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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Just got back from an absolutely wonderful vacation in the UP Michigan. Stayed at the Sunset Motel on the Bay and LOVED it! A nice sandy beach to sit and enjoy the sparkling clear waters of Lake Superior. The rooms were very clean, the grounds were beautiful and the staff was great! It is a quiet and peaceful area (very relaxing). Rooms are very reasonably priced.
There are alot of things to do and see very close to the hotel and surrounding area. We will be going back next year to do some of the things we did not have time for this year!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your stay. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing are the right words to describe The Sunset. This morning when I came to work there was a family of geese who were taking an early morning stroll up and down our front lawn. Mom and Dad were trying to keep their babies from wandering too far. Several of our guests were out watching the "goose parade" and were able to get some great pictures. This is another example of a simple pleasure to enjoy at The Sunset. We look forward to your return visit when you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view and the peach and quiet! We hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is a very clean older Motel. Looks like they always keep their maintenance up to date. Nice view of the Bay, friendly hosts and quiet. I will go back to this place when we come up for the Pictured Rocks Boat Tour.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your stay at The Sunset. We have a topnotch housekeeping and maintenance staff who take great pride in keeping The Sunset in apple pie order! We look forward to having you visit us again soon. We hope you will look forward to, not only the tranquility and quiet, but also to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the always amazing view!

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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Immaculate rooms. Quiet location. Picture perfect lakefront. Reasonable prices. Friendly staff. What more could you want? Adirondacks on the beach? And a playground too? They have both. And a fire pit to make s'mores. Perfection at a low price point.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Thank you for your thoughtful comments on your stay at The Sunset! Your words have perfectly captured what we strive to make our guests experience during their stay with us! We want all of our guests to sit back, relax and enjoy not only the amazing view and the splendid sunsets, but also the simple pleasures, which are often the best, of life. We hope you'll stay with us again!

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The most important thing you need to know is that I am picky. I love this place for what it is - an older, small, mom and pop motel on Lake Superior with lots of charm. The rating is based on comparisons with similar places, not the Four Seasons, which happily does not exist in Munising anyway.

We had a two bedroom unit with a small living area / kitchen. It reminded me of a cabin with the pine walls and tiny bedrooms. In many places old and small equate to dirty but certainly not at the Sunset. It was spic and span. They have also given much attention to little details, like clocks by both beds, places to hang your clothes and a surprisingly well stocked kitchen. The grounds are very well maintained (well, maybe not the dock) and it is lovely to sit on the lawn by the water.

I understand that the management is rather new. They certainly purchased a great place and hope that they will continue as it was with the previous owner - or perhaps even make it better!

My only complaint, and really not much can be done at this point, is the location of the parking lot. This is a big piece of property and there was plenty of room to put a parking lot away from the water, allowing the units an unobstructed view. Unfortunately, this did not happen, perhaps because it was built a long time ago when people didn't think about this kind of thing so much. If you don't mind stairs, try to get an upstairs unit so that you can look over the cars instead of through them.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

This is a classic mom and pop UP motel - a throwback from earlier times. room was super clean, and the beds while very small doubles were more comfortable than I expected and came with 4 pillows each. the kitchenette was well equipped with a full sized stove and plenty of pots, pans, and dishes. we enjoyed the picnic tables and chairs on the waterfront. there is no breakfast so we stopped at Glen's supermarket to pick up things to cook breakfast. I was surprised by the number of cars with out if state license plates. I've read that the Pure Michigan has increased tourism state wide, which is a very good thing for a small town like Munising. sunset motel is off the main road on the way to Pictured Rocks and is set way back, right on Lake Superior so you don't get any road noise at all. there is a playground structure and small beach area too. we saw one family wading, but Lake Superior is far too cold for me at around 45 degrees that day. Sunset motel is about 2 miles to town, which was a little too far for us to walk for dinner, but you can see town and Grand Island clearly across the water. I'd stay again if we return to Pictured Rocks. the one thing I would add is a campfire pit out by the bay.

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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your stay at The Sunset. Our kitchenette units are very popular. They make it very convenient to have meals where you "eat in" and we always have grills available. We provide the grill, charcoal, utensils, etc. The only decision you have to make is burgers, steaks or fresh whitefish! And don't forget the marchmallows! We would also like to have a fire pit on the beach but so far this year the high fire danger has prevented us from having one. This season we have welcomed guests from across the country and Europe. It really is a small world when folks from far distances find their way to The Sunset where they can sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing view! Thank you again and please visit us soon!

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Very inviting crew, terrific view and nice room. Have stayed in almost every Munising lodging establishment in the past. We have found a new place to stay in a town we have been visiting for years. Thank you for a nice visit and a the local advise.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay with us. We love to give our guests information about all the the great things to see and do in the Munising area. From hiking and biking, kayaking and jet skiing, the Munising area is where to do it all! We are pleased you plan to make The Sunset, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular view, your place to stay for future visits to our area. Visit us again soon!

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

In our experience, family run hotels generally offer great service. This service here was exceptional from booking through the end of our stay. The setting is beautiful, quiet bay of Lake Superior facing west for sunset viewing. The room was very comfortable. I wish that there was an option to subtract just a partial star. Small frustrations that are blameless include pleasant but noisy neighbors below us and the height of the railing- just horizon level to the lake that blocked viewing from the chairs outside the rooms. Fortunately, the weather was nice and there were chairs along the lake. Our only other issue was the awkwardness of the room layout. It was a narrow room so the television could not be comfortably viewed from the bed but was positioned in front of the table in front of the window with those little straight backed chairs. Still, we didn't come here for the television. The mini fridge and microwave were nice to have and conveniently positioned just outside the bathroom on the far side of the room but there was no nearby flat surface of any kind to set items. Additionally, that side of the room had no light source making the closet, cooking area and that side of the bed very dark. Otherwise, it was a lovely place to which we hope to return.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your stay with us. We strive to provide all of our guests with exceptional customer service. We are always looking for ways to improve your stay. We have some ideas on how to remedy the positoning of the televisions to improve viewing. Hopefully, we will have that implemented for your next stay! Please visit us again soon where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view! Thanks again. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Additional Information about Sunset Motel on the Bay

Address: 1315 Bay St, Munising, MI 49862-1511
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Munising
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Price Range: $110 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunset Motel on the Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Munising's best waterfront motel invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! All rooms have a spectacular view of Lake Superior. One, two and three room spacious units are available with Lake Superior just steps away! All rooms include microwave/refrigerator/coffee maker or full kitchen and are smoke free. Wifi is available. Use our complimentary outdoor grills and picnic tables to enjoy a lakeside dinner while savoring the dazzling sunset. If staying for a week or more, take advantage of our fully furnished 3 bedroom vacation homes. ... more   less 
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