Just completed a Travel Weekend. 3 Best Western Hotels in 3 nights! And the surprise of them all was the one at Birch Run, MI!
I made the reservation here because I knew we would be needing to find lodging within commuting distance to the VA Hospital/Clinic in Saginaw. We were returning home from a trip East for a family gathering. It was fifteen miles south of Saginaw, and across the interstate from the large Outlet Mall just off I-75. Lots of Canadians come to it for the variety of stores, etc. There are a number of places to stay around there.
It is in the process of getting its spring paint & pretty up (this spring Mother Nature was off her Prozac - the weather was NOT cooperating for outside painting & primping). But it did not affect us in any way. We were not dodging ladders or anything.
We drove up to the entrance, & went to the desk to be greeted warmly & told that as a BW rewards member I just got a bunch of points added to my account because they have a promotion going on. [AND FYI their points do NOT disappear after a year as others do] I liked that.
Next I"m told their restaurant is open for dinner from 4 to 10 & here are two coupons for a free libation with our dinner. We were given our keys & the desk person told me the best way to park so I'd be closest to my room. When we got there we were amazed at the room which we entered from an inside hall. It had an outside door opening onto a Courtyard (pet free zone - safe to walk in your bare feet) where last evening, the warm temperature made it a lovely place to sit outside, enjoy a cold drink & feel the gentle breeze wafting through the trees. After driving for eight hours, it was just SO relaxing. I sat for a while & decided to go find the Pool &Hot Tub. It wasn't far from our room. I sampled the pool, but was really ready to go wallow in the hot tub. I did! Oh how that water soothed my aching muscles & I was refreshed.
The Breakfast buffet was marvelous. Okay, there were Sausage patties (turkey - healthy), Ham & pineapple, potatoes, eggs, fresh made pancakes & waffles, biscuits & gravy & toast, bagels, English muffins all on the hot bar. On the cold bar were a whole bunch of cereal choices, & more, but I really didn't look at it too closely, I went after the ham & eggs. then 'round the corner to the restaurant area where the juices & hot beverages were waiting on the bar. Wait staff was there in case you needed anything. I particularly loved the chilled water with fresh lemons & limes in it.
The ambiance and amenities we found here were what I'd expect from the high dollar chains. Best Westerns have always been well respected & clean places. This one advertises itself as Best Western PLUS Birch Run/Frankenmuth. They definitely are a PLUS! If you're coming to Michigan for our Outlet Mall, or Frankenmuth & the Bronner Christmas Experience, stay here. You'll be glad you did! less