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Thunderbird Inn

146 Old US 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9652
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#11 of 41 hotels in Mackinaw City
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 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!
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146 Old US 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9652
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Wildwomank wrote a review Aug 2021
Lakeview, Michigan102 contributions10 helpful votes
What a nice experience this was. Great pool, quiet room, good breakfast. We arrived on motorcycles and it was nice to park in front of our room, close to the pool and breakfast. I would highly recommend this motel with its clean nice rooms and its quiet location! Good price too!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Mysunnyvacation wrote a review Aug 2021
Wisconsin44 contributions42 helpful votes
It was our first time at the Thunderbird. We were very happy there and a good place for the price. We had upgraded to a suite on the second floor and were pleased with our room. It did have a funny smell when entering the room, but we got used to it after a few minutes. possibly it was from cleaning the carpet. Bed was comfortable, but I should have brought my own pillow, theirs was too firm for me. We also we told ahead of time that there would be no maid service, which was fine with us. We were also contacted via email before we checked in and after our first night which is a nice touch. Breakfast was good, plenty of items to choose from, along with waffles. A shuttle from Sheplers picked us up and brought us back, so no driving. Very convenient. We would go back again.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor.
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Katie S wrote a review Jul 2021
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Walking distance to the lakefront stores in Mackinaw City. Hotel was fine. Good customer service. Safe breakfast with COVID precautions still going on (masks, grab and go but still had waffle maker, oatmeal, etc). No issues with parking. Lots of TV channels. We didn’t stay in the room much but it was spacious and good enough for anything we needed!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Anna G wrote a review Jun 2021
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We had two reservations, once at the beginning of our vacation and then again on our way back. First night we got in late and literally took our showers and went to bed, left early the next morning. Everything is extremely outdated and gross especially the old grimy air conditioner unit hanging on the wall next to the slightly newer one. On our second night we got the room a few doors down. Everything seemed dirty. The tub was very scary for my mom because it was extremely slippery, on top of that by the time her shower was over she was standing in ankle deep water. I waited over a half hour and still the tub had not drained. Needless to say the water after my shower was a little higher than ankle deep!! So sad that an affordable place can’t be nicer for those of us on a budget.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Hubba93 wrote a review Jun 2021
Bay City, Michigan4 contributions
We stayed for the motorcycle rally. Staff were great. They left towels to wipe down our bikes. Room was very clean. It's an older hotel but bed was comfy and shower was hot. I would stay here again. If you have alot of hair to dry I would recommend bringing your own hairdryer. I got a laugh out of the one in the room.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
United StatesMichiganCheboygan CountyMackinaw City
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thunderbird Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Thunderbird Inn?
Nearby attractions include Del Sol - Color-Change - Mackinaw Crossings (1.1 km), Marshall's Fudge and Candy Company (1.2 km), and Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers association (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thunderbird Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Thunderbird Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thunderbird Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Scalawag's Whitefish & Chips, Murdick's Fudge, and Kilwins.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Thunderbird Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Colonial Michilimackinac (1.9 km), McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site (3.8 km), and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park (5.7 km).