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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here with a large group for a wedding. Loved the cabins. Even though the mattresses were not the most comfortable, I very much enjoyed our stay. The cabins have a small kitchenette, the bathrooms are tiny but nice and clean. There are wood burning stoves as well as a furnace. The property is beautiful and relaxing. Would have... More 

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Fremont, Michigan
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118 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The price was reasonable, especially for a holiday weekend near Traverse City. We stayed in the Hemlock (motel room). It was clean, comfortable and close to the attractions we planned on visiting. As nights are cool we slept with the window shut, therefore we didn't hear the traffic. We walked a short distance to check out the lake, it's beautiful... More 

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Thank Jeanniejo1
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you Jeanniejo1 for your kind words. It is always a pleasure having you here with us. We look forward to many more visits from you both. More 

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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Ellis Lake on Aug 4-5. First of all, it is not cozy in the woods, the cabins our steps off a major highway. So close you hear the roar of traffic all day/night. Second, we made the reservation expecting to hang out on the lake all day, fishing, boating, and swimming. That idea was squelched as soon... More 

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Thank Mphillips1980
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Mphillips1980. First of all, there are no refunds given for late arrivals or early departures. However, if we can re-rent the cabin on the day you leave, we would then consider giving a refund. However, we were not allowed to pursue this option as you left your personal belongings in the cabin past our check... More 

Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 6 June 2016

I chose to spend our second anniversary with my wife here at the Ellis Lake Resort and it was just picture-perfect and a fantastic experience! We got in late on Friday evening and made a camp-fire right in front of our cabin where there were 2 chairs and a picnic table we could sit and enjoy a bottle of champagne.... More 

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Thank orestisinis
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us. We are pleased you had an enjoyable weekend celebrating your anniversary! It was wonderful to meet you and talk with you for a while. Thank you for the smore! It was tasty. We look forward to your next visit with us. More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015

My family wanted a combination of city destinations and country living for the days we stayed in the Traverse City area during summer 2015. Our plan was for some of us to do outdoorsy things like swimming, hiking, and boating while one person in our family attended some events in Traverse City, and to have leisurely breakfasts and dinners together... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2015

Budget friendly lodging with friendly caring staff that would be ideal for men out on a fishing trip. We needed a place close to our kayak reservation. Buds for breakfast nearby was a real treat- cider donuts, homemade hash, savory veggie pancakes. There is a lake on back of property. Ask for a room away from the road

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1 Thank JenniferH48216
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are pleased we were close to your kayaking destination and you enjoyed Bud's, one of our local restaurants. We look forward to seeing you again someday! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015

A very nice stay if you're looking for something low-key and friendly for your stay in the Traverse City area! I stayed here with two friends in the Birch cabin. Becky, the owner, was extremely friendly and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable, and also directed us towards some great local spots. The cabin was... More 

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4 Thank Ashley T
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are pleased enjoyed your stay here with us and were able to visit our beautiful area. Thank you for your nice comments. We look forward to seeing you again when you are in the area. More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2015

The location is excellent, but it's very evident they haven't cleaned or upgraded the cabins in a good decade: The couch stinks of body odor so we can't even sit on it. The bed is VERY uncomfortable , my back was killing me the Whole night. The water heater is older than dirt and kept making a weird scratching sound.... More 

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4 Thank Panflex
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. Yes, we are in an excellent location to the many wonderful things to do around our beautiful area. There have been upgrades to this unit within the last year. New tile throughout, new paint and new mattresses. I do understand about not being comfortable in a bed. On a recent trip time was spent in... More 

Jackson, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

We come to Ellis Lake Resort every year. We love the rustic feel. The owner is very accommodating and makes sure you have everything you need. It is very beautiful in the fall and the winter. Have not made it up in the spring or summer yet. We got engaged here. We have gone up 3 times and excited to... More 

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2 Thank Amanda K
EllisLakeResort, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

We love having guests return year after year. We sure have enjoyed having you, Amanda K! Ellis Lake Resort is the perfect place to introduce the next generation to which many times lead to having multiple generation family reunions booked in the summer for a week. We were pleased to have seen you this fall and look forward to your... More 

GRAND RAPIDS
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65 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2014

My daughter and her husband rented a small cabin for a couple of nights, then upsized to the larger unit when we arrived for the weekend so that we could stay with them while we attended a wedding. All 5 of us were very comfortable and this place had everything that we needed. I was surprised to find wifi available... More 

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2 Thank CHARLES M
bjohnsondragonfly, Owner at Ellis Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are pleased you and your family had an enjoyable stay. We enjoyed having you and look forward to seeing you in the future! More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cute, cozy, romantic log cabin lodging. Small resort surrounded by forest on almost 900 feet of frontage on secluded Ellis Lake. Private outdoor hot tub. rowboats, canoes, snowshoes, volleyball and horseshoes are available. Chairs, grill, tables and a nice floating raft at the lake. Our Logrooms (motel rooms) have a small refrigerator and coffee maker. All other units have kitchenettes or full kitchens, some will also have a microwave. WIFI on property. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ellis Lake Resort

Address: 8440 US 31 S, Interlochen, MI 49643
Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Interlochen
Price Range: $85 - $1,818 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Get one away from main road - these are cabins with mini kitchens”
 of 5 bubbles JenniferH48216, 31 Oct 2015 | Read review
“get as far away from the highway as possible, ask for a discount and bring your own cleaning supplies!”
 of 5 bubbles 32eugeniag, 25 Aug 2013 | Read review
“Spruce is nice for larger group, however connected to another building.”
 of 5 bubbles spatts, 5 Jul 2013 | Read review
“We stayed in the Chalet. It's perfect. From your yard area you don't see any other cabins. Plus, it's right across from the path to the beach and there's a short trail that leads you to the hot tub, playground and office.”
 of 5 bubbles ErinO911, 25 Sep 2012 | Read review
“Get one of the cabins in the back so you don't hear the traffic. 31 is a very busy road, so you will hear cars:)”
 of 5 bubbles ShelleyC927, 25 Aug 2012 | Read review
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