Empire Lakeshore Inn

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Empire Lakeshore Inn

2.5 star property
City-center motel, steps from Philip A. Hart Visitor Center

8.4/10 Very Good

525 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathtub
The price is P13,269
Price available on 07/07/2022
11730 S. Lacore Rd, Empire, MI, 49630
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Social distancing
  • Temperature checks

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Lake Michigan - 13 min walk
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 13 min walk
  • Philip A. Hart Visitor Center - 1 min drive
  • Empire Bluff Trail - 3 min drive
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive - 5 min drive
  • Glen Lake - 8 min drive
  • Point Betsie Lighthouse - 31 min drive
  • Frankfort Beach - 28 min drive
  • Village at Grand Traverse Commons - 28 min drive
  • Clinch Park - 38 min drive

Getting around

  • Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) - 48 min drive

About this property

Empire Lakeshore Inn

Empire Lakeshore Inn offers a great location, putting you within a 15-minute walk of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan. Freebies like WiFi and self parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking, and mountain biking. Other highlights at this Colonial motel include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and location.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global), SafeStay (AHLA - USA), and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 12 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • The check-in location differs from the property location; to check in, go to 11626 S. Sunset Drive Michigan
  • Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and key retrieval information; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 4 children (18 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1987
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

Languages spoken

  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Pillow menu

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Housekeeping is available for an additional fee

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of:

  • Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)
  • SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

Empire Lakeshore Inn
Empire Lakeshore
Empire Lakeshore Inn Motel
Empire Lakeshore Inn Empire
Empire Lakeshore Inn Motel Empire

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Overall score and ratings


Very Good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Bobbi, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Great Access to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Clean and comfortable, though it would have been nice to have two chairs instead of one. Great access to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and related attractions. We were relegated to the "annex," which is at a four-way stop, away from which some of the "loud pipes" crowd enjoy accelerating.
2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

A lot to be desired
This hotel was cute and quaint, but I can’t say much else nice about it. First, the photos online are of the “new” hotel across the street. We didn’t get the “new hotel” so our room was more dated than the pics promised. The positives of the hotel were that it was close to a lot of great eating, beaches and towns. The other positive was that they gave us fresh towels every day. The downfalls were that they never made our beds or changed our sheets. When you’re on vacation with little kids, things get messy sometimes. After about day 3 (we stayed a total of 7 days) it would have been really great to get clean sheets. Also, the comforter was just layer between a top and bottom sheet, which got very messy quickly, so my kids were constantly sleeping on the comforter as the sheets were no longer in their correct place. I’m doubtful that they clean the comforters very often. The worst part was the smell tho. Our room smelled SO bad. It’s like a mold or mildew smell. I’m pretty sure there was a water problem because there was no caulk between the floor and the tub. While we were there it was impossible not to get water in that area. The water just goes straight from the tub, into the crack, and under the floor. It is apparent this is the problem b/c of the terrible moldy water stench that smacks you in the face every time you come back to the room. My kids also had bad allergies at night (and they never do) so I attributed that to the unhealthy breathing air in the room.
Korrie, 7-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Our stay was great - clean, very comfortable rooms in a quiet setting. I would definitely stay again.
Heidi, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Robert, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I've stayed here before and I will definitely stay again. I love the location in Empire, easily walkable to the beach and a few things in Empire. Suoer quiet location also, which I love. The rooms are confortable and clean. And I love the contactless check in and out for after hours. Can't wait to come back!
3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Candice, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Heather, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Love this place in Empire, MI. Right next door to the Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor center. Very clean and well-equipped room. Will stay here again and again when I come back.
Yumeng, 3-night trip
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