We went to Mackinaw a couple of months ago and stayed at the Super 8 Beachfront. While nothing was particularly horrible, nothing was impressive. This time, we opted to save about $75 over two nights by staying at the Rainbow instead of any of the chain hotels across the street. I was very glad we did.
The rooms are a bit small and "outdated." The bathrooms are pretty small, and the shower is only a shower stall (no tub). But guess what? The rooms were clean, the air conditioner was awesome, and the bed was comfortable. Sure we didn't get continental breakfast, but the breakfast at all of those hotels is terrible anyway. $75 hotel savings at bought both of us breakfast and lunch for two days. A major perk is having a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The pool is pretty big for a 29-room hotel, and there is an indoor and outdoor hot tub! When we checked in, we were given a packet of coupons with 10% off at most of the restaurants in town. There was also some sort of island discount package, but I didn't take it since we were not going to the island.
A side note...they give you a coupon for buy one get one free at Anna's breakfast buffet. Pass on it, it's a terrible experience.
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