Clarion Hotel Beachfront

3 stars
905 S. Huron, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
81 reviews
Lovely room, lovely view

It's a bit strange getting to 4th floor rooms, elevator then stairs, but lakeside view was worth... See full review

  • judyruby
  • Sep 11, 2014
Highly recommended!!!

Very kind staff! I like the room a lot! The design and the amenities made me feel like home! It's... See full review

  • Beibird
  • Oct 7, 2013
Family fun abounds at beachfront Mackinaw City hotel

The Clarion Hotel Beachfront in Mackinaw City is located on the shore of Lake Huron. Guests of all ages enjoy the hotel's private beach, sundeck, picnic area and playground. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, spa tub and fitness room. In addition to a complimentary continental breakfast daily, the Clarion provides free coffee in the lobby 24 hours a day. All guest rooms include microwaves and refrigerators and select rooms include balconies and views of the lake.

Highlights
  • Lakefront hotel with private beach and central Mackinaw City location
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Lakefront rooms with balconies, whirlpool rooms and family suites available
  • During summer, a nightly laser show and free entertainment are offered downtown
Rooms

The four-story Clarion Beachfront hotel offers 103 non-smoking guest rooms, all with balconies. Guests may choose between two or three queen beds, or one king bed per room. Standard amenities include televisions with premium channels, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee/tea makers. Request a lakefront room for the best views.

Features

Clarion Hotel Beachfront guests enjoy the hotel's private beach, featuring a play tower and slide. A sundeck, picnic area and playground are available as well. Business guests take advantage of convenient amenities, including a public computer with Internet access and an on-site meeting room.

 

Located less than a mile from Clarion Hotel Beachfront is Colonial Michilimackinac, a late 18th-Century fort and fur trading village. This family-friendly destination offers interactive displays, and demonstrations such as open hearth cooking, Native American crafts, and cannon and rifle firings. A can't-miss attraction is the ferry to Mackinac Island, a beautiful resort where horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and walking as the primary modes of transportation.

Transportation
  • Ferry to Mackinac Island (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Pellston Regional Airport (17 mi/27.4 km)
  • Chippewa County International Airport (42.3 mi/68.1 km)
Attractions
  • Colonial Michilimackinac (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Thunder Falls Family Water Park (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Historic Mill Creek State Park (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • St. Ignace, MI (7 mi/11.3 km)
  • Mackinac Island (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
  • Wilderness State Park (12 mi/19.3 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • Meeting room available (fees apply)
  • Complimentary weekday newspaper

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Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Indoor pool
Exercise gym
Play ground
Picnic area/tables
Dining
Free breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Meal plan - continental
Services
Business center
Parking
Outdoor parking
Room
Television with cable
Telephone
Microwave
In room movies
Sofa bed
Iron

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (81)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
81 out of 81
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4
Value:
3.6

77% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Douglas N.
Business
Williamston
Dec 20, 2014

Convenient Location

The hotel staff were polite. We were given a room under the stairwell leading to the breakfast room so there was early morning traffic over our heads. We had the feeling we were given this location because we had a prepaid (discount) reservation. Overall, the stay was adequate for the money we paid.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jimmy da Greek
Business
Fort Wayne, IN
Nov 19, 2014

Off Island Fantasy

Hotel was a good place to stay in Mackinaw. Close to island ferry and nice sandy beach. Some spiders and insects on balcony but it was directly facing the lake - probably unavoidable. Overall good family place to stay with good hot breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
wam2949
Business
Bettendorf, IA
Oct 19, 2014

