Our family of 4 (2 daughters 11 & 13) stayed here for 2 nights in August, 2011. We had booked "lakeview" rooms but were offered an upgrade to "lakefront" for only $10 a night. The lakeview rooms are on the side of the hotel and look over the parking lot and to the lake. The lakefront rooms face the beach and the water and the view is great. You can't see the bridge, but seeing the lake from your balcony and watching the ferry boats come and go is nice. Also, the beach is sandy and shallow for a L-O-N-G ways out, so nice for the kids to play in (note some other hotels farther South did appear to have more of a "marshy" beach). The pool and hottub at the hotel looked okay, but we spent our swim time on the beach. You do get free access to the waterpark at the hotel across the street, which is nice but pretty small. Good for a couple hours. The hottub across the street is huge, so plenty of room for parents to relax there while kids play.
The Ramada itself is in a nice location and you can easily walk to the ferry docks in a couple minutes and to downtown in 10 minutes and the Ramada is priced cheaper than most of the surrounding hotels for lakeview or lakefront. However, the hotel itself is just not taken care of properly. The common areas were dirty, with the entry mats full of sand, trash cans at doors always full, the stainless steel in the elevators all smeared,housing around lightbulb in our bathroom was missing and spider webs visible, etc. I noticed some trash blowing around the beach area and found the hotel's own dumpster located around the side of the hotel had the covers open! We saw what seems to be plenty of staff on-site but apparently there is nobody in charge ?!? I think if the hotel had a decent manager to direct the staff, the hotel would be much cleaner and not look so rundown. Lastly, the breakfast area is smaller than a standard hotel room! Seriously looks like a converted closet or something. Overall, the room had a great view, nice beach, poor cleaning and not much of a breakfast. I don't feel we were ripped off but do feel it could be a much nicer hotel with some management involvement. I'd probably pay the extra $ and stay down the road at one of the other hotels next time to see if they were maintained better.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Limited Waterfront Hotel Mackinaw City
- Ramada Hotel Mackinaw City
- Ramada Mackinaw City
- Mackinaw City Ramada