Empire Lakeshore Inn

Empire Lakeshore Inn

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#1 of 1 motel in Empire
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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Stay in our brand new 20 guest room hotel! Located only 200 ft from The Sleeping Bear Dunes Headquarters. Our Deluxe King and 2 Queen Beds will provide you with all the comfort you need after a long day of playing in the great out doors. You'll love our premium beds, spacious rooms and friendly staff. This is the finest place to stay on the Leelanau Peninsula! Don't forget our annex located across the street! Our original Lakeshore Inn with 12 quaint one of a kind guest rooms. Staying here you'll feel laid back like a local with an easy walk to all the local shops, restaurants and beach.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Boating
Canoeing
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Hiking
Skiing
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Tennis court offsite
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English

Location

11626 S. Sunset Dr., Empire, MI 49630-9403
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Claudia G wrote a review Jul 2020
Houston, Texas6 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This inn is new and worth the $$$ paid although it's a lot higher than I have ever paid for a room like it. Seeing as there aren't many options in the small town of Empire, it's still a very nice inn. I went to hike the bluffs with my family and for great times at the beach of Lake Michigan. The inn is within walking distance to the stores, food and the beach access is super close as well. While most restaurants close at 9pm, calling your order in ahead of time saves you time. Check-in and out was a breeze and had no problems whatsoever. The room itself was clean, comfy, and I was surprised to find Keurig pods for coffee in the room. Overall, this was an amazing stay and I can't wait to return and book here again next summer!
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The inn is steps away from food, shops and the beach!!
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schmidtfranzs wrote a review Sept 2020
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Lakeshore Inn is priced just right in a great location for a couple or a family. The room was crisp, clean, and just like we expected from the photographs. It was our first stay in a motel, and we would definitely return. Empire is a quaint town with wonderful shops and a lovely beach. Be sure to stop by the Friendly Tavern for a great breakfast!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 3 Oct 2020
We are so pleased that you had a great experience at the Lakeshore Inn! Sounds like you took advantage of all the best of Empire. We love to hear when our guests find their room crisp and clean and exactly what they were expecting. We appreciate your business and hope you can return soon!
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Trek46993565916 wrote a review Oct 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My stay was very relaxing and the room was great too. Housekeeping made sure my room had everything I needed everyday and was around if I had any questions.

The room was close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes which was very nice.