About What I Expected

You get what you pay for, and the rates for this place were pretty low even for off-season so I wasn't expecting a palace. I only wanted a place to spend one night, so the amenities weren't that important, nor was the location in Mackinaw City (good thing, as this was about a mile walk to the downtown area - in a cold rain, of course#. The room was very tired-looking #long summer maybe#, with peeling paper in the shower area and worn-looking molding. However, the place was very clean and neat, so apparently housekeeping does their job well #I did tip them#. Unfortunately, when I went to take a shower the next morning, the water was barely tepid; at the sink, I managed to get warm enough water to shave, but I wouldn't call it hot. I complained to the front desk, and the clerk said she would have someone look into it. There was no offer of credit or deduction in my bill. The free breakfast was the usual fare reminiscent of an army mess hall, made more so by being served up a flight of stairs in a cavernous room. As to my recommendation, if all you needed was a bed for the night, there was nothing wrong with this hotel #although I'd check the hot water first thing). Also, this might be a good deal if you were taking the kids to the beach for a couple days, but given the distances to restaurants, you might then have to drive to meals other than the breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

The local "Irish pub" proved a bit of a pretender. The food was good and reasonably priced for a resort area, but I have never heard of bangers and mash served with sauerkraut. Plus the "bangers" were bratwurst. I passed and had their Guiness pie, which was very good.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jeckler
Business
Chjcago, IL
Oct 14, 2014

Decent Value

The location is OK. You can walk to one of the ferry lines, but must drive to visit downtown. Breakfast was better than expected and a pleasant surprise. The pool was nothing special, basic rectangle. However our son enjoyed it. He was happy just to go swimming. The room was clean, but I didn't like the "motel" style entrance to our room. It opened directly to the parking lot. I'm not a fan if this setup. Yes, we would return and stay again if the price is right.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
savvygal
Business
Mackinaw City, MI
Sep 26, 2014

adequate

decent hotel for the price, breakfast included but not great. good location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Carl Rohde
Business
Elizabethtown, PA
Sep 16, 2014

On Our Way To Mackinac Island

Overall very good - clean, a friendly and helpful staff, adequate breakfast, but coffee was below par, value priced, complimentary transportation to the ferry docks. One drawback common to many hotels: a noisy HVAC unit. Fortunately the night was warm enough that we didn't need to run it. If we had, sleeping might have been difficult.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Take the trolley tour of the city. Our driver pointed out many historical points of interest as well as some interesting dining spots.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Fifi History
Business
Saginaw, MI
Sep 16, 2014

Nice Stay

Great Stay. Right Downtown were all the action is. Fairly large room well equipped. Nice beach out front. Good exercise equipment and pool/hot tub. Would stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

McGulpin Lighthouse. Great to visit, close by.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
judyruby
Business
Ann Arbor MI
Sep 11, 2014

Lovely room, lovely view

It's a bit strange getting to 4th floor rooms, elevator then stairs, but lakeside view was worth it. Very good breakfast and large room to accommodate everyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Have a lunch or dinner at Darrow's in Mackinaw City 2 blocks west of bridge. Best whitefish and homemade pies around.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Live to travel
Business
Niagara Falls, New York
Sep 8, 2014

Nice place to stay especially if you have children.

My family spent just one night at this location before traveling by ferry to Mackinac Island. Staff was very freindly and helpful. Walking distance to ferry docks, very nice. A slightly longer walk to the main shopping area but worth it. Hotel staff did not tell us about the shopping/restaurant area however, we found it by accident ourselves. Was disappointed that staff did not let us know about this area at check in. Water park at separate hotel was available to Clarion guests at no extra charge. The kids loved the water park. Beds were very comfortable, rooms were quiet, lake front view was wonderful, small sand beach for kids was nice also. Breakfast was nice, alot of variety, hot and cold items available. We did not use the hotel pool so can't comment on that. The only down side is if your room is on the fourth floor you have to walk up stairs. Elevator to third floor only. Front desk checked us into our room before it was cleaned. The housekeeper cleaned room right away upon our arrival at room, still inconvenient. Overall really enjoyed our stay and would stay there again if we ever return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
ClifG
Business
Plano, TX
Sep 3, 2014

Good location, but just ordinary

The room was fine and the view was great. The rooms are old and in need of renovation, but they do keep them clean and well maintained. The pool is nothing to write home about, so if pools are important, I would look somewhere else. The access to the 4th floor lakeside rooms, was unnecessarily awkward. The staff was great. Not sure I would go back to this hotel, since I think we could have done better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

The Darrow restaurant is a must for food.

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