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Hotels in Grand Haven, MI & Spring Lake

Grand Haven hotels are an ideal base from which visitors in town can explore the lovely Lake Michigan beach and other local attractions. Three well-known area chain hotels are the Best Western and Days Inn in Grand Haven and the Holiday Inn located in Spring Lake.

Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn is located on the shores of the Grand River in Spring Lake, just across the drawbridge from Grand Haven. Many of the hotels rooms have water views, patios and balconies, and guest can access free wifi from all rooms. Amenities include both indoor and heated outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and game room. For dining, head to Jack’s, the Holiday Inn’s in-house restaurant, where you can enjoy a dishes like a grilled chicken & brie sandwich, pecan encrusted whitefish or a bleu cheese bacon burger. Afterwards relax with a cocktail at Jack’s Lounge.

Holiday Inn
940 W. Savidge Street
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Best Western Beacon Inn
The Best Western Beacon Inn is located right on US 31 – very convenient and easy to find. Rooms are equipped with free wifi, a DVD player, microwave and fridge. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool & hot tub and a fitness center. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast each morning, is walking distance from several fast food restaurants and a short drive to downtown eateries. The Best Western is less than 2 miles from the beach.

Best Western Beacon Inn
1525 South Beacon Boulevard
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Days Inn
The Days Inn Grand Haven is located right across the boulevard from the Best Western on US 31. It offers rooms with free wifi, microwave and refrigerator. Guests can enjoy the Days Inn’s indoor swimming pool and whirlpool or head down to the game room. Days Inn provides a free breakfast each morning, or guests can head to the Tim Horton’s adjacent or other dining options in walking distance.

Days Inn Grand Haven
1500 S Beacon Blvd
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, Michigan

If you’re looking for a fun place to stay with the family in Traverse City, Great Wolf Lodge may be just the hotel for you. Great Wolf Lodge is a hotel / indoor waterpark perched on the outskirts of Traverse City, right by the Grand Traverse Mall.

The huge waterpark has activities for all ages, from a splash pad for the ankle biters, a play structure for older kids to explore, thrilling water slides for the big kids and a hot tub just for adults. Guests can grab a tube and take a relaxing float around the lazy river, or play a game of water basketball. The temperature inside Great Wolf Lodge’s water park is kept at 84 degrees Fahrenheit, so that it’s comfortable even when the Michigan snow is blowing outside.

There is so much to do at Great Wolf Lodge, my family rarely makes it outside of the hotel to see the rest of Traverse City. When not in the waterpark, kids can hang out at the arcade or play a round of minigolf outside in the warmer months. A kid’s club keeps kids occupied with stories and crafts. There’s a spa with treatments for adults and kids, and a gift shop to browse through.

My kids’ favorite activity at Great Wolf Lodge outside of the waterpark is the Magiquest game. Kids head to the Magiquest store to pay for the game and purchase a magic wand if they don’t already have one from a previous visit. They then head out to a grove of trees in the hall by the elevators, where they are given a quest. They then walk up and down between the floors of the hotels, searching for symbols in paintings, opening treasure chests and activating talking video screens. When they’ve completed enough quests they can move on to challenges like helping a princess or battling a dragon. The game takes several hours to complete, but kids have a few days to finish it, so they can spread play out throughout their visit.

The hotel has standard hotel rooms, but also family suites. In the suites +the kids have their own area, with a camp or wolf den theme, with bunk beds and their own television set.

There’s a snack bar in the waterpark, with choices like pizza, fries, ice cream and alcoholic drinks for adults who just want to kick back on a lounge chair and mellow out. There’s also a sit down restaurant in the lobby that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids can bring their Magiquest wands in there and make a tree light up and squirrels swing. The ice cream shop outside the waterpark sells milk and cereal in the mornings for those who don’t want the full sit down breakfast at the restaurant.

If you’re traveling to Great Wolf Lodge in the winter, don’t forget to bring flip flops for walking to park from your room – so much more comfortable than snow boots!

Contact Info:
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City
3575 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI 49684
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