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Buzz's Lakeside Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place is a dump! Our room was under a garage in a basement of a converted residential home overlooking the "resort" and I use the term resort loosely. No heat, no ac, damp with mold. Housekeeping continually " forgot" about us. I would have immediately moved out but being the 4th of july nothing available for miles. My daughter slept on a pullout for the 1950s basically a sheet on springs. Our bed was ok but never got clean linens throughout the week. Disputing charge with cc company and expidea. Never ever going there again. Be warned!

Once we finally got there, after a few calls by the staff to let us know they were closing at 10:00 pm. After a long day of driving and dealing with horrible traffic, we understood that they were closing but I found them to be a bit rude. When we got there (by 10:00), They couldn’t check us in because no one seemed to know how to use the computer program, then we were told us we could come down to the bar to get ice 24/7. When I came back down stairs in minutes I was told that was not true! I had to ask someone behind the front desk (that would be closed) and they had to get a key to open the door to get to the ice! The next night we came back from a family reunion and as soon we walked in we were told that the bar was closed. We had to tell them that we just wanted to go to our rooms! The whole place seemed out of whack! Now, on the better was a nice place to stay. The view was very pleasant. Don’t expect a phone in the room or a small refrigerator. Sorry, rant over!

While wedding-venue-hunting, my family and I drove up to Buzz's around this time (May) of last year and immediately fell in love with the view and the lakefront property. We had decided on a ceremony spot down the street at Michillinda Lodge and were on the hunt for a lakeside reception spot. We met Buzz and his wife working in the garden and had a lovely Mother's Day brunch. At the time, they weren't considering a Memorial Day wedding because that's usually their busiest time of the year in the restaurant, but somehow we finagled our way in and I'm SO HAPPY WE DID. Jump to this May, Memorial Day Weekend. We ate almost every meal here leading up to our event, we hosted our rehearsal dinner in the Garden View Room, and then hosted our reception on the Sunday evening. Our guests LOVED the views, the dock, the laid back atmosphere, and having the option of popping back to their room on property if they needed to! *Nod to all of the front desk staff, the bar staff, and the restaurant staff - you were all lovely!* Buzz's is a quintessential Michigan lodge. Lakefront, cabin-style, no-frills, great staff. This is *not* your luxury lodge or cookie-cutter brand hotel that cranks out weddings all of the time. It is a 106-year-old lodge that is full of charm and sometimes needs a little love. It is full of a staff that loves what they do and will try really hard to make your stay the best possible. Becky, the General Manager, was our main point of contact and handled all of our wedding planning needs & requests. WOW, did she work her butt off (this lady needs a staff of like 15 people of her own)! In the same vein as before, she is not a wedding planner that you'll find in residence at big corporate venues: while attempting to accommodate our every need, she was also running the place as its General Manager and was operating as the only employee during the off season. So HAVE PATIENCE - it will all turn out great! We had a bit of a kismet moment there -- we met a couple on our wedding night that was at the bar at Buzz's, who had had the same wedding band as us 21 years ago! They come to Buzz's all the time to enjoy the bar and the views. I got a sense that a lot of locals & regional people make this their go-to spot and I can see why. It's pretty magical. Thanks for everything, Becky, Buzz, Nan, and team! Zach and I will definitely be coming back for food & drinks on our anniversary trips!!! :)

Unless they are having a wedding reception, (happened to us once) the food and service is very good! We'd go year round but summer visitors would really enjoy the patio and view of White Lake. They are known for their liver and onions, but other dishes are good , too!

Great View of White Lake and your choice of eating inside or in the patio. The Staff is alway happy and attentive. The menu is complete and should meet everyone’s approval. There is usually a special and the food is very good. One of our favorite places.

