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Pinestead Reef Resort
Ranked #23 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Reviewed 21 December 2011

The good... good location. Friendly staff. pool was warm and clean. We were here in winter, but if you're a summer guest the beach would be a plus. Restaurants nearby. Several ski resorts within an hour drive. Flatscreen TV was good. Sauna was good.
The bad: hot tub WAY too hot (probably 106+). construction in the locker rooms made the Womens' locker room become a unisex locker room which is not very convenient since you have to walk to pool from outdoors (rooms have a outdoor enterance) and it would nice to change out of a wet suit in locker room instead running back to your unit in a wet suit. The construction crew didn't clean up, so the one "unisex" locker room had tools lying about and chunks of plaster on the floor, toilets sitting out by the vending machine. Room doors didn't latch properly, have to pull shut really hard. Heat within the unit is difficult to control. Two individual window units that either made the rooms really hot or really cold. The balcony was really strange- one continuous balcony so that you (or others) could stroll around even on the second floor and gaze into the various units affording no privacy if any windows are open. Room was dusty and the cupboard had boards that were falling off between the fridge and the stove. Bathroom is really cold. There is a heater, but it doesn't appear to work. Supposedly the one bedroom unit sleeps 6 but it appears that a queen or king bed was swapped for two full beds (very small for two people- and makes the room VERY crowded) and one pull out sofa. We found food in the fridge that the previous occupants had left. Normally in condos the ice is emptied from the previous occupants, but not so here. Work out room consisted of a bike (broken- tension knob broken off and I bruised my leg on the bolt that was sticking out where the knob was supposed to be). The eliptical made an awful grinding sound continuously. The treatmill was the only thing that really worked, but the emergency stop feature was taped toegther with electrical tape.
The ugly: dishes in the one bedroom condo were NOT clean. There was food residue and fingerprints on the dishes and even lip marks on some of the glasses. The can opener was so dull that it would not cut through the cans without several trips around the top and even then you have to push (and cut your fingers) on the top of the can to get hte can open (low quality kitchen impliments, pots and pans). The whole kitchen cleanliness issue made me question the cleanliness of the entire unit.
Summary: if you get this cheap, then it's a fair place to stay. We were very dissapointed since it was rated an RCI silver crown resorts. There must a HUGE difference from the gold crown resorts we are used it to this silver crown resort resort.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Has a kitchenette which makes it nice for families. Pool area is inside and steamy and towels provided at desk. This is a timeshare establishment so there are sales reps available. Area is across from state park and you smell the campfires from across the street. Lots of road noise too from heavy trucks. Beds are small double beds and couch bed is queen size. They say it sleeps 6 but really meant for only 4 at most. Bathroom extremely small and bugs and spider webs out on deck. It is a converted older hotel into a condo. Heating unit also not working properly, and they came to fix.Pillows lumpy and needed updating. Pleasant staff and would recomend this place for convenience.

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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank sassytoothfairy
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

beautiful beach and sand with a very fine room. full kitchen, plasma tv, full bath & shower. each day there was a planned resort activity for us and kids. the other guests were fun and friendly. the very 1st day we were there gm gary thaxton made us feel @ home. i love the central location to the traverse city area that the reef offers. there was plenty of parking and great info for the area @ the front desk. i look forward to the next visit ti pinestead reef, see you in 2012.
PS- my 8 year old loves the indoor pool!!!!!
thanks

john
pescari

Room Tip: look on-line for the reef's website, for available timeshare options, the week you desire.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank john p
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

As the theme song for the TV series Cheers goes, Pinestead Reef Resort is truly a place where, if you are a repeat customer, everybody knows your name. The staff is excellent! We have been going there for several years, and are always greeted very warmly. Although it is an older building, units have been kept up very well and are always clean. There is an indoor pool and hot tub and games room for the kids. The beach and view of the bay are spectacular! There are good restaurants , grocery stores, and specialty stores nearby. We wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank OniBO
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Pinestead Reef Resort is a wonderful family or romantic get-away! The long, sugar sand beach and beautiful blue waters of the East Bay are the perfect spot to relax, play, swim, or walk. We just love it there and will go again for sure!!

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank janelew49009
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

We stay at the Pinestead every year. You can't beat the location or view. Love that the rooms now have the plasma tv's. Also, the resort has an indoor pool, so on the bad weather days, the kids still have something to do! They also offer family activities, such as bingo and crafts. Great family resort!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank DisneyGirlCindy
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

We stayed in room 212 for Easter, 2010. Weather was bloody cold and snowed early April. Accommodations were GREAT! Fantastic location and view to DIE for! Resort has an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and game room. Being elderly and the place full of kids during Easter Break, we did not partake in that but is a fine place for families and elderly couples such as us.

Location is on the main highway so street sound is loud!!!!!!! Winter weather, we had the windows shut but when the semi trucks drove by, literally shook the land. Unit was quiet as long as front street windows shut.

Lots to see via Leelenau Peninsula, Mission Point Peninsula and Traverse City itself. Accommodations were GREAT! Very CLEAN! The balconies on the water and front door are shared which was odd but never intrusive. Fantastic location.

Be SURE to eat at Red Messa Grill just up the road if you enjoy Mexican Food. Cheap and Fantastic!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1265 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686-3632
Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Traverse City
Price Range: $111 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pinestead Reef Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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