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Kalamazoo, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We have stayed here several times because it is clean and the owners are very nice and accommodating, and it is affordable. The cottages and motel rooms are very cozy and a nice size, beds are comfortable. The grounds are keep up and there is lots of space for kids to play. You have your own grill, picnic table and... More 

Thank mrd926
Greenville, Texas
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Worse place I have ever seen. Nothing like any of the pictures on your site or theirs. We took one look and refused to stay.. The place offers nothing as they advertise He charged me anyway for the two nights and I could not tell anyone else was staying there.. I don't know who wrote the great reviews. We found... More 

1 Thank larueewing
John K, Manager at Anchor Inn on the Bay, responded to this review

Quite a harsh review for someone who spent all of 10 minutes on our property. The pictures on our website and on this site are very representative of our Inn and many on this site were posted by our guests, many of whom return year after year. Everything we advertise on our website is available at the Inn. We are... More 

Livonia, Michigan
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Older motel/cabin resort, we stayed in a one bedroom cabin, Not modern but clean and had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable. The beach is across the road and a little bit of a hike. We would stay again.

Thank rodgap
Woodstock, Illinois
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Pleasant surprise. Yes - the room and shower was small, but not a problem overall. The atmosphere is quaint - not modern if that's what you are looking for. The bed was comfortable and clean, there were all the amenities you need - including real wine glasses and corkscrew in each room. Very quiet and peaceful. Woke up early and... More 

Thank PirateQueen55
Indianapolis, Indiana
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40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Overall I would have say that I enjoyed my stay at Anchor Inn on the Bay. The owners are extremely nice, the property has a small, private beach right across the street and the property is cute. The corners of the rooms were a bit dusty and some of the furnishings need to be replaced but the "cottage" we stayed... More 

Thank Lock-Man65
John K, Manager at Anchor Inn on the Bay, responded to this review

Lock-Man65, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for the kind comments. Also, thank you for voicing your concerns. We take the cleanliness of our units for seriously. The most common comment on our reviews and in house surveys is "very clean". We will address the areas... More 

Charlevoix, Michigan
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100 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had an unique opportunity to spend two nights here and were pleasantly surprised. When I reserved, the person I spoke with told me that the room would be small as it was the only one left for those evenings. That didnt matter to me and it was inexpensive by Traverse City standards. Our experience was great even staying in... More 

Thank Rebel-Miles-Photo
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at Anchor Inn and loved the at home feel! Private beach access across a road was great! We spent time there everyday and loved having the beach to ourselves. The water was very clean and only up to 4ft deep for 100 yards out! Great for kids, kayaking, floating, etc! Wear water shoes to make the... More 

Thank Stacy S
Novi, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had a great experience at the Anchor Inn By the Bay. Our two bed room was clean, surprisingly roomy and the beds were comfortable. It had all the amenities we needed including a large table and chairs. The kitchenette was stocked, the room was quiet and the grounds were exploding with flowers. The staff was so friendly -- I... More 

1 Thank Vicki C
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We were in town for the weekend and this was the perfect place - cheaper than any of the hotels in the area. Room had an old school cabin feel, but was completely clean and spotless. Less than 10 minutes to downtown and 10-15 minutes from the major wineries in the area. Friendly, courteous staff, easy check-in/check out. Stay here... More 

Thank Eric D
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31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed here July 2014 for a few days and decided that if we came back to Michigan we would definitely stay here again. As the other reviews state the rooms are small and nothing fancy; the value is great though. The owners are wonderful, very helpful and have great advice. While here be sure to check out a few... More 

2 Thank tjclem

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Anchor Inn on the Bay is a quaint family style resort on the West Grand Traverse Bay - situated in a beautiful park like setting. You may choose from 1, 2 or bedroom cottages with full kitchens - or a unique motel room. All rooms are air conditioned. We are on M-22 just 2 miles north of Traverse City. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Anchor Inn on the Bay

Address: 12068 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5260
Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Price Range: $81 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Affordable, Clean and Spacious”
 of 5 bubbles 826vickic, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
“cabin 13 has a view of the bay, very quiet away from the street.”
 of 5 bubbles lyondown, 10 Sep 2015 | Read review
“The one queen room is tight but an amazing value.”
 of 5 bubbles EdG286, 10 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Perhaps the "cottages" would be better for space? Don't expect a free standing building though- they are all connected.”
 of 5 bubbles beHonestevery1, 15 Sep 2014 | Read review
“Look at the pictures. What you see is what you get.”
 of 5 bubbles 515ritaa, 13 Sep 2014 | Read review
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