The Harbor Grand is the best of all possible worlds. It is located at the north edge of the New Buffalo business district, within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the public beach (and two marinas for the sailors out there). It has been renovated so that the suites provide as much square footage as any chain hotel - my "economy" suite had a sitting room containing a couch and two armchairs and a bedroom - king size bed - both areas had big screen televisions. I thoroughly enjoyed having breakfast in bed - the complimentary breakfast was more than adequate - and because this was a working vacation, the coffee available 24 hours in the lobby and WiFi were excellent amenities. Yes, the furnishings appeared a little worn and in my room, the doors to one of the closets were out of kilter, but I spent so little time in the room these things didn't really matter.
Dining was also not a problem, as the hotel has a restaurant on site and there are more than enough restaurants within 8 blocks of the hotel. Many local places also offer delivery.
The Harbor Grand is located just behind the Amtrak rail platform, and the line is surprisingly busy (6 trains stop during the business week). If you are a light sleeper and go to bed early, the train noise might be problematic, as the last passenger line stops around 11 at night. This feature (which I actually consider a benefit for anyone who enjoys rail travel) is the only drawback to staying here.
Overall, my stay was very pleasant. I got the work done that I needed to, enjoyed two sunny days at the beach and ate way too much to discuss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full-service boutique hotel on the New Buffalo harbor. Waterfront rooms include luxury bedding, fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Indoor pool, massage therapy and waterfront dining. Complimentary breakfast in bed and bike rentals. Short walk to Lake Michigan beach and downtown shops and restaurants. Weddings and meetings for up to 75. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Harbor Grand Hotel New Buffalo
- Harbor Grand New Buffalo
- Harbor Grand Hotel
- The Harbor Grand New Buffalo, Michigan