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Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast

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Certificate of Excellence


#3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms


Full view
98Great for walkers
Grade: 98 out of 100
38Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
20Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
57Room tips
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We were visiting Mackinac Island for our Tenth Anniversary in early July. After reading many reviews and looking at he websites, we chose the Cloghaun. We were not disappointed. The innkeepers, the location and the room were all as good as we might have hoped. I highly recommend this B&B. Anita and Paul welcomed us and made sure all our needs were met. They had useful recommendations for travel and dining. They served a very tasty and full breakfast to get the day started. The Cloghaun is just one block off Main Street close to the Shepler Ferry dock. Our room had a nice porch/balcony to sit out on and enjoy the passing tourists and regular clip-clopping of the horse drawn vehicles. With the weather being a perfect mid 70's* temp and a slight breeze from the Straits, the porch provided a very restful place after a morning of touring and shopping. By comparison to many other options on the Island, I believe The Cloughaun to have been a bargain. Another unique place in a very unique tourist destination at a very unique spot of the world. Not to be missed.
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We'd never been to Mackinac Island, but my husband heard of it somewhere, so our first task was to choose lodging. Mackinac boasts an authentic Victorian atmosphere: horses drawn carriages instead of motorized vehicles, beautiful gardens, period architecture, a number of taverns or bars with atmosphere, and lots of restaurants and places to stay. At peak of the season some of the accommodations can be quite pricey. We noticed Cloghaun B&B initially because they had a special spring price, but also the house is about 2 blocks from the ferry docks. The Cloghaun experience is much more than that, however. The house is 125 years old and filled with antiques and memorabilia from the original family that still owns it. We had chosen one of the two rooms that front the upstairs and have a balcony overlooking the town and the water. It was so peaceful. After wandering through the streets shopping and taking our carriage tour, we were ready to sit and breathe. It was chilly even in late May, but the balcony was sunny and warm enough.  Breakfast was also relaxed but quite nice. I was curious about the history and the (still sleeping) gardens, but all my questions were answered. Cloghaun is a house of peace, a quite respite that I hope to visit again. I'm including a picture of the house as it was originally built and one of our beautiful room.
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Response from Paul C, Manager at Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 2, 2019
Hi Vickie, Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience about Mackinac Island and of course, Cloghaun B & B. Your Cloghaun family was happy to hear that your trip was a great one and we hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Paul, Aneta, and Carlene
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Really disappointing. A Beautiful old house with a lot of character, but not what we expect from a B&B. The room was OK, but no TV in room. not that we're TV addicts, but its nice to check the news and weather. NO A/C in room, which could be a n issue for summer stays. Close to Market street and Sheppler's Ferry are positives. Staff was not very friendly. Breakfast was way below par for a B&B--only cooked item was an egg/cheese casserole, which was not even hot. Had a cold non-impressive coffee cake, a bowl of melon and pineapple and an array of items to put in toaster. We're accustomed to more quaint B&Bs with gourmet breakfasts. The afternoon tea was nice and pastries were pretty good.
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We stayed here in August for two nights. The house was very nice and clean, food was very good too. The location was perfect...close to pier, food, shops and activities, but most of the B&B's are in same area. Our room was very small, barely enough room for two people and we had to share a bath but we knew that when we booked room last minute. I only had two issues with staying here: 1. No air conditioning in house, so summer months is HOT. With only a very small window fan, I was very uncomfortable while sleeping, maybe a oscillating fan could be offered and would have been a welcomed comfort. Because the rooms are closed and locked during day the room just heats up with no cross ventilation. 2. Our bags were delivered to the house by Starline, but upon check-in Paul did absolutely NOTHING to help us girls manage our bags up the big flight of stairs. Basically watched us struggle to carry everything up, not even a hand with smaller/lighter shoulder bags. I just thought that was rude for a man to not offer to help a girl out. Would I go back? Maybe...but I would check out other places first.
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We have stayed at a few other places on the Island and was disappointed with the Cloghaun. The location is great and we arrived early on the day of check in. Our room was available but, it was cold. The weather was windy, rainy and in the 40's and it took about 6 hours for our room to warm up. We awoke every morning to the shower running in the room next to us. And, the maid was talking on her cell phone throughout the entire day as she was cleaning the rooms. Just not the experience we had hoped for based on other stays on the Island.
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