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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
MI
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great vacation at Sunset on the Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

I spent three nights here with my husband and another couple. Originally we were going to share the apartment the Sunset offers but we needed to change our dates and ended up in two smaller rooms that were next to one another. The rooms were perfect.

We really very pleased with our room's appearance and cleanliness. We did not expect such a nice kitchen area since we had opted out of the apartment. We had breakfast each morning in our room with our friends and were able to prepare both hot and cold foods as well as coffee. There was plenty of room for simple food preparation as well as a small table for eating.

The bedroom had a room AC that was great for sleeping. The view of the lake was wonderful and when we spent down time in the room being across from the lake made it a lot of fun.

The host was very welcoming and helpful. I left my iPod and the housekeeping staff found it for me. The host wrapped it in a box with cotton and in bubble wrap and mailed it to me. I was very grateful for her extra care with my iPod and offered to send a check for postage which she graciously declined.

Housekeeping came in daily to make our bed and refresh our towels. Most motels don't have this service daily and this was a very welcome touch.

The Pictured Rocks are beautiful. We took the sunset cruise and the shipwreck cruise. I preferred the Sunset Cruise but my husband preferred the Shipwreck Cruise. We went to Miner's Castle and Miner's Falls - beautiful. We spent one afternoon in Maquette which is only 45 minutes away. There are cruises there too and they are a bit cheaper and there is a welcome center in Marquette with 5 dollar off coupons for the cruise. We toured the lighthouse in Marquette and ate lunch at Coco's. A day in Marquette seems worth the trip. There is also a nice paved bike path along the lake.

We had dinner at Brownstowne Inn in Au Train - 12 miles from Munising and enjoyed that very much. We felt there were not a lot of restaurant choices right in Munsing. We did our grocery shopping at Glen's Market which is one mile away from this property. It was a nice market with reasonable prices.

I also like that this property accepts dogs. We were going to bring our dog but she is old. Their rooms are carpeted so we did not bring her for fear of her making a mess on the floor. I would like to reserve a room with a tile floor if they had one. I would love to bring my dog here.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay at The Sunset. Our cozy kitchen rooms are very popular. We try to include everything you might need from pots and pans to corkscrews! Often our guests will buy something to add to the kitchen and leave it behind for the next guests with a note to enjoy! Our housekeeping staff takes great pride in keeping the rooms spick-and-span!
We are so glad they found your Ipod. We are definitely pet friendly and who doesn't love to share dog stories with other dog owners! We hope you'll visit us again soon! You can appreciate the beautiful view from any of our rooms or take a few steps outside onto the front lawn, select a confortable chair, sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

We recently stayed here with two couples (parents and grown, married child). The hotel is older, however the rooms were VERY clean and well-maintained. We had the two-bedroom suite accommodation with a mini-fridge and microwave. I think it would be the ideal room for parents with children, however for married couples, it was a bit challenging because the only access to the bathroom was through the master bedroom. Also, the only TV was in the living room bedroom. Overall, it worked great for us! The views were spectacular! Right on the lake, with a small beach with lounge chair, picnic tables, swing, playground, etc. The staff was very kind and upon check-in offered complimentary large bags of ice, wood for the fire pit for the evening if we wanted a bonfire, and also all the supplies for grilling except the food (including charcoal). All were very nice touches and gave a warm welcome! Seemed like a family operation with the owners wearing multiple "hats" and wanting to please their guests. We would definitely stay here again, but perhaps get two single rooms just for ease of bathroom access -- but that was our fault, not theirs.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for sharing your kind words regarding your stay at The Sunset. The view is fantastic!! The last few days we've had thunderstorms and it's been amazing to watch a storm come across the lake. The sunsets are dazzling! It is imperative to our entire staff that we enhance your stay in any way we can. We love to see our guests grilling on our front lawn. As you mentioned, we provide everything except what you are cooking. We have some ideas about moving the televisions to provide better viewing. Hopefully, that will be completed before your next visit which we hope will be soon. We definitely invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Westland, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

