by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Located close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Empire Lakeshore Inn — formerly the Lakeshore Inn Motel — offers families 12 guestrooms with double, queen and king beds. Some have kitchenettes and all have flat-screen TV’s, coffee makers, cable and Wi-Fi access. Rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request. The beach and downtown area, with restaurants and shops, are within walking distance of the Inn. There is no onsite dining or swimming pool.
Our Editor Loves
- Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
- Walking distance to beach and downtown
- Kitchenettes available
We have stayed at the Empire Lakeshore Inn for many years. It is simple, quaint and clean. Great location to access the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire Beach, Platte River kayaking, etc. Bathroom is tiny, no exhaust fan, and AC is window unit. This unit is in what is now called the Annex. A newer Empire Lakeshore Inn now exists. We have not yet stayed in that building.
Cute little town near the lake. The desk attendant wasn’t too friendly and didn’t even look at me. The room was okay, nothing fancy- just a place to sleep and keep your bags. Wish the room had an iron.