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“The Best Little Secret in Traverse City” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Traverse Bay Inn

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Traverse Bay Inn
Ranked #22 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Clinton Township, Michigan, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best Little Secret in Traverse City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

My husband and I have stayed here twice and loved it. We have had the Fireplace Suite and the Jacuzzi Suite. Both suites were perfectly spotless. We also had our little dog. The beds and linens are the best that I have ever run across in all my stays at other high end hotels. The staff is wonderful and would highly recommend staying here. It is extremely quiet even with other guests staying nextdoor. We never heard anyone. The kitchens are fully equipped and again spotless. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Dottie C
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TBI-Owner, Owner at Traverse Bay Inn, responded to this review, 10 March 2012
Thanks so much, Dottie! We've had a lot of positive comments like yours since we have completed the upgrading of all of our bathrooms. I think the new fixtures, sinks, shelves, eetc. have really given the rooms a nice fresh look and it makes things so much easier for our housekeeping staff as well; we have a few more things planned for late spring too. We all appreciate how well you care for your dog while visiting the Traverse Bay Inn and I think you would agree the Fireplace Suite is great for pets as well as people! See you again soon I hope. - Jeff
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Greenville, Michigan
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Nice little place to stay and you can have your dog. We had a one bedroom with a kitchenette. Everything was very clean and we had all the kitchen utinsels needed to prepare a little breakfast in the morning before we left. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. This is our 3rd time staying and we will definetely stay with them again. What a pleasure to have a nice place to stay that doesn't break the bank. So appreciated!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Debra T
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

We came to Traverse City for a family get-together and stayed for the night. Check in was easy and manager was very friendly. Our room had 2 bedrooms - a queen size downstairs and a king size with a jacuzzi upstairs. The room had a kitchenette with dishes, pans, coffee maker, paper towel, etc. The main area had a couch, table and chairs, and tv.

It was an excellent value, especially with the winter rate. The bed was really comfortable - we slept great. The only thing I noticed is that the bathroom could have been a bit cleaner. Other than that - everything was perfect. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank RachelKW
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starchild101
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86 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Very pleased with our stay at the Traverse Bay Inn. We had the 2 bedroom suite (which is all that was availble) and it was like staying in a small apartment. (and it was still VERY reasonably priced!)

Our room had an upstairs loft that had 2 beds and television. Lower level had a quaint living room area with couch, kitchen table a small kitchenette and flat screen tv. Also on the lower level there was a second bedroom with yet another tv. How awesome is that, 3 tvs in your room! There was lots of closet space, I think there were 3 closests. Beds were comfey, and I believe between the 3 beds we had 9 to 10 fluffy pillows! Room also had iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and a coffee maker with a couple of coffee packets.

Only negative was the small bathroom, but really how much time do you spend in the bathroom. Water pressure in the shower was good. TIP: others have mentioned no counter space in the bathroom for their toilettrees. However, check the mirror, it opens up with shelving for all of your stuff.

Will be back here next time we are in Traverse City. Great bargin, good location and friendly staff to boot! Wish we would have stayed here sooner! Like the sign says out front, FUN!

Room Tip: Ask for a room towards the back, away from the road.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank starchild101
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Ohio
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

Of course. it's not the Ritz, but it was clean, nicely equipped with kitchenette. The beds were comfy and the linens of higher quality than I anticipated. The only negative was the teeny, tiny bathroom and body-hugging shower curtain, however, since I only used it once a day, I could overlook it. Our room had one bedroom downstairs and a large room with two full size beds upstairs. This would be a nice setup for a family. The woman at the front desk, who seemed to wear many hats, was very accommodating.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank OhioJayBee
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soo, ontario
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

Found this place thru the great reputation it has on TA and just want to confirm that it lives up to everything. Clean, kitchen equiped with everything you need, 3 tv's, lots of closet space, parking at your front door, I will stay there everytime I go to Traverse city now!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank primitivepete
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Plainwell, Michigan
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

We stayed Sunday night 11/13/11 and found this motel to be very clean, great value for the price, especially in off season. Our ground floor room had a furnished kitchenette with fridge, stove, microwave and small dinette, flat screen tv and love seat. Down a connecting hallway was a very clean small full bath and a separate room with a comfortable queen size bed with more than ample closet/storage space. TV in bedroom. This unit could easily be used for long term stay.
On arrival, the office was empty; a phone on the counter would connect to office personel. Check in was quick. Be aware that off season there will not be 24 hour front desk staffing but you will be able to call someone for emergencies. This is not uncommon for small hotels in resort communities in this area.
Check out was easy, just leaving the keys at the front desk.
One con: traffic noise was noticeable beginning at 4:30am. Maybe all those hunters setting out for start of deer season.
I would highly recommend staying at Traverse Bay Inn.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wanda1973
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Additional Information about Traverse Bay Inn

Property: Traverse Bay Inn
Address: 2300 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3756
Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Traverse City
#12 Romantic Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Traverse Bay Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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