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Gordon Beach Inn
Ranked #4 of 4 Union Pier B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 September 2008

I wish the sign had said that! I was in town for my Son's wedding, and what should have been a wonderful quaint experience, quickly turned into the vacation from Hell.
On my recommendation the entire Bridal Party, relatives from out of town, and the Parents of the Groom, all booked rooms here.
The first impression was very disappointing, but we had high hopes that it would get better. Was not to be! Each step from the lobby to the room was upsetting. Unfriendly staff, wood floors that creak with every step, walls paper thin, showers that scald, extension cords everywhere you look, cold water tap in the bathroom that didn't work at all. Spiders inside the windows, airconditioning that was all but non-existent. Three Bridesmaids tried to blow dry their hair - and blew the fusses in their bathrooms.
The desk staff is only there during the day, so if a problem arises, which it did, there is no one there to help. They THREATENED to make us pay for rooms if guests left because of noise etc. however, they booked those guests in between the wedding guests, even though we have requested the rooms all be together, and warned them before booking that it would be a noisy group due to the occassion. They said not to worry, they had big parties all the time. Judy the Manager, complained to every single guest that crossed her path, and sent a threatening letter to every guest in the hotel, warning about noise, and that they would have to pay for lost revenue, even though we took up all but 3 rooms. Believe me, if we had had the opportunity, we ALL would have checked out and relocated. What kind of hotel does that? If they had a night staff, a lot of these problems would be avoided.
They are NOT, I repeat NOT on the Beach as advertised, the Beach is 1/2 mile away and you have to drive.

Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 10 September 2008

This place is old, shabby, dark, mildewy and run down. Toilets don't flush all the way and everthing is old. NOT QUAINT... OLD!!The front desk is vacant from 10pm until 8am the next day. No in-room coffee and lobby coffee is at 8:30. No breakfast or lunch foods available without driving into town.

We were there for a family wedding & were told our group was the only occupants. We gathered in the old and dumpy common room and the young bridal party gathered on the outside porch, of course becoming noisy and rowdy. The Inn got several complaints and told us some of the other guests (what other guests??) walked out. They tried to get us to pay them restitution for lost revenue. Problems could have been avoided if the front desk was occupied like a normal hotel.

Next night one of our kids locked his key in the room. NO-ONE on duty at midnight and NO-ONE to respond to emergency calls to let him in his room. He broke the door frame to get into his room. Wrong thing to do but again could have been avoided if the front desk were occupied.

Go somewhere else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2008

We just got back from a 3 night stay there. We were in town for a wedding that weekend and decided to stay at the Inn… I never write reviews like this, but this place was so bad, I had to warn anyone I can not to stay here.

When you walk in, you will feel a cold breeze…. That is not the air conditioning, because that was barley working, rather the cold/rude staff and owners working at the front desk. With the exception of the housekeepers, the staff could care less about you.

This surprised me, because the wedding party called and reserved 95% of the hotel at $100-$150 a night…. You think they might try to take care of us a little!

However, the coldness/rudeness of the hotel employees was not as big a problem, because they leave the place around 9:00pm… This means no one at the front desk, the office, the patio. So if you have a problem, you’re S.O.L.

The rooms are small….. Loud…. Dirty. A STRONG word of the wise, the showers will BURN you!!!! They are not up to code, so when someone in another room flushes the toilet, you better be ready to jump out of the shower quick...

The hotel gives you no toiletries. BRING SHAMPOO.

Parking is a problem, because there are no spots, and the places people find to park are usually taken up by restaurant customers.

The patio is dirty, littered with bugs…As are the showers, and guest rooms.

This is not a place for romance... business... pleasure...rest!

Do yourself a favor, STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 15 June 2008

If you want to sit in a cramped, cold, noisy room, with a 9 inch TV with bad reception and broken remote, old ratty linens, wallpaper peeling from walls, paint peeling off floors and no control of temperature, curtains looked like they were hand sewn from old sheets, this is the place for you.

