$55 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 27, 2015 Check-out: Sep 30, 2015

Thunderbird Inn

3 stars
View map of 146 Old US 31 Highway, P O Box 251, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
48 reviews
Vacation

Hotel Overall good, bed on edges was a little hard, overall slept well, good amenities. See full review

  • Autumn D.
  • Jul 17, 2015
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
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 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 Thunderbird Inn.

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Thunderbird Inn Rooms

One Queen Room
The room offers 1 Queen Bed with AM/FM alarm clock, remote-controlled color cable television, air-conditioning, coffee maker, free local telephone calls, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, hairdryer, wake-up calls, free Wi-Fi, all non-smoking rooms.
Double Queen Room
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, refrigerator, hairdryer, wake-up calls, free Wi-Fi, all non-smoking rooms.

Amenities

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

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
4:00 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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

Ratings and reviews for Thunderbird Inn

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
48 out of 48
Amenities:
3.2
Cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.4
Location:
4
Value:
3.6

71% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Patricia L.
Couples
N/A
Jul 30, 2015

Loser!

When it takes 8 hrs. to cool the room off it's not good! Water took forever to heat up!! Breakfast was lousy!!!!!!! Will not recommend & the price was tooooooo high for value!

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

Couples

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Peggy
Couples
N/A
Jul 28, 2015

Location dictates the price, not the condition of the room

The room was very clean, but badly in need of an update. They were tucking in flat sheets instead of having a fitted sheet for the mattress, so it easily worked its way loose, and my husband woke up right on the mattress itself (yuck). Another sheet was tucked over a regular blanket, trying to pass for a duvet cover.The blow dryer was from the 80's and barely worked. (I'm old enough to remember when this same kind were actually being used). A chair was broken, and the desk clerk's solution was to remove it and not offer a replacement. The room WAS clean, but we just left feeling like we could have done better for the price.

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

Couples

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Autumn D.
Couples
N/A
Jul 17, 2015

Vacation

Hotel Overall good, bed on edges was a little hard, overall slept well, good amenities.

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

Couples

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Michigander 23
Couples
Michigan
Oct 12, 2014

convenient and good value

Was a pleasant experience and excellent value for the money.

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

Couples

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
YpsiNancy
Family
Ypsilanti, MI
Sep 3, 2014

not so great!

This motel should have invested in soundproofing. Snoring could be heard from the next room. People outside the door sounded like they were in the room with us. The toilet didn't flush very well. The water temperature in the shower changed without warning. There was, however, a large construction area-like sign in the shower reading "CAUTION: WATER TEMP MAY FLUCTUATE UNEXPECTEDLY" which made the possibility of a relaxing shower impossible regardless of water conditions. The front desk concierge was less than helpful and not very friendly. Finally, free breakfast featured free gnats in the orange juice dispenser! On the other hand, this is Mackinaw City, where people don't expect luxury, being mostly deer hunters and such. I would recommend this motel for its location, which is within walking distance of the ferry docks and the buses you need for the Bridge Walk. I would recommend it with reservations.

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

Family

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

Buy your ferry tickets to Mackinac Island at the motel, and save $5.00 per ticket.

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Last Minute Traveler 4444
Couples
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

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.

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Evanes
Family
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Senior per
Family
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Family

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

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

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LanuD
Family
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
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Thunderbird Inn

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
friends on holiday
Couples
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Couples

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