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“Lovely Escape!”
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Sun n Sand Resort
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in South Haven
Chicago 'burbs
Level 6 Contributor
70 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Lovely Escape!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed at Sun n Sand resort from June 28th until June 30th, and had a wonderful time. The resort is just as advertised with "clean, quaint rooms". The style of the resort and rooms fit the bill for our beach vacation. If you're looking for a sleek hotel, look elsewhere. The beds were extremely comfortable, the room was very clean, and the property was a quick five minute drive to the downtown area and the beaches. The saltwater pool was relaxing and perfect for kids. This is the type of resort where guests sit outside with some wine and chat with each other. We are already planning our next trip here!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed at the Sun n Sand Resort over a long 4th of July weekend in 2012. The grounds were absolutely beautiful - the original building with it's hanging flower pots adorning the wrap around porches, the crystal clear saltwater pool, sand "beach" area for kids, serene pond with stone waterfall, fire pit, sand volleyball court and the acres of woods around the perimeter. It was such a fantastic place to wake up in the morning and take your coffee and a book down to one of the many adirondack chairs scattered around the property, or to hang by the pool on a nice sunny day.

The rooms were small (but the staff makes very certain you're aware of this before you book), very clean and well maintained. It was nothing special, and definitely a tight squeeze, but if you want to hang out in your room on vacation then you shouldn't be looking at Sun n Sand in the first place - too much to do around you! We had one of the economically priced rooms in the original building - there was a full size bed, chair, armoire with a couple drawers, small closet, bathroom, mini fridge, tv, microwave and coffee maker (with complimentary coffee) and a BEAUTIFUL view of the back of the property/pond. They provide you with everything you need to make your visit as stress-free as possible - they've really gone the extra mile to anticipate the needs of their guests. Our AC went out one evening and the staff was extremely helpful and had it fixed in a matter of minutes.

Sun n Sand is very convenient to the local attractions, while still feeling secluded. There's a grocery store, drug store and gas station right down the road, which was very convenient. The price can't be beat for the service and the charm you get when staying here, and as long as you don't mind a small room and a short drive into town or the beach, this is the place for you!

Room Tip: If you stay in the original building, I recomment a room in the back...beautiful view of the pond, f...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Visited South Haven for a baby shower and stayed at the beautiful and relaxing Sun n Sand Resort. The decor was charming, bed comfy, and the staff were classy. Love these hidden jems of well-managed, well-run, historically charming retreats. Was too cold to enjoy the pool but enjoyed the in-room fireplace. I would stay again.

Room Tip: We had a "jack and jill room" was great for adult siblings traveling together.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Holland, Michigan
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Our company chose the Sun n' Sand Resort for our first conference.. We had close to 40 attend, from across the country and Australia. Gail and Frank worked closely with us to plan every detail, including suggesting wonderful places in the area to take the women while their husbands were in sessions.

Frank and his staff prepared several meals for us and it was very good!

The location is great -- easy and quick to get to the many attractions in the area.

From a room perfectly designed to go from hosting a reception to serving breakfast to holding our meetings to serving dinner -- to amazingly comfortable beds -- cleanliness and a gracious staff, all in all, we chose well.

Room Tip: Gail assisted me in assigning the rooms for our guests. I never had one complaint. I would suggest...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Sun 'n Sand is a simple, clean, and quaint place to stay. He enjoyed a week there in August 2012. Our trip was to visit South Haven which is about 2 miles to downtown and Lake Michigan from the hotel. We also visited Saugatuck/Douglas, which are about 10 miles away, a very quick and easy drive.

My wife and I stayed in the Beach House in room 101. It was everything we wanted in a moderately-priced room. Clean, comfortable bed, pleasant surroundings, courteous and helpful staff. It is nothing fancy, if you are looking for Ritz-style amenities you won't find them here. But at the price, it is more than satisfactory. The salt water pool was spotlessly clean and refreshing, with a nice area to sunbathe and patio tables to sit at.

Our room was strictly for two people, it would be difficult to accomodate more. They have larger rooms if needed.

Frank helped us with some eating options on the night we arrived and his recommendations were great. There was no dining at Sun 'n Sand.

To sum it up, it is not a "resort" to my way of thinking. It IS a nice room, clean, nice pool, with easy access to South Haven and Saugatuck. We would go there again without hesitation.

Room Tip: The Beach House 101 was great, it is the only one we saw, but I would assume whole beach house is ve...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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FARMINGTON HILLS
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2012

My parents and I stayed here for a few days during the week. They were on the first floor and we were on the second. My parents had no issues. We found out that they had a huge wedding party there right before we checked in so I think maybe they were rushed cleaning all the rooms. It looked like someone had used a beard trimmer in my bathroom and there was an empty case of beer left in the cupboard with the fridge. As soon as we let the front desk know it was taken care of immediately. They only complaint that I have is that we were there for three days any no one seemed to check the bathrooms at the pool. There was a small wastebasket in the bathrooms and they were overflowing. I am sure if I said something to the front desk it would have been taken care of but I didn't. There were a few beer cans left at the pool but I did not complain about that either. Having said that I would totally stay there again. It is a beautiful setting just outside of town and the rooms are what I expected after reading reviews...small but very nice. The bed was extremely comfortable. I enjoyed the atmosphere and quiet. It was a wonderful vacation. Maybe after a wedding they should have a few people help with the clean up but it was not that big of a deal :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2012

It is a real life version of The Kellerman's Resort from Dirty Dancing, only no Patrick Swayze. Charming and just far enough of the main drag to be peaceful and relaxing, close enough to enjoy the lake, restaurants and other amenities that South Haven has to offer. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable with key code locks, so no key to lose (plus), nice pool and beach for kids, nice property with plenty of room to spread out and relax and Cousin's restaurant down the street makes a fine breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Sun n Sand Resort
Address: 176 N. Blue Star Hwy, South Haven, MI 49090-8610 (Formerly South Haven Inn & Suites)
Location: United States > Michigan > Van Buren County > South Haven
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in South Haven
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud to announce the return of the Sun 'n Sand Resort to South Haven Michigan! Truly a "blast from the past" - our historic property features clean and comfortable accommodations at a great value! Our resort has a variety of 31 guest rooms and plenty of activities for the entire family. Sun 'n Sand features a brand new saltwater pool, a pond with waterfall, firepits, other outdoor games, and a walking trail. We offer the perfect setting for weddings, family reunions, or group getaways! All so close to all that South Haven has to offer - fabulous beaches, quaint shopping, Kal-Haven trail, wonderful museums, boat rides on the Friends Good Will and the new riverlaunch Lindy Lou - and so many fun events and festivals! ... more   less 
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