The Cottage Inn is an excellent choice for lodging on the island. "Coming Home" there every day after a full day of exploring was the Picaso of Paintings, the Platinum of Metals, or...simply, PERFECTION!
Booking & check-in/check out were a breeze.
Northern hospitality was at its' best here! Rich and Marge are knowledgeable of the island, professional, efficient, and fully equipped and willing to fullfill the needs of their guests.
The Inn is very well kept and maintained. It's around 11 years old but it could pass as brand new. It has a very solid feel to it. This may be a strange comment to read; but it was extremely WINDY while we were there; and we barely heard anything inside our room!
Housekeeping works every day to refresh the room. It's like being on a cruise ship where you go out for breakfast and come back and it's like new. The Inn, overall, has a very clean feel to it. It feels like the managers really take ownership in their position and treat the Inn as if it is their own.
There are treats each afternoon. Always fudge and caramel corn. Sometimes peanut brittle and cake. Coffee is always full, as is decaf, hot water (tea back on the shelf above), and ice water. They're all on pumps right at the bottom of the stairs. The ceramic cups are always plentiful.
There are over 100 (I didn't count, just by looking) movies that they offer to guests to watch, and popcorn is in a drawer right below the microwave in the common area. A real treat.
Breakfast is always good, varied, and plentiful. A blend of diced watermelon, cantelope, and honeydew melon are there every morning, along with a big dish of strawberry yogurt to go with it. There is also a wide assortment of bread, with peanut butter & jelly, butter, and jam to go with it. The biggest portion of breakfast is a hot egg casserole. Each morning it's different, and always quite tastey and filling. Also, all sorts of juice & banannas.
We stayed in the Mackinac Suite, which is the front two rooms on the top floor, together as one room. It's very spacious and nice for two couples. There is a shared bathroom with shared lavatory in the master bedroom, which has a door. The shared lavatory is actually in the master bedroom. There is a full dresser there. The second sleeping area is right as you walk in the door. There is a closet and a microfridge there as well. If you find you don't have enough hangers, you can get more by asking. The turret serves as a gathering place with three overstuffed chairs (quite comfy), a coffee table, and a new TV with DVD player. Really nice. I noticed when we were there that a fourth chair had been added. Not sure if that was because there were four of us or not. I had not noticed it in any other pictures. I thought it was added in and was a nice thought.
The beds were incredibly comfortable with exquisite bedding. Plenty of pillows! Extra blankets in the closet.
The temperature control in the room was the most impressive setup I've seen in a shared space. There are three spaces (turret, main sleeping area, & master bedroom). EACH SPACE had it's own simply operated controls for heat and A/C! This makes it very nice when travelling with others. There are also screens on all windows if you want fresh aire.
We loved the rainfall shower head. This room has no bathtub. Water temperature and pressure were great, even with four people in our room and the Inn being full!!!
We didn't stay in the Turret Room this time; but my dad and husband did three years ago. It has lots of room as well. One bed plus a pull out couch, and the nice front view turret like the Mackinac Suite. This size of this room would be about like the Mackinac Suite without the master bedroom.
Wi-Fi is good throughout the hotel. In the evening a couple of times we had four different devices going without event.
Some things to keep in mind at this Inn:
-As with all B&B's, access to upper floors is by stairs.
-There is no public bathroom in the common area.
-If you need a taxi, just ask Rich or Marge. They'll call them for you!
-If you want to see a menu from a particular restaurant, they probably have a full size one behind the desk! They'll make recommendations & give you discount cards for many, too!
I didn't have many pictures to post because the innkeepers and other guests have already done a great job! I posted a couple to give a feel of the size of the Inn and also the set-up of the Mackinac Suite and the Turret Room from the outside perspective.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cottage Inn of Mackinac Island is a beautiful inn built with Victorian style and charm. The Cottage Inn was built in 2001 and we are proud to be the most modern B&B on Mackinac Island. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cottage Inn Of Mackinac Island Hotel Mackinac Island