Living a half hour away, I went to Saugatuck two weeks before a last minute planned gathering, for an October Ladies Getaway. My intention was to find a B&B, but they were either full, or would not let me make a reservation for only one night because it was still considered prime time. I saw the S&S, which was across from 2 B&Bs, but almost didn't check it out because it looked so dated, from the street side.
Well, I am happy I further investigated this option, and made a reservation for two rooms. What I discovered, was an old motel that was cleaner than any hotel I have seen in a very long time. The last hotel I had been to with that level of care was a 5 Star hotel in China, when we adopted our daughter.
The bathroom was old, but spotless .... the tiles in the tub/shower sparkled, as well as the floor.. The bed had a very clean, and appeared new, bedspread. Instead of a blanket, like any other hotel I have been in, it had a duvet that felt crisp and new. The pillows were great as well. It was a cool weekend, so we really appreciated the gathering room, overlooking the water, with a ton of seating around the fireplace. After dinner, we warmed ourselves there and chatted until midnight. The night staff person came over and offered us blankets, to make us feel even more at home.
As everyone else has said, the riverside of the motel is beautiful, with updated landscaping and pool areas. All rooms are technically on the water, but a few of the first floor rooms have views that are somewhat blocked by other extensions of the building.
I would not hesitate to stay there again. I read one comment that the price was high for an old motel, but when you consider it is right on the water in the middle of a resort town, I think what they are asking is not so out of line.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown, the Ship-N-Shore Hotel is Saugatuck's Ultimate Waterfront Address! We are within walking distance to all of downtown Saugatuck's many shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. We offer a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as free continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ship `n Shore Hotel Saugatuck
- Ship n Shore Motel