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“The Go To place for the Holidays”
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Bavarian Inn Lodge
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Frankenmuth
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Clarkston, Michigan
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“The Go To place for the Holidays”
Reviewed 11 November 2012

We had a lovely 2 days in Frankenmuth. Convenient to all the shops and restaurants in town, the staff and the facilities are perfect. The adult pool and jacuzzi is a great way to start the day and relax at the end of the day. The restaurants have all your Bavarian-style favorites served family style with all the trimmings. Had a great time.

Room Tip: Choose the river view - so peaceful to watch from the balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear SherryN.,

Thank you for creating Holiday shopping memories in Frankenmuth and at the Lodge. So happy we can help you RELAX during the beginning of a hectic Holiday Season.

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

My wife and I had a wonderful time staying at the Bavarian inn lodge. The service was great and we were treated with kindness. Wherever we went we would see the staff with smiles and gratitude. The room was wonderful. They were clean and neat. I really liked the idea in the two different styles of pillows that were offered. The Omar's restaurant was very nice. The food and service was the greatest. We also enjoyed the adult pool that was offered. I would differently come back to stay in the future. Also the family fun area is a neat idea. The kids would really enjoy it!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear Rbrewster,

Thank you for experiencing the Lodge on a couple retreat! So glad you enjoyed the adult only pool. I especially appreciate your comment on the "kindness" that you recieved from Staff around the Lodge. I will share your wonderful words with the staff as proof of their success and thank them sincerely. I also thank you sincerely for your patronage and look forward to your next return. I hope to meet you then.

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

We spent a week in Michigan and stayed at the Bavarian Inn for two nights. The hotel is very nice with a lot of activities for kids. The food in the restaurants was very good. Very close to the Bronner's Christmas store and Zehnders restaurant. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear MarkJ288,

Thank you kindly for staying with us this Fall. It certainly was a pretty fall for a color tour around Michigan! We appreciate your business and look forward to your next return!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
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Marine City. MI
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

We are relatively newcomers to the Inn, 3 stays so far. We have been there with our children, alone, and we are looking forward to taking our grandson soon. Part of the beauty of this place is that it works for all age groups, if you want to you can spend your entire stay without leaving the property and not want for anything,once the current improvements are complete it will be even better. If you choose to wander around town there enough attractions to keep you busy no matter how many times you go. Every time we have been there the staff has gone out of their way to be helpful & freindly, it is claen & well kept, and if you join the perks club you receive many special offers to stay eat & play that the most inexpensive can't begin to compete with.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tom P
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear Tom P:

You are a wonderful Ambassador for us Tom! We get our kicks from seeing all aspects of family have FUN together at the Lodge. There is a surge in grandparents traveling with grandchildren in the last year or so and we LOVE seeing those cherished moments being created pool side or on the miniature golf course. We appreciate your comments on enjoying the Bavarian Inn Perks Club and the value it provides your family. We are nearing 20,000 families who enjoy the club as you do. I hope you will stop and ask for me upon your next check-in at the Lodge!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

Wonderful place to stay - very clean and the staff could not be more helpful. We really enjoy the Courtyard Pool for Adults, although we have taken our granddaughter with us and also enjoy the other pools and the Fun Centre. The shuttle to downtown and River Place is an added bonus. Although it takes us a few hours to drive from Canada, it is definitely worth the trip and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear Irma from Guelph, Ontario,

So pleased that you make the international treck to Frankenmuth from Ontario. We appreciate you and all our Canadian arrivals at the Lodge in Frankenmuth! We will keep working hard to make your family experiences memorable. Have a blessed Christmas Season and we hope to see you again soon!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

We are 3 generations who recently stayed at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and our experience was great right from the time we checked in. We got there early and our adjoining family suites were ready for us. We parked our car and used the shuttle to go downtown and to River Place which was really convenient since we had 9 people in our party! We had 2 children with peanut allergies and one with a soy protein allergy. We ate all our meals at the Inn and the chef came out personally to go over the menu with us and even cut the ingredient list off the boxes we requested. Above and beyond what most restaurants do when faced with severe allergy children - we have even been told to go someplace else at different restaurants! They made sure the children were happy and healthy which made the adults very secure. The children enjoyed the arcade and pools and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. We plan on going back when the water park is finished possibly next summer. I highly recommend the Bavarian Inn and there is no problem taking children with allergies to this wonderful place.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear Linda O.,

I am proud of our staff in their consistency in helping guests with an array of allergies and having personal concern. We want to create memorable experiences for our guests and if there is any fear in travel (whether it be allergies to food or features needed for a handicap guests) we want to go the extra mile to minimize any fear.

Thank you for enjoying your family get-a-way with 3 generations playing, dining and shopping together. We hope we can be a long standing tradition with your family. Hope to meet you upon your next visit!

