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Waterfront Inn - Mackinaw City
sterling heights, MI
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good Place to Stay for the Price”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

On many trips to Mackinaw City with all my teenage kids we have always stayed at the Dockside. This time with only my youngest son I decided to find less expensive lodging and the Waterfront was it. As prior reviewers have noted, it is an older property but is run well and kept clean. We had a waterfront room with twins which was large enough for the time we spent there. There is no coffee maker or iron but there is coffee available at the front in the morning along with a breakfast. We generally eat breakfast elsewhere and did this trip so I can't comment on the inn breakfast. Given the good management, I would guess that an iron would be supplied if you asked. We arrived a little early and the room wasn't ready but I was allowed to check in and it was ready when promised. I do have 2 complaints. First, the doorwall latch was broken so the door was "locked" by using a piece of wood placed between the door and the frame. It works but...Also, although there is a wood framed balcony, the top rail is so high that when you sit in a chair the rail blocks the view of the water which is kind of the point of a lakefront room with balcony. Although we didn't use the beach, it did not look as nice as that of some of the other properties to the north but that didn't appear to stop a lot of people from using it. You can also have a fire in the fire pit on the beach and there are grills available. All in all for the price, the place is fine.

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Michigan
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

stayed 2 nights room was dated but very clean, lakefront views on Lake Huron front desk very friendly. Property older but again kept tidy. Just on the outskirts so miss all the congestion of town but it is within walking distance and across street from a great bike trail. Hard to find lakefront rooms at this price especially on a summer weekend in Mackinaw

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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sudbury, ontario
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2011

this place is a lovely spot by the water. Clean and the hospitality and service was excellent. They even made sure the shuttle (to the ferry) came back after we missed it. I would definetly stay there again. Hotwire made an excellent choice for a place to stay, very close to downtown..The fresh waffles for breakfast were delicious..

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2011

very nice service, the guy at the front desk is amazing upgraded our room for free. Room was very basic average motel.We had them turn off the door light because of huge and scary fish bugs that if you open the door they will fly right in but for the price its nice... because the clarion next door was 200 bucks a night...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Mishawaka, Indiana
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2011

This hotel was old, but pretty clean. It's located in a safe area and the staff was friendly. The room we stayed in contained just a king size bed, television, small table with chairs, and a small bathroom. Even though this hotel was very dated, it was also very clean. The maid left an envelope on the table expecting a tip, which I found tacky, but overall, it's a good place to rest your head at night. The breakfast contained three cereals (Raisin Bran, Fruit Loops, and Frosted Flakes), a waffle iron, crumbly muffins, toast, orange juice, and coffee.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Pontiac, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed July 31, 2011

We were a party of 4 families. Three stayed at this place and the other at the sister property Mackinaw Beach and Bay - Inn & Suites. Waterfront Inn is completely run down. The rooms are absolutely horrible. They were cleaned but that didn't make up for the falling plaster, missing shingles, and horrible smell. This place should be condemned.
As for the the other place, Mackinaw Beach and Bay - Inn & Suites, the rooms were nicer the management is incompetent. See the review for details.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

This hotel is clean, but it is definately getting old. Could hardly get our balcony door wall open. When I told them as we checked out, they said they would fix it right away - my fault for not complaining when we first got the room. Pool and hot tub were nice. Free breakfast has a lot to be desired. However, the price was very reasonable. The management is extremely nice. So if you want modern and up to date, don't stay here. If budget is more a concern, then you probably will enjoy. We had a balcony overlooking Lake Huron.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Waterfront Inn - Mackinaw City
Address: 1009 S Huron Ave, P.O. Box 302, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9797
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Waterfront Inn - Mackinaw City 2*
Number of rooms: 88
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