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Comfort Inn Traverse City 2.0

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan

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  • Within an easy five-minute drive of beaches and downtown
  • Large rooms with microwaves and mini-fridges, plus suites with kitchens
  • Indoor pool includes a whirlpool and assisted access
  • Free buffet breakfast featuring hot and cold items
  • Small fitness room with basic cardio and resistance equipment
  • Free shuttle bus to town and the airport
  • Coin-operated laundry room 
  • Game room with vending machines
  • Guest PC and free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Classic decor may feel dated to some
  • No restaurant for lunch or dinner

Bottom Line

Two-pearl Comfort Inn Traverse City is a pleasant, small hotel that's a short walk from the lakefront and a five-minute drive to downtown Traverse City. Welcome freebies include a shuttle bus that heads downtown and to the airport, and a buffet breakfast with hot and cold items. The 62 rooms come in a variety of configurations, but are a bit tired -- some have kitchens or extra beds, while others have in-room jetted tubs. Despite its budget status, there's a decent selection of amenities here, including an indoor pool with a whirlpool, a fitness room, game room, and coin-operated laundry facilities. Travelers willing to push the budget a bit could look at Cherry Tree Inn & Suites instead, which is right on the waterfront and adds an outdoor pool.

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Pleasant budget chain outpost that's popular with a wide swath of travelers

The Comfort Inn Traverse City is a fairly pleasant budget option in Traverse City, and is one of the more well-kept outposts in this chain. It has a cozy lodge-style lobby dominated by a huge fireplace, with a busy geometric-print carpet. A roaring fire warms guests in the winter months and an iced lemon water stand is popular in the heat of summer. It's a welcoming, small hotel that draws a range of travelers including couples, business guests, families, and groups of friends.


Walking distance from the lakefront, and a five-minute drive to downtown and beaches

Comfort Inn is located on the eastern edge of Traverse City, a five-minute walk to the shores of Traverse Bay's East Arm. Shopping and dining in downtown Traverse City is a five-minute drive away, and West Bay Beach takes about the same amount of time to reach. There are buses that run along Wenonah Street to downtown, with a journey time of about 20 minutes -- though the hotel provides a free shuttle bus too. The shuttle also runs to the airport, which is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Scenic boardwalks run along the river through town, and there are plenty of trails to explore beside the lake. The vast sandy dunes of Sleeping Bear and their stunning views of Lake Michigan are about a 40-minute drive from the hotel. 


Variety of rooms with classic decor, plus apartment-style suites with full kitchens

Rooms have a classic style that's typical of the Comfort Inn chain, and come in a good range of configurations -- including large apartment-style suites. Decor can feel a touch dated, with dark mahogany furniture and nondescript pastel-hued artwork. All units are spacious, though, and some King Rooms come with jetted tubs in the main rooms. Standard features include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, and irons, plus free Wi-Fi. There are accessible rooms available as well. Two-Bedroom Suites are essentially two adjoining rooms. Some suites have full kitchens, which add ovens, dishwashers, fridge/freezers, toasters, tableware, and breakfast bars -- plus large living areas with sofas and additional TVs. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos -- with the exception of accessible rooms and King Hot Tub rooms, which have shower cubicles. They feature generous granite counters, and all include toiletries and hairdryers. 


Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet, a small fitness room, and coin-operated laundry facilities

The Comfort Inn Traverse City has a good set of amenities for a small budget hotel. There's an indoor pool with whirlpool, towels, and assisted access, plus a handful of loungers around the perimeter. The fitness room is small and has just a few cardio and weight machines, but it's a welcome addition for those on longer stays or who like to keep active. There's a useful coin-operated laundry room, and a game room that has a few arcade and vending machines. A free buffet breakfast with both hot and cold dishes is served in the breakfast room off the lobby. The lobby itself has a guest PC with internet and printing, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Parking is free and the hotel provides a free shuttle bus downtown and to the airport.

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460 Munson Ave (US HWY 31), Traverse City, Michigan 49686-3042, United States

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