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The Inn at Stonecliffe
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8593 Cudahy Circle, PO Box 338, Mackinac Island, MI 49757   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Boerne, Texas
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“A Place in Time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

For those not wanting the formality of the Grand Hotel, but still expect the feel of traveling back in time....The Summer House at the Inn at Stonecliffe is wonderful. The suites are spacious and air-conditioned. There is an elevator for those who need it. The main house is a very short walk for breakfast or to catch the taxi to town.
Bikes are available in all styles and sizes. There are bike racks outside each building. The walk to town is approximately 40 minutes, I was told.
But, expect to spend 30 minutes by taxi to get to downtown. Horse-drawn taxis full of luggage and people, can be quite tired. I enjoyed the scenery on the ride, but it also comes with a fee each way. Just know that ahead of time, and you can make the most of your day. You can inquire about a ferry and taxi discount from the hotel. Returning to Summer House in the evening was just what we wanted. It was relaxing and quiet, with beautiful lawns and a view of the Mackinaw Bridge.
The dining room is small and quaint, so we made a reservation for dinner in advance. Also, meals can be ordered from the bar and carried back to the room. Very enjoyable stay!

Room Tip: The Summer House is a short distance from the Main House. It's a large suite with balcony, AC a...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London
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6 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you have a chance to visit Macinac Island, make sure to stay at least one night. The main street changes from hustle-bustle to serene-relaxed after 6:00 pm or so when the day trippers head back to the mainland on the ferries. One of the best places to stay on the island is The Inn at Stonecliffe, just a few minutes (by bike or horse taxi) from the Grand Hotel (an expensive, but landmark resort).

Personally, I find the Grand Hotel too large and pretentious and the price is very high. A room at the Inn at Stonecliffe can be had from the low $200's in the main mansion, which is where I would prefer to say anyway. The main mansion was built in 1904 as a family summer home and is situated on the west bluff of the island, which offers excellent views of the Mackinaw Bridge. There are 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms (with no air conditioning) in the mansion, while the more modern Summer House Suites has 31 suites.

Our room was bright and airy with a very large window overlooking the expansive grounds. Although it was not water-view, we were thrilled with the view every time a horse-drawn taxi arrived at the front of the mansion. The weather was perfect during our visit, so the absence of air conditioning in our room was not an issue. It was a short bike ride back down the hill to the main street, although it is a bit of a climb (on bike or foot) back up the hill. Horse-drawn taxis are only $6.75 per person, and offer a historic and scenic tour to town. Definitely a must-do on the island.

The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful and contributed to a wonderful stay. Overall, I'd rate The Inn at Stonecliffe very highly in location, price, history and overall experience.

Room Tip: If you want to soak up the history, opt for a Mansion room rather than a room in the newer Summer Ho...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Cary, North Carolina
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Here's a hideaway you'll enjoy sneaking away to....even if for a short while! Be sure to check the weather first. We got lucky going in April. The service was excellent...use them; they are most helpful!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I happened upon a great deal online to stay here...I guess sometimes a great deal is too good to be true. Although the setting and location are beautiful, the customer service was almost non existent. After getting off of the Ferry and being met by a staff member to take our luggage and direct us to the once an hour shuttle, I was quite impressed. We were assured our luggage would be waiting once we arrived and the 'complimentary shuttle' was available right at the top of the dock. So we walked around and waited for the shuttle for 40 minutes and when it arrived, it was full and when we asked how to get a ride, we were told, "Sorry I guess it's full, you'll have to wait another hour" So we walked the 2.5 miles with most of our things uphill to the Inn. The desk clerk assured us that we would be getting the shuttle back down to the Ferry the next day but when we showed up to take it, no one told us to make a reservation or get on a list so again we waited for the next one. They also told us that is was complimentary but when we arrived at the Ferry, were embarrassed by the driver when, after tipping him, told me that I shorted him and that the ride was $6.75/person. I have no problem paying but the hotel provided no direction in the protocol. The rooms were not sound proof at all (listening to a whole conversation between our neighbors). They were, however, well appointed and clean. The water pressure was good and the setting beautiful. We were so tired after driving 7 hours to get there and walking the entire way to the Inn that we decided to stay there for dinner which wasn't what we wanted to do but the food was good. It is pretty and out of the way but I would definitely stay somewhere else next time.

