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“Comfortable respite”

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Sunset Motel on the Bay
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
9 reviews
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“Comfortable respite”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This place was amazing and just what we needed after a long drive. We were given room 220, which just happened to be on a floor above all the other rooms. It took a bit of effort to get all our luggage up the stairs (no elevator), but it was so worth it. This room was beyond any expectation I had. It was large, with a refrigerator, microwave, table and chairs, lounger, and a big comfortable bed (seriously comfortable). This is the only room with a private deck. The views are fantastic. The overall hotel is very charming--brightly colored flowers in flower boxes, colorful lawn chairs facing the lake, and a shuffle-board court. Being on the top floor, I wasn't really bothered by sounds from other rooms. All I heard at night were the waves. This is a wonderful motel! The only strange thing was that the parking lot was in between the building and the water, so people on the bottom level may have cars obstructing their view of the lake.

Room Tip: Room 220 is a must. It's a bit more expensive, but it's definitely a good choice if you need...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for your terrific review of your stay at The Sunset and for sharing it with our TripAdvisor readers. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Room 220. With it's comfortable king bed, private balcony and spectacular view, it's our most requested room. You do have to carry your luggage upstairs but our staff is always willing to help. Thank you for noticing our brilliant red geraniums and sunny yellow marigolds. With our extremely cool spring, we had to postpone planting them until mid June. They add such gorgeous color to the property.
We agree that parking in front of rooms disrupts the scenic view. We are working on an alternative parking plan and hope to have that in place next year. We want to enhance the view, not take away from it. We hope you'll return soon to sit back, relax and enjoy the fantastic view!
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We were very pleased with our stay here! The motel itself was very well-kept, clean, and charming! The two-bedroom room we stayed in almost reminded me of being at a cabin. As other reviewers have pointed out, the bathroom is a bit on the small side, but that was not a major issue for us. All rooms face Lake Superior and there is a lovely beachfront area complete with seating to just sit and watch the waves or shuffleboard to pass the time. The rates were extremely reasonable for such a "touristy" area in the summertime. Everybody in my group enjoyed our stay and we definitely plan on staying at Sunset Bay again the next time we find ourselves in the area.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Sunset. Thank you for not only sharing your thoughts with our TripAdvisor readers, but also for recommending us to others! We love it when guests check in and tell us The Sunset was recommended to them by friends, neighbors, family or even people they met on The Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise! We are often told that our two bedroom units are like having a cabin on the lake. The view from our front lawn can't be beat! It's so much fun to watch spontaneous shuffleboard tournaments take place in the early evenings. Then it's time for the grand finale of the day - a glorious sunset! We hope you'll return soon to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Howell, Michigan, United States
1 review
Reviewed 17 August 2014

The hotel staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms were clean and well maintained, for an older property. The view was so nice, the property goes right to the shore of the lake. They provide charcoal for grilling, seats to relax by the lake and enjoy the sunset, and bags of ice, huge bonus. This was my first solo trip and I couldn't have chosen better. Will recommend to all my friends.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
We think all of our guests make the perfect choice when they decide to stay at The Sunset! We are so pleased that you believe you also made the perfect choice. Our goal is to have all of guests feel welcomed, comfortable and relaxed. We invite you to visit us again soon to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Thank you for sharing your thought with our TripAdvisor readers.
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Portage,IN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

First, room was spotless. Felt very clean. All the dishes, pots, refrigerator, utensils, etc were perfect. Nice chairs along lake to relax. Yes, it's a bit dated, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Free bags of ice a huge plus, as were the free charcoal for the grill. Would stay there again.

While there, if you're able, you must hike the Chapel Loop....breathtaking.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Sunset. Thank you for sharing your comments with our TripAdvisor readers. By looking at the great picture you attached, you were able to take advantage of our front lawn and the amazing view it offers. If you're planning to spend a day exploring Chapel Falls, Chapel Rock and Chapel Beach we have plenty of ice to fill your cooler. The hike into Chapel Falls is 1.5 miles and approximately another 2 miles to Chapel Rock and Chapel Beach. The area is spectacular and with fall being right around the corner, it will be even more beautiful! After a full day of hiking, the chairs and grills on our front lawn are waiting for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view! We hope you'll make a return visit soon to do just that!
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Iowa
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62 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This was the perfect getaway for my husband and me along with another couple who are close friends of ours. I am giving the motel a five-star review simply because I didn't think of work once while we stayed there. Everything about this hotel makes you forget the stress you may have back at home. The motel is situated right on the water with an amazing view of Lake Superior. Check-in was a breeze and the gal at the front desk was pleasant and welcoming. We had a two-bedroom, wood-paneled unit with an adequate living room which had a comfy couch and chair. It is outdated, but that added to its charm. Everything from the "real" room keys to the kitschy decor to the perfectly-situated outdoor chairs facing the water seemed to say, "You're at the lake. Relax. Enjoy!" I better mention that it does not have every convenience, comfort and service you'd expect at a five star hotel. In fact, there were a few quirks such as the short shower heads that made me duck (I'm only 5'3) to wash my hair. But that was just fine with me. You have what you need here. The rest is up to you.

Room Tip: All rooms face the lake. You can't go wrong with any of them!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of your stay at The Sunset with our TripAdvisor readers. I believe you've captured the true essence of what The Sunset has to offer. The Sunset is certainly not fancy but it is welcoming, comfortable and relaxing. Many of our guests comment that once they arrive at The Sunset their stress level diminishes or completely disappears! All you need to do is find the perfect chair on our front lawn, select your favorite beverage and gaze out at the incredible view. The only sounds you may hear are from visiting ducks or loons. The only decisions to be made are where to go to dinner or what to grill on our charcoal grills. What could be better than to end a perfect day with watching a perfect sunset?
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We invite you to return soon to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Bay City, Michigan
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38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I felt the staff was courteous and friendly. The decor was outdated but the view on the lake was absolutely gorgeous. The room seemed pretty clean but the bathroom was set up so oddly you could not get to the shower if you were at all overweight.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our TripAdvisor readers. The Sunset is an older property but we believe it has its' own special charm. We are glad you enjoyed the beautiful view The Sunset offers and we are sorry that we did not meet your lodging expectations. We agree that some of the bathrooms are small. We are trying to work out a solution to this problem. We hope you'll give us a future opportunity to meet your lodging needs. If you would like to discuss your stay with us in further detail, please contact our office at any time.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Our bedroom with kitchenette was well stocked with the necessities for our two night stay. The room was clean and service friendly and helpful. The real win though is the beautiful view of the bay. The smallish strip of beach and playscape were great for keeping the kids occupied between outings.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Pam L, Manager at Sunset Motel on the Bay, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Sunset! Thank you for sharing your comments with our TripAdvisor readers. We are glad you found your room comfortable and complete with everything you needed for your stay. We have one or two bedroom units that have well stocked kitchens. Our kitchen rooms are very popular with our guests and we are often told it's like staying in your own little cabin with a beautiful view of Lake Superior. We hope you'll visit us again to sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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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 #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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