The sign outside this motel proclaims it to be a "super budget inn." That may be true, but before you opt to save a few dollars by staying here you should be aware of the drawbacks.
I knew this was not a 5-star hotel, so was not surprised by the squishy carpet, limited amenities, or limited tv channels - but the bad smell that permeated the room made for a very unpleasant stay. The woman at the front desk was friendly enough, and she pleasantly explained that all the rooms in the south wing had this problem; they are aware of it, attribute it to mold, and try to fix it by using large doses of air freshener.
They advertise "Free Wireless Internet" (this is taken directly from their website) - but in reality there is only free wireless in the lobby, not in your room! Again, the people at the front desk were well aware of this, and explained that for an additional $50 I could move to a room close to the office which would get wi-fi.
As other reviewers have pointed out, while they have a nice view of the water, there is no swimming possible here, only a rocky shoreline. There is no beach at all, however their advertising is extremely misleading about this. Photos from their website and print material hint at a sandy beach (where did they get that print photo of the sailboats on a beach? Not at this motel!). They list things like: "There is a playground on the beach" which is a completely false statement, and one that completely distorts reality.
The only reason I'm giving this two stars (as opposed to one) is that, having originally booked two nights, when I went to cancel our second night they were pleasant about refunding my money. I'm sure I was not the first customer who, after experiencing the K-Royale, decided to go somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KRoyale Lakefront Inn nestled on 700ft of shoreline, all rooms facing Lake Huron, view of Mackinac Island. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves & hairdryers. Some rooms have balconies, other ones walk out to the lakefront. We have play area for children with swings. A fire pit, picnic table and grills. Free shuttles to Mackinac Island boat ferries and casino. Restaurant within walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- k-Royale Motor Hotel Saint Ignace