Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

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4.5
#4 of 13 hotels in Mackinac Island
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.3
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Our turn of the century hotel, built in 1902, has all of its original Victorian charm combined with all the modern amenities that resort travelers expect. With our distinguished downtown, waterfront location, the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront is definitely the place to stay. All water-view rooms are large suites with spacious balconies. All suites have been recently updated and feature separate living rooms, two flatscreen televisions with DirecTV, King or Queen pillowtop beds, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker, and wetbar. The waterfront patio features a 25-person jacuzzi hot tub. We are home to the famous Pink Pony which has four incredible dining and drinking experiences. Our sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites is located just two blocks away and offers roomy accommodations for overflow guests. We hope to serve you this Summer at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Patio
Kids stay free
Babysitting
24-hour security
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Landmark view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Business
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English

Location

7221 Main Street #103, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,807 reviews
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Nestled in a prime location, Chippewa Hotel Waterfront captivates guests with its stunning harbor views and proximity to ferry docks, making it a favorite for island explorers. Many praise the hotel's vibrant atmosphere, bolstered by live music and the Pink Pony restaurant's allure. The rooms earn applause for their cleanliness and comfort, while the hotel's service garners accolades for its professionalism and personal touches. Travelers appreciate the value offered, often noting it as a favorable alternative to pricier establishments.
Location
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Atmosphere
Charming
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Reasonable
Cleanliness
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Service
Attentive
Amenities
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Tara F wrote a review Aug 2023
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything was perfect! We got an early check in, the large jacuzzi was right outside our room, the staff was fabulous and the location was top notch!

We enjoyed the jacuzzi each night overlooking the water, watching the boats come in and go out.

We loved The Pink Pony! Excellent drinks and food.

We can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Plan ahead for dining! There was often a pretty big wait.
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Response from Bart Berkshire, General Manager at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Responded Aug 29, 2023
Thank you for this awesome review! We loved having you stay with us. We can't wait to have you back next year.
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Tammy T wrote a review Aug 2020
Chicago, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Chippewa Hotel hit it out of the park. Harbor view king suite was a large 2 room suite with a king size bed, large bathroom with sink in passage way between living room & the bedroom. There was a mini kitchenette with a fridge, bar sink & micro in the living room area. Worked out perfect to enjoy drinks & snacks on the balcony. Great balcony over looking the large jacuzzi and lake. Room interior was similar to the Grand Hotel with individual themes. Staff were great and following COVID policies. Every staffer we encountered were properly wearing masks. We were on the second floor and didn't hear noise from the jacuzzi or outdoor patio.

The Pink Pony restaurant was attached to the hotel and a great outdoor seating. Be prepared for a 1.5 hr wait for lunch or dinner. We put our name on the list for dinner, checked in and then went to the grocery store across the street for drinks & snacks for the room. Relaxed on our balcony till our table was ready.

Only issue was a balcony light stays on all night so every morning we woke to tons of tiny bugs on our balcony. My husband would just push them off with a towel but not the way to start before morning coffee.

Also ate at and would return to: Mary's Bistro, 1852 Grill Room, Ice House BBQ & countless fudge shops. Take a pass on pizza at Island Slice Pizzeria.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Harbor view with balcony on floor 2 and up are the best
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Response from Bart Berkshire, Guest Services / Front Office at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Responded Dec 3, 2020
Thank you for this FABULOUS review! We are so happy to hear about your wonderful stay with us. We hope to see you back up at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront for your next visit to Mackinac Island!
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HikerEllie wrote a review Aug 2020
Wisconsin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We travel to Mackinac yearly, but this is the first time that we have stayed at the Chippewa. It won't be the last. The front desk was very friendly, and our room was fantastic. We had a 1-bedroom room with separate living quarters, so it gave the four of us the space we needed. The best part was the balcony that overlooked the Huron - so calming and peaceful.

The room was very clean, and we loved the small kitchenette that came with cabinets, a fridge and a microwave. It made eating on the island much cheaper. A bonus is that the Chippewa is right across the street from Doud's market, so it was easy to run over there for our grocery and toiletry needs.

The staff was very friendly as well, with a helpful front desk and porters. We will definitely return to the Chippewa.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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barker49868 wrote a review Aug 2020
Vermontville, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was nice enough. Clean and comfortable. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no housekeeping unless you called for it. I think that falls upon the Front Desk staff to call the guests each morning and ask if they need anything and what would be a good time to have housekeeping requests addressed. I also think a room discount would be appropriate with no daily room service automatically provided. My wife and I have always stayed here when we visited the Island but that will probably change in the future. As always, Desk staff were friendly and the Pink Pony wait staff were excellent. I do think Hotel guests should be afforded the additional benefit of being able to make reservations at the Pink Pony rather than waiting in line like everyone else. All told, this time around I feel I got far less than what the room cost me.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Bart Berkshire, Guest Services / Front Office at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Responded Dec 3, 2020
Thank you for this review! We are sorry to hear your experience wasn't 5 stars. We hope to see you back up at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront for your next visit to Mackinac Island!
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taressw wrote a review Jul 2020
Fancy Farm, Kentucky
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the Chippewa. Mostly because our room was a 2 bedroom and we had a sitting room and a balcony. We loved sitting on the balcony overlooking the water. We went during COVID 19 time so our room was not cleaned daily but if we needed something they were there immediately with fresh towels and take the trash from us. No complaints there. The staff was nice and friendly. We also loved that we were in town and everything was out the front door but we felt away from everything too. Best of both worlds.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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PJA wrote a review Oct 2021
Edina, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for a second time this fall, the first being in August of 2020. Bumped this review from a 4 star to a 5. We stayed in a room right above the lakefront hot tub and it was so convenient just to be able to walk right out the door to Mainstreet or the patio/hot tub area. Our room had a view of both the lake and Mainstreet which was fun. The staff was extremely friendly and the turn down/housekeeping service has returned which is top notch. The beautiful lobby was decked out for Halloween which was fun! We have thought about staying at Mission Point or The Grand, but always settle on The Chippewa because of its ideal location and reasonable rates. The huge hot tub is also a wonderful amenity to have in the chilly fall months(it’s so big, that’s it’s basically a hot pool). My only complaint would be that there was a spot right next to our room where hotel staff (and some guests and other workers on the island) smoked almost constantly, so we couldn’t have our windows open without smoke billowing in. The smoke also blew straight into the hot tub area which was kind of nauseating.
Otherwise, we absolutely love this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Kim H wrote a review Dec 2022
Saint Ignace, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This would be the 4th time and my longest stay. Every visit makes it better.

