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Sugar Beach Resort Hotel

1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
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#11 of 40 hotels in Traverse City
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Sugar Beach Resort Hotel is situated on over 300 feet of the sugar sand beaches of East Grand Traverse Bay leading into the gorgeous waters of Lake Michigan and is as sweet as the name implies. Fully renovated in 2017, Sugar Beach Resort Hotel gives you the perfect location for local eateries, wineries, breweries and local shopping as well water sports right on the beach. The pillow-top mattresses ensure a great night’s rest and the view overlooking the bay while you enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast simply cannot be beat. After a day on the town relax in our heated hot tub, take a dip in our indoor pool, or work off the day’s indulges in our fitness center. From larger suites that can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably, that includes a spacious living room, to more intimate rooms with a king bed and a sofa; there is sure to be a room to fit your vacation or business trip needs. Welcome to Sugar Beach Resort Hotel where your search can end and your adventure can begin.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Game room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Electric vehicle charging station
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Water sport equipment rentals
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mark B wrote a review Dec. 2020
Yukon, Oklahoma132 contributions58 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here for a fall get away. We had a Junior Suite which was a parking lot view (we knew that going in). The room was nice and big, with separate living and sleeping areas. There wasn't a door to truly close off one area from the other. The living room, bedroom, and the soaking tub in the bathroom (!) all had their own TVs. There was a sink, fridge, and coffee maker. The bed was firm but comfortable. The bathroom was huge and really, really well done, with a double vanity, which was nice. For us, the location was nice. It wasn't right downtown, but it wasn't out in the sticks either. Everything is walking distance I guess, but for us, downtown was NOT walking distance. It's around 4 miles from the resort to downtown. At the time we were there, there weren't really any dining options within walking distance. There were a couple of restaurants across the street, but they were both closed and for sale. The resort itself is right on the beach. We're not really "beach people", plus it was chilly, so we didn't utilize that at all. All of that is well and good. However... The parking lot is teeny tiny. Our first night there I had to wait for someone to pull out of their spot to park. The second night I had to park in a little bitty spot next to the sidewalk and actually had both wheels on the sidewalk. The spot obviously wasn't meant for a truck, but it's all that was available. I have one HUGE complaint about the room. There's no place for a laptop, like a workstation or something! It's 2020 for goodness sake! The pictures show a kitchen table against a wall. I thought I could sit my laptop there. There's no outlet on that wall! We wound up moving the dining table over into the living area. Good grief. I will say, though, the wifi connection was very good. One thing that really aggravated me was their initial customer service. I called the week before arriving to confirm if there was a Kuerig machine in the room. "Oh, absolutely!" We arrive and no Kuerig machine. I asked one very simple question and you blew it. We were on the third floor. The ice machine was out, as was the second floor machine. We had to hike all the way up almost to the main lobby to get ice. The offer DVD movies to rent, which is great if you want to see something old. Like, old. How difficult is it to keep your DVD offerings up to date? Their breakfast buffet was closed due to Covid. Fine, I get that. We were told before arriving that they would give you a slip for each day you were there with multiple options to choose from. You select what you want and they'll deliver it to your room at the desired time each morning. Great! Get pancakes and waffles delivered to my room! Yay! No, not so much. Each option had two things. A box of cereal and an apple. A breakfast bar and an orange. Options like that. Really? Their key cards are almost useless. Most visitors will enter through doors located at the breezeway between buildings one and two. In order to get into the building, you have to use your keycard. One night, the only reason we got in was because someone else was coming out. The card may or may not work getting you into the room. It may take a few minutes and several attempts to get into your room. We even got new cards with the same results. It was an exercise in frustration. The bottom line is the resort was meh. It wasn't awful, it wasn't great, just meh. If we ever go back to Traverse City, I don't think we'll be staying there again. The resort itself was kind of a let down and probably the biggest disappointment of our trip.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Kim H wrote a review Nov. 2020