1. We are not from this part part of the country.. 2. Owners not friendly-saw on several occasions. 3. Office manager not friendly and out right rude on one occasion. 4. NO mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker/hot H2O, hair dryer, nor kleenex in the room. 5. NO community ice maker, must go to the office and ask. 6. Yes, grandpa's place. 7. Carpets filthy-need better dusting and cleaning around the baseboards-found cob webs around bed frame. Door mats at the doors? 8. Restaurant food average at best, small portions and wait staff???? (half way attentive) 9. No wifi in end rooms. 10. Housekeeping very friendly and nice. 11. Nice lawn furniture. 12. Lovely location and grounds-natural with some nice flowers-mostly weeds. 13. WAY OVER-PRICED...almost $250 night for our stay!!! 14. A/C worked great-ceiling fan too nosily to turn on. This place appears to need someone with "deep pockets and a 'LABOR OF LOVE' attitude"....Totally missing here-Sorry! Would only recommend if location is your destination...

This hotel is for people who like charm and hotels off the beaten path. If you have to compare/contrast it to the Holiday Inn, then you should probably stay at the Holiday Inn. First, I loved that there was something for people of every age. If you wanted to do nothing but drink cocktails and read, that was an option. If you wanted to be very active - play tennis, kayak, swim, bike, play air hockey - you could be busy all day for a few days. The grounds were in great condition. Lots of flowers, everything freshly painted and clean looking. The room was also clean. We stayed in the lodge. Loved the knotty pine. Service felt disorganized and maybe a little too relaxed. I think I would use the more accurate word: mismanaged. Everything was going swell and I thought I would come back here a million times. Until Monday morning. How could this hotel possibly know what my number one pet peeve is? So, that's on me. But, here it is: being woken up at 7:10 AM with amplified music right under my window? I mean, why would they think guests would want to sleep when they could be playing music for an empty bar and empty patio. I went down and asked them to turn it off. They turned it down, but failed to do anything with the patio speakers and I'm not going to ask twice and I can't go back to sleep. I'm just going to look for a different place to stay next time. So, it's not that they play music loudly at 7:10 AM every day. It's more like they are likely to do something during your stay that's crazy and a bit mismanaged and not good for hotel guests.

I’ve been eating here during the Summers since I was a child. It’s a classic that has gotten even better in the last few years with the new owners. The salads are my favorite, but you can’t go wrong with anything you order. They have live music some nights that’s amazing. Love their new hostess this year. Servers are all super helpful and friendly. Great view of the lake. Such a warm and welcoming place. You won’t be disappointed.

Decided to have lunch/brunch on Sunday with my parents. Ate on the patio which was pleasant with a nice view of the lake. My husband & parents decided to get the breakfast buffet even though we viewed it first & everyone agreed it didn't have much on it. Two kinds of potatoes, sausage & bacon, quiche (which was really just baked eggs), toasted English muffins, mixed greens with basic salad fixings & juice & coffee included. We were told it was $12.95 but we were charged $13.95. When the three were done eating they all pretty much said it was overpriced for what you got. The English muffins were very tough. Think they should eliminate the salad & add some specialty breads & fruit, it would make the buffet more attractive. My mom had the key lime pie for dessert & said it was too tart. My dad liked the ice cream cake but said he should have let it soften longer before he ate it. I ordered from the pulled pork sandwich from the lunch menu. It was topped with coleslaw & was delicious. It came with fries & the portions were generous. The server said the pork had just been taken from the smoker. We will probably come back next summer but not for the breakfast!

I can only say good things about the resort. Beautiful setting, rooms were adequate, food was great, service by employees was tremendous. Our family met here for my parents 60th anniversary and we were shown a wonderful experience. I would recommend Buzz's for anyone!

5700 N Scenic Dr Whitehall MI

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Buzz's Lakeside Inn places you 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Michigan's Adventure. This 36-room, 3-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Free continental breakfast is served on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat.


A flat-screen TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. The bathroom offers a soaking tub and free toiletries.

Property features

At Buzz's Lakeside Inn, guests have access to an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Staff members can help with accommodation requests, and provide front-desk service during limited hours. Additional amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, a terrace, and a garden.

Room options


Twin 4 | Sleeps 5


King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, Accessible, View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3


Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 81 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.