I stayed at this hotel for years and finally stopped due the ongoing frustrations.
It has a nice location and view of the waterfront canal. The furniture in the rooms and dining room are in need of repair, refinishing and/or replacement. The mattresses are old and uncomfortable, as are the couches and chairs. The suites with a balcony are very cold in the winter from the aluminum frame doors with poor insulation.
The restaurant and bar are in desperate need of refurbishment. The bar is often out of select liquor. The food is basically Sysco entrees and seem pre-cooked. The entrees are very mediocre, extremely salty and very over priced. Breakfast is a reduced price for guests, but was always a chaotic experience. I had to walk into the kitchen on numerous occasions to find the wait staff to be seated for breakfast when the dining room was empty.
i feel Michigan Tech University keeps them in business.
The desk staff have always been very friendly.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Franklin Square Hotel Houghton
- Best Western Houghton
- Houghton Best Western