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Island House Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

We had a 3rd floor front view and it was wonderful! The food was good and the wait staff was very patient and kind. I was with a school group and the kids loved the place! We will defiantly come back as a family to this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

If the Grand is out of your reach, this is the next best thing.

It's well located, a decent walk down main street from the wharves and feels like a step back in time.

The lobby is a gathering place with boardgames and cosy seating. There's also a restaurant with bar inside the hotel - the 1852 Grill Room.

There's a lovely front lawn with chairs for enjoying the views during the day and cocktails with sunset.

My room was on the third floor in the corner turret and I had lovely views of the arriving ferries, waterfront and main street.

The room was light and airy with comfortable furnishings - I loved the yellow striped walls which caught the sunshine - and a dining table in the bow window.

The bed was comfortable, the shower okay. Other than WIFI and a coffee maker, there were no more amenities in the room. Breakfast was available in the bistro.

It's a lovely hotel and I recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Old Mackinac charm! We are frequent visitors to M.I. but only just discovered the Island House. The porch is lovely, as are the fires and seating groups in the evening on the lawn. We were upgraded to a lakeview king room because it was our anniversary. They also had a happy anniversary message on the board in the foyer. We felt very special. The staff was great. The dining room is old and dingy. We didn't care for the buffet very much and the coffee could probably strip paint, but if you go around back to the Ice House you'll find a charming patio, delightful menu and the same great staff found in the rest of the hotel.

The indoor pool is great for rainy days and the hot tub hits the spot after a long bike ride or hike.

I definitely will stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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IHHotel, Manager at Island House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Thank you for your review, besthamfam! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time at the Island House, and truly appreciate your business! We're delighted that you felt very special during your time with us - as touching the hearts and souls of each of our guests is our goal.
We hope you'll stay with us in 2014 - you'll find a brand-new, renovated 1852 Grill Room (with the same great views), as well as the same, especially popular Ice House.
Thank you for spending your anniversary with us! We hope to see you this summer!

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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a groupon for two nights for a nice getaway for my husband and I. I loved this historical hotel overall. It is old and dated and quaint, but we liked it. We were a little surprised with how small our room was but it didn't bother us because the groupon was such a great deal. I would hope if someone paid full price they would get a larger room. The decor is dated and the bathroom tiny, but not uncomfortable for just the two of us. The bed was comfortable. We really had such a wonderful time on the island. The hotel is perfectly situated, close to the main shopping but far enough away from the busier area. The weather was beautiful the day we arrived and we walked from the ferry to the hotel. We rented bikes right in front of the hotel and rode around the island. Breakfasts were very good. We had dinner and drinks at the 1852 Grill Room and we enjoyed it very much. The waitstaff was exceptional. We had so many questions about winters there and they had great stories. The pianist during dinner was amazing and we loved listening to what tunes he picked to play. The background of the hotel is fascinating and I enjoyed staying in such a historical place. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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IHHotel, Manager at Island House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2013

roamfamily, thank you for your review of the Island House! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the hotel and on beautiful Mackinac Island. We agree that the Island House is in an ideal location, and are delighted that you had such a wonderful experience in the 1852 Grill Room for breakfast and dinner. Our Food & Beverage team works hard to provide exceptional experiences like yours! We hope to welcome you back to the Island House in 2014 - thank you!

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed several days at the Island Hotel, and enjoyed it very much. We had never been to Mackinac before, so didn't know what to expect. This hotel is older and charming. We had a beatiful view of the water, and the main street. 1852 Grill, very good.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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IHHotel, Manager at Island House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Thank you for your review, Susan N! We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Island House earlier this month. The views are indeed beautiful, and we're glad that you found the hotel to be charming. Mackinac Island is a truly special destination and we value your business and your feedback! Please come back to visit us again soon.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Hotel staff was excellent and the location was perfect. The view from the front was amazing. However, the room was outdated. Little things such as the broken towel rack, and old carpet made it seem cheap. The mattress was old and my husband and I kept "falling" into each other towards the middle of it at night. For the price we paid, I expected it to be flawless.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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IHHotel, Manager at Island House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thank you for your review, Coehess - at the Island House, we value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we're doing. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the hotel's phenomenal location, and that you found our staff to be helpful and accommodating. Our views are indeed incredible - and our front porch and lawn area is a popular amenity with our guests. We apologize that not every part of your stay was up to your standards - and assure you that we'll remedy the concerns you mentioned. We're actually undergoing some significant updates during the winter months, so we hope you'll come back to the Island House in 2014 to see the improvements we've made! Thank you again, Coehess. Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

My husband and I traveled of mackinac island for a "mini" honeymoon. We used a groupon deal and stayed at the island house hotel. It was both of our first times visiting the island. The hotel was great, in a good location near the restaurants and shopping. We had s'mores and sat out on the with the fire pits at night. The free breakfast buffet in the mornings was wonderful and we are at the grille which had great service and delicious food. The staff were very nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend Island house hotel to future travelers and we hope to revisit often.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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IHHotel, Manager at Island House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

MollyDenny, thank you for your complimentary review of the Island House Hotel! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your time here, and that you chose to stay with us on your romantic getaway to Mackinac Island. We agree that the Island House is in an absolutely ideal location - just steps from everything you'd want to experience on the island - and we're delighted that you found our staff to be helpful and accommodating. Our culinary team is phenomenal, and we're very glad that you were able to experience the cuisine in the 1852 Grill Room and that you enjoyed it so much!
We hope that this was your first of many trips to Mackinac Island, and that you'll choose to come back and stay with us at the Island House again. Thank you, and hope to see you soon.

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Address: 6966 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-1410
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range: $152 - $332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Island House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island House Hotels offers modern conveniences within a historic setting. This family owned property is Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel, a registered Historic Hotel of America and an official State of Michigan landmark. Guests return time & again for our stunning waterfront views, historic charm & the ideal location. Whether relaxing on the porch or enjoying drinks with friends in the garden, Island House Hotel delivers the complete Island experience. All guestrooms have air-conditioning, private bathrooms & cable television. Hotel amenities include: indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, dry sauna, evening bonfire, gift shop, concierge service, onsite bike rentals, as well as two restaurants, 1852 Grill Room & Ice House BBQ. Discover the charm of a Mackinac Island stay at the Island House Hotel - where fine service, warm hospitality and memorable vacations have been a Mackinac Island tradition...since 1852. ... more   less 
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