We were skeptical about staying here for 2 nights in late November...what to do in a lakeside town this time of year?
The first impression of everyone in our group was 'wow' with lots of ooh's and ah's. The room was more 'fancy' than we expected. The stone fireplace was very nice, jacuzzi tub definitely takes up a lot of space but it was a pleasant surprise. Old 25" TV in 1 room, newer but too-small 26" LCD TV in the other room. Room was slightly narrow, but plenty of space overall.
The queen bed and king bed both were quite firm but felt comfortable. The inn has said they've finished replacing all the beds in the past week or two, and these did not feel old so they must be new.
2 adjoining rooms -- 222 and 223 -- for 2 nights. These 2 rooms were on the southeast corner of the 2nd floor and the view was outstanding. These 2 rooms were right next to the conference room, which is a really nice space to play games or surf the internet if others in your room are sleeping or napping. Newer Dell computer with decent-sized LCD monitor and printer was nice. A handful of board games were available for guest use. We saw a book of DVDs for free borrowing at the front desk, but did not partake.
Two different open wi-fi networks on the property, so I presume they provide sufficient coverage throughout the hotel. We had no problems and the speed was adequate for Skype video chat.
Our 2 rooms were somewhat isolated from the other 2nd-floor rooms, which was great. We appreciated having adjoining rooms also.
3 adults, 3 kids. 1 room a king size bed and single-person sleeper loveseat, the other room a queen size bed with a full-size bed sleeper sofa.
Continental breakfast wasn't bad. About what you'd expect from a decent spread at a Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, etc. Several selections, although everything is packed into a pretty small serving area. Quaker oatmeal (flavored, individual packets), OJ, milk (whole milk only, nothing more healthy), 3 types of cereal (Frosted Flakes, raisin bran, Cheerios), waffle maker, yogurt, mini muffins. Fruit was a disappointment -- only oranges and apples, and the apples were bruised and soft. Not many local fresh choices this time of year, so I hope they do better in summertime.
Fresh-baked cookies in the evenings were a nice touch. Good cookies!
The rooms are a strange combination of style/decor -- a little bit of a lodge feel with some of the appointments, somewhat of a nursing home/hospital feel with other aspects such as the door molding (painted metal), toilet paper dispenser (commercial-style 2 roll stainless), and carpet.
The kitchenette area was a pleasant surprise. A handful of dishes, glasses, and a couple pans were on hand. Very unique (to us) convection oven with 2 burners on top. We didn't use this device but it was nice to know we could've fried bacon on it or something like that. Small fridge and microwave came in handy.
Newer shower and toilet together, with a newer-looking double-sink vanity in the main room area (next to the room door). The wood accents in our rooms all were light-colored maple wood; we liked this.
Really nice patio/deck area to view the water.
The location is good -- a few blocks to the downtown area, with the water (White Lake) mostly in view. Grocery store -- Montague Foods -- across the street. Highly recommend the homemade beef sticks in teriyaki flavor! Our group loved these.
The room has some nice updates to it, but there were several signs of wear and tear. A foot-long rip on the arm of the couch in 1 room was pretty bad. Several other scuffs, scrapes, etc here and there.
Overall room cleanliness was just fine.
The service we received was very good. The girl who checked us in was friendly. She also proved very helpful, bringing up to our room some printed driving directions and other information for Muskegon-area activities (not much happening in Whitehall/Montague this weekend) as well as a desk copy of an activity book that was marked with different recommendations.
We booked our stay through Groupon and felt it was a good value ($129 per room for 2 nights, i.e. $65 per night per room plus taxes). Taxes were steeper than expected @ $33 per room.
Big John's Pizza delivery for dinner Saturday night...we have some pizza lovers in our group, and highly recommend their pizza. Plain cheese, ham & pineapple, and bacon & pepperoni all earned double thumbs-up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Weathervane Inn is a boutique lakefront hotel featuring 23 contemporary designed guest rooms. This "home away from home" offers fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and balconies to soak in the beauty of White Lake. Take in a movie from your couch, catch up with friends or work with our wireless internet or head outside and enjoy a book while unwinding in our gazebo or napping in a deck chair. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Weathervane Hotel Montague