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Reviewed October 20, 2008

I personally logged a lot of internet hours trying to decide where to stay for our Traverse City vacation. I went on TC's visitor page and signed up for special deals, etc. on hotels and such, and they sent me a email announcing their Fab Fall Package. The prices on the area hotels I found to be exceptional, and chose Traverse Bay Inn. We phoned the hotel directly, and set everything up with Jeff (one of the owners) who is a really nice guy.
The room was more pleasant than we expected. We had the jacuzzi suite, which felt more like a little apartment than a hotel room.
The top floor has the jacuzzi; a king size bed; clothes closet; TV; nightstand; telephone, and skylight.
The first floor has a breakfast table; kitchenette; pull-out sofa; a separate bedroom with huge closet; TV; nightstand, and telephone. The bathroom is also located on the first floor which has a full tub with shower.
With the bedroom window open, the sweet scent of the pine trees is fantastic. And the view is like being in the woods. A nice extra here is the free bikes you can take out on the TART trail. It's a bit of a drive to downtown from here, but neither my wife nor myself considered that a negative.
Overall, we both were very happy with our stay here. Thank you, Jeff.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank musicman-1965
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

This is an excellent place to stay... we came during the Cherry Festival. Although it is a bit away from downtown, the huge rooms, pool, hot tub, and staff make it worthwhile. There were two tv's in our room ... one in the living room and another in the bedroom. Worth the stay!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank jstefan
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Reviewed May 29, 2008

All these bad reviews scared the crap out of me, but considering the good ones, the slim pickens on rooms because of the marathon and high season in TC, and our needs (to sleep 6 economically and close to the race, I choose to take the chance.

Im glad I did! We split the $400 for three nights fee between the six of us. What a bargan! The room was not sexy our luxury, it was comfortable and had great utility. It had a full kitchentte stocked with dishes, toaster ect. We made half our meals in the room and went out for half. The staff was friendly.

If your looking for housing for a group for bayshore next year, or any other local sporting, or outdoors event, check this place out.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank tvrockstar
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

We stayed in one of the 2-bedroom jacuzzi suites (#107) for 3 nights in July 2007, and had a very good experience. Centrally located along a main street in Traverse City, it was roomy, very clean (housekeeping staff gets 5 stars), and insect-free. It had a living room w/sleeper sofa, kitchenette, bathroom, and 1 King bedroom on the first floor, and a really nice jacuzzi tub in the Queen bedroom upstairs. Free bicycles & beach chairs were available for guests. For $149/night, it was a very good value. Having said that, there are a few things that need to be addressed - the stairs were very steep and narrow (about 8" deep, barely enough to get your foot on), making the ascent a little tough, especially during the night. The bathroom (there was just the one, downstairs) had to be the smallest on record, barely enough room to squeeze into, small tub, & no place to put toiletries. Surprisingly missing were staples taken for granted at other places- hairdryer, iron, pen, paper - just small things, but noticeable, and items you'd expect for this price. The air conditioning units were high up on the wall - I had to stand on a chair to reach the knobs. One thing, too, that should be mentioned - the website shows a young woman wading through the water, kind of giving you the feeling that this motel is lakefront. It's not - you must cross the road to get to the beach. All in all, though, Traverse Bay Inn was very nice, and the staff courteous and friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank prosperous&abundant
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Reviewed October 29, 2006

Booked directly on their web site. The confusion came from the fact that there are actually two motels -- Traverse Bay Inn, and Traverse Bay Lodge -- with the same owners. Their web site needs to make this crystal clear, which it does not. When we made our booking, I assumed we would be staying at the "Lodge" with the indoor pool. We got there, and no, we had to go two miles up the road to stay at the Inn. We had a 6-year old boy with us who was very disappointed. The Inn has an outdoor pool, but we were there in October. They offered for us to use the pool at the Lodge, which would have required us to bring a change of clothes, drive two miles, etc. When we got into our room at the Inn, it was very small and cramped, and we had to call the desk to get a blanket for the fold -out futon. (The night manager at the Inn had already left.) Also, on the second night, there was a group of women up all night very loud next door. Thin walls. The Lodge (where we didn't stay) appeared nice from the outside. The front desk manager at the Lodge, although sympathetic to our dilemma, was not very helpful in helping us find another place to stay with an indoor pool. She merely handed us a phone book for us to call around ourselves. Their web site (I have been back since) does show two different places, but by virtue of the type of room you may request, beware! You could end up at the Traverse Bay Inn. It is nothing more than a motor lodge with thin walls and a tiny kitchenette, and without an indoor pool, definitely not worth the price we paid in October -- $100/night. Should have stayed at the Days Inn!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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7  Thank designerevan
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TCMichigan, owner at Traverse Bay Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2007

We were sorry to hear of your unfortunate experience. We have no intention of misleading anyone with our web site and in fact have made some changes to the site since October because of these comments. We can understand your disappointment and remain committed to always do our best to make each and every stay special for our guests.

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