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“A really clean room with a really great view” 5 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
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A really clean room with a really great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

The owners are very pleasant. I was able to book a room for four days and then add another day with no problem. The bed is comfy and the pillows are fluffy. The water pressure is awesome! Since it's on a hill there is level parking in the back.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Chicago, IL
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this small motel, it was everything we wanted for our St.Ignace stay. It is short walk to shopping, restaurants, and the ferries out to the islands. It is also pretty close to the only grocery in town.. Owners are friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and comfortable. You can't ask for more than that..

Room Tip: All rooms had an awesome view of the lighthouse..
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gurnie
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Oak Park, Illinois
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Caveat emptor!
Potential for updated furnishings and professional personnel, as yet unrealized.
We decided to try this motel based on positive online reviews and price, but were disappointed upon arrival. Staff seemed confused, office and room meager and worn. We were unable to get room fee canceled after explaining that we were deciding not to stay. Has a view of the bay.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank photogtravelers
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Tim M, Owner at Moran Bay Motel, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
We are sorry we did not meet your expectation. We are a safe Motel with no problems in the 11yrs. we have owned the motel. When a reservation is cancelled upon arrival we have a cancellation fee of 1 night room rate which is standard in the industry. As can be seen by all reviews we have clean and comfortable rooms, which may be dated, but with the best view in town. If we can make it up to you in the future please give us a chance. Thank you. Tim
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Colorado
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77 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed over the July 4th weekend so the rates were a bit higher but we were very glad we chose the Manor Bay. It was certainly an excellent choice and value for us for the holiday weekend. The motel sits up on a hillside overlooking the bay so the views are about all one could hope for in the area. The owner lives in the end unit and was very helpful and friendly. As others have said, it is an old-school motel but clean and well kept. The bathroom and sink were quite small but the bed and living area were just fine. The Wi-Fi worked pretty well except for late the second evening when it became unusable. Maybe someone was overloading it at that time.
We had good water pressure but found it impossible to adjust a constant comfortable water temperature in the sink or shower. Didn't need A/C or heat so cannot comment on that.
It's a very short walk to a Star Line ferry to Mackinac Island and it's no problem to walk to downtown St. Ignace.
There is a main highway that runs uphill between the motel and the bay. There can be some loud traffic noise when the windows are open but we had no problems with the windows closed.
The only McDonald's in the area is less than a mile away on that highway.
We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KenBColorado
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leroy
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121 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Cute motel only 2 blocks South of the main St. Ignace walkway area. Don't expect modern, up-to-date lighting or bathroom fixtures. Does not include telephone or flat screen TV or hairdryer. Does include small TV, refrigerator, coffee pot & plenty of relaxing ambiance along w/a most spectacular view of the bay. The price was more than reasonable at $44.00 per night. NOT a dive! Extremely clean. Owner very nice & friendly. Will definitely stay at this motel again. This motel is the type we absolutely love...not the sterile cookie-cutter of big chain hotels.

Room Tip: All rooms have a fantastic view of the bay.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rychrlim
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Lambton Shores, Canada
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

Joan and I have stayed here on our way to St. Joseph's Island and when we visited MACKINAC ISLAND . The motel should be called the GRANDVIEW . We loved its neatness and old fashioned appearance . The owner was kind and helpful . The motel is within walking distance to the downtown and you can see the cruise boats going to the island . And we just loved having a meal in that old fashioned restaurant downtown where they even had an old fashioned juke box or nickelodion . Remember the song " Put an other nickel in the NICKELODION ". My nickname for the MORAN BAY is the "GRANDVIEW " and it's grand for sure . You'll love it and the price is right.
CANADAVE.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a grand view . If you have the north end rooms then you are closer to the parking...
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  • Stayed October 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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    • 5 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 canadave2013
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Loretto, Minnesota
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: They have two double beds or one double bed.
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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
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank krest
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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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