Clarion Hotel Beachfront

3 stars
View map of 905 S. Huron, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
87 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
excellent vacation hotel

This was a very good hotel it was on the edge of the main strip, but everything was still within... See full review

  • Kathy R
  • Jul 20, 2015

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.

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.

Property 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.

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
Nearby 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
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)

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 Map

45.7725 -84.7268
Nearby airports
Pellston Reg. Arpt. of Emmet, (PLN), 20.00, MI, S;
Area description
City Center, Mackinac Island

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 (87)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
87 out of 87
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.6

77% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
jdfromwi
Couples
N/A
Aug 21, 2015

clean room but needs updating

The location was right on the water and the room was very clean. The decor really needs to be updated and if they could add some kind of soundproofing it would be helpful. Overall, it was Ok.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
jdfromwi
Couples
N/A
Aug 16, 2015

very clean room but needs updating

The location was good and our room was very clean, however it was noisy and the room needs updating. A microwave in the room would have been nice.

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

Couples

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kathy R
Couples
N/A
Jul 20, 2015

excellent vacation hotel

This was a very good hotel it was on the edge of the main strip, but everything was still within walking distance. The hotels location on the water was awesome as we were able to get up early and watch a sunrise over the water, very beautiful. There were chairs on the beach. We booked at the last minute but if I was up there again I would definately book early and get a room on the waterfront. Overall and excellent experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
WJR49
Single
N/A
Jun 26, 2015

Very Pleasant Motel

A nice motel in a good location within walking distance of restaurants and the ferries to the island.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Robert B.
Couples
Northville
Jun 18, 2015

Good value for location

Staying on the beachfront near Mackinac Island can get expensive. This was a nice value for a larger room. The staff was courteous and helpful. The room was ready early, and the clerk was quick with suggestions on places to eat, drink and a quick rundown of all I needed to know about the hotel, from free breakfast location, to ice machines.If you're taking Arnold Ferry, the dock is just a short walk away. Star Line was a littler further, but still walkable. My only complaint was that the room was a little outdated. The carpet was a little worn, and the bathroom area around the toilet wasn't totally clean. That said, the room was bigger than we expected and the price was very reasonable for the location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lisa
Couples
Farmington Hills
Apr 6, 2015

Right hotel in the right location

The Clarion was a great place to stay in a super location. Clean rooms, good breakfast, close to the water. I will stay there the next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Kenneth P.
Family
N/A
Jan 20, 2015

Weekend trip

The hotel room was not very clean at all, towels looked dirty. The weekend we stayed was a period when some type of fly was hatching, leaving thousands around the lights outside the door to the rooms. The flies I understand but the cleanliness of the room and bathroom was just bad. I would not stay here again and question staying at any kind of Clarion.

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

Family

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Douglas N.
Family
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jimmy da Greek
Family
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Clarion Hotel Beachfront

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
wam2949
Friends
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Friends

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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