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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fantastic place!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is our second time staying at The Sunset Motel on the Bay. It is a great little place right on the lakeside. The rooms are great. This time we got a queen room with small kitchenette. It was perfect. They have chairs set up on the lakeside along with barbeque grills. The rooms are clean and quiet. The staff are very friendly.

Within a small walking distance there are a couple of waterfalls.

I would recommend this place to everyone! We will definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for not only sharing your comments with our TripAdvisor readers but also for recommending us to others! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in one of our kitchen rooms. We are within walking distance to Tannery Falls which has a 40 foot drop and Memorial Falls which has a 30 foot drop. We are also close to Munising Falls which has a 50 foot drop. They are beautiful as are all the waterfalls in the area. It's always fun to ask our guests which waterfall is their favorite. Most often the answer is they loved seeing all of them! We also have to mention we are less than two 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. There is also a wide range of opinion as to what beach should be on the top ten list!. The Sunset is the perfect stop after a day of exploring waterfalls and beaches. We hope you will visit us again soon to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

While my family and I were on vacation this was initially not in our vacation plans to stay here, we ran into some problems so we ended up searching and found this gem. They were extremely courteous and very helpful. I had never heard of this place (we found a flier at the pictured rocks tours gift shop) and was delighted to see the appearance upon arrival. The lady at the front desk was great (I don't recall her name).

When I opened the door to our room I was pleasantly surprised, I was not at all expecting the nice setup and cleanliness of the room (we got one with a kitchenette). It was much more like having a cabin and had plenty of room for the 4 of us. They had some cooking supplies in there (pots, pans, silverware and the such) along with a few items for people to use that people had left behind for others. The beds were very comfortable and they even had a/c units in both rooms and a floor fan if you'd like. It was great being able to look out our dining room window and see Lake Superior.

Their beach was decent though it needed some cleaning up it had some trash and we found a few pieces of glass in the water, which isn't their fault, it's because of others carelessness. Just make sure you keep your eye out just in case.

Our only real problem was at night it got hot in the room so we turned the room a/c units on which must have allowed a ton of mosquitoes and gnats in because while trying to sleep I kept getting bit up. But the bugs are extremely bad this year.

Would love to stay at this place again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Often the things we don't plan turn out better than the things we plan for weeks in advance! We are so glad your unexpected stay with us was a pleasant one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with our TripAdvisor readers. Many of our guests who stay in one of our rooms with two bedrooms and a kitchen tell us it's like having a cabin with Lake Superior right outside their door. The rooms are very cozy and are furnished with everything you should need. It's been a terrible "mosquito season" and we apologize they were able to find you. I think they can get in anywhere. They seem, and we are hoping it's true, to be decreasing in number. We hope you'll visit us again to sit back, relax and enjoy the view (and that you won't have to share your stay with pesky mosquitoes)!
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Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

I know one star ratings for anything to do with “apparent” one-off situations (particularly when no actual stay is involved) do not typically help my fellow TripAdvisor users, but I can’t let this place off the hook either. So, stop reading now if you’re trying to figure out if the rooms are dumpy or if there are decent restaurants nearby because we didn’t stay here. What I will say is double-check on your reservation, and then check again.

The story...

I personally contacted the establishment to place our reservation (I did NOT book through the online reservation system), and I received a personalized confirmation email after placing the reservation. About a month later, I received an email asking me to call, only to find out they gave away our reservation or cancelled it or lost it or whatever.

