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Empire Lakeshore Inn

11730 S Lacore Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9403
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#2 of 3 hotels in Empire
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Non-smoking hotel
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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buzymom2021 wrote a review Apr. 13
1 contribution
We had a wonderful weekend in Empire! This motel was very clean, comfortable, the owners was very nice and gave wonderful recommendations. We were convenient to our destinations where we were visiting
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Date of stay: April 2021
mbausa803633 wrote a review Apr. 9
1 contribution
Very nice hotel experience overall. Close proximity to trails, restaurants and very clean. I would recommend Empire Lakeshore Inn. We hope to return to the area over the summer and will definitely consider this hotel for our lodging needs.
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Date of stay: April 2021
rico36461 wrote a review Apr. 7
North Chicago, Illinois75 contributions61 helpful votes
Great location, right in the middle of town, which is in the middle of the park. We were only there one night, and never met the owners-- our key was waiting in a drop box, and we put the key back in the same box in the morning. Place was nice and clean and seemed to have been recently remodeled. Our only minor feedback was the room didn't seem well insulated-- the heater had to come on every few minutes all night long so it didn't seem to be holding well. May not be a problem in the summer, but strange for a new place.
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Date of stay: March 2021
heidimliu wrote a review Mar. 2021
Ann Arbor, Michigan1 contribution
Empire Lakeshore Inn is perfect for a weekend trip to Sleeping Bear. The location is 5-20 minutes from hiking, and it’s a 15 minute walk to Empire Beach, where you can stargaze. The hotel room itself is updated/modern and very clean. The room was great for our dog as well. Check in is contactless, but we saw the owner a couple of times, who is nice and accommodating. I would definitely stay here next time we’re in the area.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
WhooHooo! Sounds like you had a wonderful time in the area on your trip.. and we are SO happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Empire Lakehore Inn! 🏨 Thank you for calling ahead to let us know you we’re bringing your dog... as our brand new, comfortable, pet-friendly rooms are very popular! We are glad we were able to accommodate you and your pooch! 🐩 🐕 🐶 We appreciate your business and your 5 star review! Thanks a bunch! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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jwchi wrote a review Mar. 2021
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
Room: We stayed in a king size room for two nights. All of the professional pictures of the room from TripAdvisor are very accurate/not exaggerated. Really, really clean. Great bed and plushy pillows. Keurig, full-size microwave, and medium-sized fridge in the room. Rain shower head with the perfect amount of water pressure. Flat screen TV with Spectrum cable. Service: Family-owned, very nice owners. Came and gave us new towels every day. We mixed up our check-out time and they gave us an extra hour. We're caffeine addicts and they refilled our Keurig coffee pods/cream/sugar every day. Location: 12 minute drive to Dunes Climb trailhead. 5 minute drive to Empire Bluff trailhead, 30 minutes to Traverse City. Cute sandwich/soft serve shop (great for breakfast!), pizza place, chocolate shop, gas station all within walking distance.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Response from Linda Turner, General Manager at Empire Lakeshore Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Yay! 😃 We are excited to hear you had a wonderful experience at the Empire Lakeshore Inn! It’s nice to know all of our hard work is paying off. Thank you for the 5 stars! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ We will continue to shine with our cleanliness and guest service. 🤩 Thank you for choosing the Empire Lakeshore Inn, and come see us again real soon!
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US$81 - US$220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Lakeshore Inn Motel
United StatesMichiganLeelanau CountyEmpire
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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 (1.5 km), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (0.1 km), and Sleeping Bear Dunes (7.9 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.