Last week my family and I enjoyed an amazing mini staycation at Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. The hotel stay and dinner was covered so that I could share my experience with you. All opinions are my own, your experience may differ.
The Bavarian Inn Lodge is an amazing establishment full of history, where families can go to create memories to last generations. I remember vacationing at the Lodge when I was younger with my cousins, visiting Bavarian Inn Restaurant for dinner with my family (all 30 + of us) for special occasions. Frankenmuth makes for a great mid-Michigan destinations where family from both north and south can join together to share a memorable experience.
The Hotel Room
We stayed in the Stille Nacht Suite. We had two beds in the main room and a pull-out couch in the den.
We also had two very large screen televisions, a mini fridge, desk and chairs, and a coffee maker along with other standard amenities.
I really enjoyed reading all about the Stile Nacht ceremony that was chronicled throughout the room. In fact, the whole hotel was rich with articles, pictures, and information that detailed the landmark’s rich history.
Four Pools and Two Slides
One of the features that bring families to visit is the wide range of pool spaces available to the guests. This is certainly a big step up from a regular hotel with a pool, however, this is NOT a waterpark either. The use restrictions are very similar to what you expect in a standard hotel, you may use the pools when you are checked in (you may not use the pool before 3 pm on the day of check in) and your pool time ends at check-out (11 am). Additionally, the pools are closed daily for maintenance form 8-8:30pm.
It should be noted that during our stay we experienced strong pool odor in the hotel and pool areas. Bavarian Inn asks their guests to make sure they shower both before and after pool use. It is also advisable to take frequent breaks when swimming to get some fresh air. There is plenty to do in the hotel and surrounding areas.
The Waterfall Pool
This pool is tucked behind the golf course and is, therefore, less visited. The area contains a swimming pool (depth 3’ – 4”6”) with a waterfall and two interactive spray jets. A hot tub is also available in this area which can be used by all guests.
Family Center Pool
The Family Fun Center Pools are geared toward the younger guests. They are located just outside the elevator (where you get your towels). The first pool you encounter is a large wading pool with a minimum depth of two feet and goes up to 4.5 feet. This pool was perfect for our family. Carlyn (age 5) was able to touch without going under in the whole pool. Naomi (age 2) was able to swim in the shallow end with little assistance. This section also features a hot tub.
Toddler Play Pool
The Atrium pool is perfect for younger guests and features a zero-depth entry, spray features and shallow waters that max out at 1 foot 6 inches.
Two slides are also available for guests. The Tower Twister Body Slide has a height requirement of 42” while The Bavarian Blast Tube Slide has a height requirement of 48” or 42″ when riding with an adult.
The Courtyard Pool (Adults Only)
If you are looking to enjoy some child-free pool time, the pool and hot tub in the courtyard are perfect for you. They offer a quiet space to wind down and relax. Pool depth ranges from 3’0″ to 5’0″.
Family Fun Center Arcade
The Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth is host to the largest hotel arcade in all of the Midwest and offers more than 160 games and advanced technological systems. I love how your tickets are kept on your card (less chance to lose them, miscount them, and it is better for the environment).
The redemption center offers a wide variety of great prizes too. Some of the games are play until you win, which makes the experience even more exciting.
Part of the Family Fun Center is Willi’s Mini-Golf where guests can play 18 holes, indoors. This was the first time any of our children experienced mini-golf. Naomi and Carlyn make it through about six or seven holes before they wanted to move on to something else. Rosa and I finished the course. My advice for younger guests… skip the rules and the score card and just have fun.
In the midst of the arcade games and pools is this wonderful two story play structure. It is great for the little ones to play and pretend. During our visit there were a few pretend food items and dishes available as well.
The Bavarian Inn Lodge is not only a great family destination, it is rich in history and learning opportunities. Be sure to check out the displays and enjoy learning about the background of the hotel and the family behind this amazing landmark.
When you get hungry there are a few different dining options available on the property.
This cafeteria style dining facility is located within the Family Fun Center, perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat and getting back to all the action. What really stands out is the huge selection of beer and malt beverages. Daily games and activities, along with karaoke (Friday and Saturday evenings) and meal service from morning to late evening hours make this a great place to take a break to refuel.
My grandma’s parents were born in Germany. Walking into this restaurant took me back to visiting her home on Sunday for dinner after church. We enjoyed a breakfast buffet with the standard fare, but they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner items with German roots, along with other classic favorites.
The Lorelei Lounge and Schnitzelbank Bier Garten is located within Oma’s Restaurant and offers live entertainment and happy hour drink specials.