My husband and I decided to take our kids (6&8) up to Mackinaw City for the first time this past weekend. Since it had been years since my husband or I had ever been there we had no clue where to spend the night. After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor I'm so glad we with with Lamplighter Motel. It was everything everyone was saying.
It may not have a pool or waterpark like the big chain hotels do, but our theory was do you really need that stuff when a majority of your day can be spent outdoors soaking up all the history and scenery?!?
Also, the rooms might be a little on the smaller side, but once again we were there to just sleep, not spend time in the room.
What was important for us to have a clean room with comfortable beds and that is exactly what we got. Because of that we were all refreshed for another fun filled day. When we got home, my son actually said he wished we were back up at Lamplighter because their beds were way more comfortable than his.
The location was wonderful as it seemed like it was 2-3 blocks from everything. Plus there was a park the kids were dying to go to behind the motel. The following morning my daugther and I walked over and she had fun playing there and then we walked down to the water and watched the boats leave for the island.
What was the added bonus for my daughter & I (since the boys went to bed when we got back from the Mayhem at Michilimackinac was that Terry & Jennifer still had their bon fire going so we were able to join them along with another couple for a little relaxing time before hitting the hay. I'm not the type of person that would join if I didn't know anyone, but Terry & Jennifer make you feel so welcome, you can't help but join!
We ended up staying in their Venetian Garden Room and what my husband loved about it is that it was a 2 bedroom with each room having a door to the bathroom. That worked out great for us as my daughter & I stayed up a little later and we were able to sneak into our room and turn on the light and get ready for bed without waking them up.
Without a doubt we know where we will be staying the next time we go back up to Mackinaw!
- Also Known As:
- Lamplighter Hotel
- Lamplighter Hotel Mackinaw City
- Lamplighter Motel Mackinaw City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and enjoy personalized service in a family owned business. Our rooms are clean and comfortable. We are within walking distance to island ferry docks, downtown shopping area, restaurants, and the Mackinaw Crossings. The Mackinac Bridge and fort are only a short stroll away. A children's play park is next door. With our location you can take in all that Mackinaw has to offer without driving your car. We are the only motel in Mackinaw City that is in the middle of the residential area. ... more less