Midwest Living Review
Let's get right to the point: Water Street Inn in Boyne City, Michigan, is a steal. For just $139 nightly, you get a clean, furnished condo with a kitchen and spacious balcony overlooking Lake Charlevoix, plus access to a private beach and on-site laundry facilities, all walking distance from downtown shopping and dining. So what's the catch? The decor is a grab bag, totally dependent on the tastes and commitment level of the individual condo owner. We stayed in suite 307, a vision of cobalt blue and buttercup yellow, which the owner explains in a guest book are her favorite colors. Indeed! It was rather over-the-top, and the cottage-style look felt dated. Plus some details needed updating, such as faded upholstery and wallpaper and a chipped plate or two in the kitchen. However -- and this is the big however -- the place was spic-and-span, the windows opened to let in fresh breezes, the AC worked fine, and the mattress was really comfortable. We especially loved the well-stocked kitchen (complete with dishwasher), gas fireplace and huge balcony with Adirondack chairs. Because Water Street Inn has a hotellike atmosphere with a reservations number, brochure-filled lobby, luggage carts and free shampoo, it really doesn't feel like staying in a private property or vacation rental. Sunset views are best from the third-floor suites, of course, but ground-floor rentals give easy beach access. Geese and ducks make for not-quite-immaculate sand and slightly scummy water, but nothing that will daunt people accustomed to swimming in inland lakes. And again, let us reiterate: $139 per night!