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Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
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85 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful Hotel”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We were met by a young man as we got off the ferry. He claimed our luggage and delivered to our rooms. We walked on around the corner to the hotel. The hotel was reminiscent of a bygone era. We had two rooms on the 4th floor facing the street. The rooms were small, but were very charmingly decorated. The clopping of the horses added to the ambiance.
We ate dinner the first night in the dining room. The White fish was expertly prepared , as was the pasta. Breakfasts in the dining room was fantastic: Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros.
We had dinner the 2nd night at the Pink Pony. They serve the same food in a more relaxed atmosphere. We also enjoyed Trivia Night.

Room Tip: Contrary to other reports, the horses don't keep you awake.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Plainwell, MI
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We've been staying at the "Chip" for nearly 20 years, but this was the first time we splurged and had a room on the water side. We've always been pleased with the quality of the service and the overall condition of the rooms we've had and this trip was no exception. This time however, we had a suite with a large bedroom and a separate large living room with a balcony overlooking the harbor and marina. The space was very nice, but the balcony and the view made the room worth the price. I did miss hearing the sound of the horses walking by, but we will do this again next year.
We've been using Sheppler's ferry and like the other ferry services, they promptly delivered our bags to the hotel. Unlike the others, Sheppler's is locally owned and operated.

Room Tip: The corner suites allow cross ventilation and broader views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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No. California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Our first visit to Mackinac Island and we are happy we got the waterfront suite. After a friendly bellhop met us at the ferry we walked from the Arnold ferry dock (close by). Our suite was spacious, inviting and comfortable with nautical décor. Our 4th floor suite had a large bedroom, bathroom and living area with cozy and relaxing furniture. Also the bonus of fridge and microwave. We were delighted with the view of the harbor and darling town. The staff is friendly, taking time to answer questions and visit while remaining professional.

Room Tip: Go in September – much less crowded. Request lake view on higher floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rockwall
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We had 2 rooms for 1 night. 1 was a suite, 1 standard room. Nice decor. Could use a little updating. Clean, comfortable but nothing special. Except the view. We were on the waterfront, however this was directly above the pool and near the restaurant/bar. Since it was 2nd week of Septemeber and fairly cool, not much distraction but could be on warmer days.

Room Tip: Right next door to Arnold shuttle so use it to come/leave island. We used Sheplers and it was a lit...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Sullivan, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2013

After driving across the Mackinaw Bridge and back,(had to do it) We traveled by Arnold Ferry to The Chippewa Hotel. TA blogs suggested this ferry and they were right. It docks at the Chippewa. Our luggage was put on ferry for us and brought to our room by bicycle. We were greeted warmly and professionaly at registration desk. We did not have a water view room (our choice) and room was reminiscent of a by gone era...quite small. However, room was very clean had all the ammenities including internet. Best of all could open our window and hear the clip clop of horses on main street. We also enjoyed watching the shop keepers prepare for their day with supplies being delivered by the horses. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet. We did not eat an evening meal at the hotel but did have lunch in dining room and drinks in Pink Pony. Both venues were good. Location of this hotel is fantastic. Tour office is located diagonal to hotel. Eating, shopping, fort and spa are all within easy walking distance. Hot tub is outside with view of water. If you enjoy a step back in time this is a great place to sit back and relax.

Room Tip: Room with water views are large.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beaverton, Michigan
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very comfortable and clean. Spacious suite, although the beds and bedroom was a bit small. Was that really a queen bed? Sitting area was huge and the balcony view was nice. Very friendly and courteous staff.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The Staff, the Room, the location! Outstanding Views! Will come here again!!

Rooms are decorated in a beautiful nautical theme with quality Stanley Furniture. Suite offers spacious Living area for relaxing.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Address: 7221-103 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chippewa Hotel Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our turn of the century hotel, built in 1902, has all of it's original victorian charm combined with all the modern amenities that resort travelors have come to expect. With it's prime downtown, waterfront location, the Chip is definitely the place to stay. All waterside rooms are large suites with spacious balconies. All suites have been recently updated and feature separate livingrooms, two flatscreen tvs, king or queen pillowtop beds, and wetbar. The lakeside patio features a 25 person jacuzzi hottub. It is home to the famous Pink Pony which has four different dining and drinking experiences. It's sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa features the Lilac Tree Spa for your relaxing enjoyment. ... more   less 
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