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Special Requests and Needs

As we approach the busy summer tourist season, here is a public service announcement from the Traverse City Econo Lodge.  In this day and age, there are many options for the traveler for booking a room which include 800#’s, countless website options, taking a chance on walking through the door at the last minute, and the good old fashioned call the hotel/motel directly.  Here at the Traverse City Econo Lodge, we urge you to call us directly at (231) 943-3040 to make your reservations, especially if you have a special need or request.  But if you do chose to use another source, follow it up with a call to us to make sure we can meet that need or request.  If you’ve ever been to Traverse City in the summer you know that rooms fill up fast and at most times we do not have the availability to make last minute changes to reservations.  This special need could be something as simple as you need a ground floor room.  The Traverse City Econo Lodge has a variety of room types and some one of a kind rooms.  For instance, we have one two room suite and it is located on the second floor.  Our rooms with two double beds are only on the first floor.  Rooms with two queen beds are on the second floor.  Countless times every summer we hear guests say “but they said I could have ….”.  The “they” is someone at an 800#.  While some lodging properties have their own toll free number, most of the those 800#’s you are calling are to a Central Reservation System.  The “they” you are talking to have never set foot on the property in question and may not even be in the same country.  The same can be said of a lot of those websites you may be using.  They may not have up to date information on the property.  They may give you the option of making a “special requests” but as they information travels through their system to ours (or that of any other property), that special request may be so far hidden within screens that the property never sees it at all or at least not until the day of arrival.  One such reservation really stands out in my mind.  The reservation came through with a special request for a second floor room, away from elevators (we don’t have one anyway), entrances and vending machines.  The reservation was for one of our “one of a kind” rooms and this particular room is located on the first floor, right next to an entrance and across from our pool and vending machines.  This was for a Saturday night in July.  We were full, with no options for changing the room.  And we were not able to even make a courtesy call to the guest to let them know the situation because they had use a pre-pay website which provided us with no contact information for the guest.   We don’t want this to happen to you.  Call. Talk to people who actually know the property.  Ask your questions.  We want you to be happy with your accommodations and if you have a need that we are unable to meet, we’ll tell.




The announcement you all have been waiting for–the headline performance for the 2014 Traverse City Wine and Art Festival is Mayer Hawthorne.  The Traverse City Econo Lodge is offering lodging packages for the third year for this great summer event that takes place on June 21, 2014 at Grand Traverse Commons.  The Traverse City Econo Lodge package offers  you the most affordable Traverse City lodging package so that you can spend your money on food, art and oh yeah, WINE.  At the Traverse City Wine and Art Festival you will have an opportunity to sample great wines from all of the wineries in the Grand Traverse Area.  That’s right, all the wineries from Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula and the surrounding area.  We are located just seven miles from this awesome festival!  Did we mention that along with the wine, there is also food and art?  And entertainment?  Along with Mayer Hawthorne, Phil Denny, The Crane Wives, The Mainstays (formerly Funktion), The Accidentals, Jordan Taylor and Samantha Crawford all take the stage to offer you great music while you sip wine, look at art and sample great food.

So…wine, art, musical entertainment, food, the splendor of Grand Traverse Commons all part of the lodging package presented to you by the Traverse City Econo Lodge.  For just $317.90 plus tax you receive two tickets to the Traverse City Wine and Art Festival, a two night stay at Traverse City’s affordable lodging option, and a special gift at check in.  When you are not at the festival, you can relax in our pool and hot tub, surf the web on our free wifi,  or be a couch potatoe while you watch one of our new flat screen TV’s.  Before you head out to the festival, start  your day out with our free continental breakfast.  You’ll find waffles, bagels, danishes, Cheerioes, Raisin Bran, Quaker Instant Oatmeal, toast, coffee, juice, milk and hot chocolate to fill your belly.  This special offer is only available to those you call (231) 943-3040 to make their reservations.  Due to other groups we have in that weekend, the number of packages available is limited, so make that call today.





Mesick Mushroom Festival

It’s that time of year!  The rain has been falling, so the ‘shrooms should be popping.  Head to Mesick for the Mesick Mushroom Festival May 9-11, 2014.  Hunt the tasty, elusive morel  mushroom.  They have a full schedule of family events and activities, including a carnival, flea market, mud bogg, car show, rodeo and more.  The Traverse City Econo Lodge, is Traverse City’s closest lodging option to Mesick. Rooms are still available but will be going fast!

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