$49 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 29, 2014 Check-out: Oct 2, 2014

Thunderbird Inn

3 stars
146 Old US 31 Highway, P O Box 251, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
45 reviews
Excellent

For 3 stars hotel , the amenities it was for 4 stars , quiet, very good breakfast, polite staff ,... See full review

  • Evanes
  • Aug 4, 2014
Good night stay in great location

We just needed a place to stay for the night because we spent most of the day at Mackinac Island... See full review

  • Last Minute Traveler 4444
  • Aug 18, 2014
Mackinaw City, at the tip of Michigan's mitten, has long been the gateway to great things like lakes, voyages, adventures, and discoveries. Today Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are two of the most popular destinations in the Midwest. The Best Western Thunderbird Inn has become the lodging favorite for families, groups, and individual travelers to the area. We offer a variety of accommodations, from comfortable, spacious single and double rooms to luxury Jacuzzi rooms with wet bars. The hotel offers an indoor heated pool, a spacious playground and a bountiful breakfast bar complimentary to our guest. Our staff is experienced, friendly and helpful. The hotel is located just off the water for the best affordability. Come experience boats and beaches, forts and mills, games and casinos, the mainland and the island, all from the Best Western Thunderbird Inn.

Hotel Map

45.7712 -84.7293
Area served
Mackinaw City.
Nearby airports
Pellston Regional Airport - 15 miles.
Area description
The property is located 1 block from dining and Mackinac Island Ferry • 2 blocks from Thunder Falls Family Water Park • 1/2 mile from shopping • 3/4 miles from Old Mackinaw Lighthouse, Mackinac Bridge, Colonial Michilimackinac Fort • 3/4 miles from city center • 3 miles from Mill Creek Historic Park • 7 miles from Wilderness Park • 7 miles from Mackinac Island • 12 miles from casinos • 15 miles from Cheboygan Opera House • 30 miles from Harbor Springs • 58 miles from Soo Locks • 60 miles from Agawa Canyon • 70 miles from Tahquamenon Falls • 120 miles from Pictured Rocks National Seashore.

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Thunderbird Inn Rooms

Double
The room offers 2 Double Bed with AM/FM alarm clock, remote-controlled color cable television, air-conditioning, coffee maker, free local telephone calls, iron and ironing board, refrigerators, data ports, hairdryer, wake-up calls, non-smoking rooms available.
Double
The room offers 2 Double Beds with AM/FM alarm clock, remote-controlled color cable television, air-conditioning, coffee maker, free local telephone calls, iron and ironing board, refrigerators, data ports, hairdryer, wake-up calls, non-smoking rooms available.
Island Package
Includes overnight lodging plus 2 adult roundtrip ferry tickets to Mackinac Island.
Golf Package
Includes overnight lodging plus 2 rounds of golf with cart at Black Bear Golf Course.

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Activities
Indoor pool
Dining
Free breakfast
Room service
Services
Business center
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1100

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (45)

Ratings and reviews for Thunderbird Inn

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
45 out of 45
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.7

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Last Minute Traveler 4444
Sterling Heights, MI
Aug 18, 2014

Good night stay in great location

We just needed a place to stay for the night because we spent most of the day at Mackinac Island anyway. It's a decent place, there's free wifi and the free breakfast was good enough. The beds are comfy and was very clean. There is a warning for the water temp for the shower and it's a little annoying but it wasn't a big deal to me. The location is great, it's close to all the ferries and downtown Mackinaw City. Plenty of places to eat and shop. It's a good price and if you're not too picky about the look and just care for a clean place to stay, this is it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

We took Star Line ferry to the island and booked online to save $2 per ticket. They have deals for family too so check it out online first. Very nice people too.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Evanes
Detroit
Aug 4, 2014

Excellent

For 3 stars hotel , the amenities it was for 4 stars , quiet, very good breakfast, polite staff , very easy check in check out !

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

2
5.01.0
Senior per
Indiana
Jul 31, 2014

Older

This place was clean but it is warn out!, Water is warm then hot then ice cold. there is a warning on the shower.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
2
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything in this town is a short walk. Shirts and jackets are everywhere.

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Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LanuD
Chicago, IL
Jul 10, 2014

Good location

We stayed for 2 nights over the 4th July weekend. Room was clean, close to the ferry for Island. However, when we came back, only bed was made and room was not cleaned, no towels or toiletries. had to call to get them. Other then that great location and good breakfast.

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

3
5.01.0
friends on holiday
lapeer, Michigan
Jul 7, 2014

A little bit of a let down

Our room at Thunderbird was flooded so they moved us to their sister hotel, America's Best Value Inn. Old and dated, clean enough, bed wasn't very comfortable. Average hotel, expensive for what it is, but it is Mackinaw City, you're going to pay more.

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

3
5.01.0
Stryker159
Westland, Michigan
Jul 3, 2014

short trip

Staff was very friendly room was clean and location was pretty good.

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

4
5.01.0
Dexter385
Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 15, 2013

Dexter

Great stay at this Hotel. It was worth the money to stay there. I would stay there agian.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Wolverines
Ann Arbor, Mi
Aug 5, 2013

Fun weekend getaway

We were very pleased with all aspects of this hotel. It ways clean, convenient, and staff was very helpful and pleasant. I would stay there again if the opportunity arose.

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

4
5.01.0
Big Jerry1
Michigan
Aug 4, 2013

Clean Friendly Motel

Decent size, clean rooms. Friendly staff. Check-in, check-out was a breeze. Nice indoor pool. OK continental breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Darrow's Family Restaurant.. Great food. Reasonable prices.

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Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
JACS from IL
Naperville, IL
Jul 3, 2013

Not Even a Two Star!!!

The TI should NOT be classified as a 3 star hotel, and it probably wouldn't even qualify as a two star if reevaluated. The motel is old and they have done NOTHING to improve it in decades. The curtains were falling down, the sheets were scratchy (and I have never noticed sheets at any hotel before#, the blow-dryer that was attached to the wall was probably 50+ years old and at best blew warm air #not exaggerating!), and the worst part, we were woken up every time someone in a room around us took a shower due to the noise of the plumbing. Seriously, due to the discomfort of the room, this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed. Worth mentioning, the positive... the hotel was a short drive to area attractions, the breakfast was good and one of the employees was helpful when planning our night.

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