We had stayed in the corner suite overlooking the yacht harbor; however, I was bumped over for some other couple. I was pretty miffed as I made the reservations in APRIL. The thing was, the new room (next door) was actually better. So I refrained from any whining and enjoyed the change.

I prefer the off-season and I like the suite for its space. My favorite thing remains as the housekeepers coming around with Oreo cookies and milk in the evening, and they would even place them in our room by request if we weren't there.

The location and view is stellar! I like being directly across from the Doud's grocery in order to pick up snacks. When I worked on Mackinac Island, it was on the other side of town, so I enjoy the chance to do new things from this location.

The Staff couldn't be any better and special Kudos to Matt at the front desk, all the housekeepers, and my #1 favorite Dock Porter, Archie Horn. He always ensures my bags are carefully handles and gently placed in the room. I love that guy!!!

They arranged for our private carriage tour and any reservations we wanted to make.

Mackinac Island Lodging is usually fairly pricey. I think the value at the Chippewa is amazing. I got a MUCH larger room than comparable hotels. The toiletries are terrific and high quality, too. The rooms were immaculate. It's worth a few extra dollars to invest in a suite, but all the rooms are lovely. I like being on the 4th Floor ... it's like being on top of the World. Thank you to everyone at the Chippewa for another wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Recommend the 4th floor Lake View for the peace/quiet. Suite is worth the investment!
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Response from Bart Berkshire, General Manager at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Responded Jan 12, 2023
Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your awesome review! Nothing beats oreos and milk before bed! Have a great Winter and we hope to see you back for 2023!
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EdGreenDSM wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've been staying at the Chip twice a year for several years, and have never been disappointed there. The hotel is well-kept, the staff is pleasant and helpful, water-side rooms have wonderful balconies with views of the marina and the strait, and the Pink Pony is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. You won't go wrong staying at the Chip!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from Bart Berkshire, Guest Services / Front Office at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thank you for submitting this review! We enjoy having you and we are already looking forward to next time! See you soon!
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wolfcreekangler wrote a review Dec 2020
Wolf Creek, Montana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having moved west from Michigan 9 years ago our homecoming to Mackinac Island this past summer was everything we had hoped it would be and more. The Chippewa was the perfect place to stay, even during Covid. Having drinks on the dock in front of the hotel in the evening was definitely a highlight of our stay. The room was exceptionally clean and comfortable and while we may opt for a harbor side room next time around the clippity clop of the horses in the street below was a magical sound I had forgotten about. Baggage service was seamless - even with a move to another hotel for the final night of our stay and I have absolutely no complaints. Can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Garden guy wrote a review Oct 2022
Alma, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an excellent waterfront hotel. The rooms are very spacious and spotlessly clean. This is a high end hotel. The water glasses are actually made of glass not some cheap plastic. I strongly recommend that you select a lakefront or harbor view room. They also offer a turn down service than includes cookies, mints and mild.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Pick a waterfront room
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Brenda O asked a question Mar 2023
Saline, Michigan
How far is the Chippewa from the Grand Hotel?
Answer from Steve S
Powell, Ohio5 contributions2 helpful votes
Either a decent walk, half uphill or a short carriage ride or a bicycle ride. Good exercise, plenty of scenery along the way. Coming back is downhill, lol.
Answer from Gregg
1 contribution
I do not know. I recommend you call the hotel directly. The staff there is very friendly and would be happy to help.
jp921 asked a question May 2019
Lake Orion, Michigan2 contributions2 helpful votes
Do the rooms have AC and television?
Answer from Friday Fish
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes and yes
Valley M wrote a tip Jul 18
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Nice but overpriced. "
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VIRGINIA K wrote a tip Jun 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a room overlooking the Fort, facing Main Street."
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layner wrote a tip May 2024
kalamazoo76 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 416 was a beautiful room - perfect for our party of 4 friends. The extra room gave everyone room to spread out. "
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Anne L wrote a tip May 2024
Brighton, Michigan4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pay the little extra for a Harbor View balcony. Well worth it."
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Nancy I wrote a tip Oct 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get your bycicles early to ride around the island- so fun!"
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CHIPPEWA HOTEL WATERFRONT - Updated 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Which popular attractions are close to Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Nearby attractions include Threads of Mackinac (0.07 miles), Fort Mackinac (0.1 miles), and St Anne's Catholic Church (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Conveniently located restaurants include JoAnn's Fudge, Chuck Wagon of Mackinac, and Original Murdick's Fudge.
Is Chippewa Hotel Waterfront located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Mackinac Island.
Are there any historical sites close to Chippewa Hotel Waterfront?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fort Mackinac (0.1 miles), Fort Holmes (0.6 miles), and Biddle House (0.1 miles).
Does Chippewa Hotel Waterfront have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Chippewa Hotel Waterfront accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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