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Alpena, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Needed a place where Dad & I could stay for 3-4 days while we picked up some items from the farm to haul out to PA, and preferred a suite type of set-up with a kitchenette and two separate bedrooms--and didn't want to have to spend $100 per room, either. After checking all of the lodging options in the Alpena... More 

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LaGrange, Georgia
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108 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a great place! We stayed here for a couple of nights on our way to the UP. After a 16 hour drive, we knew we were going to be getting in late and gave them a call about a late check-in - no problem. They set the room up so we could get in after hours and were... More 

1 Thank aregier
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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127 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

First off this is a Motel. Set your expectations to Motel. Second this is up north Michigan not Chicago or New York. That being said this is a very nice motel. We got the 2 room suite. Each of the bedrooms had a bathroom, nice. The rooms were very clean. The place has a lot of charm. The room had... More 

2 Thank Chris H
Boynton Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Right across from Lake Huron, clean and friendly, we stayed in one of the front rooms facing the road. No road noise in the room that we noticed. Owners and Staff were obliging and made you feel very comfortable, they even let me weed the flower beds in front. LOL We would highly recommend to stay here, it was a... More 

1 Thank kayakgirl1110
Granger, Indiana
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Randy, Sarah, Matt and Amy are great people and our stay was great. We almost had to leave early due to a malfunction with my boat but Matt helped us troubleshoot the issue and we got the boat back in operation. Matt was our hero for the 3 days that we were there. If/when we go back to Alpena, we... More 

1 Thank maznblue97
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016

There was no fan in the bathroom. The shower was dark and the floor was so cracked it would be impossible to clean properly. The carpet was dirty, and I mean dirty. White socks turned black. The A/C froze every night and quit working shortly after midnight. The coffee was bitter and extremely weak, more like tea. $10 per night... More 

1 Thank Cathy B
Jenison, Michigan
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84 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

They are restoring this old rode side Hotel. They have already done so much with it. They had the pool up and working. They are going to put in new carpet and curtains this winter. It was very clean and the bed was comfortable. It was by a busy road so we did keep the fan on all night. He... More 

1 Thank Shirley K
Sarah W, Owner at Big Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us. We enjoyed getting to meet you! we are constantly trying to upgrade and make our guests stay as comfortable as can be. We hope you will consider us if your back in the area and hope your time in Alpena was awesome! More 

Galesburg, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The room I had was VERY small and not very comfortable either. This is an old facility...very out-dated (it appeared the room I stayed in had never been renovated - I assume the same is true for all the other rooms)...the carpet was severely worn (plus dirty)...it had an old style TV that worked marginally well (no flat screen)...and I... More 

Thank Gary G
Sarah W, Owner at Big Bear Lodge, responded to this review

HI, we know we are not brand new, but neither are our prices for what you do get. We have just completely repainted every room here. They all have brand new beds. new valances. blinds, etc. We have made everything tidy and clean, the tile is the older style but kept clean. even our dusting spray is 99% germ killer.... More 

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed for two nights. I needed to change my reservation after the expedia stated deadline and they were very accommodating. It is near restaurants and shopping and the staff was friendly and gave directions when needed. The pool was clean. Room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. My son has already asked to stay there again.

1 Thank ChristinaRicketts
Sarah W, Owner at Big Bear Lodge, responded to this review

HI, thanks again for staying with us. We love to meet new friends and look forward to your return. We love to tell you about our area and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Randy and Sarah, your hosts. More 

1 review
Reviewed 28 June 2016

When we decided to have a getaway last minute, we found this motel at a very good price and decided to book it after I read some reviews. I am not too fond of sleeping and bathing in places other than my own home and therefore do not look forward to staying other places. This motel was clean, the staff... More 

Thank Susan W
Sarah W, Owner at Big Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Hi, thank you so much for your kind comments. We truly love meeting new friends, and we try very hard to make your stay a great one. Thanks for letting us know we did good at making yours memorable also. Until we meet again. Randy and Sarah, your hosts. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Great value for the dollar,continental bkfst,good wi-fi, best views of Thunder Bay-Lake Huron, Clean and comfortable rooms, recent updates include new beds, new linens,blankets, and comforters. New Tapestry outdoor theme valances. All rooms well equipped with coffee makers in room, refridgerators, microwaves. We have 4 kitchenettes, two are lg with full living rooms, wide screen tv, full kitchen and bath. The other two have two seperate bedrooms and kitchenette, one has two full baths, and the other has 1.5. We also have an outdoor 8'deep pool heated to 84, with suntan deck. Come and take sanctuary from the storms of life, kick back and relax with us! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Big Bear Lodge

Address: 2052 US Highway 23 S, Alpena, MI 49707-4523
Region: United States > Michigan > Alpena
Price Range: ₹ 3,701 - ₹ 5,141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Bear Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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“No idea first time we have stayed there. I believe they are working on the rooms on the side yet not sure.”
 of 5 bubbles shirleyk2013, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“My best advice is to book a room somewhere else in town - but you have very few choices.”
 of 5 bubbles garygO4225ZP, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“clean and affordable”
 of 5 bubbles X2985PVsusanw, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“We were in room 25 which faced the road. We didn't notice road noise at night for some reason.”
 of 5 bubbles Janaroonie, 24 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Don't go there.”
 of 5 bubbles Pat566, 25 Sep 2015 | Read review
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