My husband and two year old stayed here for two nights in early August. The hotel was nicely decorated, with samples of fudge upon check-in (yum!). We asked for early check in, and they were able to get us in an hour before the guaranteed check in time of 3pm. No problems getting our luggage from the ferry dock to the hotel or having it stored while we waited for our room. The front desk clerk even offered to store my husband's laptop behind the counter for safe-keeping. There are a line of white rocking chairs on the porch overlooking the main street, great for people watching, if you can snag one (they are open to anyone, including those not staying at the hotel). The location was perfect for being close to everything on the main drag, however after a day we grew tired of the throngs of day-trippers crowing the streets from 10am-6pm. If you walked a few blocks in either direction it thinned out, thankfully. We booked the cheapest room we could get (still pricey, but so is all of the Island). Our room was nicely sized, with a good size bathroom and tub, seating nook, and a view of one of the side streets. The hotel is in the process of replacing their room A/C units, so we had one sitting on the floor by the seating nook. At one point it stopped working so we called the front desk to send someone to fix it - the maintenance man was very friendly, explained and quickly fixed the problem (condensation build up), stating the issue would be permanently fixed once the units were installed in the windows. He showed us how to operate it (the remote was hidden in a drawer) and went on his way. The hotel has a nice indoor atrium with a pool and hot tub. The complimentary continental breakfast was nice but nothing special compared to other hotels that also include breakfast. The hotel enforces quiet hours from 10p-7a, and for the most part this worked great, however our last night there we had an extremely loud neighbor at 2-3am that kept us up. We did eat at the hotel restaurant, Goodfellows, to which I've written a separate review (overpriced for average food). All in all, given that every hotel on the Island is quite pricey and most do not include breakfast, this was a nice place to stay for the money. However, in general if we were to visit again we would likely stay on the mainland in St. Ignace or Mackinaw City, save the money and take a day trip in instead.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lake View Mackinac Island
- Hotel Lake View