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
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Norton Shores, Michigan
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

I have to start by saying visiting Frankenmuth has been a wish of my mom's for almost 30 years. I planned this trip for her, and could not be happier that I chose the Bavarian Inn Lodge. This place made the whole trip that much more special to all of us. There were 5 of us in all staying at the Lodge, including my parents, husband, son and I. We all had an amazing time.
When you first pull into Frankenmuth you start to get a feel for the Bavarian influence that made this town famous. But to cross the covered bridge and get your first glimpse of the Lodge was breathtaking. We really felt the cultural change almost immediately. The lodge is beautiful on the outside, but the interior is full of beautiful woodwork, historical pictures, murals, German signs, etc. The main lobby is something to see, really! The decor was amazing, like stepping into a worm hole to a German lodge. Fall decor was all over the lodge, I'm kind of sad I didn't wait later to see it decked out for Xmas! Everyone who works in the lobby and shops is dressed in Bavarian costume adding to the whole feel of the place. The ladies at the front desk were cheerful, helpful and prompt. We even signed up for the Perks Program for returning guests; I recommend if you plan on returning like us. Our room was easy to find, and we loved that each room has a family name. Followed through with family pics and info inside the room. So Neat! We wanted to roam around to find our family name, but never had time! Inside our room there was more beautiful woodwork and paintings. The bathroom is split to allow for showering and getting ready to go on separately, very helpful. The minifridge came in handy for our leftovers and sodas! Plenty of space for all 5 of us and our stuff. We even had enough room for the roll away bed for my son. Beds were comfy, and we loved that there were extra pillows on the beds. The Fun Center was a hit for all of us, even my parents and picky teenager. Many, many games! We literally spent hours here. Cute play area for little kiddies too. Lots of pools and hottubs. Indoor mini golf was a cool novelty for us too. We ate and watched some kiddies having fun with karaoke at Ratskeller. We ate breafast at Oma's, and all I have to say is Banana Bread French Toast! I would come back for that alone. Dinner at The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, family style upgraded dinner. Yummy! All of it! Our faves were the chicken and the potato puffs. We picked up a couple awesome breakfast rolls from the restaurant's downstairs bakery. Coffee in the Lodge's upstairs gift shop every morning was a must for me, as good as a famous chain I won't name. They even had hot carmel apple cider! The same girl was there when I went in and she remembered me, that meant a lot considering she probably sees hundreds a day.
The Lodge is in walking distance from the main street, though they have shuttles too if you prefer. So all in all, this was for us the ideal place to stay. They have it all under one roof. And everyone we met was cheerful and helpful. I got a true sense the Lodge is maintained by people who really cared and put there hearts into making their place a memorable experience for all. We are already planning our next trip. Planning on bringing the whole family next time to join us! We can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Ask for a River View Room, trust me!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Jim_Engel, General Manager at Bavarian Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 13 November 2012
Dear Mrs.Cakes777,

What a wonderful explanation of your stay. I will share your deeply kind words with the staff and Judy Zehnder the owner. Judy gets all the credit for the concepts in Bavarian and historical flair. She gets a good share of the decor credit too but we have an amazing team that works on decoration changes with the season. In fact the upside down tree in the lobby converted to Christmas today! I hope you can come back and see it! Can't thank you enough for staying with us and I hope to meet you when you next return. Ask for me at the Front Desk. I have worked with the Bavarian Inn Zehdner family for 35 years and will likely be here when you next return.

Sincerely,

Jim Engel, C.O.O.
Bavarian Inn Lodge
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Property: Bavarian Inn Lodge
Address: 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1900
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Region: United States > Michigan > Frankenmuth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Frankenmuth
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bavarian Inn Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bavarian Inn Lodge is a treasure in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth - Michigan's #1 tourist attraction. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Cass River, the Lodge is a world-class getaway destination for families and couples. The Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth is about gathering. For generations, millions of people have come here to stay and play, to be welcomed with our home-cooked chicken dinners, delightfully cozy beds, and warm Bavarian hospitality. It's like stepping into the heart of Europe without a passport or the jet lag! •360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool, family suites and balcony rooms •Indoor water park with four indoor pools;three whirlpools & two large waterslides.•Four tennis courts (two with nighttime play). •Three-story European-style courtyard with one indoor pool and whirlpool reserved especially for adults. •18-Hole indoor miniature golf. •The largest Family Fun Center in any Midwest hotel with 110+ video and redemption games, air hockey, and pool tables.•Two-story Children's Village play area. •Two lounges, two restaurants, two gift shops (stop in at Michael's Gift Shop to check out board games galore).•Gourmet Coffee Bar in Martha's Gift Shop.•Free live nightly entertainment including sing-a-longs and Karaoke. •Free WIFI internet with over 50 hotspots throughout public areas and in guestrooms. •An abundance of public areas for your family or group to gather and socialize. America's FIRST Living Room Styled Water Park! Yet... A couples paradise with an adult only pool and whirlpool! Oh yes... Parking is always free! ... more   less 
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