I booked a one night stay on the 4th of July through Hotwire.com. It was a gamble - you don't know which hotel until booked. And there's no refund. Thankfully it worked out great. Beautiful location and hotel - think Gatsby. Our room was located in the Mansion. I was concerned before we arrived, because I was told it was on the third floor with no A/C or elevator. The week of the 4th happened to be great weather. I heard that it did get much hotter the following week of July. As it were - we were very comfortable. The shower and the breakfast were the best I have ever had at a hotel. The view of the bridge from our room was awesome! I had an appetizer and a glass of wine on the back porch upon arrival - both Great! We rented bicycles from the hotel and rode into town for dinner, shopping (fudge) and to watch the fireworks. I would definitely stay at the Inn at Stonecliffe again. I should have booked two nights - I was sad to leave after such a short stay. Other reviews have complained that the trolley to arrive and depart the hotel was too full to catch a ride. It is; and we did walk the 2.5 miles to get to the hotel. It's a beautiful walk, but challenging if you are not in shape as it is mostly uphill. Also, we did reserve a spot on the trolley to depart. This does not mean that you will actually get a seat. My 17 year old daughter had to sit on my lap. It was pretty awful, since we still had to pay for her fee. I would prefer to walk back to the ferry next time, since it would be downhill. So- bottom line: Stay in the Mansion if the weather is not too hot. Take the trolley to the hotel when arriving, but walk when departing if you are up to it. Stay for more than one night. Oh yeah - as far as the fireworks....they would be much better if seen from Mackinaw City. They were so small from the island and boy does Mac City do them right. It was like a grand finale for an hour! Next year I may stay in Mackinaw City on the fourth and then head to the island for two nights.
- 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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- The Inn At Stonecliffe Hotel Mackinac Island