Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
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... White Fish, Taco style) we went to the fish market to buy some “Wicked” yummy smoked salmon and white fish.
Then took a ride up to Northport down to Sutton Bay and on back to Platte Lake Campground where we are stationed for a couple nights.
Friday, the 13th, we are off to Luddington State Park, but not before a hike down to Lake Michigan shore line from the State Park. Did we mention the color of the lakes is like the blue of the ...
... Sleeping Bear Dunes, 20 miles east of Traverse City. It is a really unique and beautiful park. The area was voted the most beautiful place in America by the Today Show a couple of years ago. Debbie has wanted to buy here since the first time she saw it. She just got her wish.
... all the worrying I will be doing in the next week, and try to imagine a perfect sunset falling over a serene lake view. I don't have to do any imagining though. Nothing can compare to the annual family trip in up-north Michigan. Where the sun shines, campfires burn, and black bottom cupcakes fill our stomachs.
We have finally arrived at our favorite RV park, Indigo Bluffs, which is about 20 miles west of Traverse City.
We are lucky enough to have one of the premium spots in the park right next to the pond with a large patio, coach house, built-in BBQ, a gas fire ring, as well as a regular fire ring.
The first few ...
Our sponsor contact, Laura, set us up at the Eagles Meadows, a primitive campground and pavilion where the circus is going to be in a couple of weeks. It was BEAUTIFUL out there…Trees everywhere, meadows of wild flowers, and the sunset was incredible. Once the evening set in, it also became incredibly dark and the nature noises were soothing…we were hoping to stargaze that night, since there wasn't any light pollution, but the sky ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Acme
Loved Grand Traverse Lodge
What a Lovely Place. Had a wonderful time. Tons of Fun and the Shuttle Bus to the Casino was really awesome
Loved the Grand Traverse Dec.4 2004
After reading some of the reviews, I was dreading the trip there! Serious!
We stayed in the tower 8th floor rm. 861, it was so nice! View of parking lot and golf course which is very nice. Room was ready before the 4pm check in time and was very clean and cheerful!
Everyone was very helpful. Shuttle to the casino, no charge but you can tip driver.
Dinner in the Trillium was a very nice dining experience! Great View!
Can't wait to go again next year!
Ruined our Anniversary!
Overpriced!!! Terrible accomodations!!!... dirty with aweful view of the maitenance shed. Never, never, never will I stay here again. I complained and they gain me a coupon for half off my next stay and even that wouldn't coax us to come back. I have had better (and cheaper) rooms at Fairfield Inns. This place ruined our anniversary.
This was the worst hotel experience I ever had in my life. We had booked a Tower Suite with Bay View and we were recommended to book this room by the reservation agent as it was our honeymoon. When we checked in, they told us there were no Bay Suites available and we were assigned a parking view suite. The carpet and the furniture were in bad condition and the overall atmosphere in this hotel was souless. To cap it all, one of the guests cars alarms went off and despite numerous calls to ask and offer to pay to have it towed, the noise went on the entire night.
My family & I stayed at the resort over the 4th of July weekend. Overall the hotel is beautiful. Since there were 12 of us we had the opportunity to stay in a tower room as well as the condos. Both were very clean & spacious. The furnishings in the 3 bedroom condo could use updating (they were a little beat up). The restaurants had delicious food & not a bad price for the Sunday brunch in the Trillium. The service at both the front desk & in the restaurants was excellent...very friendly & attentive. Loved the hotel shops. The area where the "family" indoor pool was located was a little dark & gloomy but the lap pool was surrounded by windows & much brighter. Seems to me this should have been reversed since the "family" pool was filled with people & there wasn't a soul in the lap pool. Loved our stay & would stay here again. The only thing I can say beware of is this...if when making your reservation you are told you are in a condo on the beach you are more than likely not directly on the beach but in an apartment like setting in which you can walk to the private beach. There may be condos that are directly on the beach but I would confirm that is the case. It was a little deceiving.
Stayed at the resort in May and was not impressed with the accomodations for the price. I felt like I wasted my money. All I had was a simple hotel room that I could have gotten down the road at a Holiday Inn. Restaurants were good but overpriced. ($12.00 for a small and simple breakfast buffet.) I must say, the highlight of the hotel is the service, the hotel desk were very nice and friendly! The servers at the restaurants were also very nice. We did golf at the Bear next door. The course was nice considering the rain we have had, but we did tee off one hour late. All in all a good trip but definitely would not waste my money there again.
I visited the resort over the Memorial Day weekend and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The room was beautiful. My 7 and 11 year old boys enjoyed swimming, tennis (for a fee), playing games in the arcade, ping pong, the hot tub and the sauna. We were having so much fun that we forgot about dinner. After the spa closed at 10 p.m. on Sunday, we had dinner in Jack's lounge consisting of a "Bear burger", chicken quesadillas and salad. The kids could get popcorn from the popcorn stand for a dollar. Everything was fresh and delicious. I couldn't have had a better experience. One thing, even though we had a non-smoking room, smoking was allowed in the lounge area near the elevators. It sickened me to have to walk through it in order to get on the elevator. I would change that.
A Great Hotel Stay!!!!
I stayed there with my class, between March 24-26, my experience there was great! I have never had as great of an experience as i did there.
Everyone treated me with respect and courtesy, whenever I needed help finding my way, i got the help. The view on the 17th floor was fantastic, it overlooked the bay. The hot tubs were fabolous as well as the pools for children. i greatly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to have a nice weekend pleasure get away!
We have been to the Grand Traverse Resort a few times and after each visit we come away disappointed but this last visit in August 2003 was by far the worst. We traveled with our three small children and our condo was not ready until after 7 p.m. despite several stops up at the front desk and a talk with the manager. No one apologized for the delay and inconvenience---in fact the only thing I was snottily told by a desk clerk was the "rooms are ready AFTER 4p.m. not BY 4 p.m." I specifically called down to the spa to see if they really did accomodate children like it said in the hotel brochure and was told yes. When I arrived with our two young daughters for a pedicure as a special treat, we were treated like second-class citizens because my girls were children and then I was told that they usually didn't "do" children! My pedicure was the worst I have ever had. The technician was sloppy and indifferent. Restaurant service was equally inept and housekeeping was late cleaning our condo every day. Several years ago, I would have rated this "resort" as average. After our experience there last summer, I would have to rate it as poor. We will stay at the Homestead in Glen Arbor, Michigan this summer instead. It's a little bit further of a drive for us but the service and atmosphere are much better.