I would highly recommend staying here for a vacation.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 6 Oct 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind and honest review. Our entire staff works extremely hard to keep the hotel very clean, and to assure each guest has everything they need for a pleasant stay. We appreciate the 5 stars! 👍🏻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️
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CP1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Michigan103 contributions41 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Crotchety and rude owners highlight your stay at the Lakeshore. Once your past your “give me your money welcome” upon arrival, you realize fully your stay cost is a total gouge. Even for non-campground folk, you’re better off buying a tent and paying for showers at the local campground. Nicer people there and you’ll save money.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 6 Oct 2020
I think you have us confused with another hotel. This review doesn’t describe our BRAND NEW hotel at all. Check out ALL the 5 star reviews we have received from all of our satisfied guests and all of the nice compliments we get on our Friendly and hard-working staff. 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 We LOVE And appreciate our guests and we try very hard to make sure all guests have a pleasant stay. I personally return ALL missed phone calls, as the phone rings non-stop, all day, everyday, and when I am on the phone many calls go to voicemail... but I can assure you, I return ALL calls! 😬
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Laura W wrote a review Sept 2020
La Mirada, California51 contributions76 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Empire Lakeshore Inn is not near the lake shore. at all. The room was not as clean as it could be. We were on the first floor by the trash can and the coke machine. They also had a few chairs outside our room for smokers so whenever people wanted to smoke we got to smell it in our room. The a/c sits right over the table where we tried to eat our breakfast which was uncomfortable. The place is just generally rundown and way overpriced. The managers left our keys at the main location so we never were greeted by a host. The ice machine was turned off due to Covid, but even if it was accessible it was one of those filthy scoop type machines.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Megan Belford-Schous, Owner at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 18 Sept 2020
Our Inn is located in the heart of National Lakeshore Park. The original Inn was built in 1986 and has kept its name through different owners. We are located 3 blocks from the National Lakeshore. Our original inn has gone through several updates in 2020. That includes all rooms freshly painted, new furniture, new carpet, new TV’s, new bathroom hardware and vanities. Several other updates have been made as well. This hotel is absolutely not run down. The owners and staff take great pride in the property. We have 4 Inn Keepers between the 2 hotels that live on sight and who assist guests when needed. Looking at this guests past reviews 12 out of 36 have been either 1 or 2 stars. I urge others to read this review with caution.
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Christina H wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners here clearly only care about taking your money and zero about helpful and kind hospitality. Had to talk to the man there twice that answered the phone before our trip and both times he is super curt, unfriendly and condescending. Felt like I was being rushed off the phone when trying to just ask general questions.
We stayed for 4 nights. Once we arrived,, yes the rooms are clean and nice. Yes it’s located in a great area along SBD. But it stops three! These people know it’s a prime area and take advantage of that. There is only someone onsite daily a few hours a day. No one is there in the evenings at all and when you call the number then, no one answers. If you leave a message, no one returns your call. They could care less if you are having an enjoyable stay. At the very least, return a call by the guest when they are having an issue. It’s called customer service. Learn it or do something else for a living! We had a huge group above us on the 2nd floor and they were so loud. The walls there are paper thin and you can hear everything.
We received no clean towels the last full day and night of our stay and can’t even ask for more because no one is there to help you with anything. A true enjoyable experience in a hotel encompasses everything, not just the basic room. Customer service is everything and what brings people back. This place will NEVER get my money again and I’ll be sure to let as many people know to stay clear of it.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Companion46004445584 wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights on the second floor of the older of the two units. Easy walk to beach, central location in national park. Room issues were door sticky (hard to open), sink by microwave only had only a trickle of cold water (we fixed it by adjusting the shutoff valves), bathroom fan not working. Two "full" beds were good, smallish refrigerator. Contacted front desk about fan. Took 24 hours for fan to get fixed. At checkout when I mentioned that I felt we did not receive the full value for what we paid due to the fan problem, the front desk staff person did not apologize for the problem, but angrily said we "would get no money back." We will look elsewhere for lodging on our next visit to the national park.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Allison C wrote a review Aug 2020
65 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
With COVID and limiting interactions, we picked up our key from a drop box at the new hotel. Envelope included a credit card receipt and the key to the room (only 1 key). While all Lakeshore Inn rooms have air conditioning, the annex air conditioning is window units. Select the new inn if that will bother you as it has build in a/c. The a/c unit was functional and did work very well. We had a King Bed so room was a little tight, but since we weren't there most of the time it worked ok. There was a small hang up clothes bunker (it wasn't a real closet), and it only included 4 hangers. Between the two of us we could have fit all our hang up clothes there, but there weren't enough hangers. This room was also the pet friendly room so it has hard flooring. All other amenities were as listed on the website with exception of ice machine (decommissioned due to COVID).
Bathroom was huge and had a lot of dead/wasted space. Wish they'd used some of that space for a closet, but room may have been (questionably) handicap accessible which would explain the space. Water pressure was good and water got hot if desired. High end shampoo and soaps. Basic, no frills hotel towels. No full house keeping during COVID, just turn down/overnight service: they provided new towels, toiletries, and emptied garbage, but were not making beds.
Parking was a bit of a challenge - the annex lot is very small. It fits 11 cars and if you get back late at night (i.e after everyone else has already turned in), you might have a hard time maneuvering into one. Or there won't be one. We ended up parking at the new hotel and walking over (it's just across the street) one night since we weren't sure you could park on the street. There were not details on that included in the welcome note. Supposedly you can park on the street in front, but we weren't willing to risk it without knowing at the time. Watch for the skunk when you're out after dark - it was in the bushes outside our door when I opened the door one night. Yikes!
Decent location to Empire attractions and not far from Glen Arbor and Dunes. Good central spot for a decent price if you want a homebase to adventure from with minimal frills, but still nicely and recently renovated and cared for.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: annex has window AC; new hotel built in. watch for skunk at annex after dark - open first floor...
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Kevin W wrote a review Sept 2020
Detroit, Michigan2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My Wife and I booked this hotel for the location near where we attended a wedding, only to find that it was only blocks from Lake Michigan and a few miles from Sleeping Bear Dunes. We were able to take in beautiful sunsets and a hike on the Dunes, two things that were not in our weekend plans.

