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Review of Days Inn & Suites Traverse City

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Days Inn & Suites Traverse City
Ranked #33 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Michigan
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39 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“It'll do.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

There are not a lot of options in Traverse City, on a Saturday night, in August, at a reasonable rate. I discovered this when I needed to be in the area for work and needed to find a room just a few weeks in advance. However, reviews from my trusted TripAdvisor community helped me feel comfortable about making a one-night reservation at the Boarders Inn (for $169).

As mentioned, this used to be the Super 8. I never stayed there when it was the Super 8; but the Boarders Inn website says "Newly Renovated!".

Here's what I liked: The bed was comfortable, clean, with updated linens. The room/bath was clean. The staff were all friendly. Hot waffles were part of the continental breakfast. AC unit worked great.

Here's what I didn't like: The common area carpets were not clean, and the elevator was particularly banged-up and messy. The staff (though friendly!) were not particularly professional; one wore a ripped and stained "uniform" while manning the front desk. There were industrial garbage cans in the hallways without lids, apparently for guest use. Really expensive for what you got (but probably market rate for TC on a summer weekend).

Here's what I didn't mind, but you should know about: The room furniture (desk, chair, tables) were very worn/banged up and definitely not part of the "renovation". No mini-fridge or microwave in the room. The AC unit is noisy. Traffic noise too, at least if you are on the front of the hotel. There is now seating for more than 8 (mentioned in a prior review) for the breakfast; maybe 8 tables?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We traveled a little further than planned and had to hunt for a room. Many hotels in the area were full. We took the last room available here. The hotel staff was helpful and accommodating. The room only had one light and the bathroom light had a bad ballast and flickered. The room furnishings were very sparse. We had to settle, but if other options were available, I would go elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anon A
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Holland, Michigan
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

This was previously a Super8 so I was a bit concerned. But the room was clean and the staff was friendly. The rooms are smaller and simple, but they have seen some updating. It was a very hot day and the AC worked very well. They also have free breakfast and wifi (although it seemed a bit on the slow side). It's on the main drag so traffic is high and it can be a challenge to turn left when leaving. You also have several restaurants that you can walk to both to the left and right, along with a small amusement park (putt-putt golf, water slides, go-karts, zip line, etc.) There's also a walking trail right behind the motel. The only negative was the room phone didn't work and didn't get repaired during our stay ... but I consider that a minor issue.

Room Tip: We selected a top floor toward the back to minimize the road noise.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joe49424
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Windsor, Canada
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Our trip to Traverse city was a last minute decision, and there wasn't much available in affordable hotels. The price for 5 nights here was very reasonable, so we were worried that it might be a dump. Turned out to be clean, friendly, newly renovated, with a very comfortable king sized bed and flat screen TV. No pool, only 3 pieces of equipment in the exercise room, and not much selection at the free breakfast, but we didn't expect much more for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dave H
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Petoskey, Michigan
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

My friend and I recently stayed there because we needed last minute lodging for a wedding. It was during the first weekend of the Traverse City Cherry festival and of course everything was booked up or extremely pricey. We found this hotel available and was able to book it for about $150/night with tax. The staff was extremely friendly and the male coworker helped in our suggestions on the "local" places to go for the best local wine/wineries. We checked in at noon and figured we would have to come back later but our room ended up being available. I can say that it's not top of the line but it's not crappy or gross either. It was very clean, the continental breakfast was good and fresh, and the rooms were extremely comfortable. I think once they finish with the renovations, it will be a very nice hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jenferosa
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Holland, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Three things sum up this property...
1. Its CLEAN.
2. FRIENDLY staff.
3. Great LOCATION.

I booked this room last minute and will definitely return. The breakfast is decent (waffles, hot and cold cereal, pastries, etc...), the wi-fi is strong, the beds are super comfortable and the staff are helpful and efficient. I booked another room for a stay in August!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan W
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Coldwater, Michigan
Level Contributor
102 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

With so many hotels in Traverse City to choose from, we won't select Boarders again. Breakfast offered was subpar, and although the room was clean and carpet updated, the staff was lacking in customer service skills. And compared to the Americinn and Hampton, which we've stayed at in TC, this is a poor cousin that needs to step up its game to justify its prices.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Beth B
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Property: Days Inn & Suites Traverse City
Address: 1870 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3746 (Formerly Boarders Inn and Suites Traverse City, MI)
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Days Inn & Suites Traverse City 2*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our pet friendly hotel, located across the street from East Grand Traverse Bay is just 4 miles from downtown Traverse City on US-31. Convenient restaurants next door are Wendy's, Bob Evans, Don's Drive Inn, Ruby Tuesdays, and Smoke & Porter Steakhouse. Our rooms consist of single kings and double queens (standard rooms), a variety of handicap accessible rooms, single kings with in-room jetted tubs, single kings with fireplaces, sofa and in-room jetted tubs (deluxe rooms). All rooms have been renovated winter of 2016 with all new furniture, artwork, lighting, mirrors, vanities, toilets and tile, along with all new lobby and expanded breakfast rooms (February 2017). Pets are always welcome in pet designated rooms. The VASA trail abuts our parking lot and makes for a convenient place for runners, joggers, walkers, bicyclists, etc. to enjoy. With 65 rooms we are large enough to handle bus tours or groups needing lots of double queens. Call us today to book. ... more   less 
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