When this hotel was opened in the mid-1960’s it was considered a masterpiece, and became THE place to be on Little Traverse Bay. It’s still a good place to stay, and has a unique kind of charm you won’t find anywhere else. Read up on the history of the place before you arrive: [--] and you’ll appreciate its unique design even more.
First and foremost of its benefits is the location. If you stay here you are in the heart of Charlevoix. You’re right on the river yet also in the midst of restaurants and shops, and you can walk down the piers and stroll on the beach. You’ll also be able to watch boats as they enter the channel, with the drawbridge raised every 30 minutes (between 6 am and 9 pm) to allow them passage into the harbor.
We stayed in an $80 room (ask for the Internet Rate) that had a King bed, a kitchenette (complete with microwave, 2 burner stove, coffee maker, sink, plates, glasses, and basic utensils) and a small balcony with no view whatsoever. If you’d like a view, you’ll pay more but you’ll be able to see the harbor and probably really enjoy your stay. The room was acceptably clean and furnished, but could use a complete cosmetic renovation. We used the free wireless internet service and found it to be very reliable.
The Weathervane restaurant next door has very good food and is right on the river with a superb view of the channel and harbor.
The staff was very friendly, and we enjoyed our stay.
The negative aspects of this hotel are fairly minor. They include:
The hotel has no elevator in the main buildings – you will have to carry your suitcases up steep outdoor steps. While the free breakfast consists of standard continental fare of cereal, bagels, english muffins, coffee cake or danish, and beverages, the day we stayed, they were out of most items an hour before the breakfast service was scheduled to close.
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- Also Known As:
- Weathervane Terrace Hotel Charlevoix
- Weathervane Terrace Charlevoix