The rooms are nice and very clean on the 'New' block. The shower is fantastic as well. Only downside is that there are very few places to eat. Joe's Tavern was good, but wasn't open for Monday breakfast so we had to drive 20 minutes to the nearest restaurant.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 3 Oct 2020
We appreciate your review! Glad you took advantage of all the beautiful areas around Empire! I agree we could use a few more restaurants in the area... but Glen Arbor is just a short 6 minute drive and there are a lot more choices there. I am working on a restaurant guide which will list all the area restaurants and descriptions/menus... hope to have that in the rooms soon! Please come back and see us again soon!
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Kathi B wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the older motel across the street from the newer motel and it was clean and the bed was fine. However, when booking with Bob (the owner) this past April I requested the top floor as I always do at any hotel/motel since I don't sleep well and I did not want to hear people walking/running above me. This was not an issue when I booked and was told they would be able to give me the upper level. If this was an issue, I would have had no issue looking at towns nearby.
Upon arrival I was given a key to the lower level and I questioned it. The man at the front desk was very rude and said, "that's all we have and we are booked". The entire attitude from this staff member was "TS, try and go somewhere else and by the way we already charged your CC."
I would recommend looking at other places as I will never be back and I will be sure that my family and friends are aware as well.
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Date of stay: July 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Good luck with that as they stuff will make the decision for you once you arrive.
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Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 17 Aug 2021
Sorry you had the issue with not getting a second floor room. Bob took your reservation, and was also the manager on duty when you checked in. There was no record of your request in the system, but of course, if and when it is possible, we DO accommodate those types of requests. During this very busy time of year however, we ARE full overnight for months, and it is usually impossible to move anyone by check-in time. We try to save our first floor rooms for guests who have trouble using the stairs, such as our elderly and handicap guests. Please understand that it is sometimes necessary for management to accommodate these types of guests. and not those guests that just don't want to hear noise above them. We try to accommodate any request for a certain room, but sometimes it is not possible. I hope that clears up the issue. We Thank you for your review and appreciate your business.
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Answer from mbwilson7
Isle of Palms, South Carolina171 contributions111 helpful votes
Have you contacted the hotel to ask? I'd try between 11-1 as there seemed to be someone at the front desk at this time.
rosaliegolden asked a question Feb 2017
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Are dogs allowed?
Answer from sweetsaj53
Kentwood4 contributions1 helpful vote
Pets are allowed! They do need to be on a leash 24/7. They are pretty strict on "dogs that bark often and at every little thing...especially at night.
Answer from HarryW1951
Northern Michigan67 contributions25 helpful votes
The rooms are small but clean. There are only double beds here. If you're booking in the greater TC area you'd better book soon.
Annieoakley50 asked a question Sept 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan
What time is checkout. can you extend?
Answer from SusieC
Tampa, Florida141 contributions66 helpful votes
Checkout is 11. Depends how busy they are regarding extending. There isn't always someone around, so you would need to set it all up when you check in, and then be paid up. No one was around when we checked out so we just left the keys in the office. The first day we were there they didn't come around to clean the room till after 3, so their cleaning crew isn't always there early in the morning.
Deb C wrote a tip Sept 2023
Milton, Delaware255 contributions86 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 1 and 8 are pet rooms"
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Gailanna wrote a tip May 2023
Laguna Niguel, California34 contributions54 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great location to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Beautiful drive to Frankfort for dinner since the options aren't great in Empire"
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Sue wrote a tip Sept 2022
Byron Center, Michigan2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There isn't much choice since it's a rather small inn. No elevator so if steps are a problem be sure to ask for 1st floor."
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David M wrote a tip Jul 2022
Grand Rapids, Michigan294 contributions115 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in newer section"
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Kathi B wrote a tip Aug 2021
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good luck with that as they stuff will make the decision for you once you arrive."
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PRICE RANGE
S$198 - S$380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Lakeshore Inn Motel
LOCATION
United StatesMichiganLeelanau CountyEmpire
NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Empire Lakeshore Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Empire Lakeshore Inn?
Nearby attractions include Empire Bluff Trail (1.3 km), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (0.1 km), and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Empire Lakeshore Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Empire Lakeshore Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Empire Lakeshore Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Empire Lakeshore Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shipwreck Cafe, Joe's Friendly Tavern, and Grocer's Daughter Chocolate.
Is Empire Lakeshore Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Empire.
Is Empire Lakeshore Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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