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Island House Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 1410, Mackinac Island, MI 49757   |  
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Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Lansing, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fun Girls Weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

I stayed at the Island House for a bachelorette weekend with the girls. The best part of our stay was the complimentary breakfast and the location! It was very close to the main strip. We got around on bikes that we brought (remember to buy a license for your bike if you bring your own, you can purchase them from the ferry company.) in the future I would probably rent a bike on the island, it was a little bit of a hassle bringing our own.

The Island House brought our luggage to and from the ferry. The view from the hotel is amazing. It was a great relaxing stay, but I would probably recommend a trip like this for couples rather than a group of bachelorettes!

Room Tip: Stay on a lower level floor, the ceilings of the top floor are slanted in some spots and my friends...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New Castle, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

My husband and I spent 2011 Labor Day weekend at the Island House and has a great time. What a perfect ending to our summer vacation. We do a lot of traveling and I have to say that Mackinac Island is the most relaxing place if not the best place for a quick trip, we have ever been too. No vehicles, slow paced life and a wonderful atmosphere. We stayed in room 400 which we found out later was the "haunted" room. We didnt see "charlie" but the room was great and they did an awesome job to have the feel of "back then" atmosphere. The grounds were immaculant, the service was top notch and the food was very good. We did have a small issue with the service at the 1852 Grill but they were very busy and we didnt have nothing but time and they did make it up to us. We didnt have to say anything, the servers, management are on the look out at all times and noticed that we had been sitting for a while and put us first which impressed me a ton! Be sure to take the carriage ride around the island and if you feel up to it, rent a bicycle for the day. I wished we would have done that but we will be back during Labor Day 2012 and will take advantage of that option. We did visit the Magic Fashions clothing store and bought some nice things for myself and the Mackinac Island Tuxedo store for my husband, which he was very impressed. It has been a long time since he's had someone cater to his every need during a shopping experience. We overall had a wonderful time and i'm sorry that i have turned this into a mackinac island review but to end our day at the Island House was icing on the cake. Cant wait to go again this year. I see that there are some not so good reviews here and you cant please everyone but our experience throughout the whole island was very romantic and it's a must go place for couples. We dont think you will be disappointed.

Room Tip: This is our opinion only so please dont take offense. There were families there with small children...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Fallbrook, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

My husband and I booked a 4th floor room and were very pleasantly surprised to find that we were upgraded to a 3rd floor with a view. Everyone there was very friendly and there was just a "laid" back feeling. We bought a bottle of wine from the bar and sat out on the adirondacks in front of the Hotel and people watched as well as enjoyed the view of the water. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is upon check-in they don't go over anything with you that is important like the Breakfast Buffet is only served to a certain time then you are out of luck. They give you a flyer (ours was faded because the printer was out of ink or the laser jet was below capacity) to read and rely on you to read all the info. I do plan to go back this coming Summer (2012) and I hope to see you there!

Room Tip: The floors are not far from each other so when they talk about flights of stairs..it really is not t...
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  • Stayed July 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TRAVERSE CITY
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

I live in northern Michigan and have visited Mackinac Island several times. Sept 2011 was the first time we had stayed at the Island View Hotel. I would rank it as better than the more famous Grand Hotel. First, it is more conveniently located, especially if hills are an issue. Island View is close to parks, waterfront, downtown and carriage rides.
Not all the staff are imports. I feel badly that the only people of color on the island are basicly imported workers and black. It would be nice to have diversity in visitors too. Island View has a mixture of staff, and all are just wonderfully friendly and accomodating.
We had absolutely fabulous weather. The shops were getting ready to shut down for the winter, so there were tons of good bargains to be found. It was great walking weather too.
Best of all, this time of year on Mackinac is largely an adult time. I love kids and have taken my own to the Island, but it is a whole different atmosphere when just adults are strolling the avenues, on the carriage rides and eating in the restuarants! Less frantic, more relaxed, and certainly more quiet!
The Island View staff up graded my friends and us into a couples' suite. Two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, one w/jacuzzi, and a nice gathering room with microwve and mini fridge. Linens were premimum, decor attractive, suite clean!
It was a glorious, fun stay. I heartily recommend Island View Hotel in September!

Room Tip: We stayed in suite at the back side of the hotel over a lovely garden. The view of the lake was no...
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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New York City, New York
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117 reviews 117 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Make sure when you make your reservation you add the buffet breakfast. They do have a pool but it is located in the back of the hotel and sorta hidden. They have amazing views and you need a room with a view here, worth the price. You can rent bicycles right by the hotel and the biking is great for all ages. You can rent horses also. When renting a horse you can also ask for a guide to go along, when we did there was no additional cost for the guide. You can also take a carriage ride around the Island. There are no cars on the Island. The path around the island is perfect for biking, level and smooth so easy ride for all. We find the food in town less than average. We only eat at The Island House and are very happy with their food. You can rent boats here too. On this property there is a hill on the front with relaxing chairs to just sit and enjoy the beautiful views...ahhh soooo nice. The first time we went I wondered if all the walking and no cars would be exhausting...was I wrong. It is great not to hear to see cars and the walking is just fine for all ages and bikes are available everywhere. ENJOY!

Room Tip: Must add buffet breakfast and also get a room with a view.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

LOVED our stay at the Island House. It was a perfect location and the 1852 is a great place for dinner! Must check out :)

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

With the reviews so positive and so negative, we did not know what to expect but we were delighted by everything. We too got the special through Travel Zoo but were treated as if we were a full paying customer. We brought our bikes over on the ferry (though there were good ones to rent even at the Island House). We were surprised by the help and care of the ferry attendants with our luggage and bikes. The town is quite small so no matter which ferry you take, it's convenient, especially since your luggage is delivered directly to your hotel room. After reading other reviews, we called a few days before arrival and asked for a room not on the 4th floor. (My husband is quite tall, giving us a good excuse.) The second floor room was quite nice. We had the dinner included at their inn. The menu carefully specifies which items have a surcharge so there are no surprises and we thought the food was good and the view of the harbor quite lovely. Late September is a great time - no crowds but the weather is still good. The free wi-fi did not seem to connect in the room - but you can access it in the lobby.

Room Tip: Stay away from the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 1410, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 13 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Island House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With over 150 years of experience offering exquisite hospitality, the Island House Hotel welcomes visitors and guests to this State of Michigan Historic Landmark. Overlooking the shores of beautiful Lake Huron, the Island House Hotel offers guests comfortable and modern accommodations. Recommended by AAA, Island House is the only hotel on Mackinac Island that is located within the pristine boundaries of the Mackinac Island State Park. All of our rooms have air-conditioning available. ... more   less 
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