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Harbour View Inn
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

I would not have a wedding reception here. The reception is held in the hotel breakfast room. Of course they charge you to dress it up a bit. The bar rate was over the top and we had to provide the liquor. The salad was served with out the dressing, I guess they forgot it.. The portions are very small my entree consisted of a 3 oz piece of cold salmon and two thin slices of zucchini. Very over priced they nickel and dime you to death. We had to provide our own music, no DJ allowed here. Any dancing is done on a brick patio. Stay off the island for your wedding.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2009

My wife and I have stayed at the Harbor View on two occasions. The first time was a bit last minute and we had a room in the B&B property next door. Room was small but cozy, no AC in the summer (80+ degrees) but, generally not too hot at night on Mackinac with a breeze. Staff helped me arrange flowers for a celebration which was great. Also helped arrange a carriage ride which was entertaining and informative, our guide was excellent. B&B is a bit old and creaky but was nice nonetheless. Beware, there was 1 room that had a bathroom across the hallway, I believe.

Second time we stayed in the building behind the main property and had a garden view. We did have a corner room that provided little garden view, but was acceptable since it was very spacious & had a nice balcony area. We had a scare with the luggage from the ferry but it turned out to be a miscommunication between employees. Kudos to the employee who went back searching for our luggage and asking around to other bellboys, unfortunately they had it in their lobby the whole time!

Liked the location just outside of crowded main street, & Continental breakfast was good. It is a nice property with large front lawn area and lounge chairs, etc in the garden area. Found it to be much more relaxing than downtown. Mackinac had a surprisingly active nightlife, saw some good live music. I would recommend bringing your own bikes if possible and checking out some of the lesser used trails in the park areas. Yankee Rebel Tavern had great food and relaxed atmosphere. 1850's room (not sure on name) at the Island House had an excellent prime rib when we went the first trip, good also the second trip.
Service on the island was just average both times around, lots of seasonal and foreign employees. Some was excellent and other times nonexistant, but no different than most tourist areas.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank Redman27
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

Staying at the Harbor View Inn was like a dream come true. We felt so comfortable and at peace here, we never wanted to leave. The Inn is not far from town, and they have a luggage porter who will bring your bags from the ferry to the inn. The location is very convenient as it is located close to Fort Mackinac, the butterfly house, and Ste. Anne's Church.

Our room was clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated, quite spacious, and most importantly - quiet! Despite having an old world decor and feel, the amenities are very modern. By just walking down the hall, we could sit out on the porch with a beautiful view of the Straits and the Round Island Lighthouse.

The staff was courteous and helpful. They held our luggage for us after we had checked out with no problem, and the porter took it to the ferry for us. Breakfast was good - a selection of fruits, cereals, coffee cake, various sweet breads, yogurt, english muffins, etc.

We brought our own bikes, but I noticed the Inn rents out bikes for pretty reasonable prices, which you may find useful if you did not bring your own.

We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to the Island.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jennifer K
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Reviewed October 15, 2008

We stayed here for two nights with our 8 year old and had a great time. We booked a suite with 2 queen beds and a separate living area. The rooms were large and nicely decorated. There was a nice semi-private balcony off the living area that overlooked a well manicured courtyard. The hotel is quiet, clean and well located. The decor is a bit dated, but my own experience is that the vast majority of hotels on the Island (including the Grand Hotel) also suffer from this. The BEST part of the experience, in my opinion, was the helpful staff. I left something of value in my room and, after driving many hours to get home, called the hotel to ask them to look for it. Not only did they find it (miraculous in itself), but they unhesitatingly offered to take it to the UPS store and overnight it to me. They did this with good cheer and a helpful, honest approach. They genuinely seem interested in making sure you come back-- a rarity these days. So while there may be more striking hotels on the Island, the Harbour View Inn stands out in its welcoming feel, warm staff, clean rooms, and value. Breakfasts, though simple continental style, are delicious, well stocked, and ample. Would highly recommend, especially for couples seeking a quiet value, or families with well behaved children seeking the same.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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1  Thank IslandGirl98
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Reviewed September 25, 2008

Harbour View is really close to Bay View, Inn on Mackinaw, Bogan's, within maybe 200 feet of the Island House, and there are at least a couple of others within a couple minutes walk. It was about a five minute stroll past Island House and the Fort to the main part of town from Harbour View Inn.

Our stay at Harbour View Inn was super nice and relaxing. We were in a garden view 1st floor room in the Guest House, which is one of three buildings associated with the Harbour View Inn. It was an awesome location, beautiful garden just out the patio doors. The Harbour View Bed & Breakfast is located next door to the Inn in another building which didn't look quite as nice. The Guest House is the furthest from the road and away from the harbour. The garden was beautiful, and it was nice and quiet sitting out on the porch watching the evening go by.

The staff was also very nice and accomodating. When we booked our ferry ride over from the mainland on Shepler's (all the ferry companies are around $25 per person round trip - we found a $3 discount coupon but there was an additional $3 fuel surcharge tacked on anyway - they also nickel and dime you for parking), they asked what hotel we were going to. When we got to the island there was someone from Harbour View who met us and took our luggage to the hotel. When leaving they took the luggage to the dock. Super-efficient service. I'm not sure that all the hotels do this.

The only complaint I have was the bikes available for rent from the Inn were not maintained in very good condition. They are cheap bikes and appear to get a lot of use. And they're expensive to rent - bring your own if you can (you'll have to pay the ferry company to bring it over).

Given the time of year it was about $130/night, we stayed for 2 nights, and I think it was well worth it. The island is awesome and very quiet with no cars zipping to and fro.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank akaurora
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