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“Nice view of Lake Huron, but is it worth the price?”
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Lake Vista Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Port Austin
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Their prices are steep if you compare them to the little motels we passed on the road, however our $199 room was easily big enough for six, and there was a full kitchen with table & chairs, coffee maker, microwave and full sized refrigerator. The living area had cable tv, sofa, rocker and recliner. There was a lovely view of the lake and a tiny porch area, too.

We didn't expect any extras like breakfast or soaps, so we weren't disappointed in that regard. We were happy to find a clean and comfortable room away from the craziness of the Cheeseburger Festival going on in Caseville, and we were a short ride from a couple of nice State parks.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank susanw452
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This place was in our travel directory and looked cozy and inviting from the outside: porches with chairs to sit on outside of every room, right by the waterfront. Room was basic, clean but overpriced with what we got. $110 which did not include continental breakfast .

Now, the truth:
We arrived and asked about renting a room for the night. Not a "hello" but just a cold stare like we were "bothering" the lady who came to the desk. She said they had a room available on the top floor and then I asked to see it, she just sighed and said someone would show it to us. Another lady came out (just as friendly, not a word said) We were tired of driving so we took it. No coffeemaker in room, no sample size courtesy shampoo, soap (which I have seen in even every cheap hotel) no comment card to fill out regarding our stay. We spent the night there and on our way out, another employee told us just to leave the key on the desk, there might be someone inside. We were told we could buy coffee for $1 the previous night, my husband tried it and said no thanks. The guy working said he would gladly brew another pot for us but we declined and he referred us to a local place for breakfast. Out of the 4 employees we met, he was the most pleasant. I must summarize in saying that we are experienced travellers who have stayed in many places. While travelling in Michigan through six cities, we talked to people at gas stations, restaurants, stores and hotels (at which everyone "hoped we enjoyed our stay"). These people who work for or own at Lake Vista should upgrade their customer service skills. They can't say hello, they can't smile and they sure don't care if you stay. It's my opinion they get their business from promoting the word "resort" in their advertising name, once you get here, you will see it's an insult to the word "resort". Stay away!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Mara B
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

My sweetheart dragged me to this little town and I have to say..it does have an up north feel but is within an hour or 2 drive of northern Detroit area.
WIth that being said, we checked some other places along the lake near Port Austin, and nothing was available. I was forced to pony up the $429 it cost to stay in one of the cabins here 2 nights (on Saturday AND SUNDAY night)! I guess when its summertime it doesnt matter. I agree with the other posts...the rules are excessive and the place is overpriced. The cabins are definitely not luxury, just crusty old cottages that have painted over paneling and vinyl siding to cover up their age. Parking is inconvenient. They give you old blankets with holes in them in case you get cold at night..I wonder if they even spray for bugs because we had a lot of tiny ants and flying critters in the cabin. Cheap furniture and nastiness under the sink, the rest looks clean. At least they have BBQ's on site if you want to pick up some charcoal and save a few bucks by cooking your own meal. Not much to do in this town other than hang on the beach, play putt-putt, or get an ice cream cone. Better off heading up north to Traverse and worth the drive!

Room Tip: Go someplace more interesting or just stay home!!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank slipshaft
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Having given this place a fair shake by reading all the other reviews, I can write an update for the 2013 stay. Pool has been updated and new towels have been purchased.........the rest remains "intact." Is clean and the lake is lovely. Period. The rule book remains and rule reminders are posted everywhere. No toys or drinks in the pool area, really? $100 charge if your room is not clean by the time you leave, really? Well, I am not sure why I paid what I did for the "luxury suite" I stayed in. Read the previous reviews for those details. The only Kayak rental place will not rent if there is a distant chance of a storm or if the winds are over 5 miles an hour. Most of the eateries do not take credit and there is a putt putt course to keep you busy for half an hour if haven't found that special something at the dimestore. Unless you are sendentary, alcoholic, newly wed or a long distance runner, this is NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. Save your dollars and the only nerve you will have left by the time you check out. The parking spaces here are angled toward the lake on both sides of a single entry drive........become a stunt driver without classes.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Nina V
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Don't go here expecting anything approaching sophistication or luxury. Port Austin is a quiet little village, and so the accommodations match that. We stayed in one of the "deluxe" suites. There are two of them on the upper floor of a home next to the original property that they renovated. It's a very clean large room about half the floor. Two queen beds - not super comfy - adequate, and a futon that doubles as a full size bed - better than your typical sleeper sofa. There is a sink, full size fridge, microwave (small), toaster, coffee maker, and assorted dishes - a lifesaver because you will want to make your own lunches/breakfast if you are there for more than a day or two. Not a lot of eating options in Port Austin - although what is there is within walking distance - nice plus. There are sky lights and vaulted ceilings with cathedral windows facing the lake. Translation - lots of light, very, very early in the morning. The AC is really loud, but thanks to the lake breezes, you won't need it unless you are there in high summer.

The only downside to this privacy is that you access the suites via an outside staircase. They are very steep and if I had small kids, I would have been worried. Also not practical for anyone with knee or hip issues.

The pool is nice, clean, but is surrounded by a concrete wall, so you can't see the lake when you are in it, which is a shame. The "beach" has eroded and is down a set of pretty steep stairs. If you want to swim in the lake, go to the public beach, within walking distance.

Ah the lake - the star of the show. I did like the private feel of the suite as it was away from the rest of the hotel and the cottages, and has a deck that you can sit on and stare out for hours. You have to go down to the pool area to see the sunsets because of trees on adjoining property - but you'll want to do that. So beautiful.

The folks who run this place set up a lot of rules, but they aren't unreasonable. It's all just very small town and you need to be ready for that. (Coffee pot in the kitchenette, but you have to provide your own coffee.) The tone can seem a bit rude, but it's their place and they obviously care about keeping things on the up and up, family friendly. The landscaping and maintenance show how much they care. It's lovely and laid back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Laurie S
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

When you check out they have you turn off the heat so when we arrived the room was cold and it took a while to heat up. The view of the waves on Lake Huron was great. The futon smelled musty. I called the front desk to see if there was any coffee and nobody called me back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jackie D
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We had a great experience at the Lake Vista. We rented a cottage for 1 week; the cottage was spacious, had comfortable beds, the kitchen had everything you needed, there was plenty of room to move around. The courtyard was exceptionally well manicured. The beach area wasn't the best, but you only had to walk 100 yards to a wonderful public beach! Yes, there are a few signs posted on the "rules", but ANYWHERE you go, they take an inventory and charge you if something is missing (ever read the hotel binder?). The town had adequate places to eat; yes, they closed early (it is the off-season), but I guess it all comes down to your preferences and what kind of service you want. We prefer to get away, relax and not be bothered. That is what we got at the Lake Vista. Very helpful staff, clean cottage and relaxation. Can't ask for more in my opinion. If in this area again, we will stay at the Lake Vista.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ssheppy
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Additional Information about Lake Vista Resort

Address: 168 West Spring St., P.O. Box 429, Port Austin, MI 48467-9576
Location: United States > Michigan > Port Austin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Port Austin
Price Range: $68 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shores of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. Efficiency Cottages, all with queen size beds, A/C. Refrigerators - Microwaves, and Color Cable TV. Deluxe Suites and Motel rooms. Gazabo's and flower gardens. Largest heated pool in area. All rooms non- Smoking. Snack bar and miniature golf. Your Host Ronald and Mary Gottschalk and Family. ... more   less 
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