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“Just Fine”
Review of Bay View Motel

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Bay View Motel
Ranked #20 of 29 Hotels in Saint Ignace
Bloomington, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Just Fine”
Reviewed 13 August 2009

We stayed at the Bay View for one night. While it was a tight squeeze, 2 adults, 2 boys and a dog, it was just fine for us. The room was older but charming and completely spotless. The owner was very friendly and helpful (brought us additional towels without even a request from us and refunded us $2 after a mistake when we checked in.) Our boys enjoyed swimming in the lake, although it's really just a little slip of a beach. If you're looking for great value on your trip up north, I would not hesitate to recommend the Bay View.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Swartz Creek, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

My husband and I came to St. Ignace with our two sons for one of the boys to participate in a wrestling tournament. Bay View's affordable price made it possible for us to stay a few extra days to enjoy some of the Upper Peninsula's sights. The rooms aren't fancy but very clean (I'm picky), and beds are comfortable. Our bedding and towels were replaced each day and our room was spotless. Paula was extremely friendly to us and our boys and even provided marshmallows for a beach bonfire. We really enjoyed our time at this mom & pop style of place. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Sandusky, MI
1 review
Reviewed 6 July 2009

My Family and I (husband, 4yr old and 90 pd Lab) made a quick trip to the U.P. over the 4th.
My search started out for a pet friendly place and what I found was a cozy little motel right on the water.
It is a Mom & Pop kinda place. Had the basics; beds, bathroom and T.V.
The staff friendly, the rooms clean, beds comfortable and there's complementary coffee in the office along with cookies. There's no little bottles of shampoo or hairdryers but the towels are still white and even soft. There are no phones in the room nor alarm clocks unless you ask for one.
We spent the evening with others guests sitting infront of the fire pit near the beach, eating smores and watching the fire works off in the distance.
Paula the owner was very personable and had the low down of the area.
All in all it made our list of places to stay while in St. Ignace.
TIP ** if you can, request room #9. Its an end unit with its outdoor chairs and table overlooking the water.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2009

First off, if you're expecting 4/5 star accommodations, stop reading now. This is an old "mom-n-pop" style motel, with a newer two-story addition on the south side. It's right on the water, and the rooms are your typical "Up north Michigan" sort of affairs. That's not to say it's bad... far from it. I love this place. We consider this one of two fave places to stay while in the St. Ignace area. (The other being the wonderful little "Melody Motel", just a little north of here on the same road.) No room phones, but you'll have TV. (Who needs a phone on vacation?) There's a pay phone at the office, but they'll usually let you use the office phone. The place is always clean (we've stayed there at least six times), and always peaceful. If you can, get one of the rooms at the water end of the motel. (It's in two lines) Those have the most windows and the best view. While there, eat at the North Bay Inn, just up the road. You can't beat their buffet deals, and you can watch planes coming/going at the little airport next door. (If there's any) I prefer the "older" part of the motel to the newer addition, but both are fine.

Beware the driveway. It immediately slopes down, and you could bottom out your car if you don't hit it at an angle.

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 22 September 2008

My 9 and 12 year old and I had a great experience here. Right on Lake Huron (or is it Lake MIchigan?). Cute rooms, wonderful sandy beach with fire area. We met fellow travellers while roasting marshmellows at the fire. Like camping- but so much easier. Enjoy the outside beauty... Paula is great- she helped us out with ferry info to Mackinac Island, coffee and muffins in the morning--very hospitable... And a great price. It doesn't get better than the BayView Motel. If you need more space, they have bigger rooms- tell Paula what you need!

  • Liked — sandy beach, beachfire at night
  • Disliked — Didn't have time to stay longer. Rooms are average. Cute rooms are smaller. Certainly adequate.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2007

What a GEM! Very Clean rooms, great price and what a beautiful view! Paula (I believe she is the owner) is so helpful and sweet . I would definitely stay there again..

  • Liked — value and location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2006

5 stars for what it is - no frills but clean and affordable, good water access.

  • Stayed June 2004, travelled on business
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Property: Bay View Motel
Address: 1133 N State St, on Lake Huron, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1012
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Saint Ignace
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Saint Ignace
#4 Romantic Hotel in Saint Ignace
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Ignace
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come Visit Our Place Located On Lake Huron With A Sandy Beach And Nitely Bonfires, Our Rooms In The Main Court Are Done In Notty Pine So You Get That Up North Feeling , Also We Have Rooms On The Beach . No Matter Which Room You Are In You Get A Wonderful View , ... more   less 
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Bay View Hotel Saint Ignace

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