My husband surprised me (and how) with a romantic night away on my birthday, supposedly to walk along the beach, which was almost 1/2 mile away (not a few steps) ; we were gonna have a romantic dinner which the owner could not give us a reservation even though it was not full that evening, so we ate at some Mexican place; we were going to walk hand in hand to downtown shopping, which was nothing more than a closed bakery, a liquor/deli and another closed establishment and that was it! There is no tourist shopping/sightseeing, there is no nearby beach, there is no ambiance of warmth, just an old place with owners as cold as the room. Needless to say we left before 10pm the evening we arrived to salvage what was to be a beautiful romantic evening. Trying to get our money back, will NEVER GO BACK OR RECOMMEND. Beware read the reviews before you go to these places.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank nander59
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Reviewed 9 September 2007

The previous review from Packer Backer on Aug 27, 2007 hit it right on. They could care less for whoever stays at the Inn. This place has no common area for guests where you could relax and enjoy wine from the many fabulous wineries. The little area they do have is shared by the restaurant and has many people coming in and out of the restaurant. We were very lucky to find parking at night as someone just pulled out as we came back late Saturday evening. They do not have a designated parking lot for Inn guests. The rooms are very small with rock hard beds. The whole place has wooden floors so you can hear everyone coming or going out of their rooms. The walls are very thin and you can hear the TVs on from the next room. Why would you even want to go to a place that you have to wear ear plugs? The people working at the desk just did not seem to care that we were there.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Thank yonk24
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Reviewed 22 August 2007

We recently stayed at the Gordon Beach Inn for a long weekend. It was ok, not what I expected for the money we paid. The main focus of the Inn is the restaurant, Timothy’s, with little attention to the guests of the Inn and the rooms. Some of the staff was very helpful, and others were less than helpful. The furniture in our room was in disrepair. The bed frame was coming apart, which made the bed very unstable, the wicker night stand was frayed, and only one lamp worked. The bathroom vent fan did not work; my daughter injured herself on a sharp edge of the broken toilet paper holder. The 13” TV had poor reception. We checked in early and spent the day at the beach. We came back to the Inn to relax in the nice lobby. The parking lot was over-filled with cars. The nice lobby was now a restaurant packed with nicely dressed people, to get to our room we had to walk through the (lobby) restaurant in our swim suits. We ended up going out to eat and driving around town that night. There was too much hustle and bustle from customers going in and out of the restaurant. We could not sit in front of the fire place in the lobby and relax, in fact we couldn’t sit in our room and relax, and it was very noisy. Our room overlooked the back of the restaurant and a lawn that was cluttered with extra tables and chairs from the restaurant. Both nights we stayed at the Inn there were disturbances in the night. The seconded night around 1:00 AM there were some loud and obnoxious adults yelling profanity’s running and slamming doors in the hall. After the restaurant closes the staff locks up and leaves, there is no on there to take care of these types of issues. The brochure it is two blocks from the lake. It’s closer to ½ mile, and there is no car parking. The private beach was dirty from previous camp fires. We ended going just a little further down (about two blocks north) to the public area with parking, and a clean beach where no fires are allowed.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank Packer_Backer62
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Reviewed 18 June 2007

I have stayed here several times and really like the location. It is close to the beach and close to town (both about a 10 minute walk). It is in a nice residential neighborhood that is also good for walking around. The rooms are very basic, but also reasonably priced and were clean. They only provide soap, so make sure you bring your own toiletries. I have not eaten at Tiimothy's, but the menu looks very interesting. It is kind of pricy, but most of the restaurants around are expensive, so I am going to definitely try it the next time I am at UP.

Stayed: June 2007
Thank mcd63
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Address: 16220 Lakeshore Rd, Union Pier, MI 49129-9329
Region: United States > Michigan > Berrien County > Union Pier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Union Pier
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Gordon Beach Hotel Union Pier

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