I rated this as excellent because for $55 to $65 a night, it is. I stayed there last September for 3 nights with a group of golfers and for a place to take a shower and sleep it was clean and well maintained. I'll be returning there later this week (again in September with the same group) and was informed when I made my reservations that the rooms have been upgraded with new carpet, fresh paint and NEW MATTRESSES (which were sorely needed)..In addition to the rooms the motel also has a large man cave adjacent to the rooms, complete with a full kitchen, pots and pans, dishes and silverware, coffee maker, a pool table, ping pong table, several big screens and lots of comfortable chairs to kick back in at the end of a long day on the course (or on the river in the case of the many salmon fishermen who stay there every years about this time) (and who readily share the salmon they cook on the outdoor grills that are provided by the motel) (there are also fish cleaning stations available too). In the evening, management provides firewood for camp fires to sit around and tell lies about your day :-)
If you're budget minded this place is a great deal. If you're looking for more upscale accommodations perhaps you'd be better suited staying at Bay Harbor..Next week the wife and I will spending 3 nights there for a conference..The standard rate is $465 with the conference rate being $240 and while it's considerably nicer, if it hasn't been upgraded they still don't have flat panel TV's either...(and breakfast will set you back about $20 a head plus tip)
In most cases you get what you pay for but in this case you get a lot more...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- we are a family operated, 20 room lodge nestled in the woods. We have a recreation room for our guests that has a full sized kitchen for guest use, as well as ping-ping, a pool table, a pinball game, card table and televisions. There are charcoal grills and a large fire ring for campfires. located near Crystal mountain, many lakes and rivers, hiking/biking trails, and snowmobile trails. we are just a short drive from Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Valley Hotel Thompsonville