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Waterfront Inn - Mackinaw City
1 review
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“How this place could get more than 1 star is beyond me.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

This motel is a perfect example of owners not putting any money or effort into keeping the property up to date and maintained to reasonable standards. At check in the clerks were rude but I believe this has more to do with having to explain this dump to people who expected much more than they recieved for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Ada, Michigan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

This was a very disappointing and sad experience in Mackinaw City. We have stayed at this same place before it changed owners, this time I was absolutely disgusted. The disrepair, lack of upkeep, bug infiltration is what greets you as you pull in. The rooms are not vacuumed, ( I had to borrow a vacuum from the worker after they supposedly had cleaned the room as there were still dead bugs and dirt on the carpet) It is advertised that they include Wi Fi but it is not available at all. In answer to the issue of lack of Wi Fi the manager on staff responded that they had their service provider on call and to wait a little while. Upon second request about 6 hours later she had the horrible customer service to yell at me and say " Well it just like a blown tire, when your service goes out there is nothing I can do but wait for the provider to get here to fix it",.... then, what I found out from a staff member is that the manager was lying to try to cover up the fact that the hotel service was not allowed to be upgraded to reach the hotel rooms. DO NOT DISAPPOINT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY BY BOOKING A STAY HERE.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

We went back this year. We had a great rate, and when we got there Sat night, they offered an upgrade to a lakefront with balcony for only $10 per night, so we did that. Room was clean, neat, not exciting, but decent size. Kids loved the pool. It is under new ownership, so no free breakfast any more, which is too bad because the breakfast was great. The internet service wasn't as good as last year, but last year we had 3 outside walls, this year only 2. It's not much to look at, but good for the price, right on the beach, great views. The new owners, however, are the family that is buying up a lot of property in Mackinaw City and bringing in big chain motels. That concerns me that they might do the same with this, thus eliminating another small, clean, and inexpensive motel for single moms like me.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

This was dirty, old and felt like a sleezy hotel. The only saving grace was there was a pool for the kids that was clean. There is a hotel next door with comparable prices that is ten times better, unfortunately they were booked and we were told this place was managed by the same people. I really hope not, because it was night and day....

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Lansing, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

The prices were very reasonable, and the rooms and service were outstanding.
The management and employees are always helpful with answers to questions that one might have with places to go, or where to eat.
The lobby also provides a good selection of brochures of nearby places for activities and entertainment.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Sebewaing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Beautiful view of Lake Michigan from balcony outside the room. Basic room--TV, WiFi, small fridge & microwave. No coffee in the room. Comfortable king size bed. Clean room. Price was right at $81/night. Open inset to hang clothes (no closet). Small round table w/ two padded chairs. Door molding was in need of repair. Small basic bathroom w/ sink, separated by door from shower area. Nice room for one night stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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albion mi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Okay, its not the prettiest motel I have ever stayed at, But for the price and the views from my room can't be beat. We had a room on the water with a balcony, so relaxing. The staff was very accomodating and made any request easy. We have stayed there twice now, and everytime we go to Mackinaw we will stay at the Waterfront!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Waterfront Inn - Mackinaw City

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 #8 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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