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“Lackluster, but OK Enough...”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of North Shore Lodge

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North Shore Lodge
Upper Peninsula MI
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15 reviews
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“Lackluster, but OK Enough...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

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.

Room Tip: We didn't realize at the time that the cottages across the street were also theirs. I would look...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
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Liverpool, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

After a long drive we pulled into Grand Marais and liked the look of the cottages along the lake, the larger complex area didn't look enticing. The reception staff were friendly and let us look around a couple of cottages before deciding which one we preferred.

From the few I looked in they are well kept, clean, comfortable and would suit most guests. I think a lot of the poorer reviews are aimed at the lodge area instead.
Our cottage had a double bed, lounge/kitchen area and was a great place to stay, our little girl was very taken with the cosy seating area.

As other have mentioned the restaurant has been closed for a couple of years but the town has a good couple of bars/restaurants and I would highly recommend (as did reception staff) the Lake Superior Brewing Company. The morning continental breakfast was good quality and the other guests we chatted with all seemed happy with the hotel.

The Location is very scenic, right on the Lake and the town has a good quaint feeling to it. On a morning run through the town many of the friendly locals waved a hand in greeting.

I would stay again but feel the owners should put a bit of money into sprucing up the hotel and grounds as it seems to have a lot more potential.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stayed here for one night. The Lodge is located by a wonderful beach on Lake Superior. The one staff person was very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, the lodge itself is somewhat rundown but very clean. It seems more like an old fashined motel.

Room Tip: We stayed in the older back part of the Lodge which was pretty rundown. I think the rooms of the Lod...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

As another reviewer stated, there is no longer a resturant or pool or hot tub. Some of the rooms do not have A/C but the windows usually catch a nice breeze. The continental breakfast was not really set up and they coffe maker was a household 12 cupper.

On the plus side, there is a small in-room coffee maker and the rooms were clean and comfortable although dated. The towels are really nice! The location is within walking distance of "downtown".

I have to agree and say that it is not worth $80 a night.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Townville, South Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

The hotel has new owners and they are overwhelmed with how bad of shape it is in. The pool and hot tub are out of order. The breakfast is poor and doesn't open until 8am which is really 8:30 by the time they are set up. The waffles are cheap frozen toaster waffles. The ice machines do not work so they offer free bags of ice. Perhaps in a couple of years it will be worth the $80 per night they charge.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belmont, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

We booked this hotel for 4 nights, but only stayed 3. The location is so.o.o.o.o..o.o BEAUTIFUL, and could be a premier destination, if the owner cared at all about his property. Where - oh - where are the old owners, The Welkers. They had pride in their establishment. The walk to the beach could be really nice and relaxing, instead it is like a walk through the ghetto, trash, long weeds, and what is that smell outside? I do have to stay, the mattresses were quite comfortable, and the room was not as terrible as we have read from other reviews, but so many repairs are needed. And he has left the care of the place to a bunch of kids, but mind you, thank heavens for them......they really do try to keep up the place. They were helpful, respectful, and working hard to maintain things----Thank You! This is to you Establishment Owner.....where is your pride in something you own? SHAME ON YOU !! In the right hands this could be something.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salem, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

We booked this from the web page - and should have read reviews first. The only positive I can give is that the clerk did refund my credit card when we wouldn't stay. We arrived later in the day after driving most of the day. The room was to be on the second floor and the registration person told me it was not air conditioned but that should not be a problem, because of the breeze from the lake. The location is a definite plus - would be a nice place if the owner would do some up keep. We were given a room directly behind the offfice - told the pool and jacuzzi were not working. That was an understatement-- They have been NOT working for quite some time. The pool had about a foot of water with scum that smelled horrible !! The trash dumpster just outside the door was overflowing, like it hadn't been dumped in weeks. The hallway to the room is disgusting with capital D. Light fixtures hanging down with spider webs and SPIDERS along with other bugs, that you had to walk through. The room was nasty and didnt take long to decide I could NOT sleep there. We asked to see another room, directly across the drive - was an improvement - but smelled like someone had been smoking in it for years. The toilet/sink/shower are mismatched peach/avacado/pink and bedspread should have been retired in 1985. For the price charging this was NOT acceptable. We ended up leaving and driving an hour away to spend the night.

Room Tip: Book elsewhere in advance.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about North Shore Lodge

Property: North Shore Lodge
Address: 22020 Coast Guard Point, Box 211, Grand Marais, MI 49839 (Formerly America's Best Value North Shore Lodge)
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Grand Marais
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
America`s Best Value North Shore Hotel Grand Marais

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