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“Not-so-hidden gem!”
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Bambi Motel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in East Tawas
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I think with all the positive reviews on here, this place is no longer a hidden gem, it is out in the open. Yes, it is a gem. The place is as neat as a pin and clean, clean, clean, as others have said. The bed was comfortable, the room had windows that open to let in fresh air (although it could get a little noisy), and the amenities included a microwave, fridge, and a small work desk. It seems as though it should be easy to keep a motel clean, after all, this is what can make or break a motel. But by contrast, the place I stayed in Tawas City the night before changing to the Bambi was a mess. Cobwebs in the corners of the room, dirty shower, messy floor, unfriendly host. Oh yeah, the hosts at the Bambi were wonderful, friendly and helpful on the phone and in person.
The Tawas Bay area is a great place to vacation, so I expect to be back at the Bambi next year.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

The Bambi Motel is simple, down-to-earth, clean, neat, reasonably priced, and a joy. The current owners have been doing this for almost 30 years, and by " this" I mean being warm and welcoming hosts. We spent the second night of our stay hanging out by the bonfire-on-the-asphalt, watching a Detroit Tigers game, and drinking a beer with Bill (one of the owners). The Bambi is convenient to the Big Boy, and about a 10 minute or so walk from the downtown area. You're also about 3 miles from the tip of the Tawas State Park. This was our first visit, but hopefully not the last.

Room Tip: The owners have a "no noise after 11:00 p.m." policy. Much appreciated! There is no swimmi...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Michigan's "Sunrise Coast" is touted in the state's travel brochures but somewhat forgotten by the tourists Michigan is trying to attract -- except those who return year after year, in this case to the modest but truly welcoming Bambi Motel at the edge of Lake Huron in East Tawas. Exceptionally clean and comfortable, the Bambi will be remembered for more than sparkling floors in the bathroom and tidily made beds. Owners Bill and Kay make sure guests who are in the mind for company get to know each other during their nightly "parking-lot bonfires." Lawn chairs are pulled up around a big wire basket full of flaming logs right on the asphalt; guests bring their own refreshments, and the stories unfold among strangers who leave the next day with a warm feeling for the new people they've met on the road.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Welcoming staff very clean rooms and walking distance to everything. I cannot say enough about how happy we were to stay in this hidden gem! The staff are friendly and knowledgeable on where to eat and play. Large rooms with comfortable beds.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Needed to stop after a long day of driving and checked out tripadvisor for a place to stay in Tawas area. After reading about Bambi, I placed a call and lucked out with one room available.
Checking in was fun chatting with the owners, and the room was exceptional. Very detail oriented when it comes to clean, efficiency. Comfortable bed, all the amenities, mature cliental therefore, able to sleep without the usual [--] of disrespectful travelers who haven't a clue as to what quiet hours mean!
Old school charm like the "north" used to be, making this motel a keeper. Give this one a try if in the area, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank oxengirl
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

After reading the reviews of the Bambi Motel, I knew this was the place for the night. The room was immaculate and the service personal and friendly. The beds had chenille bedspreads, the walls were wood paneling, and the lighting was old school art deco. I'm not sure the intent was for a throwback 50's style road trip motel, but I was delighted when what that was what I got! After a terrible experience at the so-called resort down the road last year, the Bambi Motel will be my go to for all future trips to the Tawas area.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Dawn A
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Reviewed 8 May 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for a one night stop over on our way to Mackinaw City. Our room was very nice and absolutely clean. Staff was also warm and friendly, very highly recommended. We will definitely be making this a stop on our annual visit north.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank ezrapound1
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Address: 1100 E Bay St, East Tawas, MI
Region: United States > Michigan > East Tawas
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in East Tawas
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Tawas Area's preferred motels, extra clean, quiet, cable T.V., full, queen & king beds, waterfront easement, near shopping. Facilities: Motel, Air Conditioning, over half the rooms are non-smoking. NEW - wireless internet ... more   less 
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Bambi Hotel East Tawas
Bambi Motel East Tawas, Michigan

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