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Thunderbird Inn

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Handy Location to the bridge and ferry to Mackinac Island. If you are on the bottom floor, which we were, you will hear a lot of noise from the room above you; so ask for 2nd floor if available. Swimming pool needs repair and updates. Breakfast was fine, but selection limited and very, very busy. Could not find a place to sit, had to take food back to room. Consequently it was not hot by the time I got back to room.

Our beds were broken, Horrible for sleeping on. It would seem we got cheaper rooms due to the fact I used Orbit to book it. That is the way it looked on my bill anyhow. The Breakfast was not very good we passed on it the second morning there and we stayed the third night somewhere else.

The room was very nice, and comfortable. There was only one complaint...the internet was spotty. I kept getting kicked off. THAT WAS THE ONLY problem I had everything else was great. I hated to leave this morning!! Everyone in the lobby was VERY nice.

We stayed 2 nights. Liked the location. Close to the Bridge and the ferry service to Mackinac Island. Clean comfortable rooms that were quiet.

We spent three nights. Our room was very clean. Friendly staff in the office, as well as the breakfast room. We would definitely stay here again!

Especially nice that one of the staff had battery cables as the rental car was dead in the morning.

Very nice clean place for the money. The internet went out briefly late one night. I called and the man on the desk had it restarted in minutes! The location is the only thing I wish had been different, but there wasn't anything they could do to change that! As nice as everyone was there I believe they'd have tried. Really you can't go wrong here.

hotel was perfect for us / great location and very clean would stay again when in the area

We enjoyed the rare deep end pool. The breakfasts were hot, and good. We like the staff, nice and considerate.

A little hard to find but otherwise very good. We had no problems during our stay.

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!

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

Was a pleasant experience and excellent value for the money.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

146 Old Us 31 Mackinaw City MI

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool

Thunderbird Inn is located within a mile (2 km) of Animal Tracks Adventure Golf and Mackinaw City Dock. This 48-room motel has conveniences like free breakfast, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Also near this Mackinaw City motel are Mackinaw Manor Haunted Mansion and Spy Quest Laser Maze.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9 AM.


Rooms

All 48 air-conditioned rooms feature refrigerators, coffee makers, and free local calls. Guests can expect free WiFi and cable TV. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Rooms also include ironing boards.


Property features

Thunderbird Inn features an indoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free ferry terminal shuttle. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, express check-in, and express check-out.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Jetted Tub

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed (with Sofa)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Thunderbird Inn

Everyone (6) Couples (28) Business (1) Family (15) Other (1) Friends (6)
4

handy location

Everyone

Handy Location to the bridge and ferry to Mackinac Island. If you are on the bottom floor, which we were, you will hear a lot of noise from the room above you; so ask for 2nd floor if available. Swimming pool needs repair and updates. Breakfast was fine, but selection limited and very, very busy. Could not find a place to sit, had to take food back to room. Consequently it was not hot by the time I got back to room.

By on Jul 11, 2017

3

broken beds

Everyone

Our beds were broken, Horrible for sleeping on. It would seem we got cheaper rooms due to the fact I used Orbit to book it. That is the way it looked on my bill anyhow. The Breakfast was not very good we passed on it the second morning there and we stayed the third night somewhere else.

By on Jun 29, 2017

5

a nice room for a bargain price!!

Everyone

The room was very nice, and comfortable. There was only one complaint...the internet was spotty. I kept getting kicked off. THAT WAS THE ONLY problem I had everything else was great. I hated to leave this morning!! Everyone in the lobby was VERY nice.

By on Oct 15, 2016

4

nice comfortable quiet

Everyone

We stayed 2 nights. Liked the location. Close to the Bridge and the ferry service to Mackinac Island. Clean comfortable rooms that were quiet.

By on Oct 14, 2016

5

nice surprise.

Everyone

We spent three nights. Our room was very clean. Friendly staff in the office, as well as the breakfast room. We would definitely stay here again!

By on Aug 16, 2016

4
Everyone

Especially nice that one of the staff had battery cables as the rental car was dead in the morning.

By on Jul 24, 2016

5

very nice

Singles

Very nice clean place for the money. The internet went out briefly late one night. I called and the man on the desk had it restarted in minutes! The location is the only thing I wish had been different, but there wasn't anything they could do to change that! As nice as everyone was there I believe they'd have tried. Really you can't go wrong here.

By on Oct 9, 2015

4

great hotel

Couples

hotel was perfect for us / great location and very clean would stay again when in the area

By on Oct 5, 2015

3

the mackinaw bridge walk

Couples

We enjoyed the rare deep end pool. The breakfasts were hot, and good. We like the staff, nice and considerate.

By on Oct 3, 2015

5

nice stopover

Couples

A little hard to find but otherwise very good. We had no problems during our stay.

By on Sep 28, 2015