BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn
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... taste, gentle on the palette, brilliant amber coloring, lacing on the glass present to the end, so drinkable it's scary! First wifi use since we left...very exciting indeed. Beautiful campsite right on Lake Huron...perhaps 150 feet away. Dogs in love with the smells...Michigan I love ...
After departing Alpena with following John & Rita we followed highway 23 through Cheboygan to the bridge. Connie got a great picture of the magnificent bridge as we crossed it onto the Upper Peninsula (UP), beginning our Yooper experience. Both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are really only one body of water, sharing the same water level elevation.
... town… quiet this time of year. All motels close soon with only one staying open this winter
& same with restaurants. The Star Line high speed ferry ride was only 18
minutes, including a buzz under the Mackinaw Suspension bridge, the longest
suspension bridge in North America. Mackinaw Island was a nice surprise. The
island is a State Park as of 1895, Michigan’s first, no vehicles transportation
Where tourists want to be trapped! No cars, but watch out for those bicycles and horse carriages. It's a short ride out from St. Ignace to the island via jet-boat sporting a very cool rooster-tail. The island is wonderful, with beautifully restored 19th century homes that I couldn't stop taking pictures of. And, the Grand Hotel is truly grand. Very elegant with grounds ...
Late start today 10:30 am after my morning coffee from my favourite Coffee Shop. Strangest thing at the US border, the Customs Officer just asked what was the Province of my plate, checked my ID then told me to go! Was the easiest crossing ever. Planned on getting to St Ignace and made it at 6:45pm. In Michigan traveled @ 70mph and the further North I went the colder it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Dockside Waterfront Inn Mackinaw City
If you really wanted you could sum up a review for the Best Western Dockside as "Just Perfect", but let me tell you why. I recently stayed at this hotel with my family. We stayed in a standard room on the beach side. It had a balcony with a great view of the lake. The hotel room was so good. The room was clean and cleaned every day when we stayed. We had plenty of towels for everyone. The beds were great they were thoes tempurpedic beds and it is true what they say about how nice they are. The staff was so professional and on top of everything. They recomended a resturaunt in the downtown shopping district that was fabulos. By the way the downtown district is in walking distance so you never had to drive your car. That was one of the best things. They had a free hot breakfast buffett in the morning that had eggs, sausage, oh and you can't forget about the wafles. The next time we take a vacation in will be to Mackinaw City and we will be staying at the Best Western Dockside.
Great time and great location
We recently stayed at the Best Western Dockside and had a nice and relaxing time. We had a waterfront room which was so convenient. All we had to do is walk out our back doorwall and the beach was right there. The beach was very clean and private, which was also great. The rooms were very clean and the location was perfect too. The only little thing that was troublesome was our room wasnt cleaned until late in the day. When we wanted to relax they were ready to clean our room. But all in all, the hotel more than met our expectations.
We have just returned from a weekend in Mackinaw City. I had originally booked a reservation at a different hotel and changed it to the Best Western Dockside after reading the reviews on this website and seeing that it was ranked as the #2 readers favorite (the #1 favorite property was not available during our dates). I am sorry that I didn't stick with my original reservation.
We loved the Best Western Dockside. We found it excellent for its class. It IS a motel, not the Grand Hotel, but keeping this in mind, we thought it a good value for the money and very family and kid friendly. We stayed from June 19th to June 24th. We had an oversized lakefront room with two queens and a pull out sofa bed. This slept my husband and I and our 3 children very comfortably. The room had a small refrigerator, so we were able to store drinks and snacks for our kids. There was cable tv, with all the kid channels so my kids did not have to go through cartoon withdrawal. The room and the hotel in general were kept immaculately clean. The west indian ladies who cleaned our room were friendly and more than efficient. They always had a kind word for the kids and never failed to clean our room in a timely manner. The public areas were also very clean. The breakfast bar, although not fancy, was extensive enough that there was something for everyone to eat. The indoor pool and jacuzzi were very nice and were open until midnight. The only bad thing about the pool was that you had to walk outside to get to it. The beach, although not pretty, was convenient and perfect for kids because the water was calm and remained very shallow a long way out. The motel is about a block down from 2 of the ferry lines, and everytime the boats would leave or come in, the wake they generated made fun waves. Plus, we all enjoyed watching the boats. As guests of the Best Western we were entiltled to free admission to an indoor waterpark located at the Comfort Suites down the street. This waterpark, really a water playground, was very fun. Although not huge, it had lots of features and although safe enough for my 4-year old, was also enjoyed by the big kids, and yes, by me. And it was free! A very good thing after you have spent so much money on the island and other attractions. The Best Western dockside is also located within a few blocks of the shopping area and also the ferry docks. All in all, we found the Best Western Dockside to be a very pleasant and convenient hotel.
