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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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We purchased a ferry and a horse carriage ride ticket for our day on the island which covers 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position amidst the commerce of ...
We made our way south to Mackinaw City which is at the northern tip of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac. These two land masses are physically connected by the 8,614-foot (2,626 m) Mackinac Bridge. Opened in 1957, it is the world's 16th-longest in ...
... of the houses are quite substantial while others looked like weekend retreats.
Near Harbor Springs we saw some mansions with horse paddocks. Had lunch overlooking the marina and looking back to some lovely houses. Harbor Springs is obviously a very wealthy area and a tourist place. We tried to use the public restrooms at the beach but they were locked as the beach was closed. marina was far more accommodating and even had hot water ...
... of little wooden huts and some headstones all pointing east.
Went to the Soo Locks which is quite a tourist strip. Quite a few people there but not out on the streets in the rain. Watched the water rising in the lock and ships getting ready to enter and one leaving from another lock. The rail bridge over to Canada has two spans which open to let the ships through. One rises while the other opens up in the middle and each side flips up. The queue ...
... 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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