After reading some of the reviews I was a little hesitant about our late fall reservations. However I found the room to be clean and the people pleasant, especially the housekeeper when I asked for a few extra towels and location of outside trash cans where I could dump my dog's 'walkie bags'. An in-room hairdrier would have been nice, but the microwave, little fridge, and coffeemaker (with coffee) made up for that small inconvenience. (Lack of hair dryer was my own fault, website does mention no in-room hairdryers.)
The motel was convenient, comfortable, quiet, and clean. I was not expecting 5-star, but did feel safe, had a good night's sleep, and plenty of hot water while taking a shower. The bathroom set-up was nice. There was a little alcove area that had a separate sink-mirror and small closet as well as another separate area (with a door) that had a full bath. This set-up made it very convenient for two or more people to get ready for the day or bedtime without waiting for the other to vacate the 'facilities'.
The motel welcomes well behaved dogs for a reasonable fee ( a must for my trip). The rooms near the lake were perfect for walking the dogs while enjoying the crisp autumn air. A pair of playful otters on the lake was frosting on the cake. The restaurant 'up the hill' was pleasant and prices in line with other restaurants. I would definitely stay here again if returning to Grand Rapids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on cross country Highway #2. Forest Lake Motel is under new ownership and has been renovated and redecorated. Each room has a fridge, microwave, cable TV and wireless internet service. We cater to Canadians, tourists, business travelers, and construction workers. We offer daily, weekly and monthly rates. Our goal is to offer friendly service and maintain a clean establishment. A restaurant is next door. ... more less