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“If you go in with low expectations, you will be fine”
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Terrace Motel
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Certificate of Excellence
Traverse City, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
348 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“If you go in with low expectations, you will be fine”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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MunisingTerrace, Owner at Terrace Motel, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
For those disappointed with the place, some news... and for those who like the place, it's now even better. New Serta Regal Suite II plush top queen mattresses are now here.
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Hustonville, KY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2013

We had reservations for 2 nights, and we understood the cancellation policy. We left after one night--because of the weather and change of plans, not the facility. Larry told us that if he could rent the room, we would get a refund. Well, he is a man of his word. He even had to call to get our card number because he had it written incorrectly. He could have easily kept our money--I love the honesty.

We had a room that could accommodate 5 for only $70. The room was clean enough, but a little old. I liked that they had a kitchen available for everyone's use, but the fridge was too full to even use. That is just the way it is. We could easily have prepared a meal or snack; that is a money saver.

The only 3 stars instead of 4 is for the kind of run down nature of the room. Out of 4 bulbs in the bath, only 1 worked. There was one switch knob for the 2 lamps--had to share. There was a definite lack of flat surfaces--no place to put things in the bath. In a room for 5 you kind of need someplace for bathroom stuff. The curtains were pretty ratty and the futon might be a good extra bed but a really uncomfortable place to sit.

All that said, it is a good value if you don't expect too much.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

My two kids and I spent five days at the Terrace Motel. Very quiet area and not far from town. The room was clean and had plenty of space. Larry was very helpful by giving us a list of options on places to see and the best places to eat. There was so much to do and so little time. We had a very positive experience! Thanks Larry, we will be back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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St. Johns, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Great little local motel located in a residential neighborhood. Nice and quiet, but close to all the local attractions. Our room was clean and beds were very comfortable. Larry welcomed us right away and offered information on all the hiking and activities available. We would definitely stay here again. It was nice to be stay at a cute little motel that wasn't part of a national chain. The price was great too! We didn't mind not being right on Lake Superior since we were out in that area all during the day. Plus, there is free wi-fi!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Had a great night stay Larry was very welcoming. Rooms were big and very clean hot coffee in the morning. Nice level pad for motorcycles.
Larry even brought us out a bucket with rags to wash our bikes

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Lansing, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

This place was clean and spacious. For $65 we had two double beds and a separate "living room" with a futon and a television. Although we didn't use it, the shared kitchen was a nice convenience. There was also a sauna and a pool table for guest use.
The décor was a bit old and the carpet needed replacing but nevertheless everything was clean.
The bed sheets were very crisp and smooth! Location was great. We walked to a nice restaurant from our motel room.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carleton, Michigan, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

I just happened to stumble upon The Terrace on tripadvisor looking for a good place to stay while visiting Pictured Rocks in Munising. What happened next is still quite shocking to me!! I stumbled upon a link on The Terrace website for Pictured Rocks Weddings and thought, man, would that ever be nice. I sent an email to the owner, Larry, asking how much of a notice he would need to marry my fiance and I (who've been engaged for 5 yrs and were not planning a wedding in any kind of way)??? We had already planned on coming up on Sunday, August 18th for only a day or two and I sent this, now rather important, email on the Thursday before, giving Larry a whopping 3 days notice!!! Lo and Behold, to my astonishment, we have now been married for a little over 2 days as I write this!!! If that's not accommodating your guests, I don't know what is!?!?!?! Larry immediately reserved us his only room available and awaited our arrival on Sunday to marry us at the beautiful Wagner Falls!! Enough about my crazy adventure and onto the good stuff.... the Terrace!! Our room was very neat, clean, smelled fresh and had the best water pressure in the shower!! There was a community type area with a full kitchen available for guests, pool table, sauna, and even a fire pit to build your own campfire out back! There's seating outside of your room to relax and enjoy a warm summers night and mingle with your neighbors while watching for the Northern Stars. You also have access to the ice machine, vending machine and lets not forget the free coffee in the morning!! Larry also makes sure that his guests are given a map of the area and highlights all of the best restaurants, attractions, things to see and do, etc. We've travelled to many, many places around the U.S. and have never been given the hospitality you will find at the Terrace!! We'll definitely be back again!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Terrace Motel
Address: 420 Prospect St, Munising, MI 49862-1004
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Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Munising
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Munising
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
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 

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