We took a weekend color tour that lead us to Grand Marais. We had read other reviews on North Shore, so our expectations weren't incredibly high - but we just needed a place to shut our eyes for one night. The location was great. We enjoyed the easy access of a night and morning stroll on the beach. I was able to wake at sunrise and get a nice shot of the light house a short walk away. The room itself was nothing to fawn over. We laughed to ourselves at the fact that there truly is NO good place to hang your towel (as other reviewers had mentioned) despite several seemingly perfect spots to place a towel rack. Breakfast left something to be desired - but if you can start your day with a toasted English Muffin and same generic jam you'll be just fine. This is a small lodge in the UP after all and I think some of the reviewers expected WAY too much. Oh, despite packing our suits and NO ONE mentioning in via our reservation or on their website...the pool was closed for maintenance. We debating requesting the rate lowered as a result, but we were just looking to have a carefree weekend - no point disputing things.
In any event, we weren't disappointed. What ultimately made me very disappointed in this lodge is that we left behind an item in our room. I have attempted to contact the lodge via email, phone (both numerous times), and even had a friend in the area the next week that was willing to stop by for me who found the lodge locked despite it being during business hours. It shouldn't be impossible to connect with someone over a left behind item....frankly, the lodge should have contacted us about it. My time ultimately became worth more than than what was left behind and I have since given up - but it is very very disappointing.
- Also Known As:
- America`s Best Value North Shore Hotel Grand Marais