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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."
"Gas grills, picnic tables, cornhole, great breakfast."
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Kristin Haight
a month ago
We've stayed in other hotels in the city and have not been impressed, so when I saw the reviews on Clearwater I decided we'd give it a try. I am so glad we did! For a family of two adults and four children it's hard to find lodging that doesn't require two hotel rooms. This was prefect! The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and the view was awesome. My family loved the option of hanging out at the beach or going to the pool. The only thing that is missing is a sidewalk to connect to the main sidewalk that heads downtown. That said we've already booked for next July.
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Don Rose
2 months ago
Have been coming to Mackinaw City for 25 years and have tried many motels there. Our usual motel was full for our recent visit, so we decided to try Clearwater Lakeshore based on their number 1 rating on TripAdvisor. This is our new favorite place to stay! Super clean rooms with great view. Really nice beach with 6 fire pits spread along it's length. Chairs and firewood included! Just call the front desk and they come to light your fire. The motel grounds in general are really well maintained. The pool was huge, clean, and warm. Gary and his crew work hard to provide a top notch stay for their guests. The result was our nicest three day weekend in Mackinaw ever. Hope to be back soon!
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Brenden Murphy
3 weeks ago
Really nice amenities. Amazing view. Fire pits with firewood provided. Gas grills, picnic tables, cornhole, great breakfast. I thought it was one of the better hotels I've stayed at.
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Brendan Cummings
2 months ago
Room was clean. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Beach was very nice. I would stay again.
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Kyle Stout
a month ago
We spent the Saturday of Independence Day weekend at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with the intention of driving through the night to our final destination in Iron Mountain. When it became clear we would not make it, we looked for very last-minute accommodations near the bridge. Of course everything was booked or $300 for the holiday. We were tired, but we weren't going to stay at the Knight's Inn for that price. We found a slot and booked online. When we arrived the gentleman told us someone has "simultaneously booked" their last room, our room, and they were full. We despaired. A quick search showed a much cheaper room at this location and we pounced. We drove over only to find everything closed up. We banged on the door, but no luck. We resigned ourselves to sleeping in the car. Then miraculously a woman appeared. We relayed the story and she seemed perplexed because we shouldn't have been able to book a room with them after a certain time. But she kindly went to the computer and sure enough our names had registered. Turns out someone should have taken their room off the computer system for the night, but had forgot to do so. Our guardian angel, as the kind woman then let us have the room! Truly fantastic service and wonderful compassion for other humans. On top of it, our room was clean and wonderful and when we awakened we saw the amazing view to boot! Thank you to the amazing people here!
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We have stayed here for 15 years and each year it gets better. Under new ownership for the last 2 years it has seen some great changes - new and improved beach area (more sand, less grass), new gas and charcoal grills, prep tables w/coolers underneath, beanbag games near the beach, fire pits near the water with Adirondack chairs and much more. The best view of the island (Room 208 is a favorite) and harbor.
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Ada Ward
in the last week
The rooms are clean and have great views of the bridge. The pool was wonderful and the fire pits on the beach are an excellent bonus. I will be staying here on my next trip.
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Tony Orr
2 months ago
The staff was friendly and helpful. Although dated, the room was clean and comfortable. The fire pits outside our room were a plus for our nighttime beach activities. The only complaint we have is that the water heater was broken, and as a result, we had no hot water. We would stay there again provided the water heater was fixed.