This is NOT an Inn, it is an old motel they have added to 20 and 25 years ago on a property that has a ground space overlooking Lake Michigan that can be used for family gatherings, weddings, and parties.
The draw to this place are the grounds. They are not as large as their website makes you think, but if you place your tent or settings strategically you can accommodate many people for your gathering.
They require you to rent rooms to have your party on their property. Saturday night party : $500 to use the grounds PLUS rental of a minimum of 40 rooms. If you have a party in the summer months, you are required to pay for all 52 rooms. The 40 rooms you have to pay for are all of the highest price rooms plus a handful of the lower priced rooms , for an average of $200 per room per night. That makes renting the grounds at a price of around $10,000 for a 1 day party, and in the summer around $14,000 (unless the prices are higher than I was told for the rooms).
As for the rooms. Like I said Motel or Cabin quality. The best of the bunch were the rooms in the 3 story building built 20 years ago. There is another building with similar rooms to the 3 story building rooms and was renovated about 25 years ago. Did anyone say PINK???? This building has pink tiles when you enter, around the fireplace and the carpet has pink accents in the design. They rent for around $250 to $270 per night. Handicap rooms not up to the new ADA rules as they are 20 years old.
The second and third story rooms had great views, I will give them that, with chairs on the decks for those with rooms by them.
DO NOT stay in the rooms # 30-45 if you have any allergies. They try to cover the old and musty odors with perfume sprays and it is strong. These are in the 1 story building when you first enter the property and rent for around $100.
The next row of 1 story rooms, have sizes from a studio to a full suite, and have a very strong odor of OLD. 70's anyone? Not sure of the room numbers but were around #10? We toured a full suite that had been cleaned but sitting empty. I believe these rent for close to $300 per night. It would be nice to have the stove and full refrigerator, but who could handle the smell?
The rooms above the office are called suites. One & 2 bedrooms with Kitchenettes.These were priced around the $250 to $300 price and old.
They have these amateur looking picture boards on the property that I think are suppose to draw children, but seem out of place with a Lake property. The pools were dirty and they are uncovered and outdoors.
The Recreation room is, I think, A converted garage. Cement floor with pressed board used for the walls. If this was by a sandy area, beach or campground, I could understand the unfinished room.
The Office/Reception/Office area was pleasant, but small. It will only accommodate 24 people at a time. With 52 rooms and most of them double or triple sleeping accommodations, there is not enough room for even half the guests at one time to have breakfast.
We were told that there have been no updates or changes in more than 3 years and possibly since the remodel 20 years ago. There are many odors from not being taken care of properly or updated. Yes, its by a Lake but many vacation spots are and don't have these odors.
The neighbor hood has a mixture of homes. Some are fairly new with beautiful landscaping. We saw many on our 3 mile drive to the quaint town of South Haven. Loved the town.
Yes, I believe what everyone has said in their reviews.
If you are used to campground cabins you will probably like these.They do have some really bad rooms, many so-so rooms and a few okay rooms. If you are used to 1 and 2 star hotels, you might think this place is great as it is for those with low expectations.
I feel they are priced pretty high for what they are offering. The Owners evidently do not have any money to update the property and are hoping to keep going on in the same way for the years to come.
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