Easy access to I-196 and five-minute drive into South Haven
Homey rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers
Indoor pool and hot tub
Free hot or On-the-Run Breakfast
Fitness room with modern cardio equipment
24-hour coffee and tea in lobby
Computer station and small meeting room
Style in rooms is a bit dated
Busy atmosphere during high season
Rates can be high for the two-and-a-half-pearl category
The 62-room budget Hampton Inn South Haven is a typical Hampton Inn outpost, with no unpleasant surprises. On a busy road right off I-196, the hotel is surrounded by fast-food restaurants, and downtown South Haven is a short drive away. Guest rooms are simple and straightforward, with the chain's typical homey comforts and slightly dated style. Features include an indoor pool, hot tub, free breakfast, and fitness center. The hotel caters to families with children, which can create a busy atmosphere during peak travel seasons. For something closer to Lake Michigan, travelers can consider Lake Bluff Inn and Suites, though interiors are more dated.
A busy Hampton Inn with homey style that's standard for the chain
Travelers familiar with the Hampton Inn experience will find no surprises here: This is a homey, typical Hampton Inn outpost that provides reliable comfort for a night or two. The lobby features a sofa and cozy fireplace, as well as an assortment of books and magazines for guests to borrow. There is also free coffee and tea, and a breakfast area, but otherwise this is a hotel for those passing through on the interstate, or in town to enjoy nearby Lake Michigan. This hotel caters to all types of travelers, especially families, and when we visited there were lots of kids running around the property. It can get loud in the common areas, and by the indoor pool during peak travel times.
A five-minute drive into South Haven, 10 minutes to Lake Michigan
The Hampton Inn South Haven is located on busy Phoenix Road, just off Interstate 196 and a five-minute drive from downtown South Haven. There are plenty of fast-food restaurants in the immediate area, as well as a grocery store. The Sherman Dairy Bar is a three-minute walk from the hotel. The Michigan Maritime Museum is five minutes away by car, and Lake Michigan and its beautiful beaches will take about 10 minutes to reach by car, making this Hampton Inn a good spot for beach-goers. Quaint Saugatuck is a 20-minute drive up the Lake Michigan coast, and Saugatuck Dunes State Park is just a bit farther. Kalamazoo is an hour's drive from the hotel and is home to the closest airport. Harold Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids is about 70 minutes away by car.
Standard Hampton Inn guest rooms with slightly dated style
Rooms at the Hampton Inn South Haven have a king or two double beds. The decor is a bit dated, and fairly run-of-the-mill for a Hampton Inn. Expect to see mid-tone wood furniture with old-school silhouettes, emerald green carpets, striped drapes, and tan walls hung with soft-colored still lives and landscapes. Guest rooms have sitting areas with work desks, and some include lap desks for use in bed. Amenities include 25-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and coffeemakers, but no in-room safes. Deluxe Rooms have sofa beds and whirlpool tubs, but the hotel's spacious bathrooms could use an update and feature shower/tub combos, granite countertops, and toiletries.
Free breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and small meeting room
There are a decent amount of features at this two-and-a-half-pearl hotel, including a free hot breakfast with eggs and sausage; guests with little time can opt for the On-the-Run breakfast bag that's available during the week. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub that can get busy with kids during peak travel times. There's also a fitness room with modern cardio machines, but no weight equipment. Vending machines are available as is a coin-operated laundry room, plus a small meeting room that seats up to 10 guests and a computer station. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and parking is also free.
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