From the time you get on the ferry to the island there is something really quite magical about Mackinac Island and the Hotel Iroquois fits right in with that theme: magical! I Have now stayed here twice now and can't get over how impeccably clean and well designed this hotel is. It's IMMACULATE! It should be noted that this is a VERY OLD hotel, yet it's cleaner and nicer than some of the top rated hotels I have stayed in across the US and Europe.
The SERVICE is first rate, feels like you have butler service like you are at a St. Regis but it's not, it's just island small hotel fantastic hospitality. You need ice, they will get it for you, you need silverware, no problem, oh champagne glasses, coming right up, AND FAST! this is the kind of service that goes a long way and is what you want in a relaxing hotel stay. I will not forget the service. I don't know that the service is the same in the high season as both times I have stayed here have been in the fall, but I can say the hotel was completely full the second time I stayed here and the service was EXCELLENT!
The indoor porches are absolutely majestic, I could lose an entire day sitting in the cozy chairs drinking coffee (which they have out all day!) and watching the horses and carriage go by. It's such a great atmosphere. They offer coffee, tea and a very light continental breakfast in the morning which is a nice touch. The baked in house muffins were a delight!
The prices are high in the peak season but well worth it as this is such a fabulous hotel with a great location, fantastic design and immaculate rooms! I will say the rooms are on the small side but that's to be expected in an antique property.
The interior design of this hotel along with the attention to detail in all that they do here CANNOT go unmentioned. It feels a little like Vera Bradley meets the beach in a wonderfully refreshing and serene way. If you enjoy history the hotel has old photos of the hotel from years past that are so interesting, they are displayed in the hallways which adds to the whole experience. What a great touch!
Staying here is a little like going back in time when service and hospitality mattered, yet with today's updates.
Almost forgot to mention the views, which are so amazing! If you crack the windows you can hear the waves of lake Michigan calling you out to play, swim or bike around the island.