After being unable to stay at another place in Houghton, we were lucky enough to get a room here after literally walking in off the street. The check-in clerk was busy, but pleasant and helpful, and - as a nice gesture - gave us the lower "streetside" rate for a "lakeside" room that had a truly spectacular view of the Portage Lake canal. The room was small but clean and functional. The shower was especially good! (A darker curtain/shade would have been good, given the long summer days in Houghton.)
Other aspects of our stay are worth mentioning. I appreciated the coupons for dining in the hotel's restaurant; we had a breakfast up there and thought it was very good. It's true that the pool could be updated, but it was more than adequate. (My two daughters loved it.)
The hotel's location is absolutely ideal: it's right on Houghton's main street, and no more than ten minutes' walk to every bit of downtown. The hotel overlooks the waterfront, which means great views of the canal and easy access to a walking path along the canal. We had a great time here.
- 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