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“Location, pool, porch, warm chocolate chip cookies...” 4 of 5 stars
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6896 Main Street, PO Box 1716, Mackinac Island, MI 49757   |  
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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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“Location, pool, porch, warm chocolate chip cookies...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

The positives include the fact that this inn is only a 5 minute walk from the Arnold Ferry. The staff is friendly, and lemonade, cheese, and crackers are available in the afternoon. The warm chocolate chip cookies in the evening were irresistible. Two bike rentals are within a few minutes and it's fun to sit on the porch and watch the horses and bicycles. The morning breakfast includes sausage, eggs, potatoes, and french toast. You can make your own waffle or toast bread or bagels. A bowl of mixed fruit was offered along with yogurt and cereal. The negatives were that the room was very basic and the breakfast foods and dishes needed to be monitored, cleaned up, and restocked more thoroughly. I would have appreciated a trash can in the bedroom and some nicer soaps and shampoos for such a high price.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We only spent one night on Mackinac Island, but we are so happy we elected to stay at the Inn. The moment we walked up to the Inn from the ferry (there are no cars on the island!), we knew we were in for a treat! The warm inviting green painted Victorian home seemed to beckon us in. Once inside, it was just like visiting an old friend’s house. The desk area is configured like a family living room, with lots of plush comfortable chairs arranged around the floor plan to allow small intimate conversations with family and friends. The staff at the front desk was extremely friendly and helpful. When I asked for dinner recommendations, they offered me a book filled with menus from local restaurants and insisted that I take the book back to my room and confer in private,returning the book only after we were finished using it. And when I did, having narrowed our choices to three different places, the staff offered additional information to help make our decision. Our room was on the top floor, and placed toward the rear of the hotel, which ensured it was quiet. We had heard that rooms in front, near the street, can be noisy due to all the horses walking by. The room was small, but typical for a bed and breakfast. The bed, however, was extremely comfortable and the bathroom fully equipped with amenities. Although Mackinac Island was suffering through the hottest temperatures in Michigan’s history, we were able to cool the room to a comfortable level. Our only disappointment with the room is that because we were on the top floor, the Inn’s Wi-Fi didn’t extend that far, so there was no internet in the room. Initially I took my iPad to the ground floor, but then learned one of the hotel’s best kept secrets! On the second floor, guests are welcomed to sit in comfortable rocking and wicker chairs on a large wraparound porch that overlooks the street. Sitting in the shad, enjoying the breeze of the water, AND having internet access made this our favorite spot! The hotel advertises that it has a swimming pool, and it does,but it is a very small facility cramped into the backyard of the property almost as an afterthought. Nevertheless, there were several children playing in the pool when we visited, and they seemed more than overjoyed---of course the blistering heat might have had something to do with that as well! Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t note the excellent care the Inn takes care of you from the moment you arrive. We came across on the early ferry, having tagged our luggage to go the Inn. When we arrived on island, the Inn had a staff employee on hand to take our luggage, confirmed with us that is was ours, then loaded it onto his bicycle and took it to the Inn for us. We never even touched it! Likewise, when we prepared to leave the island, we simply told the front desk what ferry we planned to depart on, and the hotel arranged to have our luggage delivered to the dock, where after we confirmed it was ours, they worked with the ferry crew to have it loaded on the ship and then taken off at the other end. Nothing could have been easier, and we never had to touch our luggage! All in all, the Inn on Mackinac Island is a wonderful respite and very affordable prices compared to many other island properties. We look forward to staying here on our next trip to northern Michigan!!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

We have stayed at the Inn two times now and we were glad that we chose to return. The staff is incredibly friendly. The Inn has a perfect location! Just down the street far enough from the night life to avoid the noise, but not as far away as some of the larger resorts. Walking to all the action takes less than 5-10 minutes. There is also a great bike shop right across the street from the Inn which is incredibly convenient. The rooms have character and range a bit in size, but we dont spend much time in the room so room size wasn't a big deal to us. The front porch is great! Watching the world pedal by while enjoying a drink is a great way to unwind after a day on the island. The pool at the hotel is small but relaxing. We recommend this Inn to all of our friends and family and will definitely return. Finally the breakfast, cookies at night and air conditioned rooms are all great pluses!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Great deal. Great location. Friendly staff. Clean room. Quiet. Gorgeous. We had such a wonderful time we booked another night!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

We found a great deal on their website and decided to stay on the Island. After one night, we decided to return for another night on our way back to Kzoo.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Royal Oak
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

This is a very service oriented hotel. The staff at the desk are very friendly and know what they're doing. There are cheese and crackers and lemonade available in the lobby. They deliver cookies to your room at bedtime. They have a hot breakfast buffet for guests. There's a big shady porch to sit on and watch the bikes go by.
The pool is actually a spa pool - meaning the water is really quite warm. After about 20 minutes my boys had to get out to cool off. It's about the size of 2 usual hotel spas, has jets and a waterfall and a bench all around. I'd say it's more an adult pool than a kid pool.
The downside is that it's on the other side of the fort from downtown so there's no where to eat without a bit of a walk. Also, I find the room decor to be too fussily Victorian for my taste. And I wish they'd get better shades or curtains in the rooms because in July it gets dark long after you want kids to get to sleep and it gets light long before you want them to wake up.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Had a nice time at the Inn..saw so many wonderful reviews so we decided to stay. On the first day tho the girl that checked us in was not so nice. We asked why we couldn't get a taxi to take us to the Inn in the pouring rain..and as she was looking at her nails just said.."well you have to reserve them!" Also told her that "Somewhere in Time" was not playing on the TV and she said she didn't know why. The next day we asked another girl at the desk about the movie and she said it was on a DVD and she'd look into it...it was fixed by the time we came back to the inn later that day. Saw that another review stated they received free 1/2 lb. fudge on check in...we did not. Did not like the bathroom either..very small. But the rest of the time at the inn was very nice. Good breakfast, loved the veranda and spa/pool. Good cookies to come back to at night and great cheese and crackers in the afternoon. Not sure if I would stay here again tho for the things I wrote about. Might try another hotel or B&B.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6896 Main Street, PO Box 1716, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The year was 1867, an era of horse-drawn carriages and ladies in bustles. Blacksmiths were crafting horse shoes in glowing forges. During this height of Victorian culture, the Inn on Mackinac was built. Known then as Chateau Beaumont in memory of the famous Army surgeon at Fort Mackinac, the Inn on Mackinac has retained its quaint, old fashioned charm. The Inn’s facilities have been updated to meet the needs of the modern traveler while preserving its colorful history. Today, completely remodeled and redecorated, this beautiful Victorian Inn opens its doors, where the very special charm of our family-run Inn awaits you. ... more   less 
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Inn On Mackinac Hotel Mackinac Island
Hotel On Mackinac Island
Mackinac Bed Breakfast Island

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