Room Tip: Try staying in the main mansion. Perhaps the rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Went to Inn for a wedding. It is a beautiful setting for a special affair or just a getaway. I strongly recommend it as an alternative to staying at a large hotel. The intimate setting combined with an excellent staff makes it a highly recommended property.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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114 reviews 114 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The Inn at Stonecliffe is a huge mansion home from the 1930's converted into large NON Air-conditioned guest rooms. With the 95 degree days - it required every window to be opened and all the fans on full to get to sleep. TV is very small, and huge bathroom has "quaint" and old fixtures - which had a bit of a problem either holding or draining water. That said, the place has a real romantic feel to it - actually gorgeous in so many ways - the back porch is right out of Gatsby. Breakfast was varied, good food and fresh, and the service staff exceptional - friendly and professional.
Do note it is right off the runway for the island airport - and there is a fair number of private planes going in and out through the day - but not at night. If you are a pilot this is a real gem of a place to stay.
Being away from town was a real benefit to having a quiet and personal vacation.
We will be back for a fall weekend - but this time we will make our reservations months in advance to try out the new addition - which is air conditioned.

Room Tip: For romance - if the weather is normal - not hot - try the main building. For comfort stay next door...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, California
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

My husband and I just spent 2 nights and 3 days at the Inn at Stonecliffe. I think this is the best hidden gem on Mackinac Island. It is a little bit off the beaten path, but it is by far the most magical place on the island. It is tucked away about 1.6 miles inward and away from the noisy, and extremely crowded downtown. When we arrived we felt like we were in on our little magical fairytale. The grounds are beautiful and inside it is quaint and welcoming. The staff was amazing and the free breakfast you get along with staying there was FABULOUS. It's not your typical cold pastries and dry cereals. They had a hudge buffet of warm items such as eggs, sausage, buscuits and gravy, a large fruit platter, yogurts, muffins and more. We stayed in the "Straights" and the room was the size of a small appartment! It was huge. I was a tad bit dissapointed with the upkeep of the bathrooms. They could do a better job of cleaning and maintaining the bathrooms in the rooms, but other than that, the room was great. We were nervous that there is no air conditioning on the main property where we stayed, but air conditioning wasn't needed at all. In fact, we were cold one night! (We stayed in JULY) The back patio area at the Inn at Stonecliffe has the absolute best view of the Mackinac Bridge. They also have wonderful sitting areas where you can relax and watch the sunset. We visited the Grand Hotel while we were there just to say we went inside... and The Inn at StoneCliffe is WAY better than that place. The Grand is nothing but stuffy, pretentious and old. I would never stay there... especially for the price they wanted per night. If you are looking for a fabulous and magical place to stay in Mackinac Island, Inn at Stonecliffe is where you need to be.

Room Tip: The "Straights" room is HUGE!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8593 Cudahy Circle, PO Box 338, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Stonecliffe 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Stonecliffe enjoys a storied place in Mackinac Island history. Built in 1904 as a family summer escape by industrialist Michael Cudahy, Stonecliffe has enchanted guests for nearly half a century. Situated high on the west bluff, Inn at Stonecliffe lodging comprises a classic Tudor-style mansion that offers 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms, and the more modern Summer House Suites, with 31 richly appointed suites decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. Overnight visitors to Mackinac Island often observe that the best time to enjoy the island is in the early morning or late evening when the last ferry has carried the daily visitors back to the mainland. At The Inn at Stonecliffe, you’ll enjoy that feeling every moment of your stay. Anywhere you turn, tranquility and relaxation await, from the breathtaking bluff-top views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge to the Inn’s lush, rolling lawns.Special Services and / or Features: • Breakfast Included• Air Conditioning• Onsite Dining and Cocktail Lounge• Weddings and Events• Kitchenettes• Bike Rentals • Cable Television• Outdoor Heated Pool• Private Baths• Telephones• Complimentary Wireless Internet• Non Smoking ... more   less 
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