by Hilarey Wojtowicz
The new West Bay Beach – A Holiday Inn Resort opened in November 2013 and offers families accommodations right on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. With more than 170 rooms, including KidSuites, guestrooms designed for families with children, the Michigan resort allows families to enjoy both the city and the beach while on vacation. Choose to stay in a standard guestroom, an executive club room or a suite. All come with king or double bed options. Every room also comes with an in-room mini-fridge, as well as Internet and flat-screen, High-Def televisions.
Resort activities include beach sports, water sports, two pools, a game room and more. Dine at one of the two onsite restaurants, The Bistro, which serves breakfast and dinner, or Shimmer’s On The Bay, which serves lunch and dinner, or head downtown to one of the local restaurants, just minutes from the hotel. Enjoy free onsite parking, pet-friendly accommodations for just $15 per pet, per night and live entertainment daily.
Our Editor Loves
- KidSuites - guestrooms designed for children
- Pet-friendly accommodations
- In-room refrigerators
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
We stayed for two days in the west bay beach "resort". The first room they gave us had two full/queen beds when we booked online asking specifically for king bed. After some time they gave us keys to the new room which was a kids suite with bunk beds and a king size bed with a terrible view of the outdoor pool vs. the lake. We did not receive any discounts for the inconveniences. Also we had a knock on the door at 10:00 pm stating our TV was to loud when it was most definitely not anywhere near loud enough to bother anyone. Will not be staying at the hotel again.
We stayed for 2 nights at the hotel. The first room we had was on top of a mechanical room which vibrated and made a humming noise. The staff was very accommodating to move us to another room which was perfect. The hotel was was nice, but showed some sign of aging. This explains why one half of the hotel was under construction for remodeling. The pool was very nice and clean as was the hot tub and sauna we enjoyed. However, with the construction, we had to take the stairs to get to the pool. We did not have breakfast there but there was a Starbucks on site and the coffee was great as usual. Staff was very friendly. Room was clean. I did not know about the construction and the fact that they allowed dogs. The view, was fantastic and the location excellent. Would have been better in the summer as we went at the end of March and it was a bit cold. Would definitely recommend the hotel and go back to it, especially when the remodeling is done.