Check-in: When we arrived, the staff was on a smoking break but when they returned they were quite friendly. They knew a little about which beaches would be the best to visit and gave us a few pool towels after we asked.
Room: We were told upon check-in that we were in one of the non-smoking "suites." The comforter and curtains smelled a little smoky but the room (202) was quite spacious. There were about forty cable channels and HBO. There was a mini refrigerator in the room but no coffee pot. The beds were quite lumpy, mine seemed to dent down in the middle more than the other bed. The carpeting was dingy and there were some sticky spots that I tried my best to avoid. The shower did smell like sulfur (and I don't think there's a way to change this) but the smell did not really linger in the room for more than a few minutes. The air conditioning worked sporadically and we thought for awhile that maybe our electricity usage was being monitored as the ac kept shutting off. There are also now screens in the windows but the hotel location is on a major road and we would have to listen to trucks barreling down the road all night. Our room was also located at the end of the hallway so we could hear people screeching into their cellphones from our floor and the first floor. The maids seemed to clean the room as well as it could be cleaned. The sheets were not changed the three days we stayed at the hotel but the floor appeared to be vacuumed each day.
Internet: I saw other guests using the free wireless internet in the breakfast room as well as the lobby but am not sure if it also worked in the rooms.
Continental Breakfast: Ran from 6-10a and included frozen bagels (cream cheese, butter, and jelly), waffle maker, assorted desserts, coffee/orange juice/milk. If we didn't show up by 7a there seemed to be nothing left.
Pool: The pool was very small and the hot tub a normal size but did they not appear to be dirty whatsoever. The pool and hot tub are enclosed so the room itself got hot and there wasn't really a deck or that many plastic chairs to sit on around the pool. The pool towels can be picked up at the front desk.
For the price ($130 a night, including tax), I was happier than I expected after reading the other reviews. There's an outlet mall and the Traverse City mall within a fifteen minute drive as well as many different eating locations. The trip into downtown only took about ten minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family owned and operated. Located seven miles south of downtown Traverse City, near Interlochen, Buckley and Kingsley. Recent upgrades include: new carpet, new wallpaper, in-room coffee makers, expanded wif-fi service throughout the building, flat screen TV's in most guest rooms. All rooms are now equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Other amenities include: free continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, in-room hair dryers. Dogs accepted with permission. We have parking available for trucks, trailers, motor coaches and other large vehicles. We offer wine tour packages in cooperation with the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association several times throughout the year. If you have a special need/request, please contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Traverse City
- Traverse City Econo Lodge