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Plainwe
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We stayed here on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend. We stopped here when we got to Houghton and asked about a room. The very nice woman at the front desk said that they were all booked and then offered to call the other hotels in town to find us a place to stay. Before she could to that her...

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Very nice location, Excellent Views Restaurant and Bar on premises. Considering that Houghton is a College town, and Hotels do suffer abuse in those places, this one was clean, quiet and friendly, from the Staff at the Front Desk (Chelsea) to the Waitress for breakfast (Pretty young Blonde Lady) We enjoyed our stay, and talked about it, and if and...

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Washington, DC
Reviewed 2 September 2015

My son and I unexpectedly spent a couple days in Houghton on our way to Isle Royale and stayed at the Franklin Square Inn. It is more expensive than some other options and I tend to stay in very inexpensive hotels, but in this case I thought that the price was well worth it. The room was spacious, beautiful and...

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New Rochelle, New York
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Our family and friends occupied approximately 30 rooms for our son's wedding weekend. The hotel staff couldn't have been more accommodating as they shuttled them back and forth to the airport (free service) and even went back out to pick up a group whose return flight was cancelled and let them go back to their rooms to sleep. The rooms...

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Ocala, Florida
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

Stayed here because of a wedding in South Range. We received a voucher for a free drink the 1st night and vouchers for free breakfasts the next morning! Our room faced the Portage Lake, which was fabulous view. Food and service were great and room was clean. Will stay here again!

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Glendale, Arizona
Reviewed 28 July 2015

The rooms were small, but clean. Parking was in the back, and not very convenient to the room or the lobby. The breakfast was not a buffet, it was a ticket for a cheap breakfast, or apply $3 towards a regular breakfast menu item. The cheap breakfast indicated coffee or tea. We were pretty annoyed when the waitress tried to...

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1Thank Judy H
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Everything I hoped for and more. The Inn's location gave me, a single woman visiting my son, the access and ability to walk to many downtown sites safely. Every night we enjoyed beautiful sunsets while listening to great, local musicians in the bar on the top floor of the Inn. The room was clean and comfortable. From the minute I...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Not a five star hotel but clean, comfortable, well designed rooms with everything working. Friendly staff. A view of Hancock, Quincy Mine and the Ranger being loaded for its trip to Isle Royale from the restaurant and half the guest rooms. Nicely located in downtown Houghton.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Quaint comes to mind for this place. There are stairways that you would expect to go to certain floors, but don't, and several different ways to enter the building since it is on a steep hill. Even the driveway and parking are a bit odd. But it is all likeable. We have a family of five and our 16-year old...

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
Reviewed 3 July 2015

I really enjoyed my stay here. It is not cheap, but a good value to be right in downtown Houghton with a back-side view of the river and the hills of Hancock. The people behind the desk were friendly. One of the elevators went down for part of the visit and one time my key didn't work, but other than...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Shuttle Bus Service
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  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Seven-story Hotel adjacent to Michigan Technological University & Isle Royale National Park Headquarters, overlooking Portage Lake. This Houghton, Michigan hotel offers unique views of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Situated at the gateway to the beautiful and historic Keweenaw Peninsula, the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in Houghton, Michigan is the only full service facility in the area. Visitors particularly enjoy the view while dining in the 7th floor restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn

Address: 820 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931-1872
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Houghton
Price Range: $161 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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Also Known As:
Franklin Square Hotel Houghton
Best Western Houghton
Houghton Best Western
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“Quiet room with a very comfortable mattress”
 of 5 bubbles lavonneb172, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room on the canal side of the hotel. Breathtaking!”
 of 5 bubbles Mkoski, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Best to get a corner room”
 of 5 bubbles Rjh8115, 4 Apr 2016 | Read review
“request a room on the river side”
 of 5 bubbles Wrightbythesand, 21 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Get a room on the north side and one of the upper floors for a very classic Copper Country scene.”
  • View to the north from 4th floor.
 of 5 bubbles T-RexFromTheVille, 18 Mar 2016 | Read review
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