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Clarion Hotel Beachfront
Ranked #16 of 39 Hotels in Mackinaw City
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5 reviews
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“In desperate need of maintenance and renovation.”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We recently stayed at this hotel in Room 421 and overall were very disappointed. It was obvious there was no preventative bug spraying and the bug situation was out of control and rendered the balcony overlooking the lake un-useable. Windows and doors did not close and seal properly leaving various method for the flying insects to enter the room. The room general condition would be considered poor at best. Obvious signs of water damage from a roof leak and what appeared to be black mold around the water stained areas. The carpet did not appear to be clean either. The only aspect that I would consider fair would be the bed. The bed was reasonably comfortable.

The exterior of the hotel looks very nice but frommy perspective it is lipstick on a Pig. It looks nice from the outside but bottomline it is still a pig of a hotel.

Based on our experience, our next stay in Mackinaw City will be at a different hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The room was clean and the beds were comfortable, the only thing was the over sized dresser took up so much room that there wasn't even a small desk, which we appreciate having. Also the mini-fridge and microwave were in the bathroom because of the design of the room.

The breakfast area included hot foods, and was large with plenty of room between the tables.

There is a small beach area behind the hotel which would be fun to relax at if the weather had been warmer. It was still nice to go back there and see the lake after dinner.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I applaud the on site manager of this lovely hotel. His behavior on the phone and in person reflected his kindness, obvious commitment to the comfort of his guests, and his concern for the welfare and treatment of his employees. Specifics: my room was not ready upon my arrival, so I offered to "walk around" a bit, while waiting. Instead, despite a full house, I was immediately given a room (spacious and even nicer than the one I had reserved). In every way, I was made to feel welcome. Memorial Day weekend is hectic anywhere there are tourists, but the long lines and other challenges the staff faced did not deter their pleasant, professional demeanor. The breakfast room is the largest and sunniest I've seen, again staffed by pleasant, smiling people; despite the continual stream of guests in the fully occupied hotel, the coffee pot, waffle mix, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and breads were kept stocked. No yogurt or half and half, but that's a quibble; there was plenty of cereal, oatmeal, and mixed cut fruit, along with the requisite condiments like cream cheese and peanut butter. Really nice pool, exercise equipment, electronic games for kids. Located on the south end of town, still an easy walk to the center of things, and quieter. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms on the beach are more expensive. Opt for one if the view is important. I was on the third flo...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Love the Clarion!!! Dave is amazing and provided us with Great customer service! We had very poor customer at the comfort Inn cabins across the street .....Dave stepped in and saved the day! Thanks for everything.....we will be back!!!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Troy, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I recently visited with my girl scout troop and their moms. The staff were very helpful in putting us in adjoining rooms and all together. We had seven courtyard rooms and all of them were very nice and clean. The pool is in a separate building in between the two buildings of rooms. It was also clean and the girls said the water was warm. The breakfast room was in the opposite building than our rooms. The food was your standard continental breakfast with waffles. It was nice to grab a quick breakfast before catching the ferry. The pool and breakfast room having to be accessed from outside was a tiny bit inconvenient but that was because it was freezing outside. Had the weather been nicer it would not have mattered.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Oneonta, New York
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

First, it seems there just isn't much from which to choose when it comes to a Mackinaw City hotel. I chose this one because it was the only one I saw that didn't include in its photo those nasty polyester bedspreads. So, it had that going for it . . . but not much else. We had a room with two queen beds and it had too much furniture, or the wrong kind of furniture. If two people are in the room, it is very difficult to move. And one can't access the giant armoire without blocking the tiny little path to the bathroom. There is a table and chairs in front of the heating/cooling unit that makes it difficult to access the temperature controls. It's also difficult to regulate the temperature and the unit is incredibly loud. The beds are uncomfortable -- lumpy and soft. Between the noise from the heating/cooling system, the extreme fluctuations in temperature (with the unit on it became far too hot and with it off, far too cold) and the saggy bed, we got very little sleep.

The hotel does sit on the beach. Well, part of it does. It, like the rooms within, is designed awkwardly. I took a stroll on the beach; It's a rather ugly stretch of beach and, I think, not terribly conducive to beach activities.

A breakfast buffet is offered . . . in a second story room in another wing of the hotel. It seemed like a very small selection was scattered around a very large space. We decided to go into town and have breakfast instead.

There were a couple positive aspects: The room was actually clean (but it did smell of stale smoke), even though it was worn and out of date. Check-in and check-out were very quick and the front desk staff very polite.

Overall, though, I was not particularly impressed with this property.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Battle Creek,MI
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We just returned from staying at this hotel. It just opened for the season this weekend. The staff was GREAT! We had problems not having hot water in our shower. The problem didn't get fixed but the manager on duty took responsibility and offered another room for us to shower in and a credit on our bill for the inconvenience. The breakfast was wonderful!!! Best one I've ever had at a hotel. The beds were very comfortable. We had a suite and the only concern that I can see might arise if you have a full group for the room is that there is only 1 bathroom. We went to one of the water parks that comes with the room and I would recommend that you bring goggles with you. The clorine level was extremely high and our eyes were burning right away. The pool and hot tub at the hotel were perfect!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#7 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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