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Grand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband and I just returned from a lovely weekend at the Grand Hotel. Our room was beautiful, comfortable and had a wonderful view. We enjoyed being pampered at dinner and breakfast. The food is outstanding and the wait staff makes you feel like royalty. We highly recommend this experience.

Room Tip: Rooms on the west give a nice view of the bridge. On the east, you get the sunrise and the golf cour...
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We went to the Island to see a Legacy 5 concert, a gospel quartet, on Sunday & Monday. The venue was perfect for this performance. Our concert and room at the Grand was included in our package at a great rate. The meals available for dinner and breakfast were 5 star quality. The room was very nice, with the four corner bed, plenty of space to relax, not that we spent much time in the room with all the other things to do and see. The carriage ride, which lasted 1 1/2 hours on the Island was the best $ 25 we spent, very informative on the history of the Island. The downtown area was an easy walk down hill. The Grand Hotel horse drawn carriage was an event we missed because of the timing to catch the ferry. The view from the long porch of the Grand was spectacular. The staff of the Grand was very impressive, polite, helpful and courteous. It was a Grand experience !!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David W
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

My daughter and I just returned from our stay at The GRAND Hotel on Mackinac Island and it truly was GRAND in every way. Words really can't express such a beautiful hotel in such a beautiful location and how very special they make you feel from the moment you step onto the LONG porch with all those comfy white rocking chairs overlooking the beautiful grounds and Lake Michigan.
It gets 5 stars PLUS from us! And we are planning our trip back when it opens in the Spring.

Dee Hunt, Union Mills, IN

Room Tip: The corner suites or front rooms overlooking the Grounds and Lake are our favorites.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Dee H
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

There is nothing like the Grand. Build in 1915 in 3 months out of local white pine, this monumental hotel has the reputation of being one of the only hotels on Mackinac Island to have been featured in not one, but two movies. "Somewhere in Time" fans still unite here in late October each year.
We went for the "Celebrate Michigan" weekend rate at the end of September. It was GRAND in every way, and worth the experience. Would I do it again? At this price, yes. At usual prices, no.
You only need some memories once. We stayed the night of Sept 29th. Included in the "Celebrate Michigan (half-price, I think) special was a reception (poorly planned to occur directly before dinner) and dinner. Beer and wine at the reception was included. Not so at dinner, where two glasses of merlot set me back $28! Whoops, now I know. It also included buffet breakfast the next day. It was a weekend to remember. As Mackinac Island always is.
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Room Tip: There is a rush on "Celebrate Michigan" rooms, so be sure to call early to get one at all...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kurt H
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

This place is wonderful. It’s not a hotel it is a destination.

My wife and I are in our twenties and we were both in need of a getaway. I just happened across the hotel reading reviews of great places to go in the midwest. We “settled” on the hotel because we thought it wouldn’t take as much travel time as other trips.

I was a bit worried that everybody on the whole island would be old and that we’d feel very out of place but I was wrong.

I’ll start from the beginning.

Getting to the island is so easy. The ferry company makes everything super convenient. They take your bags and drop them off right at your hotel room door.

Arriving on the island is amazing. It looks like something from a postcard of the 1800’s. Everything is well kept and lots of shops to visit.

We walked to the Grand Hotel from the ferry. There was a “cab” with a wonderful horse and driver waiting at the dock but we thought it would be fun to walk. The walk to the hotel took about 5 minutes but it gorgeous walk and we got a chance to see part of the island.

We got to the hotel well before the allowed check-in time but they didn’t even seem to notice. They checked us right in. Our first impressions of the hotel were amazement. Everything seemed like it was right out of difference century but in a wonderful way. It was well kept and amazing.
There were older people there but it was well balanced and we did not feel out of place at all.

I will give a quick warning. The hotel is actually old. If you’re expecting your room to be like a room at the Four Seasons you are going to be shocked. Each room is classic and unique; the focus is not on the TV. All rooms are decorated in different ways. The rooms are very nice, very well kept, and everything works great. The beds are comfortable.

The meals are a wonderful experience. An experience you can’t even begin to describe. Lots of options but very unique. You do need to dress up. Dressing up means different things to different people but most women were in dresses.

The staff was amazing. Service was beyond what you could imagine.

There are tons of things to do in the hotel all day long. You could probably stay busy right in the hotel without ever going to visit the rest of the island. But, we did rent bikes and take a trip around the island, amazing. And we went shopping a bit and got some fudge.

My wife summed up our experience the best, “They treated me like a queen!” A trip to the hotel is a step back in time, a step everybody should take every few years.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

What a wonderful experience to stay at the Gand Hotel. The room was wonderful, spacious and clean. The meals were absolutely delicious. The grounds are beautiful. This was a very relaxing experience. .....................

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank sdyart
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

First time at the Grand and with the Winsome Women's Retreat. What a wonderful experience.
Will be back to enjoy the Hotel and the Retreat again.There is nothing like the ambience of the Grand. The combination of the retreat and the hotel make for an exception stay. I would recommend the Grand Hotel and the Winsome Women's Retreat to one and all!

Room Tip: They are all different, how do you choose?
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1  Thank RoxyintheClem
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Address: 286 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 286, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range: $367 - $910 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 390
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to America’s Summer Place. Every year since 1887, Grand Hotel has welcomed guests and families to Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed and bikes and horse drawn carriages are the favored modes of transportation. As Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels and Conde Nast Traveler's Top 5 Midwest Resorts in 2012, Grand Hotel offers outstanding accommodations where no two guest rooms are alike. Enjoy spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac in a rocking chair on the world’s largest porch,complimentary children's programs, The Jewel golf course, swimming, tennis, lawn games, gardens, bicycling, carriage tours, shopping, Sadie's Ice Cream Parlor, and an experience you will never forget. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Mackinaw Island Michigan
Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan
Grand Hotel Island Mackinaw
Grand Mackinac Island

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