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“Underwhelmed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lamplighter Motel

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Lamplighter Motel
Ranked #6 of 39 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Certificate of Excellence
Missouri
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Tripadvisor claims it's reviews are not "cooked" but in this case I truly wonder if that is the case. This is a 1960s motel furnished with garage sale furniture. It's cheap and that is about all I can say positive about it. Our room was very small--tiny--with a heavy musty smell that immediately clogged our sinuses. The bedspread had to come from a garage sale and the mattress was saggy and worn out. Rating this place Number One for Mackanaw City implies that all of the national chain places are complete trash which I find hard to believe. If he rating scale is based on price, this place might rank No.! But we don't rate places by price. We would never ever stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ShowMeTwo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Wyoming, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

This place is truly the best. Clean - Friendly Staff - Owners who go above and beyond to make sure your stay is stress free. Its great to have a perfect room to come back to after a day exploring the U.P. Looking forward to a return trip next year.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laurie R
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Maumee, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

This motel is just wonderful. The owners make you feel right at home and cater to your every need. Perfect location and quaint atmosphere make it a definite repeat for us! We were part of a large group (5 couples on motorcycles) and Terry was the perfect host! He even supplied towels to dry off the bike seats when it rained! He drove us in his personal car to a local store for supplies and had a great WARM fire waiting for us when we arrived. Great job. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RBryant5226
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Petoskey, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Could not ask for a better place to stay, blocks from town but what really made this place was Terry, the owner. Very personable and customer oriented. Only stayed one night but will definitely come back again. I did a search online to find a place to stay in Mackinaw City and chose this place based off of their excellent reviews.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Barbara C
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Montague, Michigan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

This motel was a breath of fresh air. Terry was extremely cordial and the room was clean and comfortable. This motel is definitely the place to stay in Mackinaw City. Thanks, Terry and we will let you know if we get any Buick memorabilia in our antique mall that you may like :)

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Ogauge
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Kentwood, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

Love this place! It's home away from home! We come up every year in September and it's the perfect place to stay. The rooms have every necessary amenity, and are always clean. Terry takes care of anything else we have ever thought to ask for. It's close enough to take a walk into town, and the bonfires are wonderful. Thanks again Terry for a wonderful weekend!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Melanie E
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Gainesville, Florida
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116 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

Recently spent a week here and loved the location, friendliness of the owners, and rooms within my budget. Would stay again. The owners treat everyone like family, which is nice when traveling solo. Walked everywhere in town from the location, they also have bikes. Nice firepit when the nights call for it.

Room Tip: The single room is small but then I'm not there to spend time in the room!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Lamplighter Motel

Property: Lamplighter Motel
Address: 303 E Jamet St, P.O. Box 719, Mackinaw City, MI
Region: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
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Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mackinaw City
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and enjoy personalized service in a family owned business. Our rooms are clean and comfortable. We are within walking distance to island ferry docks, downtown shopping area, restaurants, and the Mackinaw Crossings. The Mackinac Bridge and fort are only a short stroll away. A children's play park is next door. With our location you can take in all that Mackinaw has to offer without driving your car. We are the only motel in Mackinaw City that is in the middle of the residential area. ... more   less 
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Lamplighter Motel Mackinaw City

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