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“Great Value - Great View!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moran Bay Motel

Moran Bay Motel
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Moran Bay Motel
Ranked #24 of 30 Hotels in Saint Ignace
Loretto, Minnesota
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Value - Great View!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

Moran's Motel has a great view of Lake Huron. It is within walking distance to everything in Saint Ignace. The porch is wonderful to sit out on to look out on the water. There is a park across the street. Downtown Saint Ignace is two blocks. Ferry boat is one block. The beds have older mattresses and are not bad, but not the best either. A/C was very good condition. The bathrooms are very tiny, but the shower had great water pressure (very important). Don't expect much, but the price matches what you get. Small refrigerators and coffee in every room. Wi-Fi is free - but weak. We used our Mi-Fi. The guy that runs the office was very pleasant and accommodating. He seems he was waiting for us to arrive and prepared. This place was very quiet, unlike those larger hotels. The walls were not paper thin. The only thing I would say is I don't think the older carpets were shampooed in a long time and I'm not sure how clean they were. Also, having older mattresses, unsure how clean they were.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank krest
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rootstown, Ohio, United States
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

We chose Moran Bay for an overnight based on the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor. It met all our expectations -- and at a very low price. Nice view of the bay and a short walk to town. Clean room with comfortable beds. The place also is kind of nostalgic -- the story of motel my folks stayed in when we were kids in the 60s. Much like all of St. Ignace, this place is sort of retro.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Unplanned stay in St. Ignace brought us here. We needed a room for 2 adults and 2 kids on the fly and stopped in at Moran Bay. The owner was very nice and checked us on quickly. The room was clean and the shower had good water pressure. In the morning we marveled at the beautiful view until the rain hit. Can't beat this value!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Toomey2
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Moreland Hills
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

Nice place to stay. Beautiful views and great price. Owner very nice and accommodating. The motel is at the beginning of town. Close to every thing. Coffee, fridges in each room. No need to spend more. We have stayed there lots and its great. Wish it was open all year.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Itsypoo
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Tim M, Manager at Moran Bay Motel, responded to this review, 12 July 2016
Thanks for your review. We appreciate your return visits. Tim
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Habor Springs, MI
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013 via mobile

The Moran Bay is a very nice old school motel. The rooms are SPOTLESS! And every room has a beautiful view of Saint Ignace harbor and of Lake Huron. From the hotel deck you will see the ferries to Mackinaw Island and the island itself. All the rooms have in room coffee and it is great to drink coffee on the deck and watch the boats. I stay here all the time as I work in the U.P. Tim, the owner is extremely nice and accommodating.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tamrie123
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Ottawa
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32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

This motel was the perfect location for our adventures on the Labour Day weekend - from there we did Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge Walk (a Labour Day annual event). The motel reminded me of going back in time and visiting my grandparents - but always remember my grandparents place was very clean and provided comfy memories. The owners are very nice and knew the regulars and the locals that walked by. Fireworks and movie nights were available in St. Ignace - the fireworks you could watch from the motel deck. The ferries to the Island were also within walking distance with a market along the way..... oh and the sunrises will blow you away!

Room Tip: If you need strong wi-fi for work during your stay - ask for a room closer to the office - it worked...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Webbedfeet
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Marion, Ohio
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

We have been staying at Moran Bay for many, many years. It's always the same quaint, clean, peaceful place to stay. Owner is extremely friendly and helpful for whatever your needs might be. It's just a quiet, serene piece of paradise. We have taken others with us on occasion, and they've always really enjoyed it too. Can't wait to get started going there each year.We call to make reservations and he always makes you feel like he'll be waiting to see you! We go 3-4 times a year even though it's about an 8 hr. drive. Worth every minute of the drive just to settle in for a few days and enjoy the whole experience. We feel right at home and always welcome!

Room Tip: All rooms are the same. The porch makes them all easily accessible.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anita N
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Additional Information about Moran Bay Motel

Property: Moran Bay Motel
Address: 500 US Highway 2 W, P.O. Box 341, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1643
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Saint Ignace
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 30 Hotels in Saint Ignace
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
9 Clean and comfortable rooms with a MILLION $ VIEW of Mackinac Island and Lake Huron.All rooms are SMOKE-FREE. Close to ferry lines, restaurants, shopping. Free WI-FI,small refridg.,In-room coffee, C/CTV. ... more   less 

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