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Clearwater Lakeshore Motel


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11380 US-23 Mackinaw City, MI 49701
11380 U.S. 23USMichiganMackinaw City49701
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Family-run budget choice with unfussy rooms, plus free breakfast & 300 ft of private lakefront.- Google
"A little out of the way but great rooms with an amazing beachfront view."
"The owners and staff were exceptionally friendly."
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Larry Gardner
2 months ago
My wife and I just spent 6 days at the Clearwater Lakeshore Motel. The rooms are very large (and clean), we had a table large enough to share with lap tops. The view of the Mackinaw Bridge was great from our spacious balcony. Also loved the pre set up camp fires each evening. The owners and staff were exceptionally friendly. I highly recommend this motel, we will be staying here again next August
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Amy Wyma
a year ago
I always look for this hotel when I'm staying in Mackinaw. My dad discovered it when I was younger and it was so wonderful I use it every year when I go to visit with my family now that I'm older. If you're looking for a nice quiet clean place go here! The owners are really accommodating and friendly. The pool is good size for the hotel. One of my favorite parts is that the hotel rooms are split into smaller buildings so there's less noise than those giant hotels. I wish that this hotel was on Mackinaw's official website so it was easier to find since it's an amazing place! They also have free firewood for the fire pits on the beach (though beware if you go during the Spring when it's been rainy the pile usually has a lot of bugs and it's been outside so starting a fire with it isn't as hopeful as a day later in the summer). While there are hotel rooms that the view is of the parking lot, you also get a view of the beautifully kept lawn, playground and forest beyond the small and well kept lot. The hotels facing the water are amazing. The bridge view is wonderful, especially at sunset and you can even see the various islands, including Mackinac Island. Some of the rooms on the shoreline have balconies that you can simply jump off onto the beach and climb back on and if you want something a little higher there's a second floor. The continental breakfast is quality vs. quantity. Everything is clean and fresh. One time I went for a mother daughter get-away and my mom mentioned that the coffee was a bit cold (my mom like things to burn her tongue for some reason) and the manager made her a fresh pot right then and there. I really wish they had a bit more than just cereal, bread, and bagels as I'm lactose intolerant but again, quality vs. quantity. One time my (at the time, now husband) boyfriend and I splurged for our two year anniversary and got a hotel suit with a jacuzzi in out room. The jacuzzi was HUGE! Not just wide like you might get with a corner unit or a regular bathtub but it was also deep. So many times I sit in one and it only goes up to just above my waist, this went all the way to my shoulders! It was so worth the extra money and the view was amazing. I've stayed in many other hotels and I have to say this is the best hotel for my money that I've found so far. Especially for someone on a budget like my family.
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Linda Moore
2 years ago
WHAT A FIND! Even though we only spent two nights here, it was worth every penny. Our room was on the second floor with a balcony and an OUTSTANDING view of the Mackinaw Bridge - none of the hotels going into town have any view at all. It was very peaceful and quiet and our room was very clean. If I'm ever in Mackinaw City again, this is where I'll lay my head.
Kris Hubley
2 years ago
Good Rates, excellent view, decent rooms,dated but for the price it can't be beat. Would stay there again.
ryan barrett
3 months ago
Great little cottage type motel. A little out of the way but great rooms with an amazing beachfront view
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Chris Abbott
a year ago
Cheap for the location with fantastic views. They have been updating the rooms as well, so they're a little more modern. My family comes here for the 4th, the view of the fireworks is perfect.
Phil Schroeder
2 years ago
Since the only review on here was four years ago I felt obliged to leave my own. I guess to me this place is about on par with what they're charging you to stay here. Is it awesome, no. It's a decent place to stay while in Mackinaw if staying on the cheap. We're only here a couple days so it works. Nice and very clean pool and hot tub area so we liked that. The rooms are rather dated but they are clean. The views are definitely nice though. Air conditioners work well although a bit loud sometimes. All and all for the money it's worthwhile. There are better places on the coast in Mackinaw but they're much more expensive as well.
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George Florian
3 weeks ago
What is not to like about this motel? Clean comfortable, quiet. Friendly, helpful staff. Nice beachfront view. Well stocked breakfast room includes a wafflemaker, oatmeal (crockpot, not instant!), muffins, bagels, fruit, yogurt, etc. We chose to stay here based on other reviewers' comments and we were not disappointed!. Highly recommend.