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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The Rooms are very big. They are pet friendly. It is a very quiet place. They are clean the staff is very friendly. They have a free continental breakfast. They have a free shuttle that runs untill 11pm.

Thank Tim S
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Tim S., Thank you for letting us know how we are doing. We are a pet friendly hotel, however we do have specific pet rooms. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed our complimentary shuttle. It is something we are considering adding to our property next summer, however we are not 100% sure. I will definitely use this information... More 

Central Michigan
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

We spent one night at the Thunderbird Inn on our fall color tour, and were very pleased with our stay. Check-in was easy, and we even received a courtesy call from the front desk, to make sure everything was OK with our room! The room was neat & clean, and our bed was very comfortable. The pillows could be a... More 

Thank John B
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

John B., Thank you for giving us feedback on your stay. We are always looking at ways to improve and we will take your recommendations and work towards changing out pillows and having maintenance service the heater. We look forward to having you back on your next trip through Mackinaw City. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Thunderbird inn had a great price. The room was large, clean, completed with hairdryer & fridge. Breakfast served with several options. There was swimming pool and small playground. Recommended place to stay!

Thank misselaina2016
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We work hard to provide clean and comfortable accommodations for our guests and we look forward to having you back again! More 

Sanford, Mi
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40 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The room was very clean and large. They allow dogs, but change an extra $25. There is a street with several other motels which is an ok place to walk a dog. The only negative is the room really needs brighter light bulbs.

Thank Kathy B
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Kathy B, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us; I'm only sorry that your room wasn't bright enough. We will look into some better lighting options or perhaps some brighter bulbs to illuminate the room. Thank you for giving us your feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our hotel and service. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Thunderbird Inn was close to everything and had a great price. We stayed two nights and breakfast was included each morning with several options. Our room's fridge was broken but we didn't need it so I never mentioned it to staff. WiFi was included. The hair dryer was ancient and didn't work great so that would be the only... More 

Thank Amy W
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that your stay with us was enjoyable. You mentioned that the fridge was not working in the room; we turn off the fridge to clean it out and leave it off. A small knob located in the fridge is all you needed to turn the fridge on. We do have... More 

Brampton, Ontario
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191 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

We stayed there for 2 nights. Our first impression was a bit of disappointment as I expected an Inn not a motel. (The pictures did not show the motel part) Checking in was very friendly and pretty fast. Our room had just been cleaned. It was spotless. The room initially smelled a bit musty but the open door helped the... More 

Thank Campfiver
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

I am pleased to hear that your room was clean and that our staff was friendly. I'm sorry to hear that our chairs and beds were not to your liking. Each room offers a pillow top mattress, and am unsure why the mattress in your room would be too hard. Our breakfast does change each day, from biscuits and gravy... More 

Erlanger, Kentucky
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The place was well kept and the staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in a room for people travelling with a pet, we had our dog, and I was impressed with how clean it was. We had stayed at other places during our trip through Michigan and paid twice as much and had sheets that had blood stains on... More 

Thank Joan W
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing and am pleased to hear that your stay with us was most satisfactory. We work hard to provide clean rooms, regardless of it being a pet room or not. Thank you once again; I look forward to seeing... More 

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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We come to mackinaw every year to watch the semi truck parade , and this was a great stop. Front desk 7-3 was great...3-11 male clerk is the reason I'm giving this hotel a 4 and not a 5. Rude and inconsiderate both on the phone and at the desk. Arguing with me after I waited in the lobby for... More 

1 Thank Bre D
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that your stay with us wasn't perfect. We take pride in our customer service and disciplinary measures have been taken to curb any future issues. I am pleased to hear the remainder of your stay was enjoyable and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

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54 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

A front desk person who was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable of the area. Add to this, a clean, quiet room with the world's most supportive but softest mattress, and you have a great nights sleep! The pool is all glassed in, and was crystal clear, and warm, the breakfast room clean and well stocked including a friendly local lady to... More 

Thank Sharrygranny
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Sharrygranny, Thank you for letting us know how your stay was. I am pleased to hear that your stay was comfortable, and that you enjoyed both the breakfast and pool while here. I look forward to seeing you back again for a future visit! More 

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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights with our two dogs. It's hard to find a place the allows multiple large dogs and this hotel was great. The staff was very friendly from the beginning to the end. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. It was a great value for the price. We will definitely be staying here again... More 

Thank Kelli C
Steven C, General Manager at Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review

Kelli, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our property. We look forward welcoming you back next summer. Just give us a call to book a pet friendly room. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Airport Transportation
  • Concierge
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in beautiful and historic Mackinaw City, the Thunderbird Inn is the premier choice in accommodations. Situated less than 1 mile from the downtown area, the Thunderbird Inn boasts a quite location still within walking distance to area shops, restaurants and attractions. Offering all the amenities you have grown to love, our property offers free Wi-Fi, a complimentary breakfast, indoor seasonal pool (May 15th - Oct 15th), coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and so much more! We are a AAA approved, pet friendly (specific rooms, subject to availability) property offering the very best customer service Northern Michigan has to offer. Take advantage of our packages and discount tickets to local attractions and ferry lines to Mackinac Island. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the Mackinaw Area! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Thunderbird Inn

Address: 146 Old US 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9652
Region: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Price Range: $73 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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Also Known As:
Best Western Mackinaw City
Mackinaw City Best Western
Best Western Thunderbird Hotel
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