Convenient to Mackinac Island, but without high island prices
Large indoor and outdoor pools with hot tubs
Spacious rooms with mini-fridges and some lake views
Free buffet breakfast including eggs and waffles
Small fitness center with TV and towels
Free shuttle to Mackinac Island ferry docks and casinos
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Evening bonfire with marshmallow roasts in the summer
Coin-operated laundry facilities
Only open April-October
Property and rooms could use a refresh
Multiple buildings and an uphill walk can be a bit inconvenient
No elevator in the three-story buildings
With 150 rooms spread over four buildings, this sprawling lakeside complex of a seasonal hotel is a budget-friendly alternative to the more expensive hotels on nearby Mackinac Island. Slightly dated rooms are spacious and great for families, and two- and three-bedroom units are available for bigger groups. The hotel features two pools with adjacent hot tubs -- one indoor and one outdoor -- and they host family-friendly beach bonfires with marshmallow roasting in the summer months. The hotel also offers a free buffet breakfast that includes eggs and waffles and there's a free shuttle to the casinos and the Mackinac Island ferry. Also, goose droppings can abound, so wearing shoes outside is advisable.
Large family-friendly property with some dated decor, but lovely green spaces and lake views
Popular with vacationing families, this hotel has the feel of an apartment complex, with several buildings set around a central pool area. Some of the spaces are on the dated side, with worn, busy carpeting and a slightly musty smell. The breakfast area is bland and cafeteria-like, while the long, rectangular indoor pool is surrounded by faded red brick. The lobby looks like it’s been refurbished, though, with clusters of woven furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows that give the space a pleasant, comfortable vibe. The breakfast room also has a sunny, windowed area covered by a red and white striped canopy. The buildings are surrounded by lush green lawns that lead to the picturesque lake and bonfire area.
On the main street of St. Ignace, close to the ferry docks
The hotel is tucked away in a quiet corner of St. Ignace, right by the shore of Lake Huron, but sits along the town’s main drag, with many other hotels and restaurants nearby. It’s convenient for day trips to Mackinac Island, with a five- to seven-minute walk to the ferries, and the hotel runs a free shuttle to the ferry docks and the Kewadin Casinos, which is about a 10-minute ride away. Other area attractions, including the Castle Rock lookout point, are a few minutes by car.
Clean, spacious apartment-style rooms with basic, bland, and dated decor
The hotel has one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and suites with hot tubs. The brown-heavy decor is bland and basic, especially in the bathrooms, which have older patterned wallpaper and curtained showers made of cheap plastic, but the rooms are clean. Rooms with balconies have lovely views of the lake and the Mackinac Island shoreline. In-room amenities include small flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, hairdryers, irons, and ironing boards.
Free buffet breakfast with hot items, two pools with hot tubs, lakeside fire pit
The hotel serves a free buffet breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, and cereal. Wi-Fi is free in all areas of the hotel and there are coin-operated laundry facilities that come in handy for long-term guests. The hotel also has two pools, one indoors and one outdoors, each with a hot tub. There’s a small carpeted fitness center with basic cardio and weight machines, and towels are provided. Outside is a playground and white plastic chairs surrounding a fire pit, and marshmallow roasts are held during the summer, a nice feature for families. Catered events can be arranged outside by the water.
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