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Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Level 6 Contributor
268 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Beach, So-So Room”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

We stayed at the Grand Beach in July 2012 for three nights. We reserved over the Internet and got a room overlooking the parking lot for $219 (plus tax and resort fees). The hotel room was clean and spacious but a bit worn.

The obvious draw witht his hotel is the fabulous beach. They have a large sandy beach on East Bay. The water is clear and the bottoms is completely sandy...no rocks. There is a gradual drop off so it is perfect for small kids.

The hotel is also conveniently located to downtown Traverse City. There is mini golf, go karts, and bumper boats directly across the street.

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AmandaLC, Manager at Grand Beach Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 10 August 2012
We are proud to offer clean, comfortable rooms on Grand Traverse Bay and your feedback is much appreciated, especially on how we can improve our guests’ experiences. This feedback will be used to make improvements on our hotel. We are thrilled that you had time to enjoy our daily groomed beaches and the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay during your stay! Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
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Westland, Michigan
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We've been coming to Grand Beach for a good 10 years, we love the first floor beach front walkout room. It's heaven! The rooms are very pretty and very clean. Last time we stayed there our room only had a shower stall but 3 years later our room had a bathtub again! Convenient for families with little ones (as i told front desk 3 years ago)!!! The beach is maintained beautifully with lots of chairs & chaises. We rented a boat and that's always a fun time! Staff is great, super helpful. Grounds are well kept. We love the free breakfast room with the neat pancake machine. Hotel is right across the road from Pirates Cove, a super cool activity park with go-karts, zip lines & water slides. Great time for kids & parents alike! Book early in the year for best available rooms, beach front is hard to get! I think even first floor courtyard view isn't a bad room. Close to lots of restaurants, great location! And wifi available!

Room Tip: book early for beach front rooms. We love the first floor beach front for super easy beach access.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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AmandaLC, Manager at Grand Beach Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 10 August 2012
Thank you for being a loyal guest to the Grand Beach Resort for 10 years! Your feedback is very important to us as feedback is a gift. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoy our first floor rooms, including the ability to walk out to the sand, sit on your patio, or just enjoy the sights and sounds in this breath-taking place. For this reason, the rooms with a beach views book very quickly, so booking early is a must! When you return, a warm welcome, and these beautiful rooms will be ready for you and we eagerly look forward to your return.
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Columbia City, Indiana
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

We stayed at the Grand Beach with our 2 grand daughters , I thought the hotel was pretty nice. Really nice beach , breakfast was busy too busy for us , overall the hotel was worth while. My problem is we booked a beach side room with a balcony on Expidia , when we arrived we got a room facing the parking lot. We thought just must be a mistake , went to the front desk and was told if you book a room though Expidia it is a non beach room no matter what . If you do not book a room with the hotel directly you get a parking lot view. This would have been nice to know since I didn't book a beach front hotel to look at my car in a parking lot. I think the Grand Beach should let you know with a CALL or a POSTING , I would have paid a little extra to sit out and watch the waves and sunset !!! They told me they make no money on Expidia bookings , why have them and upset people ???

