Muskegon’s unattractive industrial roots are still present in some neighborhoods. But the Shoreline Inn, the city's only waterfront hotel, occupies one of its more scenic spots on the south shore of Muskegon Lake.
Although this 10-story brick facility looks like a historical hotel, it was actually built in 2003 (for a lodging so relatively new, the decor is oddly dated in shades of burgundy and harvest gold). We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding-glass doors in each room, allowing for lots of natural light, a lovely lakeshore breeze, and great views of Muskegon Lake and the adjacent marina. Rooms include full-size refrigerator-freezers and microwaves; deluxe accommodations up the ante with private balconies (two balconies on corner rooms—wow!), whirlpools and gas fireplaces. Rates start from a reasonable $85.
The Shoreline Inn also offers indoor and outdoor pools, a complimentary Continental breakfast and a fitness center. A pedestrian-bike path crosses the property, wraps around much of Muskegon Lake and runs out to nearby Muskegon State Park with its beautiful Lake Michigan beach.