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“Friendly staff, clean room, bad breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
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Clarion Hotel Beachfront
Ranked #14 of 39 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Syracuse, Indiana
Level Contributor
6 reviews
“Friendly staff, clean room, bad breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We enjoyed our weekend spent in one of the hotel's jacuzzi rooms. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I very much appreciated the information provided at the hotel including coupons and suggestions. The room was much larger than anticipated and loved the jacuzzi tub in the suite. The only downside was all of the stairs we had to climb (4 flights) in order to get to our room. Also the hotel is laid out more like a motel (all exterior doors) it was quite a ways to the breakfast area which was on the 2nd floor across the parking lot in another area of the hotel/motel. Thank goodness for the waffles and bagels (they were good) but the eggs and biscuits and gravy were probably some of the worst we've ever had anywhere. Needless to say we went out for breakfast to a great place in town on day 2. Overall we really enjoyed our stay, but had a couple of notable drawbacks. Still loved the city and the island. Will be back again soon.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were very pleased with our recent stay here. Upon arrival, the front desk staff was very courteous and informative. Our room was on the top floor on the beach side with a balcony. It was a beautiful room and we were pleasantly surprised to have a vaulted ceiling which made the room seem even bigger. It was the perfect size for our family of 6. It was very clean. The breakfast was fabulous and the staff behind the counter were joyful and positive. In fact, all the staff we encountered had wonderful attitudes and were fantastic. We had a blast at the pool and hot tub. The first night the pool was amazing, it felt like bath water. The beach was wonderful. It was a bit too cool for us to use it this trip, but if it were warmer, I'm sure we would have sat out there and watched the kids play in the sand and swim. We were extremely pleased with our stay at this hotel and would very likely stay there again when/if we return to Mackinaw City.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Melissa E
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Knob Noster
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We were pleasantly pleased by this hotel's first impression with respect to location (right on the lake shore) and appearance as we pulled into the check-in lane. Then the check-in crew was extremely friendly and helpful. Finally, we were surprised to find we had been upgraded to a beautiful two-room suite for apparently no reason at all. Needless to say we were bowled over by this positive experience. But most importantly, the rooms were clean and the complimentary breakfast was robust. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank sugarmaple65336
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Oregon
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We reserved a room through Choice Hotels 800 number for the Clarion Beachfront with the understanding it was a beachfront room with balcony. After we checked in and got into our room it was apparent that it was not a beachfront room and no balcony. We went back to the front desk and explained the situation. Fortunately is was mid-week in October, and the staff helping us indicated that mix-ups did happen sometimes with the reservation system and gave us another room overlooking Lake Huron. The room was very nice, clean and the price was reasonable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank spingor
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Whitewater, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We have stayed at the Comfort Inn, Hamilton Inn and the Ramada Inn in Mackinaw City. The staff at the Clarion are the BEST! Understanding and they want your stay to be pleasant, unlike the Ramada Inn. When we arrived at the Ramada Inn to find the room that we had reserved was already occupied, we said we would stay one night (had reserved 4 nights). Called the Clarion and spoke with Dave. He reserved a room for us and was very understanding of our situation. The room we had at the Clarion was the best room we've had in Mackinaw City. The view of the Bridge and the Grand Hotel was fantastic! The breakfast area was spacious and the food was better than the previous mentioned motels. Definitely will stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank rugweaver
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Stanton, Michigan
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57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

I went around 3:30 to see if I could check in early. They checked me in but said my room wouldn't be ready till about 4:30. So I went and did some shopping while I waited got back around 5 just to be safe. Got my room keys and headed to my room. The room was big and very well cleaned. Bathroom was on the small size but the jacuzzi tub made up for that. The only bad parts about my stay were that I'm on the short size so climbing out of the jacuzzi tub was a bit of a challenge and the bed was not very comfy and I didn't go to break fast because of the location of the room. Other than those minor things I really enjoyed my stay

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank renob88
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Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

PROS: Newer sheets, comfortable bed and firm pillows. Clean room. Plentiful breakfast with lots of seating. Large flat screen TV in rooms. Check-out was quick.
CONS: Pool and whilrpool was enclosed, but you have to walk across the parking lot, and in cold weather it is not comfortable. Noise from rooms on either side of us, as well as footsteps in room above us. People were slamming their doors. All rooms have exterior doors. Pet policy not enforced. Breakfast room was on second floor, and very cool temperature inside, with a VERY small flat screen TV in an enormous room. Check-in was slow. No TV channel line-up card provided, and took us quite some time to find there was HBO, as no schedule was left on the first night. There was shiny black tile in the bathroom (a cramped area with a toilet and shower) and where the sink was. Very slippery and someday a possible lawsuit with a slip & fall could occur.
COMMENTS:We would stay there again only in a pinch. We feel the cons outweigh the pros at this hotel. We feel the difference in a Friday rate ($66) and a Saturday rate ($94) is not worth it as we could not use the pool because of the cold, and the HBO problem.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Clarion Hotel Beachfront
Address: 905 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9500
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Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Hotel Beachfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 115
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