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AmandaLC, Manager at Grand Beach Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 10 August 2012
Thank you for taking a moment to tell us of your recent stay at the Grand Beach Resort. Since our breakfast area is often busy we recently added a quick conveyor cooker to speed up the process for fresh pancakes in the morning. We encourage our guests to book directly with the hotel to ensure that we can give you the exact room type and placement you wish to enjoy while stay with us. Please contact me at 231-938-4455 and I will be happy to make a reservation with a beach view for you next year.
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michigan
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We were at the end of our vacation, having travelled to the Upper Peninsula, then down the north western side of MI, where we stayed in Charlevoix & then finally Traverse City. Originally booked at another area hotel, we were able to cancel that reservation & stayed at this wonderful place! We felt so welcomed by the staff: the manager (Tony Pappas, I believe) was awesome-shook our hands, told us to personally ask him if we needed anything & got us into our room straight away! We were able to have early check-in, which allowed us to have way more beach time! Katelyn, the desk clerk we initially encountered was very nice & professional. In general, all of the staff were extremely friendly & seemed to enjoy what they do/interacting with guests-this is the way it should be when dealing with the public. The private beach was lovely-clear water (shallow, too), soft sand beneath your feet, plenty of lounge chairs or adirondack chairs, large beach umbrellas, cabanas. The only thing the hotel is missing is a bar! Rentals available for pontoon boats, speed boats, wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards & water trampoline, but you must bear in mind that all of these activities cost quite a bit. I suggest bringing a frisbee or football to toss around or a raft/floatie of some sort & just relax in the calm water. Room was nicely decorated, with, of course, beach themed decor (which I love)-had a very beach cottage-esq feel & was calming. Nice storage cabinet/entertainment armoire. Beds very comfortable & nice bath/shower, with oversized shower head. The room also had a small fridge & microwave. My only regret is that we were could not have stayed longer. We will definitely return & will recommend the Grand Beach Resort to everyone ( there is also a sister resort, called the Sugar Beach Resort, which I'm sure is just as lovely)!

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Michigan, United States
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary in June. Our room was on the 1st floor parking lot side (we knew this ahead of time). The room was really nice and we paid extra for a jacuzzi room. The beach was beautiful. The breakfast room was packed the first morning because it was storming outside and everyone was trying to figure out what to do with the day, but they had a pretty decent selection of bagels, muffins, waffles, cereal, juice, etc. Nice that it was included. Location is convenient, but the road is so busy. (No left turns out of the parking lot) We enjoyed our stay but it was pretty pricy so we probably won't return. I would recommend the hotel though. Every staff member that we encountered throughout the hotel was extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Stayed June 27 and 28th. First thing I saw when stepping out on the balcony was finger and toenail clippings (lots of them) on the floor, chairs and table!!!!!! Disgusting.!! Local channels on TV (satellite not working). We have stayed at this motel (it is not a resort) since they opened, It has gsteadily gone downhill! Tvs are the originals, Bedspreads and bedding are awful. Mattress pad seemed to be made out of rubber- temperatures were in the high 80's leaving you wet and uncomfortable. Air conditioners are so loud it is impossible to sleep with them on so you have to have sliding door open to inhale cigarette smoke and loud conversations from guest below until 3 am. Rooms are 4.5 times higher in summer for the same room.

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Henderson, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We stayed at the Grand Beach in June and enjoyed it very much. Several reviewers have commented that the place could use some sprucing up, and that is true, but the problems seem very minor to us. We got a good rate by booking a couple of months in advance and had a beach-side room. Although there were many families with children of all ages staying at the hotel, there was no noise on our floor at night. The beach is lovely and well-cared for, and the employees very friendly. If there was a downside for us, it was that the property's location on the far east end of Traverse City meant that we had to navigate the traffic on the main road to get to and from downtown and the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. But all in all--a great stay.

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Property: Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Address: 1683 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3741
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Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City
#14 Business Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Beach Resort Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Grand Beach Resort Hotel is one of the finest waterfront lodging facilities located on the beautiful beaches of East Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. Greet the stunning sunrise or relax to a gorgeous sunset from the privacy of your own balcony or patio overlooking more than 300’ of sugar sand beach being caressed by the waves of East Bay. This Resort is perfect for enjoying water sports, local shopping, and the best of eateries, wineries and breweries. You can also enjoy the plentiful amenities such as an indoor pool, hot tub, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, fitness center and more to make your stay not only enjoyable but memorable for years to come. The newly renovated rooms offer our guests pillow-top mattresses, a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and in-room safe. From larger suites that can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably, that includes a lovely leisure living area, to more intimate rooms with a king bed and a sofa; there is sure to be a room to fit your vacation or business trip needs. Welcome to Grand Beach Resort Hotel where your search can end and your adventure can begin. ... more   less 
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