Fremont, Michigan56 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights in November. A quick get away before the holiday season starts. The hotel and staff were great, the room was large. We had a great view that would be even better in the summer.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
gemswinc wrote a review Oct. 2020
Long Island, New York711 contributions168 helpful votes
I suspect this is actually a three star hotel, as it is a bit outdated, and a little tired, but it was a four star hotel to me. They have the perfect room for friends that also want privacy. Room 237 has a suite w/bathroom, connected to another private room, with bathroom. There was a wet bar, a refrigerator , a microwave and a coffee maker that needs only your cup. No pot. This was one of my first hotel stays since this Covid19 nightmare began. I chose Michigan for two reasons, one being that Governor Whitmere had responded well to the virus, and infection rate was low. I was very comfortable in the hotel and surrounding areas, because mask use was nearly universal at that time, and the hotel rooms had operable windows and so could be aired. No cleaners came the four nights we were there. As it should be. The hotel is among many along Traverse Bay is among many, each with it's private beach. Some look very ritzy. The staff was accommodating, and breakfast was dropped at your door in a plastic bag. There was a choice of breakfasts. Eggs and fruit cup or Blueberry muffin, and I forget what else, but they could do better. More protein, less sugar. The only mix-up was the last's day breakfast, my friends flight left early, and we were told a bag would be available on the reception desk, but it never materialized. Instead, two breakfasts were delivered at the usual time There is a very handy deli/food market/wine shop diagonally across from the resort, and you are only two miles from the airport.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: 237 for friends/couples who like privacy. Of course many would want a beach view.
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Dayzdx8 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Lansing, Michigan1,724 contributions141 helpful votes
It's a nice location, right on the lake. The room was ok. The walls are thin, so you hear others moving around. Especially in the morning. The air filter in the heat unit was gross. We brought it to their attention. I'm glad I brought my own pillow. The included breakfast menu has limited options. Every choice had eggs, honey or dairy included, so I could not eat those due to dietary restrictions. A plant based only option would be nice, and healthier.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Love2Travel53705 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Madison, Wisconsin110 contributions60 helpful votes
This was our first trip to Traverse City and I must say that the negative reviews for this place almost scared us away but our experience was good. "Resort" might be a bit of a stretch, but the hotel does offer rooms with a beach view and the beach is lovely, but small. The fact that they charge a resort fee is laughable. The hotel itself seems older but our room was clean. The hotel staff that we had interactions with were friendly and helpful. The view from our beach view room on the second floor was beautiful. The beds/pillows were comfortable. The other amenities that you might expect at a resort were lacking. The gym/fitness center is (the weight lifting equip in particular) old and outdated. It needs to be updated. The arcade is probably fun for younger kids but it's a fairly small space and nobody was in there probably b/c of COVID concerns. I won't write about the breakfast offerings because others already have. Here are a few negatives that aren't necessarily the fault of the hotel: Other guests were smoking (pot) on their patios every night. It's not our thing but the smell is pretty strong and makes it hard for non-smokers to enjoy their patios. The location of the hotel is on a fairly busy 4 lane street where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour. At times, it can be very hard to pull out into traffic or walk across the street. I like to exercise when on vacation and walking on the beach wasn't a great option because there are fences and other obstacles between properties. I found the best place to walk is across the street on a paved trail that runs behind the restaurants. A couple recommendations, the restaurant (Smoke & Porter) across the street is pretty good and reasonably priced. There's a Cuppa Joe coffee shop about a block away in a strip mall that is also good. The hotel met our expectations and also had a nice view so we'd stay there again. It's fairly pricey but so were the other options in the area on the weekend we were in town.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: We enjoyed the beach view so it was worth the extra $$.
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US$87 - US$430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sugar Beach Resort Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Traverse City State Park (1.0 km), Swan's Nest Gifts (0.1 km), and Pebble Brook Golf (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Mesa Grill, Don's Drive-In, and Smoke and Porter Public House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Sugar Beach Resort Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (8.2 km).
Does Sugar Beach Resort Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Sugar Beach Resort Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.