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“Charming choice when the dog is along”
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Birchwood Inn
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Charming choice when the dog is along”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

The Birchwood Inn has just what you want in a family-friendly motor lodge -- clean, comfortable rooms; a we-love-pets attitude; lots of knotty pine and board games in the great room; and a restful setting overlooking Lake Michigan and horse pastures. Sure, it's a little dated and could use some freshening here and there, but it's not the place to go if you're looking for new and improved. Go here for a heavy dose of nostalgia, to unplug and unwind. We've stayed here in the summer and in the winter, as a base for water and snow sports. The family suites are a great choice -- two separate rooms, allowing the night owls to stay up without disturbing the early risers already in bed.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Tecumseh, Canada
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at The Birchwood Inn on October 13-14. Their rates are reasonable and the room was everything we hoped for; super clean, retro style décor, friendly staff, quiet and close to The Tunnel of Trees. It was an amazing getaway and brought us back in time.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hoorn, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Plenty of charm for the price...just love the area and this makes it affordable ....would definitely return...all the rooms are equally quiet off any road noise.....so much beauty to explore in the area

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Indianapolis
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109 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The Birchwood Inn Harbor Springs is a dated, but clean establishment. It is probably the best value for the Petoskey area. If you are expecting an updated hotel, this isn't for you. However, this old inn is a classic, with a beautiful "sitting area" reminiscent of an old ski lodge.

The inn offered a basic continental breakfast consisting of toast, doughnuts, and bagels. They offered an outdoor swimming pool that was in need of maintenance and thorough cleaning.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Waterloo, Ontario
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We loved our stay at the Birchwood Inn. It is a 'golden oldie'.......... we loved that the sliding windows in the room. We loved the decor in the room-- rustic/lodge look.
Our room was immaculately clean! Spotless!!! We loved the open windows at both ends of the room that allowed for the fresh air to flow through. The beds were very comfortable. We had a great nights sleep! Yes the bathroom is 'dated'.............but very in style re: retro! Loved the pink!
We loved the great room/lobby--the decor was so "Northern Michigan". The owners were so friendly and helpful (did not meet any other friendly owners of anything in Harbour Springs.......)
It was quiet, calm and relaxing. The property is large-great for kids to run and play. Nice bbq area if you want as well. I enjoyed relaxing by the huge pool. Has this property seen better days? Probably when it was first built------------yes it is dated. However- I would absolutely stay here again-- we loved the room! We loved the 'feel'. It is very quiet and tranquil. Also-- the price is outstanding considering that the Holiday Inn in Petoskey was $400.00 a night-and it sits on a busy highway right across from strip mall and Walmart!!! The Birchwood Inn is tranquil and relaxing. Go back in time and enjoy!! Laurie

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

One of worst motels ever stayed and i'm 67 They have't done any up dates since the 60s. Great location but that's it. Room was musty and some of the furnishings were dirty. Plumbing is terrible. Toilet plugged all night with no access to repairs. Door keys don'twork well. Closet doors don't open lights burned put. Staff was somewhat rude. Had to correct our charges . The owner needs to put some of his into renevations. Or they should be closed down

  • Stayed August 2013
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Chicago
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2013

We stayed here for a couple days, with goal of getting away from the city to relax, which is exactly what we were able to do here. It's located several miles from the tourist areas, so we didn't have to deal with any of the crowds of Petoskey or Harbor Springs. Our room was very clean, and while it was small, it was exactly what we expected when we booked the room. The inn doesn’t have all the amenities of a large chain hotel, but anyone who stays at an independently owned inn shouldn’t expect a large fitness center or hot-cooked breakfast. We got exactly what we expected, which was a quiet place to stay, clean room, and a friendly staff that was accommodating. It was an excellent value for what we paid, and we would definitely stay here again when we’re in the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Birchwood Inn

Property: Birchwood Inn
Address: 7291 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740-8925
Region: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Harbor Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harbor Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Birchwood Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close your eyes and picture a place to relax at in Northern Michigan. Cozy chairs, field stone fireplace, tranquil courtyard. A place with history, wood beams, and lodge decor. Throw in warm hospitality that comes naturally from a seasoned staff and you will find yourself at Birchwood Inn. Built in the early sixties as a corporate retreat for New Era Potato Chips, Birchwood Inn has been carefully preserved by the Innkeeper with the lodge aura intended by the builders. We welcome individual travelers and group gatherings alike. Birchwood Inn is perfect for family reunions, destination weddings, sporting groups, seminars, and of course corporate retreats. The philosophy of the original builder, comfortable surroundings fosters friendships, is deeply held by the Innkeeper of today. ... more   less 
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