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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stay here every year and they have never disappointed. The rooms are all updated, modern, and very clean. There is a microwave, mini fridge, and nice TV in every room. The beach is one of the largest in the area and it's groomed every morning. Breakfast is a little sparse but the hotel is located on the main road so you can literally walk to dozens of restaurants. The front desk and housekeeping staff are all polite and efficient. They have an indoor pool which is also clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed this past weekend with family in two adjacent 1st floor suites that were walk outs to beach. Our room (128)  was ideal for 2 day stay. There was a nicely shaded porch with cafe and picnic-tables. Perfect for dining al fresco, overlooking the Bay. The room was clean with comfortable beds, modern,  spotless bathroom, well equipped with lots of wardrobe space for storing belongings, small fridge, extra sink and hi-speed, "no fuss" instant wireless. The beach is raked frequently and was perfect for the little kids; soft reddish sand and water that is shallow to your knees at least 500 feet out. "Big kids" need to venture out further to be able to swim comfortably. Lots of rentable activities on beach (parasailing, jet skiing, etc.) and nearby, but mind, the water trampoline isn't free of charge (as we mistakenly thought) and you will be asked to vacate it if you don't pay.  Note: the free breakfast draws the longest line-ups we have ever seen for a continental breakfast, so be prepared to wait during the busier seasons - although we think it could be avoided by re-thinking the order of items. The very popular pancake maker kept running out or needing to be fixed, and held up the whole queue for others behind; perhaps a separate queue for that item might move things along? 

TC AREA: Lot's of restaurants to choose from within walking distance. Also, don't miss the downtown area of TC, there are some great coffee houses, restaurants, microbreweries, art galleries, shopping from mostly independently (non-chain store) businesses. Not a Starbucks in sight in downtown TC.  Check out Sugarkissed for sweet treats and melt-in-your-mouth frozen yogurt, Brew for coffee and lunch, and Brilliant Books for great reading. If you want to experience delicious, authentic Italian food this side of the world,  venture by car out to Trattoria Stella in Grand Traverse Commons, a former state hospital converted into upscale shops, restaurants, galleries and condos.   

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank Acornart
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Based on trip advisor reviews, we knew this property was not a 5-star resort but we were disappointed with the condition of our room. The beach access is very nice with shallow, clear water but chairs are taken early in the day which is frustrating especially when most people were not even sitting in their chairs. We had a courtyard, first floor room, and it was very humid and sticky in the room. THere was a used towel in the bathroom from the previous occupant and the AC unit cooled the room but did not remove humidity. We think it was just circulating the air in the room with no exchange of air. There was also black mold in the bathroom above the shower stall (which was addressed by maintenance while we were gone during the day). We also called for extra blankets but were told that they were out of blankets which was also frustrating. As noted in previous reviews, the furniture was older and the armoire had an odor of dirty/sweaty clothes. The front desk staff was extremely friendly and made sure problems were fixed. It may be a different experience on an upper level room or on the beach side.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Spent 5 nights recently at Traverse City in this resort with our family of 5 and had a great time. We had stayed years ago at the sister property to Sugar Beach and had a nice stay there, so we gave it a try. We had room 220, a family suite with double balcony overlooking the beach with a great view of the bay. Rooms were clean with no weird smells. We had a kitcheny area with fridge and microwave which is nice. There is an indoor pool and hot tub in case of bad weather, etc. Continental breakfast in a common room is busy but nice with a kids. I must say the rooms are pretty expensive, more than I have paid at oceanfront hotel rooms in the past.

Across the street there is a Ruby Tuesdays with good food, we did take out from there and had tasty ribs, etc. Also, would highly recommend Sleders, a tavern style restaurant in town (you must kiss the moose!). Do not miss a drive out on the Leelanau Peninsula, and a drive to Leland to see the historic Fishtown and fresh catch being brought in (get some smoked whitefish pate and a baguette at the stores). Sleeping Bear Dunes is gorgeous, take the Pierce Stocking Scenic drive and stop at the overlooks--Lake Michigan is wondrous! And if you can afford it, eat at the Boathouse, some of the best food I have ever had hands down!

Room Tip: The balcony makes the whole trip worth it--first night was "courtyard" because they were full, and we really missed our balcony. Room 220 is a suite with a good view, lower rooms walk right out onto the beach from a patio.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank scorpio5
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Beautiful hotel right on the beach. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was very clean, comfortable and a nice location. There was parasailing right from the front of the hotel, and the staff was very helpful bringing me up toothpaste and a luggage cart. Very happy with our stay and would love to go there again!

Room Tip: Get a lake facing room....fantastic view!!
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank CarrieAnneSutton
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AmandaLC, Manager at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2012

Thank you for your recent stay and for giving us feedback on your experience. It is a pleasure to hear that the staff took great care of you during your stay. We invite you back to kick back, relax, and enjoy your next stay with us.

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