I was surprised, actually shocked, when I saw the 2 and a half star rating the Grand Beach has received. My family and I have been staying here for 12 years (it will be 13 towards the end of July). We absolutely LOVE it here. When we came here for the first few years we stayed on the 3rd floor, but now we always book a room well in advance, so we can stay on the first floor. We always book a room that walks out to the beach. You could book a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor, but, at least for us, being able to sit on the patio either solo with a book or together with a deck of cards is so relaxing; it's half the fun!
When we go on vacation there's six of us: two kids (not exactly kids anymore at 12 and almost 16, although they've been coming here since they were little), two seniors (the grandparents), and two middle-aged adults (the parents). Four of us, not including the grandparents, stay in one room. There are two beds side by side (they're queens). There's one bathroom with towels that are periodically replaced by the cleaning service or can be replaced sooner by request. They have all your soaps and shampoos, as well. The room is nicely furnished and, if your having more than four people in this particular room the hotel staff, who happen to very helpful and friendly, will bring you a roll-away (I believe that's what it's called) for your extra visitor.
There's complimentary breakfast every morning. This is the only downside I can think of to the hotel at the moment: they used to have a waffle maker at the hotel, but it was replaced with a pancake machine, and, the pancakes, they're not my favorite. However, there's plenty of other food. They have cereal, fruit, hard-boiled eggs (although they're a bit rubbery for my liking), muffins, pastries, bagels, bread, etc. As far as beverages, there's 2 or 3 types of milk, a variety of juices and, of course, coffee. Although their coffee's pretty good, if you're not feeling like the hotel breakfast one morning head just down the road to Crow About It Coffee and Cakes. They're right by the hotel, so you could probably walk or bike over if desired. They have fantastic coffee, as well excellent food and service. When I go there, I usually get a sausage egg and cheddar sandwich on a bagel. They have a variety of sandwiches and breads to choose from, as well as pastries, cookies and more. If you brought your bike over, there's a bike shop next door (I can't remember the name of it) that sells biking accoutrements and other gear. If you're feeling like a bike ride with the family, spouse or solo they also rent bikes for a reasonable price. There's also a place called Pirates Cove right across the street from the Grand Beach that's great for kids and adults. It has go-karts, mini golf and lots more. There's a Dairy Queen across the street, too, and an upscale market nearby that has incredible chicken salad wraps.
The Grand Beach has an indoor pool (with hot tub), arcade for the kids and vending machines in case you get hungry/thirsty. The room prices are in the $200 range. It is expensive, but it's really worth it if you're looking for something fun to do with family, friends, your spouse or just by yourself. Also, they have a stand on the beach that rents kayaks and canoes, which is always something enjoyable to do. You can also rent various types of boats. My family goes out on a pontoon boat every year. I will say this, the grandfather has a lot of breathing problems, so it is very hard for him to walk up and down the steep incline from our deck to the shore, and back up again. It is also hard for him to get in and out of the boat. I don't think he'll be going on the boat this year. While this is very situational, I thought I'd include it just to give a better perspective of the beach and in case you travel with any seniors.
The last thing I thought I'd mention was the noise level. It seems like this is a problem at a lot of hotels, especially on the first floor. I have never had these kind of problems at the Grand
Overall, I love, love, love this place! Traverse City is such a great town and this resort will make your stay just that much greater.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Beach Hotel Traverse City
- Grand Beach Resort
- Grand Beach Traverse City