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“northern paradise”
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Lake View Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
California PA
1 review
“northern paradise”
Reviewed September 25, 2007

My husband & I spent part or all of 3 days on the island. We live 2 blocks from a college campus so the peace & quiet were very welcomed.
We stayed at the Lake View Hotel and was very pleased with all aspects of it. Also the efficent and prompt way our luggage was handled. (we were with a tour group)
The Sept. weather was fantastic for walking, shopping or just sitting on the porch getting axquainted with new people and watching the sunset.
The only "complaint" I have about the food--there was too much of a good thing. The portions were huge at the Yankee Rebel.
And of course there were the fudge shops. I overcame the urge to visit them all.
Also took the carriage tour which was fun & interesting.
I could live there in the summer.

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Michigan
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2007

We just spent 2 nights at this hotel and we will probably try other island properties before returning to this one. The hotel was basically clean, and in a good location. However, our room, which was not only booked 30+ days in advance, but actually was a designated turret room (I even wrote down the room #), was given away to the couple in front of us in line. When I mentioned that this was the room we were promised, a very huffy, impolite manager stormed out and basically said that the staff cannot promise certain rooms. We ended up with another turret room which was o.k., except that the beds had short sheets and we ended up trying to fix that all night. The 2nd night we dressed to go out to dinner at the Grand Hotel and when asked by one of the desk clerks where we were going, we told her and she replied by saying, "You'll be disappointed". When I asked her what she meant, she said, "oh, you'll find out". The taxi that (this same clerk) called earlier in the day never arrived after 25 minutes so my husband had to hail another cab. Our dinner at the Grand Hotel was charming, paced well, and the food was delicious!
In summary, I'd say the main problem with this hotel is the poor training of its front desk staff. The lack of professionalism, diplomacy, and keeping personal opinions out of conversations was all too apparent and not an attractive feature.

  • Liked — Close to ferry
  • Disliked — Front Desk Staff
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Macomb, Michigan
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2007

The hotel is clean and basically well kept. All of the hotels on the Island are older so even though they are rather expensive, they do not compare to 3 or 4 star hotels. We like the Lake View. This is our 2nd stay there. The indoor pool is a nice relaxing break. Even over Labor Day weekend when the Island is busting with tourists, the pool was uncrowded. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location at the end of Main St is great because you're close to everything yet sort of out of the hustle and bustle. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — The indoor pool and the location on the Island
  • Disliked — Older hotel (not unlike the other hotels on Mackinac) so the walls are a little thin and you can hear people walking around above you, etc.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Vandalia, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2007

I have been to the island many times. This was our first stay at the Lake View. The room was good, not great. We had a room overlooking the pool, no problems with noise, however the pool closes at 10PM and they were there at 10 to shut it down. The room itself was nice, a little dark, and the staff was helpful. We enjoyed the front porch with the rocking chairs. The atmosphere of the island is always great. We did eat at Goodfellows once, the food was fine, service was okay. The waiter we had this day acted like he would rather be somewhere else. The hotel itself could be cleaner on the outside. I noticed other locations that had better landscaping, and were regularly cleaning the outside of the building. The Lakeview had spider webs throughout the front porch and the outdoor carpeting needed replaced. Compared to other places on the island I would rate this a 6. When I return to the island I will probably stay elsewhere, but I will stop by to visit the Lake View Hotel.

Stayed August 2007
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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2007

i'm so lucky I found this hotel at the last minute, great location, great hotel! They were so nice at the hotel, we got so many discounts around the island, The hotel was pretty expensive, but it was worth it. We had a room above the pool, which was pretty loud. We ate at Goodfellows, also expensive, decent food. They were very nice, bringing our bags straight from the ferry to the room. Wireless was very convenient. Nothing extra like free breakfast, we could've had breakfast at the motel restaurant (Goodfellows), which was pricey, so we ate at the nearby Village Inn, which was very good. Highly recommended!!!

  • Liked — Staff was courteous, kind, polite, very helpful
  • Disliked — Room was next to the pool, very loud!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2007

We stayed at the Lakeview during Memorial Day weekend this year 2007. As soon as we arrived at the hotel our reservations were not correct. The hotel clerk said he saw the problem but would not tell us what the problem was, he talked down to us. We stayed at another hotel the next day when we came back to the Lakeview our rooms that were promised to be cleaned first thing still were not ready for us. The luggage was left next to the pool, we were promised the luggage would be taken directly to the room after several hours we finally went down and got it ourselves. There was a wedding and the room that the reception was held in was a short distance from the hotel front desk the partying went on well into the wee hours of the morning until someone complained the front desk did nothing. We heard the noise and we were several floors up. We wanted to talk to the manager and were told he was not available until late June. Not a friendly hotel. The front rooms were very small. When a roll-a-way bed was brought in it was very difficult to get around you had to crawl across the king size bed to get to the chair and phone. The room was clean but very small. Very disappointed with the hotel. Would not stay here again.

Stayed May 2007
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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2006

We stayed at the Lakeview Hotel for one night in September. The front desk was very accomodating in letting us check in early as we were going to a wedding and needed to change. The room we had was large with a good view. It had 2 queen beds and a sitting area with a desk. It was pricey for us, but I guess that 's how it is on the island. We were on a busy street and I wonder how noisy it is in peak season. Take the Star Ferry to get here as it is right across the street. The Lakeview has a big lobby with a porch out front with rocking chairs. We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant and found that the quality was not very good and the food was overpriced. The beds were very comfortable but would like a coffee maker in the room. Would stay here again if the price was right.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake View Hotel
Address: 7452 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lake View Hotel is located on timeless Mackinac Island. Our hotel is conveniently located downtown, making your favorite shops, restaurants and ferry lines just a walk away. We feature 85 newly upgraded guest rooms, the only indoor, heated pool on the island, free wireless internet, and a Continental Breakfast. We pride ourselves in meeting and exceeding our guests needs while not forgetting our historical past. As a guest at the Lake View hotel you will enjoy 32” LCD Flat screen televisions, new plush mattresses, pillows and bedding alongside our Victorian style decor. ... more   less 
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