We stayed here while visiting Mackinaw Island. I read previous reviews and they all seemed pretty good so we chose this place. This motel is the kind you stop at when you are traveling and just need somewhere to stay for the night. We are middle class travelers and aren't that picky. We will never stay here again. When I made the reservatin the price was to high so I told them I would call back- at that point the guy asked me what I wanted to pay- I was a little put off so I was silent and then he offerened me a "manager's special" at half off. The price was good but not worth the price of having to stay here. The room was VERY dimly lit, we couldn't open the patio because hundreds of bugs- which also found their way inside the room through the not so great fitted screens- staff VERY unfriendly- no smile/acted like we were being a bother with simple direction questions/etc. The 25' breakfast bar was not good. Our second morning (and last) we opted to eat out and pay for our breakfast. There are signs hanging like "take what you want but eat what you take" - a mangaer/owner watching the breakfast bar with his hand crossed- all done in very poor taste. Other guests seemed trashy- yelling racist remarks in front of our 6 yr old- which they probably thought were ok since we were of their race- but we found it disgusting. Just not good.
On July 20, 2204 we stayed at the Best Western Motel Dockside located at 505 S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 49701. This motel is listed in the March 2005 AAA Michigan TourBook. Our confirmation number was TU2007TR04. We confirmed the reservation with a credit card. Upon my arrival with my wife and two children, ages 8 and 14, on July 20, 2004 at 5:53 p.m. I was told that our reservation was for two rooms at $178 weekdays and $188 on the weekend. I was told that the $20 off coupon which was in the AAA guide as not valid because we already had the AAA rate. The coupon is for $20 off the published 2004 AAA rate. I told them that we had only reserved one room. I was told that I was responsible even though we had only asked for one room because the reservation card showed that we had reserved two rooms. . The motel charged my credit card for $1559.52 for our stay up until July 23, 2004. I was too tired after the nine hour drive to protest to strongly. I was told that they would sell the extra room that night and my credit card would be credited. We went to our room. Several hours later the front desk called me and told me that they had sold the room and credited my credit card $752.76. I was told that a $25 cancellation fee would be charged to me for the cancellation of the room. I do not feel that I am responsible for the cancellation fee because we never asked for two rooms. The error was on the part of the person who accepted our reservations. While I was guest at the motel we overheard another guest complaining to his family about the difficult time he had in getting the motel to tell him a rate. I did not receive an itemized bill, only a credit card receipt, which I had to ask for when I checked out. Upon our arrival at home there was a message on our answering machine from the Dockside on July 20, 2004 at around 4:00 p.m. asking us to call about our reservations. Odd, we had guaranteed our arrival by credit card. Overall we had a good stay. The accommodations were excellent, the staff helpful in other matters, even effortlessly assisting us in making arrangements for us to stay another night.
Nice hotel, but...
This hotel had very nice, clean and large rooms in a prime location. I was looking forward to a nice rest after a long day out, however, I was unfortunately kept up almost the entire night by very loud guests next door. I later wrote to the management, informing them of what happened, and suggested that they post rules for guests regarding common courtesy. I never heard back from anyone. They could have at least responded to me or acknowledged my comments. Even though it was a good hotel, I will not go back due to this experience.
Terrific Hotel - Awesome Location
Tremendous hotel. The rooms are very nicely decorated in a Northern Theme. The beach area is huge, but best of all you are right in the heart of town. Everything is nearby. You can walk to the laser show or the live theater or to all the best restaurants. I will always stay here.
Best Location in Mackinaw City-Teffific Rooms
My family and I stayed at the Best Western for 4 days. Its as great. We walked to all the attractions including the Fort and the Ferries and the Downtown Shopping Area. It was the closest hotel to everything. The Breakfast in the great room overlooking the lake was very nice too. Our room was really big and was decorated very nicely. We will definitely go back again.
Nice and clean
Nice, clean, big rooms, however it was hard to find towels for the pool area, everyone else seemed to have one but we couldn't find any. Most of the staff was pretty friendly, nice lobby area, very large breakfast area with a nice variety of foods. Very close to all the attractions.
Would stay there again.