Clarion Hotel Beachfront
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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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We woke around 8am and had breakfast at the hotel before renting bikes and venturing around the island. We spent a lot of time exploring the old Fort Mackinac with a lot of historic sites and demonstrations from the colonial era Then we ventured further up the hill to the Grand Hotel to explore ...
We arrived at the ferry dock around 2pm. There was a little hesitation dropping off Simon and Lucy at the kennel in St Ignace - Mike was concerned about how safe they would be there and the fact the owner had their tiny dogs running around the driveway when we arrived didn't help. A more country kennel indeed. We valeted the Subaru and took the Star Ferry over ...
... that we were on the second floor because that meant dragging all of the luggage up and down the stairs, BUT, I ended up glad that we were on the 2nd floor because the floors squeak, so it will be quieter up here. Also, the view from our balcony is really nice.
This evening we went down to the Bridge View Park and then to the Huron boardwalk. It is a cute town and I like the smaller feel on this side of the bridge.
Rosie is a true boat dog. This was a LONG, LONG day... It's 11:00 PM and Rosie has ON HER OWN jumped into her crate for sleep. We have successfully worn her out; at our personal, physical expense though:
FOR THE RECORD: There are two (2) spellings of "Mackinac" and Mackinaw"... They are BOTH pronounced "Mack-In-AW"... strange.
- Got to ferry at 10:00 hoping to catch the one that cruises UNDER ...
Another 6 hour drive and we had to just call it a day to recharge.
Days Inn was all that was "pet friendly" but actually a nice place, right on the lake.
Tomorrow, we plan to head south for a place to spend a couple of days and then toward Columbus, Ohio.
Goal is to be home by Saturday to re-charge before next Monday....