We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Will be back... Great Stay”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Certificate of Excellence
Metro Detroit
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Will be back... Great Stay”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

This motel is a little off the path but very lovely. Rooms were nicely appointed and were clean with great service. Our family of 5 stayed here and would definitely recommend to other travelers. Fire pit on beach was very nice and this motel was definitely a place I would recommend for others to stay. Continental breakfast was as expected and the staff are all very friendly.
Check this motel out for your next trip to Mackinaw City.

Room Tip: Rooms appear to be good but if you do not want other travelers right outside your room ask for a sec...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Mich96
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for the review Mich, we’re glad you enjoyed your stay! We print out a couple of reviews for our housekeepers most mornings; they take a great deal of pride when they see a guest refer to the room as “clean.” We really appreciate that you would recommend us to others, that’s the best form of advertising for any hotel! We look forward to your next visit!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

983 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    721
    212
    35
    9
    6
See reviews for
415
417
22
7
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (235)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Our family group of 5 adults enjoyed a 5 night stay in mid - June. Our accommodations included 3 unique ground floor waterfront rooms in Bldg. 3. Each room was freshly painted, spotlessly clean & exactly as pictured on the website. Prior to our arrival we encountered a minor booking " hiccup", however, Gary, the new owner went " ABOVE & BEYOND" to insure that our rooms were perfect for our group. Thanks again, Gary, we're still smiling ! Amy handled check in with a smile & personalized "welcome " letters for each room. Nice touch. Breakfast room was cozy & in addition to the usual items,fresh fruit, chilled yogurt & waffles were available.( Hard boiled eggs would be nice addition ). Kudos to Linda who keeps everything well stocked & treats everyone like family. Nice way to start the day.The pool & hot tub area was very inviting & the water clear & warm. Loved the lake/bridge view from our private balconies & really enjoyed the fact that Clearwater is located at the end of hotel row. There is a relaxed, casual & private atmosphere. We noted that the beach front fire pits are well stocked. Again, attention to detail.
We look forward to our return . . . . See you soon !

Room Tip: In addition to the ground floor rooms having private balconies to enjoy the lake view, the courtyard...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Cynthia C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Cynthia, I’m glad we were able to work things out to your satisfaction! I really enjoyed talking to you and Doug in the morning before you set out on your daily adventure and hearing the report in the evening. We look forward to your return, and thanks for the detailed review!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights for a quick visit to Mackinac Island. Motel is conveniently located, only 5 mins from the ferry, is clean and well taken care of, and every night you can have your own fire on the beach... What else do you need?

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
Helpful?
Thank jwp-42
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for the review JWP. The fire pits are extremely popular, and frankly I’ve become addicted to the smell of wood smoke in the evening. It’s the smell of guests enjoying themselves! Come back again soon!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Spencer, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our 2 night stay at Clearwater, had a 2nd floor lakeside room with great view of the bridge and Mackinac Island. Spacious room, clean, comfortable bed, loved the balcony. Pool was big and a comfortable temperature. Continental breakfast was adequate. Staff helped direct us to a couple of restaurants and explained the ferry schedule. We would definitely stay there again!

Stayed July 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank Char75427
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for the nice review Char! I’ve been told by another independent hotel operator that our pool (and theirs, which is the same size) is one of the largest in town. We’re very glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Marquette, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Truly spectacular view from the rooms and the beach. Fire pits area a great touch! Comfortable, clean, and friendly staff. The value can't be beat! I wish there was better food in the area, but that is certainly not the fault of the management here.

Room Tip: If you want the better view, ask for an upstairs room, but downstairs has quicker access to the BBQs...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Mike W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
NWEater, “The value can’t be beat” is our goal, if our guests enjoy their stay and feel like they got a good deal then we’re doing our jobs. If you’re going to use the BBQs, go over to the IGA and go to the butcher counter in the back. Pick up some of their homemade bratwurst, and you’ll soon be having some of the best food Mackinaw City has to offer. We have them ourselves at least once a week. Thanks for the great review, if you stay with us again let me know as I’m an eater myself and can point you to some good stuff!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sarnia, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Had a great stay at the clearwater in Mackinaw City. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The room we had was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The view we had highlighted a beautiful sunset of Mackinaw. The fire pits got filled every day, and it was great to stay by the beach and enjoy the setting sun. We would definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: If you can get a room beachside it is worth it!
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Helpful?
2 Thank Raymond P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for being our guest Raymond! A northern Michigan sunset is tough to beat, and they last a long time because of the long twilight. I agree that the lakefront rooms are worth the price difference; as I explain to prospective guests when they call, it’s a completely different experience than the courtyard rooms. However, some guests just need a place to sleep after being on the island all day and the courtyard rooms save them a few bucks. We hope to see you again sometime!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Goshen, IN
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Enjoyed a one night's stay at this charming motel. The rooms were a bit small but definitely comfortable. We enjoyed sitting on our private patio looking at the views of Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinac Island. It was very peaceful and quiet. The breakfast was basic cereal and make your own waffles but the area was clean and staff was friendly. What more could you ask for to get your morning started?? We purchased our ferry tickets at the front desk when we checked in and chose to drive short distance (about a half mile from motel) to park our car in the StarLine Ferry parking lot rather than take the shuttle. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others! Thanks Clearwater :)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jajontz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gary_McGaughey, Owner at Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
Thanks Clearwater? Thanks Jajontz! Just knowing we have appreciative guests makes this a very rewarding endeavor. We literally wouldn’t be in business without you. Thanks for the very kind and upbeat review! We hope to see you again, maybe for longer than 1 night next time!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Mackinaw City
1.2 mi away
Baymont Inn & Suites Mackinaw City
0.9 mi away
Best Western Plus Dockside Waterfront Inn
0.4 mi away
Mackinaw Beach and Bay - Inn & Suites
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.5 mi away
Clarion Hotel Beachfront
Clarion Hotel Beachfront
#18 of 39 in Mackinaw City
616 reviews
0.7 mi away
Hamilton Inn Select - Beachfront
Hamilton Inn Select - Beachfront
#20 of 39 in Mackinaw City
880 reviews
7.7 mi away
Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Clearwater Lakeshore Motel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Clearwater Lakeshore Motel

Property: Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
Address: 11380 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9796
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Mackinaw City
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mackinaw City
#1 Romantic Hotel in Mackinaw City
#3 Best Value Hotel in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Clearwater Lakeshore Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 1.5 miles from downtown Mackinaw City and the ferry docks, you can easily step back in time on Mackinac Island, the jewel of the Great Lakes, or explore the magnificence of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. However, with all the amenities at the Clearwater Lakeshore, you may never want to leave. Our property features 300 feet of beautiful sand beach appointed with gas grills, picnic tables, lounge chairs, and six well-stocked fire pits for cozy evening camp fires and stargazing. Want a water adventure? The Clearwater Lakeshore offers kayaks and paddle boards for use exclusively by our guests. Or enjoy our indoor heated pool and hot tub. And, to recharge after a full and fun day exploring and enjoying this pure Michigan location, retire to our rooms with comfortable beds, and the convenience of your very own mini-fridge, microwave and coffee-maker. After a restful night, plan your next day's adventure over our complimentary continental breakfast. Come see why so many of our guests return year after year to the Clearwater Lakeshore Motel. At Clearwater Lakeshore--you have it all. We look forward to having you as our guest! The Clearwater Lakeshore Motel is Independently Owned and Operated. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia so you can book your Clearwater Lakeshore Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Clearwater Lakeshore Hotel Mackinaw City

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing