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Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Ranked #14 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Saugatuck
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel, Great Value”
Reviewed 18 July 2008

I took a weekend vacation to Traverse City for my birthday with my boyfriend. Being the general manager of a resort, I am pretty nit-picky with hotels, so I almost always try and see a room first before booking it. After driving up and down the same road a few different times and looking at several different hotels we stopped at the Grand Beach Resort Hotel.

I have to say, for the money, we got a spectacular room! Compared to what else we were shown in other hotels, it was by far the best we'd seen. We stayed in a Jacuzzi room with a king bed and large balcony. We took the Jacuzzi tub over the view and were not at all disappointed! We even talked that the waterfall from the golf course across the street gave it a cute atmospheric jump. Great updates had been made to the room, it was very much up to date!

The only room available was a smoking room, but to my astonishment, it didn't have that left-over, stale smoke smell. The room smelled very clean. The room was in fact very clean and very spacious.

I couldn't have been happier with the entire experience. My thanks to the staff and management for making my birthday spectacular

  • Liked — Location, value, cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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San Carlos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2008

I booked this because it ranked #1 on tripadvisor but was little disappointed. First off, it doesn't feel like a resort but more like a regular motel. Yes, the room was a bit larger than a regular room with microwave, extra sink etc., but it smelled damp and looked like it needed a revamp (wet stains on ceiling, lose toilet paper holder etc). Setting and beach is great but there are lots of places along the same road and I wonder if their beaches aren't the same. Breakfast was also pretty standard as you'd expect in most places - self service, styrofoam plates, plastic cutlery...So, while it wasn't bad I don't think I'd go back- I"d look for a place with a better price-return ratio. It's also quite far away form the city center, so don't go there unless you are willing to drive.

  • Liked — great beach location
  • Disliked — value for money
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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milwaukee, wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 6 July 2008

The beach was exactly as pictured, it was beautiful. However, when we got in the room the first thing my kids did was jump on the beds it was then we realized the sheets hadn't been changed as there was a pretty big stain of coffee or blood or something on one of the beds and hair on the sheets of the other one. I called the front desk immediately they were very apologetic and sent someone up right away to change the beds. The rest of our stay was pretty uneventful, the front desk staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — the beach
  • Disliked — the sheets not being changed from the last guests
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Thank hetar926
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Indianapolis, IN
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2008

We stayed at the Grand Beach for two nights as part of driving trip around Michigan. We can only agree with the last several reviews by saying that this is a a very good hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was very clean and well maintained.

As noted in the reviews, the Grand Beach has a great beach for families and you can wade into the bay an easy 30-40 yards in clear water. There were a good number of ground level beach rooms to ask for.

The Grand Beach is in fact a good five miles from downtown but it was not really a problem. The main road runs in front of the hotel and, though busy, will get you to town quickly. If you are flying in, the airport is about ten minutes from the hotel.

If you are a runner, the Tart Trail is across the street and runs about two miles to the Northeast and and all the way to town to the southwest so you can get in both short and long loops.

The Grand Traverse is a good hotel for anyone, but especilly for families.

  • Liked — Great property on the beach
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RunnerIndianapolis
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52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2008

My wife and I recently stayed 2 nights at the Grand Beach Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. We had heard great things about the hotel and hoped they were true. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and young lady who checked us in was very nice. She even suggested a restaurant, the Red Mesa Grill, for us to try that she said she went to quite often. It turned out to be a wonderful choice and within a short walking distance. The hotel was clean, other than the standard scuffed hallway walls, and the room were very nice. We had a deck with a view of the beach, which was great. Overall, a very nice hotel. If we make our way to Traverse City again, we will definitely stay at the Grand Beach Hotel.

  • Liked — The beach view
  • Disliked — It was on a very busy road
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank dwraff
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South Bend, IN
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Grand Beach on June 4, 2008 for two nights. It was a very enjoyable stay. The room was new and very clean. The staff was very friendly. The stay was so nice that we may return before the end of this summer.

  • Liked — The new and clean room
  • Disliked — na
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Daustin1
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NJ
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186 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2008

I stayed a weekend in the hotel with my daughter, arriving during a late season snowfall.

The room was great. It had plenty of space, was clean, and was right on the beach as promised. There were a couple of chairs on a small private deck that lead right out to the beach on Traverse Bay through a sliding door. It would have been really great to be able to enjoy it (next weekend was 70 degrees, so you can get lucky in April).

There is a large shower - no bath, but it was obvious the shower was built for people coming in from the sand. The refrigerator and microwave were actually of a usable size.

The indoor pool area was a good size and was very popular with families. We didn't get a chance to use the pool, so can't comment on the water.

The included continental breakfast was OK, but not great. There is an employee manning the waffle station, and you had to put your name on a list during a crowded Sunday morning. This actually worked out better and faster than trying to take turns with so many people. The breakfast room filled up fast and it was hard to get a seat, even in the off season. There were some overflow seats outside the pool area in the halls.

The location is great for the beach, but expect to need a car to get anywhere else in the area, such as the downtown area of Traverse City itself.

Staff was fine - no problems and always willing to help.

  • Liked — Right next to the beach
  • Disliked — Breakfast selection could use an update
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Thank DestinationMoon
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Property: Grand Beach Resort Hotel
Address: 1683 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3741
Phone Number:
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:
#7 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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