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“Amazing Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lake Shore Motel

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Lake Shore Motel
Ranked #3 of 11 Manistee B&B and Inns
Battle Creek
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

If you are looking for a fancy hotel, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for an affordable getaway on a beautiful beach - this IS the place for you. My concerns regarding this hotel were quickly put to rest as I arrived and found my waterfront room very quaint and clean. I commend the owners of this establishment for keeping this beauitful location affordable and still comfortable for visitors who have a love of the water and don't need fancy. I will certainly be visiting this location again!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Clair Shores, MI
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

This is a small, family run motel with a great location. Sits across the street from Lake Michigan. Most rooms have a view of the lake. This motel is older and not recently upgraded as another reviewer describes, but it is clean and well cared for. If you are just looking to spend time at the beach with your family/friends without the crowds of South Haven, etc. it is worth the trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Chapel Hill, NC
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

We stayed here for two nights with our twin 13-year old daughters while attending a family reunion with relatives who live nearby. We selected it due to its location on the beach and walking proximity to our relative's home.

The location and view are unbeatable, especially for a family. There is a clear unobstructed view to the beach and lake from every room. The beach is superb - broad and long, with white, clean sand. I observed a municipal vehicle cleaning the sand on the beach several times. The beach has a good playground for kids, volleyball nets, and a walkable jetty out over the lake to a small lighthouse. It is within walking distance of a nearby community park, and with a little extra effort, to downtown Manistee via an easily accessible canal-side boardwalk. This was all just lovely and enchanting.
I do not think there is another hotel in Manistee that can boast of these immediate surroundings.

To endure the hotel itself, however, we required moderated expectations and a sense of humor. We somewhat anticipated what we were getting into after noting that their website offered no property photos other than of men holding large fish.

The interior has not been upgraded in many years. The walls are 70's-looking dark wood paneling, the bathrooms equipped with blue and/or red fixtures. Our room had a small (19 inch?) LCD TV with cable, and a box fan for circulation. The floors were covered with what might have once been brown carpeting but now just a nondescript dark color, the pile ground flat from years of wear. There were no bugs, although on our last morning a man came by outside generously spraying a liquid all over the exterior of the hotel outside our window, which might explain why. The bedding was comfortable and the linens were clean. We got a pair of adjoining rooms with connecting door to share with our daughters, which worked well.

For our $100/night/room, it would be easy to feel the place was way overpriced. I'd say $70 was for the location and $30 for the accommodation. From that perspective, a fair value. Hard to say if we'd return. The kids loved the stay, but not because of the hotel. Bring a sense of humor, and you may have fun.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Lake Shore Motel
Address: 101 S Lakeshore Dr, Manistee, MI 49660-1514
Region: United States > Michigan > Manistee County > Manistee
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Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Manistee
Number of rooms: 21

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