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Lilac House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #13 of 14 Mackinac Island B&B and Inns
Detroit, Michigan
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Clean B & B with comfortable beds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

The Lilac House is a comfortable B & B with shared bathrooms. There were two bathrooms on our floor and they were rarely busy. They were clean and had a supply of towels and soap. The breakfast is coffee, cereal, pop years, bagels and muffins and can be enjoyed on the front porch or inside. The room I stayed in wasn't air conditioned, but the fans kept us comfortable. Overall a quiet, comfortable place.

  • Stayed July 2012
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Surfside, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

After five days of tent camping, not sure if we were looking forward to our day trip to Mackinac Island or staying in a hotel with a real bed! To be honest, this bed and breakfast is owned by a friend of mine who grew up on Mackinac Island, in this house, which has since been converted to a bed and breakfast. A call to him for a price quote made this stay slightly more expensive than a similar property in St. Ignace or Mackinac City! We opted to change our plans to stay on the island and tour it the following morning.

You can't ask for a better location for the price. The B&B is literally three blocks from the Arnold Line docks and central to everything. But be forewarned, the Lilac House's great location is also a half block away from the Mustang Bar. If you've been out of college for a dozen or years or so, recall what college-aged patrons can be like on weekends!

Though our room shared a bath, we never had a conflict with another guest. Our bath had a fantastic claw foot tub that we took advantage of after an afternoon of riding bikes. And yes, the tub is big enough for two adults to enjoy a nice hot bath.

The highlight of this bed and breakfast is the front and side porch. Shortly after checking in, we walked two blocks down the street to the small grocery store and bought a bottle of wine, some beer, and cheese and crackers. We put the porch to good use, meeting a couple of the other guests and watching the world go by on horseback and bicycle. It was during this late afternoon respite that convinced us to extend our stay one more night.

Lori Ann was a perfect hostess who had the coffee ready when we came down in the morning. Breakfast was simple, cold cereal, milk, and fruit. Other bed and breakfasts we've stayed at had more hearty food but we also paid a lot more, too! If you're expecting a hot breakfast, you can find it in town.

The bed was comfortable and the room large. I agree the furniture could use a little TLC but when all things being equal, my girl friend and I found this an excellent value. This is a typical Michigan home meaning no central air conditioning. Rooms are provided with a ceiling fan and another larger floor fan in the closet. We would definitely come back again. Do yourself a favor....don't stay ashore at Mackinac Island or St. Ignace......stay here!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

I've been staying at the Lilac House every Fourth of July for about five years. The location really can't be beat - it's on Market Street, which is one street up from Main Street and therefore much quieter but still very close to everything in town. It has a great porch out front where you can sit and watch the bikes and horses go by while enjoying breakfast or coffee. The rooms are fairly big compared to some other B&Bs on the island, and the place only has about 8 rooms so it never feels very crowded. Most rooms have a communal bathroom, but the showers work well and the bathrooms are kept very clean. Breakfast is simple - similar to an a la carte at a chain hotel (boxed cereals, milk, toast/bagels).

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Ferndale, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2011

Clean rooms, close to downtown, very hip owners...was a perfect trip to take thanks to LoriAnn. The price was right and I loved the relaxed "family-type" atmosphere (i.e. no soggy bagels in the morning) Pop-tarts and snacks all day!!
Highly recommend if you don't want to get gouged at the Grand...

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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4 Thank Derek48220
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

I recently stayed at Lilac House over the Labor Day weekend so everything was pretty booked. I found a room at the Lilac House. It was a room with a twin bed and the floor was painted gray and had an area rug. This room did not have a private bath. Sharing a bath was okay for one night but I would not want my whole vaction to be a share bath. I have stayed in many hotels and B&B's on the island so I would just caution everyone that this a very basic B&B without much frills. It has no air or television. It is a great location and farily clean but just keep in mind it is basic.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Patterson, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2010

Perfect location walking distance to ferry, bike & horse rentals, marina, fort, spa, carriage tours, restaurants & nightlife. Great light breakfast - especially enjoyed sitting out on the porch swing with my coffee in the mornings watching the island wake up and hearing the clip clop of the horses hooves. So wonderful NOT to hear motor vehicle traffic. Cute, cozy and very clean. Owner and staff made sure we lacked for nothing. Very reasonably priced and a great bargain to other places we checked.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Spring Lake
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

Stayed there one night. Nice antiques and great location. However breakfast was boxed cereals and poptarts with disposable dinnerware. Host not available for conversation and coffee urn ran dry at 8 am with a guest waiting for morning "joe". She left to get a cup from Starbucks. If you are looking for a laid back place this is for you if into self-service. Not the quality for money charge of $150.00 per night.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lilac House Bed and Breakfast
Address: Market St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-1267
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
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Ranked #13 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Number of rooms: 7

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