was beautiful, warm, and romantic. The room was clean and decorated perfectly. Oct. is a lovely time of the year to go to Mackinac and the Bay View. Everything is dicounted because the island is getting ready to shut down. The Bay View was the perfect quiet place for our honeymoon. We hope to go back for many anniversaries. One more note. We spent the last few days at the Grand Hotel. The Grand hotel is beautiful to look at but it doesn't hold a candle to The Bay View.

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Greenville, SC
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Reviewed October 24, 2004

We chose the Bay View after reading a number of reviews and consulting Tripadvisor.com. Unfortunately our experience did not match up (with the exception of the food!) with the experience of other guests. The front desk staff was very poorly trained and found it impossible to arrange taxi transportation or dinner reservations. If you are familiar with the island and are not in need of these services the Bay View could be a great place to stay. Perhaps the most disappointing facet was the lack of follow up by the Yoder's (owners of the Bay View). We wrote to them of our disappointment and never even received a "sorry about your experience and thanks for your comments" letter.

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Reviewed October 18, 2004

We spent our first anniversary here this past weekend and the Bay View was a beautiful building in a perfect location on the island. The staff was so friendly and fun and we especially enjoyed chatting with the locals in the front room. In October the weather on the island was less than pleasant but the fire in the hearth in the front room was so inviting as was the free coffee, cookies, and dessert! Our room on the third floor was small but sufficient. I would recommend splurging for the larger rooms overlooking the water to make the most of this nice place.

We were most pleased with the thickness of the walls. There were a number of guests in the hotel and we didn't hear a peep! A great stay...

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Address: PO Box 448, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-0448
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
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Ranked #10 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range: $95 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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