1581 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw Michigan 48601United States
Although attractively decorated and picturesquely situated, this historic inn, close to downtown Saginaw, can take its devotion to period authenticity too literally.
As you drive up the long driveway onto the gorgeous tree-lined grounds, it all looks so promising. Montague Inn is housed in an impressively imposing Georgian-style mansion (built 1929-30) situated on 8 acres of lush landscaping on the banks of Lake Linton, not far from Saginaw's seen-better-days downtown. And then you reach the front door, which was dirty, in dire need of paint and had a loose doorknob. Unfortunately, the condition of the front door was a harbinger of what was beyond. While our room wasn't filthy (it smelled strongly of bleach so something had been cleaned), there were dust bunnies in the corners, cobwebs in the fireplace, and stains on the curtains. And that was a shame because it was a nice room: There were pretty hardwood floors, interesting light fixtures (hurricane lamp wall sconces on either side of the gas fireplace, a center ceiling chandelier on a dimmer switch), ornately framed paintings, an attractive four-poster (with a horrible mattress and only two thin pillows, but the linens were crisp), and lots of windows overlooking that beautiful yard. The bathroom was quite small, to be expected in an older B&B, but there was no place to put your toiletries (small pedestal sink and just a tiny shelf holding tissues over the toilet). The beige curtains on the bathroom window abutting the sink were stained (bad place for curtains); the walk-in shower was large but there were six handles to choose from and only one actually worked. Keeping original tilework is a nice touch, except when some are broken or cracked. The mirror over the sink was so mottled with age, it was difficult to see well enough to put on make-up. While some people find that period ambience charming, cracked tiles and all, it made us a little uncomfortable. The inn holds 17 guest rooms located on the second and third floors (a service elevator is available, if necessary) and range from spacious to cramped, with those in the former maids' quarters the smallest. Though most rooms have an en suite bathroom (shower only or tub only is the norm), a few use a bath across the hall. Several rooms have gas fireplaces, and there are small TVs in each room. The dining room hosts dinner Friday and Saturday nights and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay. The common areas on the first floor are stately, and the innkeeper is hospitable and accommodating. Room rates range from $85-160.