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Big Bear Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Alpena B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 August 2010

Well we were in the UP for a couple weeks traveling, sometimes camping on our way to the Apostle Islands. We took a recommendation from a travel guide to stop at the Big Bear Lodge in Alpena and unfortunately took that advice. The room was filthy and there was hair in our bed, I guess the sheets had not been changed in between guests. Needless to say we slept in our sleeping bags and brought in our own pillows. In addition, there were some shady people, about 10 in the next room. They watched us closely as we brought our bags in. I think they were living there, temporary workers. We definitely felt we were getting sized up. We ended up moving a piece of furniture in front of the door and kept one eye open all night. Of course we left early and didn't even use the showers, saved that for our next destination....I think this place has potential, the area for check in was very quaint with the typical lodge type decor such as animal heads and an overall feeling of a log cabin. The lodge is for sale and the man that checked us in gave us the impression that it was more then the owner could handle at this point due to health issues so I think that's the problem. This would be a great place to buy and fix up.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Jacobus E, Owner at Big Bear Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Well, this is seven years and a couple of owners later, but my wife and I shared your vision that this is a great place, so we bought it and fixed it up real nice already. You can see some interesting details on our facebook page, BigBearAlpena or better yet, come and see for yourself!

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 2052 US Highway 23 S, Alpena, MI 49707-4523
Region: United States > Michigan > Alpena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Alpena
Price Range: £51 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Bear Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alpena's friendly Mom & Pop Lodge where guests feel at home and become regular friends. Great value for the dollar, continental breakfast, good wi-fi, best views of Thunder Bay-Lake Huron, Clean and comfortable rooms, recent updates include new beds, new linens blankets and comforters. All rooms well equipped with coffee makers in room, refrigerators, microwaves. ... more   less 
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