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Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

I admit I was a bit leery of staying at a little motel, but we checked trip advisor and this place had great ratings. I understand why now. Our hosts were very pleasant and our room comfortable, well appointed and extremely clean. I would recommend this place without hesitation.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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3  Thank Kimberly H
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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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4  Thank Michigan_Nomad1
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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 swimming pool . . . the rating system won't let me remove the rating !
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AphraB1
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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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1  Thank Andi E
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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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2  Thank ParrotHead726
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