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“A Pig In(n) a Tutu”

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Beach Inn Motel on Munising Bay
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A Pig In(n) a Tutu”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

It looks very pretty from the outside, at a distance. That's the tutu part. But my experience staying in this hotel was anything but aesthetically pleasing (or pleasing in any way, actually).

Overpriced, disappointing, dirty: these are words that come to mind with the Beach Inn Motel.

It started on arrival, which was just before 3:00 p.m. My companion and I were greeted, of sorts, by the sweeping arcs of sprinklers that, although keeping the front lawns beautifully green, also drenched us as we tried to navigate our way, bags in tow, to the entry door. We were then met with the sullen indifference of a desk clerk who ungraciously and grudgingly agreed to "see if our room were ready" because "check-in is not until 3" (perhaps that's when the sprinklers, as a possible deterrent to any pesky prematurely-arriving guests, were to be turned off).

Our room, however, had the musty, airless rank odor of a sweaty sports shoe closet when we reached it, so it's doubtful that anyone had even been in the room to make it possibly "unready."

But, we were tired from our travels and wanted nothing more than to relax on the lakefront beach. Gracing the front of the "Beach Inn" motel, however, was a pile of rocks. The beach, we were informed, was a "short walk up the road" along a bike trail at another, nearby motel. And, though we had been idyllically envisioning a "bike trail" with safe pathways and, perhaps, even some trees for shade, what it turned out to be was a marked slip lane on a major road thoroughfare, which is not particularly the safest place for people to walk.

The greater disappointment, however, was that our destination was a lamentable excuse for a beach. The water was filthy, with dead sea creatures floating in it, accompanied by globs of what looked like expelled mucous and stomach bile after a bout of particularly unpleasant bronchitis. The sand was unpleasantly sticky and, of course, there was no faucet or water outlet to wash down after having the unfortunate experience of coming into contact with it.

Our room was spartan, but in a cheap, tawdry way. The beds were like lying on boards. There was no dresser, no closet, and no mirror in the room. The only mirror was in the musty, rank bathroom, where the air vent not only didn't work properly, but sounded like a Harley Davidson revving its engine when one, fearing the propulsion of possible decapitation, intrepidly dared to attempt to switch it on. The bathmat, when picked up after showering, was filthy on the side that had come into contact with the floor, leaving us to wonder with caustic skepticism, how difficult is it to run a mop over a floor? -- and, moreover, if the bathroom floor were filthy, what weren't we seeing on the carpeting or other areas of the room?

Unbelievably enough, there was not only no iron in the room but, when we made inquiries as to whether we could access one, were told "I don't know." To be fair, one of the motel employees did turn up at our door with an iron in hand, but there was no ironing board or suggestion as to what we might actually use to iron clothing on.

The front door, poorly aligned, had an open crack down one side (undoubtedly unpleasant during the winter) and a small set of clothes-hooks (in the absence of any closet at all) was crookedly placed on the wall, which was further confirmation of the poor quality of appointments and finishing at this establishment.

The continental breakfast was lame, with stale bread, dodgy looking bagels, dreadful coffee, and insufficient seating. There were no hot foods available.

Unforgiveable, however, was the poor service. When I enquired as to whether there was another beach in the vicinity, I was directed to one "up the road," but without any directional guidance to my follow-up questions apart from "I don't know how far; about six minutes by car, maybe." On check-out, we were met at the front desk by what appeared to be casual, flip-flop wearing housekeeping staff who seemed to have no idea about what we actually needed to do to check out. After some moments of frustration, the hotel desk clerk emerged to demand what I wanted. Um, to check out? As fast as possible? "We need your keys," she said. And that was it. (In)hospitality at its finest.

I so wanted there to be at least some redeeming quality about the stay here, and the one thing that may, relatively, constitute such is that the small danishes offered as part of the "continental breakfast" were passably fresh. But, I simply could not recommend this establishment unless better, basic amenities were offered in the rooms (particularly given the room prices being charged) and, critically, that staff receive desperately needed training in the art of hospitality -- particularly the concepts of welcome and warmth, both of which were entirely absent during this stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Rockford, Michigan
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Me and my little family stayed here in mid-July, we were happy with the property as a whole and enjoyed our stay, the area is wonderful and has a lot to offer so there really isn't a lot of time that needs to be spent in the room.

Pros:
-Clean
-Quiet
-Area is beautiful with lots to do.
-Good continental breakfast.
-Updated
-All rooms have a view of the lake.

Cons:
-NOT Beachfront, it is "lakefront" but there is definitely no beach...
-Kind of pricey.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by how modern/new this hotel was based on its location in the U.P. It has wonderful views of the lake from every room, a nice spacious courtyard leading to the beach(although the beach is rocky). It is conveniently located between the waterfalls and downtown. The room was very clean and we had a great night of sleep. A bit pricey, but worth it compared to other options.

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Southgate
2 reviews
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Rooms are clean, staff is great, and the backyard is definately the best in town. My only complaint is that the rooms have no curtains! They have blinds, but prepare for a really bright room by 7am. .................................................................................

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Wonderful experience. Very friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable and clean room with kingsize bed. All rooms are lakeside, so all have a view and easy access to the great green space with pretty flowers, lawn furniture, fire ring, and unmatched lake views. Ample breakfast included.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, Michigan
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I really liked the fact that everything was new at this motel. It was very clean. I also liked that the balcony (2nd floor) and patio (1st floor) outside of each room had 2 chairs per room for relaxing. They also have a variety of chairs for sitting out on the lawn. Definately bring bug spray. The mosquitos were very bad. They also had a fire pit and our family had fires both nights we were there. They even had a brand new, and larger fire pit the second night. We had a few other people join us, and that was nice too. There were also 3 charcoal grills for use. I had one minor complaint: The second floor rooms. Even though there was a balcony facing the water there were no stairs from the balacony down to the lawn. You have to walk back through your room to the parking lot side of the motel and walk around the building. It was a bit of a pain, especially since we were grilling and having bonfires. When you forgot something in the room it was inconveinent.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Indiana
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83 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This was a fine place to stay and I would stay here again. On the plus side: room was clean and comfortable enough. Beds were OK. Mattresses were fine but not cushy like you often find in some of the more recently updated motels. Room had two access doors. One from the parking lot and another in the back of the room which accessed the patio. Outside our back door were two chairs where we could sit an enjoy the lake and nice grassy lawn extending down to the lake. Other folks in the motel gathered on the lawn to watch the sun set. There were plenty of lawn chairs available for everyone to use. Those gathered were friendly and I could sense we would have all enjoyed hanging out and enjoying the fire pit if the mosquitoes hadn't been such a problem. Breakfast was included and was limited to cereals, yogurt, juice, bagels and couple kinds of breads you could toast and of course, coffee.
One glitch. There was no hot water the night we checked in. After spending the day outside, a shower before bed would have been nice. Just glad I wasn't covered in bug spray. When I called to report the lack of hot water I was told they were working on it. The next morning we had hot water . This problem could have happened to any small motel so it wouldn't stop me from going back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Beach Inn Motel on Munising Bay
Address: E 9360 H58, Munising, MI 49862
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Munising
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Number of rooms: 24

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