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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I have stayed here before and was pleased at the value. Not the nicest place, but for the price it was fine. However, this time I made a reservation online two weeks before my stay. After charging me, and holding my money for almost two weeks, I get a call telling me no room is going to be available on the date of my stay, because there is snow in Munising and the hotel isn't open yet. I asked why I was allowed to reserve the room if it isn't going to be available, and was the told the "situation just arose." As if it hasn't been snowing in Munising every April since the hotel opened.... they couldn't have possibly known. Yeah right! Not only is this incredibly inconvenient, but the attitude of the person who called with the news was, "your problem, not ours." Since it's now too late to cancel my other reservations I will be sleeping in my car as I go through Munising! Lovely. Thanks for ruining a perfectly nice vacation, Sunset Motel. I would never even consider doing business with these folks again, and unless you want to end up stranded in Munising, you shouldn't either.

Stayed: April 2014
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Pam L, General Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2014

Meeting the needs of our guests is of utmost importance to us. We certainly apologize for being unable to do that for you. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our opening date this year. Winter does not want to leave. We kept hoping temperatures would rise but that still has not happened. This left our parking lot and room entrances almost inaccessible, leaving us with no choice but to contact people who had reservations with us and offering them other lodging options in our area. We are sorry this did not work out for you. We also apologize if there was any confusion about being charged. We never take prepayment or a deposit. We do ask for a credit card to secure a reservation but no hold, charge or deposit is made to the card prior to a guest checking in. Please contact me at any time if you wish to discuss this further. We hope you will give us another opportunity to meet your lodging needs.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This is a quaint motel right on the water with a small beach and a playground for children. Dogs are welcome and although there were many there as guests, we didn't see any traces of them being on the grounds. The yard in front of the motel is dotted with many comfy chairs and picnic tables perfect for watching the sunsets. The motel is very clean and well kept. Rooms are a little dated but include everything you need.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, General Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2014

Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts regarding your stay at The Sunset. We are located on beautiful Lake Superior and the view is incredible! In addition to our outside seating we also have a private beach, shuffle board, outdoor games and charcoal grills. It 's the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Right now the view is beautiful but we are looking at ice! Winter does not want to let go! This has forced us to delay our opening for a few weeks. As soon as we get some sunshine and warm temps we will be ready to welcome you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! We hope you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed at the Sunset Motel in September and it was perfect for us since we were able to get one of the rooms with two separate bedrooms. This works out great for us since I go to bed early and others wanted to stay up late. Convenient location to all the sights we wanted to go to. It was great to have a full size refrigerator. Wonderful being right next to Lake Superior. I would love it if there were more motels like this when we are vacationing. Would definitely stay again and can see why it is the #1 motel in Munising.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2014

Happy New Year! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Sunset and thank you for sharing your thoughts with our Trip Advisor readers. We are extremely proud of our #1 ranking and strive to improve every day. Our guests are so important to us. We want all of our guests to have the best experience possible during their stay with us. We hope you'll visit us again to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

The rooms are good. Nothing exceptional or trendy, just very good. The motel from outside looks small. the rooms and bathroom are also a little small, but have decent space. When you visit Pictured Rocks, you hardly get to stay in the room except when u sleep, so no worries there. Overall the motel was neat and clean and well maintained and the staffs were helpful.
The highlight though, is the location. AMAZING!!!! is an understatement. Just by the shore of the lake. there are a couple of waterfalls (Memorial and Tannery falls) near by at a walkable distance. I loved the place. it tends to be pricier in summer. I went during fall, so did not have a huge hit on my wallet.
Would love to stay here again and will recommend this place to all.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2014

We have to agree with you that the view is amazing! Thanks for sharing your comments with Trip Advisor readers. There are several beautiful waterfalls to visit in our area but it's wonderful to have two within walking distance from us. We are less than five miles from Sand Point Beach which was named one of the top ten beaches in the country by The Weather Channel a few years ago. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by astonishing natural beauty no matter what the season. Please visit us again to sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing view!

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Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this motel in September of 2001 on our honeymoon. The people in the office were amazing along with the rooms and views. Getting ready to head back here with our 4 kids to see the sites 12 years later

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Happy New Year! We're so glad you made a return visit! We have many guests who honeymooned at The Sunset and come back to celebrate their anniversaries. We have some couples who celebrate their anniversary every year with us. It's so much fun to hear about the changes in their lives. Some of our return guests now bring their children and their grandchildren. Their visits become family reunions. This upcoming summer we are honored to have weddings taking place on our beach. We hope you'll return to celebrate another anniversary with us. We'll welcome you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! Thank you for sharing your comments with our Trip Advisor readers.

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Reviewed 26 October 2013

The people in the office could not have been more friendly or accomdating. Nothing was too much for them. As far as the room goes, the view of Munising Bay was breathtaking. We stayed 3 nights and each afternoon after 3pm we would sit out and enjoy the sunshine over the bay. The room itself was extremely clean and well appointed. The property is centrally located for all of the main attractions yet is on a quiet part of the bay. We had so much fun here that we will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Happy New Year! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Sunset and thank you for sharing your thoughts with Trip Advisor readers. We are centrally located to all of the areas great attractions and yet, after a day full of adventures, when you return to The Sunset you do get the feeling of being away from it all. I believe it's part of The Sunset's unique charm and, of course, we have to acknowledge the mesmerizing view! We hope you'll make a return visit to your favorite place in the U.P. It's our favorite place too! We'll welcome you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The small motel is located on the east shore of Munising Bay, right on the water. Our unit was spotlessly clean. The knotty pine paneled unit had two small bedrooms, a small bathroom and a nice sized kitchen-living room. The full kitchen was well equipped with everything needed to fix breakfast, lunch or dinner. The unit reminded us of a small cabin in the north woods, even though it was one of about a dozen units in one building. The only drawback- the walls are so thin that I could hear a woman in the next unit who was speaking in a normal voice. This will not be much of a problem if your neighbors are quiet and thoughtful, as ours were. If they are not, yikes.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our Trip Advisor readers. I apologize for the delay in responding. I was enjoying a great vacation. Our kitchen units with two bedrooms are very cozy. Many of our guests comment that it does feel like being in a cabin. Right now it would feel like being a in cabin covered in snow! We are looking forward to starting another season when we reopen in May. We hope you'll consider a return visit to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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Additional Information about 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 #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Price Range: £65 - £109 (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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