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Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Ranked #14 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Kenosha, WI
1 review
“Nice beach and comfortable beds”
Reviewed August 31, 2008

Our family chose the Grand Beach Resort Hotel after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Our first choice was the Tamarack Lodge, but they were only booking reservations with a minimum of a week stay. It turns out that the Tamarack's beach was not as nice as the Grand Beach, so it worked out afterall!

The hotel was updated recently and our room was nice and clean. The TV wall unit was a bit banged up though. The beds had pillowtop mattresses and were very comfortable. The showers were nice with but the toiletries were Suave and not very good.

The beach was fantastic! The kids had fun making sand castles and walking out very far into the lake without a drop off coming anytime soon. The sand was like sugar and they cleaned and raked the beach every morning. We walked along the shoreline and took a look at the beaches of other hotels along the strip. Grand Beach Hotel's beach was the best by far, with minimal shells, rocks, weeds, etc. that we saw at the other properties beaches.

The pool area was standard and the hot tub did not get very hot. It was nice to jump in the hot tub and relax those tired muscles after the dune climb!

The included breakfast was good. The kids (as well as everyone else) seemed to enjoy the goumet cinnamon rolls. The Belgium Waffles were tasty too!

  • Liked — The beach was great. The beds were very comfy. Nearby wineries and Sleeping Bear Dunes.
  • Disliked — The traffic on HWY 31 was heavy and fast making it hard to walk to nearby locations.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

Although a busy, popular summer destination, there are suprisingly few consistently highly-rated hotels in Traverse City. We were pretty disappointed by our last choice, but had higher hopes for the Grand Beach, highly rated by several other Trip Advisor users. It was not awful, but we wouldn't choose it again. The most positive aspect is a very nice soft sand beach, great for little kids. The breakfast is pretty minimal, but a nice convenience, and the rooms have a small fridge.
But the negatives will lead us to try elsewhere for our next visit. The most noticeable was the smell. Although we booked a nonsmoking room, such rooms were only on one side of our hallway, and all the rooms right across the hall were smoking. Not surprisingly, the entire hall reeked of stale smoke, and so did our room. We tried to keep the screen door open as much as possible, but the shreiking from the beach as late as midnight -2AM sometimes made that hard. The hotel apparently has one building that is completely nonsmoking, but if you are not there, your room will stink. Also, although the hotel advertises free wireless access, in all rooms, we couldn't connect from our room at all during our entire stay, and couldn't even connect from the lobby most of the time, so that was really not true advertising. As the beach access is not that important to us (there are nice public beaches nearby), next time we'll opt for a truly nonsmoking property, and maybe a bit quieter.

  • Liked — Nice view, convenience of on-site breakfast
  • Disliked — Terrible smell, noise, no Internet access
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, OH
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2008

We stay at this hotel for five days and were very pleased with the experience. Our room on was the third floor, overlooking the beach and Traverse Bay. The second and third floors have balconies. If you stay on the first floor you have a small open patio and can step right out onto the sand. There’s a breakfast included and the gal who manages the breakfast room was friendly and efficient and kept things well-stocked.

This is a fairly low-service hotel. You’re on your own to get your bags to your room.

The water temperature in Traverse Bay was a bit cool, but not too cool for swimming. Since this is a bay the waves never get more than a foot or two. The beach is sandy and shallow. Even a couple hundred feet from the shore it’s only 3-4 feet deep. There’s an indoor pool and hot tub.

The property doesn’t have a restaurant. Downtown Traverse City is about 10 minutes away. There are plenty of good restaurants and nice shops.

A couple minor complaints: The housekeeping was a bit sloppy and the wireless internet service in our room was very, very slow.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Slow internet service
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Saugatuck
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2008

I took a weekend vacation to Traverse City for my birthday with my boyfriend. Being the general manager of a resort, I am pretty nit-picky with hotels, so I almost always try and see a room first before booking it. After driving up and down the same road a few different times and looking at several different hotels we stopped at the Grand Beach Resort Hotel.

I have to say, for the money, we got a spectacular room! Compared to what else we were shown in other hotels, it was by far the best we'd seen. We stayed in a Jacuzzi room with a king bed and large balcony. We took the Jacuzzi tub over the view and were not at all disappointed! We even talked that the waterfall from the golf course across the street gave it a cute atmospheric jump. Great updates had been made to the room, it was very much up to date!

The only room available was a smoking room, but to my astonishment, it didn't have that left-over, stale smoke smell. The room smelled very clean. The room was in fact very clean and very spacious.

I couldn't have been happier with the entire experience. My thanks to the staff and management for making my birthday spectacular

  • Liked — Location, value, cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Carlos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2008

I booked this because it ranked #1 on tripadvisor but was little disappointed. First off, it doesn't feel like a resort but more like a regular motel. Yes, the room was a bit larger than a regular room with microwave, extra sink etc., but it smelled damp and looked like it needed a revamp (wet stains on ceiling, lose toilet paper holder etc). Setting and beach is great but there are lots of places along the same road and I wonder if their beaches aren't the same. Breakfast was also pretty standard as you'd expect in most places - self service, styrofoam plates, plastic cutlery...So, while it wasn't bad I don't think I'd go back- I"d look for a place with a better price-return ratio. It's also quite far away form the city center, so don't go there unless you are willing to drive.

  • Liked — great beach location
  • Disliked — value for money
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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milwaukee, wisconsin
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

The beach was exactly as pictured, it was beautiful. However, when we got in the room the first thing my kids did was jump on the beds it was then we realized the sheets hadn't been changed as there was a pretty big stain of coffee or blood or something on one of the beds and hair on the sheets of the other one. I called the front desk immediately they were very apologetic and sent someone up right away to change the beds. The rest of our stay was pretty uneventful, the front desk staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — the beach
  • Disliked — the sheets not being changed from the last guests
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Indianapolis, IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2008

We stayed at the Grand Beach for two nights as part of driving trip around Michigan. We can only agree with the last several reviews by saying that this is a a very good hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was very clean and well maintained.

As noted in the reviews, the Grand Beach has a great beach for families and you can wade into the bay an easy 30-40 yards in clear water. There were a good number of ground level beach rooms to ask for.

The Grand Beach is in fact a good five miles from downtown but it was not really a problem. The main road runs in front of the hotel and, though busy, will get you to town quickly. If you are flying in, the airport is about ten minutes from the hotel.

If you are a runner, the Tart Trail is across the street and runs about two miles to the Northeast and and all the way to town to the southwest so you can get in both short and long loops.

The Grand Traverse is a good hotel for anyone, but especilly for families.

  • Liked — Great property on the beach
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Address: 1683 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3741
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Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City
#14 Business Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Beach Resort Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Grand Beach Resort Hotel is one of the finest waterfront lodging facilities located on the beautiful beaches of East Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. Greet the stunning sunrise or relax to a gorgeous sunset from the privacy of your own balcony or patio overlooking more than 300’ of sugar sand beach being caressed by the waves of East Bay. This Resort is perfect for enjoying water sports, local shopping, and the best of eateries, wineries and breweries. You can also enjoy the plentiful amenities such as an indoor pool, hot tub, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, fitness center and more to make your stay not only enjoyable but memorable for years to come. The newly renovated rooms offer our guests pillow-top mattresses, a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and in-room safe. From larger suites that can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably, that includes a lovely leisure living area, to more intimate rooms with a king bed and a sofa; there is sure to be a room to fit your vacation or business trip needs. Welcome to Grand Beach Resort Hotel where your search can end and your adventure can begin. ... more   less 
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