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Magnuson Franklin Square Inn
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Reviewed 20 January 2016

The Magnuson (sorry...I still call it the Best Western) is always our hotel of choice when visiting Houghton. The staff is professional and efficient, the rooms are always clean and well maintained, and the restaurant/bar is a nice option. I appreciate the fact that the free breakfast isn't in a cramped closet of a room in some extra space near the front desk as most hotels, but it is actually in the beautiful restaurant upstairs overlooking the Portage. Sure, sometimes the service during high volume weeks isn't spot on...but you can't beat the location and the view. Carry on, Magnuson and we will see you soon.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

I was expecting this place to be more expensive because of the location, but it was under $100 a night. We got 2 drink tickets to use in the upstairs bar and breakfast coupons as well. Good value. Dog friendly. Will stay here again. The gal at the front desk was awesome! Make sure you show up on time for breakfast. We were 2 minutes late and got such dirty looks from the staff that we decided to eat breakfast somewhere else, even though they begrudgingly said, if we ordered really fast, they would let us eat. Yes, we should have been there before breakfast was over, but c'mon. You could have politely turned us away.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2015

I generally expect a little less out of a downtown hotel. They can charge a premium for the location, and typically aren't as motivated to keep the hotel renovated and modern. So I booked the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn with this in mind. As I suspected, this hotel is tired and in bad need of a major renovation. The lobby, corridors, and room were all dated and worn. The furniture in my room was frayed, scuffed, and likely hadn’t moved in 25 years. I’m pretty sure the alarm clock was made in the 80s, vintage wood grain and all. To top it off, the bed was quite uncomfortable and I couldn’t get the heater dialed in… it was basically off or blast furnace.

So why the 3 stars then?? Despite showing its age, the room was very clean, especially the bathroom. The front desk staff was friendly, and quick. And the location alone is worth 1 of those stars. There are great views of the river and ski hill on the North side. You can easily walk to a number of restaurants and bars. It certainly makes the stay in Houghton more enjoyable then staying outside of town. There is also a nice restaurant and bar on the top floor. They served a tasty breakfast. The mid-winter price was very reasonable. With a renovation though, this could easily be a 5 star rated hotel and they could probably charge $25-$50 more a night. It is nice to have this option downtown though.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

I stayed on the fifth floor which faced right out towards the lift bridge which was nice. I was given a ticket for a free drink at the bar and a free breakfast. The room was clean and had very comfortable beds and pillows which was great. The shower was small but adequate for my needs. The bar upstairs at the hotel had a nice selection of beers and friendly staff. The staff at the front desk were very nice as well. The workout room was small and limited but did have some tanning beds in there. The pool and hot tub looked nice but did not use during my stay. This hotel was right in the middle of town within short walking distance to many restaurants. I would stay here again.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

I laughed when I saw the room and stopped when I saw the view! This hotel has great potential, but even the bedspread is mauve and green. Everything was surprisingly clean for its age, and the staff were all very, very nice. The restaurant and bar have a great view, but again, everything is very old. The drawbacks to the room are that the bathroom is small and inconvenient and it's difficult to charge electronics because of the lack of electrical outlets. All that said, the view was so pretty and the staff was so nice, I might stay here again!

Room Tip: The "bridge view" suites have the best view and maybe a little more space.
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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 820 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931-1872
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Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Houghton
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Houghton
Price Range: $168 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Magnuson Franklin Square Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the gateway to the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, the Franklin Square Inn is the only full-service hotel and conference facility serving the city of Houghton. Located in the historic downtown district near Michigan Technological University and just minutes from Finlandia University and Portage Hospital, the Franklin Square Inn offers 104 well-appointed guest rooms and deluxe suites with friendly, professional service. Even our casual dining from the 7th floor Shelden Grill and Franklin Square Tap are sure to please. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the beautiful fall colors on the Hancock hillside and the convenient access to recreational and snowmobile trails just outside their door. ... more   less 
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