We've stayed here many times through the years as my brother and his wife got married in the gazebo close to the motel 17 years ago. Though it is pricey for a motel (it is a motel) - especially considering the 2-night minimum on weekends - most of our group agrees that there is nowhere else we'd rather stay in Saugatuck. The rooms definitely could use updating but they meet our needs (our king room had refrigerator, sink, bistro table with 2 chairs). The rooms face the river so you can watch the boats go by and you face either the pool or the garden area which both views are great. There is also a nice covered gathering area in between for groups to hang out if the weather is not cooperating. There is a convenience store a short walk away and all the shops/restaurants/bars are within walking distance. They have a continental breakfast from like 7-10 in the mornings. It would be nice if they added small coffee makers to the room (note to self for next time to bring our own!).
This year we took the chain ferry across the river (which is right next to the motel) - it costs $1 per person each way (plus tips). It's then a half mile hilly walk to Lake Michigan. Before returning on the ferry we checked out the Mr. Baldy(?) steps - over 300 wooden stairs to the top with landings to rest. So we did it and there is a beautiful view of the bay at the top - a great workout. HIghly recommend, but have been sore for 3 days since!
We'll definitely be back to Ship 'n Shore again. Like some others, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it's not a 5 star "motel." And the cost prohibits some of our friends from going (they don't want to spend over $200 a night for a motel room), but we apparently think it's worth it since we will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown, the Ship-N-Shore Hotel is Saugatuck's Ultimate Waterfront Address! We are within walking distance to all of downtown Saugatuck's many shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. We offer a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as free continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ship-N-Shore Hotel Saugatuck, Michigan
- Ship n Shore Motel