Clarion Hotel Beachfront
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Beachfront Mackinaw City
Decent, but overpriced
This is a decent hotel, however, it is overpriced for what you get. They claim the 2 bedroom suite is huge. It is the smallest suite I've ever stayed in. The front desk staff's service was way below average. We moved to the Quality Inn 2 doors down after 2 nights. The service there was outstanding. The suite was, in fact, huge and the price was an excellent value.
Nice Hotel - Good Lake View
Stayed here for two days during the Lilac Festival. Stayed on the fourth floor and had a balcony view overlooking the lake. Very nice view! We had a family suite and the rooms were nice and comfy,the rates were comparable. Cannot rate the pool,the kids swam in the lake and had a ball! The free breakfast hot bar was so-so,but it was free. May stay again here next time or chose another one closer to the crossings.
Terrific Hotel for a Very Low Rate
Very large Balconies with a great view of the straits. The pool is exceptionally large and so is the jacuzzi. In the morning, the breakfast room makes for a great place to meet. The scrambled eggs are great and so is the French toast.
Great Rates/Great Hotel/Great Hot Breakfast Buffet
Terrific Hotel. We stayed there for one week. Our balcony was less than 50 feet from Lake Huron. Only a sandy beach separated us. The pool and the jacuzzi were great. Every day we took advantage of the hot breakfast. Fresh scrambled eggs, hot biscuits and gravy, fresh pork sausage, and fresh fruit.
New, clean hotel but they don't have rate intergrity.
Well, we stayed here after a trip to Mackinac Island- the front desk would not let me leave- were almost rude about it- until I agreed to stay. They kept lowering their prices until they got to what I wanted- and then they told me to keep my voice down and not tell anyone the rate they were giving me- we had 2 connecting rooms, both with jet tubs for $40 each on a Thursday during September. Now, yes, I appreciated the lower rate but not the fact that they were being dishonest to every other guest. I wouldn't have been too happy if I was a guest who had made reservations weeks in advance and then paid $100 more than someone who had just walked in just because this hotel wanted to fill rooms quick. Anyway, enough of that- the rooms were clean but the "hot" breakfast was really gross- low quality donut holes, canned fruit, gross rubber sausage and biscuits. They've got a great pool- much deeper than other chain hotels- as well as their immense hot tub in a cozy little room off to the side- I would say that was the best thing.
This was the nicest hotel I've stayed in for many years. People at the front desk were smiling, welcoming, and so efficient. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable. The breakfast was wonderful, way beyond a continental breakfast. The housekeeping is just excellent and the housekeepers were polite and friendly and took very good care of us.
The best motel in Mackinaw
I've traveled a lot-and the Clarion Lakefront rooms are great. It beats our New Jersey ocean front hotels. I've stayed at the Clarion on my last two Mackinaw trips--there's no reason to go back to any of the other hotels...but I'll be back to Clarion.
Won't return - costs too much for what you get
We stayed here 8/15/03. Room smelled musty - yuck - they may have 'forgotten to freshen the room' - but even later it still wasn't great.
There were spider webs that had been around awhile based on the spider's 'catch' - and bats. Holy cow -bats hanging by our door - which was a known problem according to the desk. But if it's known - I think they should do courtesy checks on the hour to clear them away. A bat hanging just outside our door kept me inside for the night, and in the morning there were 2. Nice. Parking was terrible -nothing close to the room if you come in later in the evening. Cost was way too high for what we got. We found a nicer place for the same price the next night and had a room right on the lake. Won't return.
First time there and we loved it--we will definitely come back. Love the new lake front rooms.
The crunkest Mackinaw has to offer
Everything was great, even though the room was lake view, it was what they had. The only thing that gives the hotel 4 dots instead of 5 was the sky high price. I would definitely stay here again!
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... the winter. But during the peak summer season 15,000 people come to visit per day! Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration (ban on almost all motor vehicles); as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The weather was fantastic which made for a very beautiful day back in ...
... and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. Since it was late in the tourist season the crowds were less than in the peak time during the summer. We stayed at a great campground over looking Lake ...
... and steamed potatoes (no butter or sour cream). Felt more like a proper meal. if any food is left on your plate, you are offered a box to take it away. i stripped the meat off the bones when we got back to the motel - lunch for tomorrow.
Finding bread rolls has been a bit tricky. We have had wraps for the last 2 days as an alternative.
Visited the old lighthouse in St Ignace before going back to the motel. Off south tomorrow
... especially the 2 year old cheddar.
The highway south was a quick way to reach St Ignace. Speed limit was 70 mph, 60 mph for trucks and minimum speed was 55 mph. Arrived early afternoon and found a motel which gave a 20% discount for over 50's!!! Have been for a drive around the town. No mooching up the town streets on foot as there is no protection from the rain over the footpath. Have discount vouchers for the casino! May go out and take a look.
... amazing experience all the same, we saw places I'm sure I never would have if not for this job and survived another season aboard! Our reward is surely the itinerary of the next two season's planned in Europe! For now it's turnaround time and while the Great Lakes and connecting rivers will make this return a lengthy one, life aboard is much more relaxed and enjoyable with service at its season's end.
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