This was our first year at Sunset Motel. We actually rented the Bayview Cottage and it was perfect for us. The lake was a very short walk away. The motel has a lot of lake front property for the guest to use and a small beach is included in that property. The house was fairly well stocked (plenty of towels and cooking/eating supplies) and was very clean. The furniture was comfortable & the deck was perfect to enjoy meals on or to just sit on and relax. Our only complaint is that the sprinkler on the lawn seemed to always be on (this is where the bulk of the chairs are located to relax and look at the lake from); which meant that the chairs were either wet or about to get wet from the sprinkler. However, the property is beautiful and well maintained!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Bayview Cottage and it was perfect!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your stay with us! We are pleased you enjoyed The Bayview house. Our rental homes are a great place to spend your vacation! They are completely furnished. You don't have to worry about packing anything extra. The houses are equipped with all you should need including everthing from bedding to board games! The outside deck, complete with gas grill, is the perfect place to grill burgers, steaks or fresh whitefish. We apologize for having the sprinklers on while you were trying to enjoy the view from the front lawn. It's been such a dry summer. We are trying our best to keep our lawn green! We now have a new sprinkler schedule that shouldn't interfere with our guests relaxing on the front lawn. We hope that your initial visit will be the first of many to sit back, relax and emjoy the view!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

the rental house is wonderful for a full family vacation. 12 of us including 4 teenagers. Only one bathroom but kids learned about 5 min showers and there's a great big lake. Can't wait next year. We are former yoopers who come back to our hometown for the 4th July we wouldn't stay anywhere else. If people are looking for luxary go somewhere else however if you like all the free natural attractions and a true family multigenerational fun stay at the Sunset.

Room Tip: None all super don't need a pool there's a great great lake. Also near town and lots of rest...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
There's nothing like celebrating July 4 in Munising and catching up with friends! How wonderful to have your entire family together to celebrate the holiday! Our rental homes are the perfect place for a family getaway. They are furnished with everything you should need for your stay including board games! There's also a journal filled with comments from past guests which is always a fun read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your stay at The Sunset. We loved having you and your family stay with us and look forward to your next visit when you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
P.S. The fireworks in Munising are incredible and there's perfect viewing from our front lawn.
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Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

Very nice location, right on the water. Rooms are clean, clerk at check-in was very helpful with restaurant information. Just thought it was expensive for what it is. Rooms aren't fancy or anything, and they are clean. Barbeques available if you want a bbq on the lake.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments on your stay at The Sunset. Our location on Lake Superior is fantastic and so is the view. We are also close to many "must see" and "must do" spots in the area including several waterfalls, great beaches and the cruises. Speaking of beaches, we are less than two miles from Sand Point Beach which was named as one of the top ten beaches in the country by The Weather Channel a few years ago. We love sharing information with our guests about all the great things there are to see and do in the Munising area. After a day of sightseeing and exploring it's great to sit back, relax and enjoy the outstanding view. Our rates do flucuate throughout the season with discounted rates being offered in early May and late September. We hope you'll visit us again.
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Westville, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

This hotel is very clean and the staff is extremely nice. The hotel clerk even gave us his own personal bug spray to use. The view is awesome. The only problem was the bed. It really needs to be updated. It was very saggy and soft. If the bed was changed, then this hotel would be at the top of my list. If you stay, ask for the king room at the top. It has the best view and a private balcony.

Room Tip: Select the king room at the top with the private balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your stay at The Sunset. Our staff makes every effort (including sharing bug spray!) to ensure that all of our guests' needs are met.
We are sorry that you didn't get a good night's sleep. We have many ideas about making improvements to The Sunset - including new mattresses. Hopefully, we will have those implemented before your next stay. No matter what changes we make, we will never do anything that would disturb the peaceful charm that makes The Sunset what it is - a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Please visit us again soon!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Husband & I went for a long weekend away without the kids, our first time in the UP.
The motel was uber clean, super friendly staff, great price and priceless views of the bay. You don't need to stay in town, it's just a minute or two outside of town.
Loved the sitting area out front, we spent nights just relaxing and enjoying the sunsets.
My only suggestion would be to give guests the option of not getting clean towels everyday (better for the environment and it isn't expected from guests anymore)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 9 July 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Sunset. We hope it will be the first of many visits to the U.P. Thank you for mentioning the towels. We leave it up to our guests to let us know if they require fresh towels and/or linens. With the natural, majestic beauty of Lake Superior right outside our door, we are constantly reminded to be aware of the environment. We have implemented a recycling plan where our guests can leave plastic, glass etc. in their rooms and we will recycle it for them. The view from our front lawn is always remarkable. The sunsets are absolutely stunning! We are delighted that you were able to sit back, relax and enjoy the captivating view! Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts regarding your stay at The Sunset. Please visit us again soon!
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Property: Sunset Motel on the Bay
Address: 1315 Bay St, Munising, MI 49862-1511
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Munising
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Munising's best waterfront motel invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! All rooms have a spectacular view of Lake Superior. One, two and three room spacious units are available with Lake Superior just steps away! All rooms include microwave/refrigerator/coffee maker or full kitchen and are smoke free. Wifi is available. Use our complimentary outdoor grills and picnic tables to enjoy a lakeside dinner while savoring the dazzling sunset. If staying for a week or more, take advantage of our fully furnished 3 bedroom vacation homes. ... more   less 
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