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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
bloomington, indiana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“rough around the edges”
Reviewed September 13, 2006

If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed here. The management and staff are wonderful and incredibly helpful in showing you around the lovely little town of Munising. The hotel could be so much nicer with a new bathroom. The water pressure in the shower was so strong my skin stung afterwards. The bathroom was functional and spacious, but was in dire need of updating. All the little extras that make a hotel stay nice were there: refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, phone, ceiling fan, table and chairs. The view of Lake Superior is the best for miles around. In all, Sunset Motel is a decent place to stay with great views of the lake, but could definitely do with an update.

  • Liked — location and proximity to Lake Superior
  • Disliked — bathroom was very old
  • Tips/Secrets — none
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, MB
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2006

We found this motel on tripadvisor and read the reviews before we booked. This motel is extremely clean, has very friendly staff and is located right on the shores of Lake Superior. Watch the sunset from the window of your room, or do as we did, and plant yourself on the lawn in an easy chair and get dazzled with the view.
This particular motel is sofar the highlight of our trip east. We booked for two nights but would like to stay longer.
This facility should be rated as the best in Munising, based on quality and price.
It is located just outside Munising, but close to restaurants and stores as well as close to the dock for the Pictured Rocks boat tour.
If ever we are back in this area, this is the motel we will stay, no need to search for anything better is this area, there just isn't.

  • Liked — location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — none
  • Tips/Secrets — When in Munising area, this is the best location to stay, bar none
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank jomoud
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madison, wi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2006

This place was so nice. It is not the fanciest. Don't expect fine linens, but it is clean and comfortable. What makes this place great is the location. It is right on the shores of lake superior. Beautiful!. There is a nice lawn that almost everyone enjoys. You can make new friends or just enjoy the view on your own. There is a very small beach. Not really for swimming but our three year old loved walking in the water. It was so clear you could see everything. The playground was dated but usable. There were grills and picnic tables, perfect for dinner. My family had a great game of shuffle board. None of us had played for years, it was so much fun. This place (and Pictured Rocks) brought out the best in my family. We would return in a heartbeat. Oh yeah, the sunsets were very nice too.

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2 Thank dafogeys
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Louisville, KY
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2005

Our family, two adults and two children, stayed at the Sunset Motel on the Bay in June. The hotel turned out to be the nicest surprise of the trip. Don't be fooled that is not a big chain or that it looks like a small roadside motel. It's wonderful.

The rooms were clean and comfortable. What was likely an old kitchenette type room had been remodeled into a two room mini-suite. The room had two queen beds in two rooms. We had a microwave and a mini-fridge. The cool breeze off the bay kept the rooms very comfortable without the need for air conditioning.

And the real treat was the location. All the rooms face the picturesque Munising Bay of Lake Superior. The motel has a green picnic area, with adirondack chairs, picnic tables and grills. In the evening as the sun went down, couples were found in the chairs drinking wine and tasting cheese, while we used one of the grills to have our own little smore party.

The hotel is located minutes from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Center and numerous hiking trails. It also is near the Lake Superior Glass Bottom Boat Shipreck Tours. If we ever get the opportunity to go back to the UP, we'll stay at the Sunset Motel.

  • Stayed June 2005
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13 Thank VilleLou
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Reviewed July 3, 2005

My wife and I visited Munising to see the falls and pictured rocks and chose to stay at the Sunset Motel based on reviews on Trip Advisor. It was everything people have said and more.

We had a King bed room (#111) that included a decent size mini-refrigerator which we used to stock two-liters, and food that we grilled on one of the Motel's many free-to-use grills. The room also had a table and chairs which we used to play board games in the late evenings (the board games were provided by the Motel Office). There is no air-conditioning, but the temperatures are great year around and a fan was provided in the room.

The Motel overlooks the Bay and offers a tremendous view of the sunsets from either the room or the provided tables and chairs just outside the room by the water.

The Motel Office is open until 11 PM and offers an ice machine.

We can't wait to return. Well worth the stay!

  • Stayed June 2005
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9 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Kalamazoo, MI
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2004

The Sunset is one of my favorite spots. It is unadorned, clean, with a spectacular view. It's near Munising Falls, Sand Point, and Pictured Rocks. A lovely, quiet spot.

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Madison, WI
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2004

Went to Sunset Motel as a diversion from a different place that did not turn out so well. Was pleasantly delighted with the room and the ambiance of the place. It is quiet and right on the water. The sunset and stars are incredible. Stayed in a room with a balcony overlooking the water. (Suite #20) Will be coming back again!! Loved it!

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12 Thank organicgirlwi
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Additional Information about Sunset Motel on the Bay

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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