Why You Should Book Directly With Us
Sure, our rooms can be booked on internet travel sites. We will of course match any rate you can find online. In addition, several of our largest room types are only available on our website or through the front desk. We can also “split bookings” as it’s known in the hotel biz. Practically every lodging establishment in Mackinaw City has a 2 night minimum stay over 4th of July weekend; we are no exception. Rooms are going fast. Now, some people choose Thursday-Friday as their 2 nights, some Friday-Saturday, etc., leaving scattered individual room nights open. Right now, it would not be possible to book a 2 queen bed lakefront room online for 2 nights on the 4th of July weekend. However, if you contact us, you can have a 2 queen bed room 1 night, then a 2 double bed room the next night, and I’ll knock a few bucks off for the inconvenience of having to switch rooms. There is always something we can do for you if we have available rooms.
About Our Lakeshore
At the Clearwater we are fortunate to have 300 feet of lakefront property on Lake Huron. However, I would not describe this as a typical “sandy beach” which would be ideal for swimming. Due to the recent low water levels in the great lakes, the lakefront in Mackinaw City has become increasingly weedy. We are doing everything in our power to restore our section of lakefront to “sandy beach” conditions, but due to DNR regulations this is a slow process and may take 2 to 3 years. We have done everything we can to remove any reference online to our property having a “beach” as we do not want to mislead our guests. Can you swim from our lakefront? Absolutely, I do it myself, but I’m an experienced scuba diver and a little vegetation doesn’t bother me. On the other hand, there is a reason almost all of the hotels in Mackinaw City have indoor pools: The lake water is COLD up here! Try it and see. I don’t go in without a wetsuit.
It has been brought to my attention that the cancellation policy is only visible when you book a room, so here it is: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the 3:00 PM check-in time on your arrival date. Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice will result in a charge of 1 night’s stay.
In order to protect our indoor air quality and contribute to the health and well-being of our guests and staff, we maintain a smoke-free environment in all buildings including the balconies, common areas, and within 20 feet of any exterior doorway. If smoking occurs in a room, the guest will be charged a $250 cleaning fee to cover the expense and effort required to return the room to a smoke free condition.
Pets are not allowed on the property.
Like most hotels we subscribe to a high speed internet service. Unlike most hotels, we subscribe to the highest speed available (100 mbs) and distribute it throughout our property using a state of the art point to multi-point wireless bridge and wireless routers that employ the latest networking protocols.
The standard practice in the lodging industry is to overbook rooms by a certain percentage in order to assure that cancellations and no-shows do not negatively impact maximum occupancy during peak periods. At the Clearwater Lakeshore Motel, we do NOT overbook rooms. If you have a reservation with us, I guarantee that when you arrive we will have the specific type of room that you booked available. On the rare occasion when a room is not available due to maintenance reasons (say for instance the AC is not working), we will do our very best to arrange a similar room for you at another Mackinaw City property at the same price.
We are a unique property in that our motel is comprised of 5 buildings of 8 rooms each. Building 1 is becoming our “Family Reunion” building. Here’s why: It contains 2 suites, each containing 1 bedroom with a king bed, a sleeper sofa in the living room, AND a full kitchen. 4 of the remaining rooms are single king beds; the other 2 contain a single king bed and a twin bed in a separate alcove room. All of the rooms have private lakefront balconies. The entire building will comfortably house up to 22 people, and can be rented at a special rate. This gives you your own building with 2 full kitchens for your reunion or other get-together. If interested, call the front desk at 231-268-0441 and ask to speak to Amy. Larger groups? We can handle that too.
Mackinac Island Ferry Tickets
We buy in bulk from the good people at Star Line Ferry and pass the savings along to you. At the Clearwater, you pay what we pay. Seriously, check with us before you buy tickets elsewhere. Must be a Clearwater Lakeshore Motel guest to receive our special low priced tickets.
Let’s Make a Deal
Booking more than 1 room for more than 2 nights? Looking for a last minute deal? Want to make me an offer I can’t refuse? Call 231-268-0441 and speak to Gary or Amy. If I’m not running around I (Gary) will answer the phone and make a deal. Go ahead and call, it’s fun!
Gary McGaughey, Proprietor
On Behalf of the Staff
Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
11380 U.S. 23
Mackinaw City, MI