The hotel is beautiful, the rooms are extraordinary...and each room is decorated differently. We did not have a nice view from our room, but we were rarely in our room, so were not too upset about this. The hotel is immaculately clean throughout. The food is very good and two meals (breakfast, dinner) are included in the price of the room. Drinks are not included and are pricey. They give you a $20 food allowance for meals if you eat at any of their other restaurants on the property but not in the hotel itself. Four of us spent almost $100 for lunch at the Jockey Club (two hotdogs, two salads, 2 cups of soup and 4 drinks). Luggage is tagged at the ferry before you get to the island and is taken directly to the hotel ($15 fee by the hotel for baggage handling). There are horse and buggy shuttles to the hotel and/or to town ($4.50 pp each way). Tours of the island are $25 pp or you can arrange a private tour at the hotel for $100 (worth it if you have 4 or more people taking the tour). If one person is booking more than one room, make sure you use separate names/credit cards for each room. They'll put all charges on the acccount of the person booking, which is VERY CONFUSING when you go to check out. They will NOT correct this when you arrive. This was our chief annoyance. The hotel staff seemed unseasoned and disorganized at times...which was very surprising. The hotel is enormous, yet we were not offered a map of the hotel when we arrived. When we asked for one after we realized we had no idea where anything was, it look about 10 minutes of hunting for them to find one to give us. While the food was very good, the restaurant is VERY large and noisy. The orchestra was playing jazz during dinner while we were there, which added to the stress of the noise. We felt as though we were at a wedding reception rather than a classy dining room. You must dress for dinner...dress/nice slacks/blouse outfit for women; jacket and tie for men. Casual wear is acceptable otherwise. TVs in each room are very small. Quiet entertainment, very relaxing. Not too much excitement at this hotel, but worth the experience.
- 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