If you’re looking for a fun place to stay in Frankenmuth (a German-theme Michigan city and the hometown of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland), the Bavarian Inn Lodge is a logical choice, especially if you’re traveling with the kids. As its name implies, this 360-room hotel looks like it belongs in old-world Bavaria with towers, a wealth of wooden accents and windowboxes overflowing with flowers. You access the inn via a quaint covered bridge spanning the Cass River, which the hotel sits along.
With four swimming pools, a modest indoor water park with two slides and a splash zone, an arcade and an 18-hole indoor mini golf course, the Bavarian Inn appeals to families for sure. The hotel also has an adults-only pool and whirlpool, but they’re both pretty small and in an odd location right off the lobby in full view of guests who happen to be staying in the rooms facing the hotel’s interior. Not surprisingly, given its size, the inn also includes the full-service Oma’s Restaurant, plus a lounge, rathskeller and gift shop where gourmet coffee is available.
Rates run $100 to $300, and the accommodations are spacious, clean and comfortable with fridges and free Wi-fi. Ask for a room facing the river to get the best views. The inn conveniently sits just off Frankenmuth’s bustling main drag, making it easy to walk to many shops and restaurants. Another perk—a nearly 1-mile paved path runs adjacent to the hotel and makes a gentle loop near the river for scenic strolls.