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Lake View Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
Detroit, MI
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100 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Nice hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

My mom and I stayed here for 1 night this summer. The lobby, location and front porch are beautiful. We had a room on the top floor that was very big but had no windows and a wall unit air conditioner. The air conditioner cooled the room perfectly. The beds and linens were very comfortable. There was two entry doors to our room that both had electronic locks. The front door was a double glass door that faced the atrium. The pool was small and was always too busy to the point that we didn't use it. There were two other small porches besides the large front porch but not one on the top floor. Goodfellow's restaurant is attached to the hotel and is very good and well priced. Awesome salads and chicken wings. The hotel's website offers discount Sheplers tickets but the Star line is directly across the street. Definitely rent a bike and do the tour around the island. It is so beautiful we went Saturday and then Sunday morning. Once the sunsets front street is a ghost town but there are plenty of bars to have fun at.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kdxdana
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southgate
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

It has been a long time since i have stayed at such a pleasant, well kept hotel. It has the only indoor pool on the island, which was very nice. Rooms were roomy and comfortable. Lobby and front porch were great places to sit just to relax. Help with our luggage after getting off the boat was a real plus. They bring it right to your room. I like how the hotel is located at the end of town rather then in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

Room Tip: Rooms above the restaurant/bar are noisier I was told. We stayed in room 344 and it was not loud.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank maskingfluid
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

I had read the reviews before reserving. We were taking my 85 yr old Mom on vacation. Due to the possibility of canceling and Lake View would cancel, with no fee, up until time we arrived. It is located so close to the dock and they had our luggage brought to our room. This was appealing. I want to tell you that at Shepler they made sure our luggage was tagged for pick-up and gave us a discount. We arrived at Lake View and were greeted and pre registered as our rooms were not ready. When rooms ready we were very pleased with good amenities and a very comfortable bed. There was a unit that sat in the room to cool and heat as needed.
I gathered after awhile that they booked large groups and maybe that is why the continental breakfast was so bad. I am not usually one to say this, but the juice was a "drink" and the donuts the cheapest, cereal, yogurt and no fruit. . So if you stay for there location, pool and rooms, GO OUT TO BREAKFAST. Really. They really should be ashamed of what they serve. The evening out on there beautiful porch was wonderful. Also, if you need handicapp accessable, it only means there are bars to help at toilet and shower. The hotel does not have ramps.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gramashari57
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Lake_View_James, Manager at Lake View Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
I'm sorry that the ramps were not shown to this guest, but we do have two handicap ramps one on the hotel side, and one on the restaurant side.

The breakfast is provided by Goodfellows Restaurant, and may have been reduced while this guest stayed do to low occupancy.
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Batavia, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

If you are looking to sip coffee and just turn your head to the right to see the Fort Mackinac, straight to see the ferries, left to see the light house or just people watch in the city below then the Presidential Suit is for you. Simply the best view on the island for the cost. The king beds are soft and comfy and the updated flat screen TVs and desk with a computer was an added touch. You simply cann't beat the VIEW and the only sound to wake you is a fog horn or clip clop of horse feet an amazing step back in time!

Room Tip: The presidential suite was a Perfect location with a complete view of the light house to the right a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fallseasontravel1
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Franksville, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We went to Mackinac Island to get married. We stayed at the Lake View Hotel and arrived a couple days in advance of the wedding. In advance, we arranged for our wedding to take place at the hotel, indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. It was just the two of us, so we didn't need a big reception hall or large areas. We scheduled with the hotel in advance and they were quick to respond, and upgrade us to a nice room as an act of kindness in celebration of our wedding. First, I have to mention the hotel manager. He was exceptional and exceeded any expectations we had. We had planned/hoped to find flowers locally on the island as we arrived early and shopped, but none were available. The hotel manager arranged the indoor (yes, it rained) location, and even went to call the main land to make sure we had flowers in time for the ceremony. It took a lot of pressure off of us and made our stay VERY enjoyable. The remainder of the staff including the porter and desk staff were amazing. The restaurant in the hotel had a very full menu with lots of choices. I noticed on the island that some of the restaurants had limited menus, but this wasn't the case at the Lake View Hotel.

The hotel was located directly across the street from the ferry, and it literally took 60 seconds to get from the dock to the hotel. Even though the hotel was 100 feet from the docks, they picked up our baggage and then took it to the dock when we left. From there, the ferry crew took care of our luggage, so we didn't have to "muscle" any of it.

I can't begin to thank everyone at this hotel enough for all of help they provided, and the exceptional experience we had. They definitely made this a wonderful, memorable wedding. I might add that I am 47 years old and this is the first time I have ever been married. It was everything I hoped for, and more.

Room Tip: I chose a room on a corner of the building because you can see down 2 streets instead of just what...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scott S
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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36 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

I recently stayed here overnight during our Mackinac Island mini-vacation. The hotel has a great location, especially if you take Shepler's Ferry over because the dock is right across the street (TIP- insist on carrying your own bag if you don't want to spend money on tipping the staff because otherwise they will take it into the hotel from the boat and to your room without really asking). The rooms are quaint, some might call them outdated, but the wallpaper is really the only thing and in my opinion it's just part of the Mackinac Island vibe. They have flat screen TVs and wireless internet, so that's nice. The bathroom is a bit small, but thankfully they put the mirror and sink outside the bathroom for a better use of space. The pool is lovely, not many hotels on the island even have pools, let alone an indoor one & a hot tub! The atrium is a very nice feature that makes the hotel seem open and spacious. They have a restaurant that also serves a free continental breakfast (or you can pay $5 and get an omelet) in the mornings. A nice perk of staying there is they give you a discount card that can be used at certain shops and attractions around the island. When we checked out it was nice that they held our bags while we were out and about so we didn't have to carry them around, but they were not very well watched so I would not recommend leaving anything valuable in them! Only complaint is that the front desk staff were not as helpful as we would have liked when we were checking in and asking questions. Other than that, great experience although we were not there very long!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Meg S
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Richmond, Michigan
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

There were four of us girlfriends staying in the hotel. We stayed in a turret room, very nice for a couple or small family. The room was very clean and nicely furnished. It was a little small and lacked sitting and bathroom space for four women. I would recommend two rooms for four women. The staff was very helpful, including with the history of the island. We didn't use the pool while we were there, but it looked awesome! The view of the front street was great from the room, and they have an awesome porch with rocking chairs to relax. After staying at other hotels on the island that were not as nice, I would definately stay at the LakeView again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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