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American Boutique Inn - Lakeview
Ranked #8 of 40 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2010

Pros:
1. Room was Clean.
2. Decorated nice.
3. Across the street from the bridge.
4. Heated pool to 87 degrees.
5. Owners/workers were very nice and pleasant.

Cons:
1. Room was very small and cramped. We stayed in "A Summers Place".
2. We did not get the room we originally booked on line.
3. Bed was so hard, almost like you are sleeping on a board, it was the WORSE back ache I had ever paid so much for.
4. Ran out of hot water in the A.M. so had to take a COLD showers. Evidently the current water heater does not accommodate the establishments size.
5. No ironing board in room.
6. No coffee maker in room. Even if the guests had to purchase their own coffee would be ok.
7. Pillows were hard and thin. May as well not have had any at all or remember to bring your own.

If the owners would invest in a couple of little amenities in each room, like the coffee maker and an ironing board, upgrade their pillows it would do so much for customer satisfaction and keep customers coming back. Long term I would suggest they upgrade the mattresses, even if it is one room at a time and definitely upgrade their water heater now.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank MarieWest
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williamandbonnie, Owner at American Boutique Inn - Lakeview, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2010

We're truly sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Always notify the front desk staff when you are experiencing a problem. That is the only way we are able to address your concerns. Unfortunately, when we read about it here, it is too late to help you.
William R. Bertchinger
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Reviewed 20 August 2010

We were on a motorcylce vacation and stayed here for 1 nite. Was very clean and quaint. Loved the rooms! They were all decorated to match the seasons!! Thay had a heated pool that was outside and very clean. It was right across from the lake and the the veiw or the bridge was awesome! It was walking distance to many shops and resturants. I cant wait to go back next year!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

Cheaper compared to other motels in area. Seemed a mom and pop operation - very nice people, very clean, nice pool, nice location. Stayed in a "theme" room that was rather small and cramped. Few surface areas available were taken up by large artificial flower arranagments. Bed rather hard. Pillows were "cement." Water was never very hot - warm but certainly not hot. Were on second floor - no elevator - and would be very concerned if had children. The railing around the second floor is very low and rather fllimsy - would certainly consider it a safety concern.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PasCaLady
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

We were here for two nights. My family used to own a small motel and I was very impressed with the amount of work that had been done to update this property. It is very nicely landscaped with chairs and swings abounding to enjoy the beautiful property and Mackinaw Bridge views. Nice heated pool. Beautiful outdoor atmosphere. The rooms are scrupulousy clean and some are themed for an extra touch. An easy 4 block walk to town. We loved it. A couple of cons- There is no continental breakfast of any kind, but free coffee in the office. No elevator to the 2nd floor. They advertise bridge views, but from our room all we could see was a hideous monstrosity of a house just built, blocking any bridge view. Not their fault, but still no bridge view. Overall, a great value compared to other properties which go for up to and over twice as much. We had a great time here. I very much recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mikenvic
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

We didn’t stay in a themed room, but the owner was more than happy to show us around. The “Somewhere in Time” room was darling! The care and attention to detail show the love & pride the owners have for their place. It is more of boutique-type hotel than anywhere we stayed our entire vacation, and it was a real treat. It had a very homey atmosphere. The gardens are beautiful, as well as the view of the Mighty Mack over the lake. The owners were extremely helpful in suggesting places to go & things to see while we were in town, and also suggested things to see in our travels throughout Michigan. We just loved our stay and our hosts! If you’re looking for a brand new, run of the mill hotel for the night…this isn’t it…but I just know you’ll love the change of pace, should you choose to try it!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank joyjeff1983
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

We just returned home from our summer vacation. We stayed 2 nights in Mackinaw City at the Budget Host. It was lovely. It is not a "new" luxury hotel directly on the sands of Lake Huron...........it's even better. The location is directly across the street from the Mackinaw Bridge with a perfect view. The rooms were comfortable and very clean. The pool right outside our door was crystal clear and a perfect 82 (hope I have that right) degrees. The grounds surrounding the motel were manicured and spotless. What more could you ask for. The beach was right across the street on two sides of the motel. It was within easy walking distance to the shopping area, marinas, island boats, churches, dining and public parks. We have stayed at many of the hotel / motels at Mackinaw City and this is top of our list now.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank cmb1980
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

The room was decorated with great detail, a themed room! With a park accross the street, we made a short walk to an enjoyable view of the bridge, which we could also see from our room. The Host and Hostess gave us a warm greeting, even at our late hour arrival. We were delighted with the room, not only due to detail, but also the cleanliness. Value was very good. It will be a destination for future trips north. The Host also gave us information about the area, which aided us in our enjoyment of the City. The pool looked great, we did not get a chance to use it, fenced in with many chairs. We enjoyed 2 of the lawn chairs in a well landscaped yard, and watched the lights of traffic on the bridge.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank bjvg
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Additional Information about American Boutique Inn - Lakeview

Address: 517 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9727
Region: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Mackinaw City
#5 Romantic Hotel in Mackinaw City
Price Range: £70 - £174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — American Boutique Inn - Lakeview 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a full city block with shade trees, lush gardens and water fountains overlooking Lake Huron, and just across the street from the Mackinac Bridge and the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse. Award winning themed rooms. Expanded continental breakfast served in our SerendipiTea Room or opt for our signature "Breakfast Basket" delivered to your room. Evening candlelight wine and cheese reception for guests staying in themed rooms. Luxurious outdoor pool heated to 88 degrees (mid-May thru mid-Sept). Professional personalized service. Discounted ticket for Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry available in our lobby. Free shuttle service to and from the dock. ... more   less 
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