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“Incredible place to stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
7221-103 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Mackinac Island
Dillon, CO
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Incredible place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have stayed at the "Chip" the past three summers and have been thrilled with our accommodations. We stayed on the 4th floor in a two bedroom suite that was amazing. The beds are comfortable, living room is very spacious and the hotel had a perfect pack-n-play for my two year old! The nautical decor makes you feel like its your island home away from home. The view of the water and boats on your private balcony makes you never want to leave your room. I highly recommend this hotel for families or for a non-children getaway. The Pink Pony is a "must visit" bar and in my opinion it has the best Blood Mary on the island. We also had dinner in the main dining room of the hotel and loved it - recommend dinner or breakfast during your stay. But the best hidden secrete of the Chippewa Hotel is the "back bar" of the pony.....the outside bar overlooking the water, boats and hotel hot tub, a perfect place the have an island cocktail! My entire family has stayed at this hotel and we can't say enough nice things about the staff, accommodations and location on Main Street! We'll be back again this summer.

Room Tip: Ask for a water view if possible!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with a nice balcony over-looking the harbor. It was very nice. The balconies are not private from the neighboring balconies, a bit of a draw back as our neighbors were enjoying a weekend beer drinking extravaganza on their balcony. This was not the hotel's fault, of course. Our suite was very nice, it was very clean. Very big with nice amenities. Location is fantastic if you like to be in the thick of it, which we do. Pink Pony is on the first floor and cannot be beat for food, service, and entertainment. I did note the following drawbacks:
1) not enough bike parking at the hotel.
2) our shower was above the large Jacuzzi tub in our suite and very difficult/next to impossible to use as the tub floor is very slanted and slippery when wet. It was very difficult to stand in and shower.
3) a tiny and slow elevator which is typical for antique hotels and does not bother us at all, we used the stairs.
4) the large multiple person "hot" tub was freezing and there was no way to increase the heat.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay there and I would recommend it to other families.

Room Tip: Top floors are quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Stayed in a top floor, lakefront suite and was completely worth it. The view from the private balcony was amazing, great way to wake up and watch the freighters go by/ferries come in. The hotel is just at the edge of downtown, so it's easy enough to get everywhere. It is right next to the Arnold dock, so if you're arriving on Shepler's be prepared to walk. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire time we were there, so we cut our trip short. There's just not much to do with small children, in Mackinac, in the rain. We look forward to coming back for an adult only trip! That lakeside hot tub is amazing!

Room Tip: Top floor {less noise} and lake front!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We've been coming to Mackinac Island every year for the last 5 years. We like this hotel the best. The beds are wonderful and very comfortable. The 30 person hot tub/ pool is awesome at night. I love the spacious rooms and great service!! The Pink pony bar is right on the first floor. Its awesome to be back in time and hear the clip clops of the horses every morning when you wake up! Our family from 4 years old to 88 love this place!!

Room Tip: make reservations early!! fills up fast!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middletown, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is an elegant hotel, restaurant and bar in a very quaint town with loads of atmosphere. Our room was street side with a large window for watching the town awaken with the clip-clop of horse drawn deliveries to businesses. Then watching the store workers move their supplies inside, as they were left on the sidewalks by the delivery person. It definitely takes you back in time when there was a simpler and quiet life. The room was beautiful with nice bright colors but not too soundproof. We could hear people walking above us late at night, but then again, this is not a new hotel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Excellent hotel. We stayed in the Harbor View Two-Bedroom Suite on the second floor. The living room area was very spacious. Our private balcony was our home away from home. It was fabulous to sit out there and watch the ferry's come in, freightors go by, and yachts come in and stay at the marina next door. We listened to music from the band down below. The staff was tremendous and were available all day and night. We were met at the ferry where the bellhop took our baggage and put in our room for us. Very clean. Definetly thinking about return stay with them again.

Room Tip: didn't use pool or fitness center to be able to rate.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Menominee, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Very nice hotel. Gave you the old days feel with modern zing! Great staff/service. My wife and I honeymooned on the island and it was both of our first visit. Sunrise out the harbor suite was stunning to say the least. Room was very spacious, however not very sound proof. Could hear people in the halls and the Jacuzzi spa on the floor above us and the above rooms foot steps were annoying. other than that would stay with the Chippewa again!

Room Tip: Rooms on the Harbor side will be awakened at 9 am when the first Arnold line ferry leaves dock and b...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7221-103 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Mackinac Island
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our turn of the century hotel, built in 1902, has all of it's original victorian charm combined with all the modern amenities that resort travelors have come to expect. With it's prime downtown, waterfront location, the Chip is definitely the place to stay. All waterside rooms are large suites with spacious balconies. All suites have been recently updated and feature separate livingrooms, two flatscreen tvs, king or queen pillowtop beds, and wetbar. The lakeside patio features a 25 person jacuzzi hottub. It is home to the famous Pink Pony which has four different dining and drinking experiences. It's sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa features the Lilac Tree Spa for your relaxing enjoyment. ... more   less 
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