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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We had another wonderful stay at the Sunset Motel. Pam, the desk clerk (and owner, I believe) was so friendly and helpful. The room was great - a queen bed in the bedroom with a pull-out bed in the living area. A full sized fridge, a stove, sink, with a small compliment of dishes, pots, pans, silverware, etc. Right on Lake Superior with lots of nice chairs to sit in and a grill if you want to cook outside. You can even play shuffleboard! I wouldn't stay anywhere else!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2013

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! Our rooms that have kitchens are the ideal place for a "girls only" stay or a romantic weekend. The kitchens are equipped with everything you should need and if there's something missing we'll do our best to provide it. Our location is close to the "must see" and "must do" spots in the area. After a day of exploring the area, our front lawn is the perfect place sit back, relax and enjoy the view! Please let us know when you plan to visit us again. We hope it's soon!

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Our family (husband, wife, 3 boys aged 9-14) stayed here last week for 2 nights. Our first impression was fine, but every part of stay here surprised us with happiness! Our room (110) was very clean and spacious, with a living area (including a pull-out couch) and two bedrooms with closing doors. It had the basic amenities of a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. We stayed during a UP heat wave (90+ degrees every day) but the lack of central air was not a problem, as the screen door provided pleasant breezes off the bay, and each bedroom had an A/C unit.

After checking in with the kind front desk attendant, our boys spotted the shuffle board game by the water's break wall and borrowed the equipment to play while we unpacked. The front desk also offered ice, snacks & drinks (for a small charge), and board games to borrow. The grounds included a small, sandy beach, a play structure for younger kids, a porch swing, chairs and tables by the water, and a grill. Oh, and whole lot of ambiance. The "Sunset" part of the motel's name is quite fitting, as the sunset each night was spectacular! I also personally loved how all of the folks staying there would congregate at the chairs on the patio or by the water to take in the setting sun.

The location for us was ideal, as there were several beaches, waterfalls, and rivers within a very short driving distance. Munising is a small town, but we loved its charm and conveniences for everything we needed. Having stayed in numerous hotels/motels in our lifetime, the Sunset Motel on the Bay was definitely one of our all-time favorites because it became part of the memories of our whole trip to the UP. We highly recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

We are so happy to be a part of your U.P. memories! Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your stay with us. We enjoyed having your family here. Rooom 110 is one of our most popular rooms with its two bedrooms and separate living room area. We also have rooms with completely furnished kitchens. You are so right in saying that The Sunset has its own charm and ambiance. Tonight, not only is there a stunning sunset, but we had a rain shower and there was a double rainbow! How terrific is that! We hope you'll visit us again to make more memories and to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a night during a Michigan vacation. They book up fast! We swam in the private beach and watched the sunset over the bay. There are many waterfalls within walking distance. This hotel is on the less congested side of town which is a huge plus. I would stay again. The lady at the front desk had many tips. The room had a big kitchen area.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Thank you for sharing you comments regarding your stay at The Sunset. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We are minutes away from waterfalls. Sand Point Beach, named one of the top ten beaches in the country by The Weather Channel, is less than two miles from us. There are so many "must see" and "must do" spots in our area. We love sharing information about all of them with our guests. There isn't a better spot to view the awesome sunsets than from our front lawn. It's the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! We hope you'll stay with us again soon.

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We stayed one night mid-week in July. Arrived mid-afternoon after a day of driving and exploring. What a fantastic location right on the water with a sandy beach. Plenty of spots to sit at the water's edge and enjoy the view or picnic or use the grills provided. Our room had a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and hair dryer. This was the room (21) with an awkward view of the TV but we weren't really in town for TV watching. The room was super clean with plenty of towels and a king bed. Staff was super friendly and helpful. The office is closed at night and reopens at 8 am. This was fine with us as we are low-maintenance visitors. Great location, close to Pictured Rock tours. We traveled a bit to find good food b/c Munising is a little lacking in the food department. After hearing a waitress talk about good Pasties, we got one from Muldoon's and one from Au Train grocery for a taste-test comparison. Both were very fresh and fantastic in different ways. They made a great brunch! Wish we could have gone to The Brownstone or Camel Riders but their hours weren't late enough to jive with our 6 pm boat tour schedule. Maybe another time...

Stayed: July 2013
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

We are so pleased that you would visit us again! We believe we do have the perfect location. We can't take all the credit - we have to acknowledge Mother Nature. We are so fortunate to live surrounded by natural beauty and we invite everyone to visit us! The Sunset is close to waterfalls, beautiful beaches, light houses, boat cruises and several restaurants. After a day of exploring the area, there is no better place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! Thank you and please get in touch with us when you plan your next trip!

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 )
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Price Range: £83 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunset Motel on the Bay 2.5*
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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