After reading all the glowing reviews of The Terrace, and discovering that our first locally owned place was booked, my wife and I risked The Terrace. It was surprisingly inexpensive (roughly a third of the chain hotels). That's a plus. Beyond that, I will say that the room we had was clean, the water for the shower was hot, and the Wi-Fi worked consistently well. After that....
The bed was horribly uncomfortable. It felt as though elephants had used it for a trampoline. I'm still amazed neither my wife nor I came away with back pain upon getting up. But sleeping on it was incredibly difficult. Moreover, anytime one of us rolled over, the "wave" of such rolling would wake the other.
Then there was the bathroom. Threadbare is a generous description of the towels. Moreover, while there were two washcloths and two bath towels there was only one hand towel on the racks. And this was consistent all three days. Moreover, a sign or the mirror advises you not to wipe your car, shoes or luggage with the towels. Hmmmm...
The bathroom offered bars of soap barely the size of two postage stamps. The lack of an exhaust fan ensured the room felt like a sauna when exiting the shower.
Further, the shower itself was the size of a phone booth. Fortunately neither my wife nor I are particularly large people. But if you're even modestly large, you may have difficulty fitting through the plastic doors of the corner shower.
Lighting in the room was minimal. Barely enough for reading. And the small cubby area for luggage was not lighted at all. Bats would have difficulty finding stuff in there.
But the most important thing to note is that the units have NO air conditioning. So, if it's hot and/or humid (as it was during our stay) you are in a world of heat. There IS a ceiling fan--which click-click-clicks when it runs, and a box fan which churns air at the sound of a boat propeller. So if you face the conditions we did you're in for an unpleasant, sleepless evening.
With three nights bookedand paid for (full payment is made at checkin)--we were somewhat stuck. We gave thought to spending the last night at the local Holiday Inn Express (which we knew would have A/C) only to discover it was booked. So we stuck it out.
So, if all you're looking for is a clean and cheap place to spend the night with a hot shower in the morning, you won't be disappointed. But if you want anything comfortable, look elsewhere. It's too bad, too. The owner, Larry, seems like a genuinely nice guy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled against the hills which semicircle Munising, the Terrace Motel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, 3 blocks off busy M-28. Open year round, the Terrace offers rooms with one bed, two beds, and also some two-bedroom units. All rooms are ground level, with at-door parking. Coffee is served in the lobby every morning. A recreation room includes a full kitchen, pool table and sauna; outside is a built-in charcoal grill, picnic table, play area, and firepit. Snowmobile trails pass directly behind the motel, and there is a heated garage area for snowmobile repair. ... more less