We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Whaleback Inn

Certificate of Excellence
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Leland
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Show Prices
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 103: English reviews
Start your review of Whaleback Inn
 Click to rate
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great location. The room was spacious with a good sized living room and kitchen. They have a small 'snack' area with vending machines. The lake is just across the street with a couple Adirondack chairs and a paddle boat for guests. We had 4 guests in our room. I slept on the pull out couch which ended up being the...

Thank Dawn P
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stayed for the weekend and our hosts Tammy and Scott couldn't have been nicer or more accomodating. Our lake view room was clean and comfortable and the grounds are beautiful! The inglenook room was set up with fresh coffee and a nice place to start the day!

Thank travelingal48304
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Loved this place! We treated ourselves to two nights there in Oct. The views were wonderful, the room was clean, spacious and comfortable with lodge-type decor, and the staff was welcoming and pleasant. We will definitely go back!

Thank Lisa H
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 27 October 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Whaleback inn for three days in early September. The complex is lovely: big porch with furniture for lounging, lots of flowers, lawn area with more lounging furniture, and a deck down a small hill from which we swam in the lake. There are three very nice self catering apartments in the back (no...

Thank sandra682
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lake view room for two nights and Scott and Tammy could not have been more inviting to us. They accommodated our late arrival time and left us a great card since they knew we were celebrating. Their attention to detail and keeping the grounds and rooms spotless was really nice to see. Even with the leaves falling,...

Thank Jonathan S
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a couple nights away after the weekend of our wedding. We arrived around 9pm (we let them know we'd be late), and Scott and Tammy were more than accommodating. They showed us around the site. Our cabin was #8. Great view overlooking the lake, and it was extremely clean. Quick 5 minute drive...

Thank dramyburrito
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Very much enjoyed my stay at The Whaleback Inn. Gracious hosts, gorgeous grounds, clean and comfortable rooms. Will stay here when I return. It's a beautiful area and the Inn is located conveniently close to services.

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had a wonderful stay at Whaleback over Labor Day. The room was clean, comfortable (although the pillows were a little hard) and the view absolutely cannot be beat. The proprietors are a friendly, welcoming couple who handled everything from check-in to breakfast in the morning. Loved going for our long runs, coming back and sitting on the grass overlooking...

Thank Cari W
Fort Gratiot, Michigan, United States
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great central location to Leland, Sleeping Bear Dunes and many wineries. The room was cozy with rustic furniture and had a great view of the lake, and included all the amenities you would expect - including a small refrigerator and microwave, hair dryer, cable TV and free wifi. The Inn has a nice public room with a fireplace and kitchen,...

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this Inn. The owner is very hospitable and showed me around the place. My room was probably one of the smaller ones, but since I was traveling alone it was fine. It was extremely clean and comfortable. There was a lovely view, and a playground for children. Breakfast was substantial and far superior to chain hotel breakfasts. I highly...

Thank turistaamericana

38 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (38)
Room/Suite (7)
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Dining (2)
Other (19)
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Leland
2.1 km away
The Leland Lodge
The Leland Lodge
#1 of 1 in Leland
72 reviews
31.1 km away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City
29.6 km away
West Bay Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
30.7 km away
Cambria hotel & suites Traverse City
34.5 km away
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
#2 of 40 in Traverse City
2,986 reviews
29.0 km away
Hotel Indigo Traverse City
Hotel Indigo Traverse City
#20 of 40 in Traverse City
170 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included

Additional Information about Whaleback Inn

Address: 1757 N Manitou Trl W # M-22, Leland, MI 49654-9719
Region: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Leland
Price Range: $106 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Whaleback Hotel Leland
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Whaleback Inn staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Whaleback Inn staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“All rooms are ground level. Lakeview rooms worth the extra cost.”
LisaH84, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Request a room set back from the road if you are a light sleeper.”
H1121SVchristineb, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“lake view rooms are perfect for a couple”
Larry_Darrell_2011, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Best views are from lakeside rooms. Cottages have fireplaces (some do) so if you like that, ask for it.”
  • View of cottage with fireplace
  • Cottage with fireplace
farmhouseindy, 24 Oct 2015 | Read review
“A room with patio doors overlooking the lake is great.”
68john, 21 Oct 2015 | Read review
5 of 5