I spent many, many hours prior to booking this reservation trying to find an accommodation that was a good fit for our family. I literally contacted dozens of cottages, motels, hotels, etc. Now we are only staying one night in Munising (instead of two)... Actually, we ended up needing to completely revise our "planned many months in advance" vacation because of their error. I am not happy.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thank you for expressing your thoughts to our TripAdvisor readers. We take your comments very seriously. Your input, and the feedback from all of our guests, is vitally important to us. A mistake was made and we are deeply sorry. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this mistake caused you and your family. We are extremely proud of the level of service we extend to our guests. We continuously try to meet and surpass our guests' expectations. However, we also work diligently to improve every aspect of our property. We are initiating a new reservation policy which should prevent this problem from recurring. Again, you have our wholehearted apologies. Please contact our office if you would like to further discuss this matter.
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O'Fallon, Illinois
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Spent two nights there last week. Very clean.Friendly service. Nice place to hangout with family and watch the sunset. Our room and furnishings were a bit dated- but comfortable,roomy and clean. We had 2 bedrooms, bathroom and living/dining area.I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for sharing your views with our TripAdvisor readers. We take great pride in our property and strive to provide all of our guests with excellent service. It was our pleasure to have your family stay with us. The room you were in is perfect for a family vacation. It has two bedrooms with a queen bed in each room and a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa, microwave and refrigerator. We also have rooms that have two bedrooms and a kitchen completely furnished with everything you should need for your stay. Our guests are so great! Often they will add an item or two to the kitchen and leave them for the next guest to enjoy. If you don't feel like cooking inside, our outdoor charcoal grills are always available for your use. We have everything you should need except what you'd like to eat! We even have the marshmallows for dessert! After a delicious meal, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Lincoln Park, Michigan, Usa
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Had a very nice stay at the Sunset. The Hotel has a great location with a great view. Found room to be clean and comfortable. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Did not use the grill on the lawn, but thought that was a great feature. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
We are so pleased you would stay with us again! We hope it's soon. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our TripAdvisor readers. We are so fortunate to have a view beyond compare right outside our front door. We absolutely love sharing it with our guests! We also love seeing our guests out on the front lawn enjoying themselves playing shuffle board, having a picnic or reading a good book. No matter what relaxing activity you choose, it's always accompanied by our splendid view of Lake Superior! At The Sunset there's always time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Victor, NY
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is an old-time motel that has been kept up wonderfully. It sits right on Lake Superior - very easy to find. Lovely seats and grills right on the water for you to use. Bathroom was a little small, but no big deal. Kitchenette, dining table and sofa in the main room + a separate bedroom. TV was old and small. Very nice folks run this - pleasure to stay here.

Room Tip: Every room has the same great view. There are two upstairs but we didn't look at them.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your thoughts with our TripAdvisor readers. It was our pleasure to have you visit us. Many of our guests comment when they get the first glimpse of our gorgeous view they feel like they've taken a step back in time. Spending time on our front lawn with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine is peaceful, quiet and serene. The loudest noise you may hear would be from a flock of ducks or a loon. The Sunset is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! We hope you'll visit us again soon. Have a wonderful summer.
(P.S. We are in the process of updating the tvs!)
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed at the Bayview guest house which was perfect for our family of 5. It was clean, comfortable, very reasonably priced and large enough so we weren't tripping over each other. Pam was a welcoming host and helpful when we needed something. Bring all your food items, like coffee/tea and salt/pepper, otherwise the kitchen is well stocked with all the basic equipment you'll need. If you are looking for a luxury beach resort with fancy shampoo in little bottles, keep looking. But if you'd rather spend your money on cool stuff like a guided kayak trip exploring the pictured rocks, this is a great place.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank MaryandKevinMN
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thank you for sharing your comments with our TripAdvisor readers. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in The Bayview Vacation Home. Our vacation homes are perfect for families. The three bedroom homes are completely furnished with everything you should need and if you forget the salt and pepper we have that too! The homes also include a deck with gas grill for preparing delicious burgers or fresh fish. If you prefer a charcoal grill, we have grills available on our front lawn. What could be better than grilling a perfect steak while enjoying our incredible view of Lake Superior?! Another option is to have a fire on our private beach. A great way to end a day of exploring the area with roasted hot dogs and marshmallows! There are many ways to sit back, relax and enjoy the view at The Sunset. We hope you'll be back soon to take advantage of all of them! Thanks again.
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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 )
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Ranked #3 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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