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The Inn at Stonecliffe
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
canton, michigan
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14 reviews
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“Relaxation at its Best!”
Reviewed September 22, 2008

My husband and 3 kids visited Stonecliffe for 2 nights this summer. We stayed in the Summer House. The room was great, had a lakeview suite with a huge balcony, not to mention the air conditioning! Very comfortable beds and up to date decor. Every morning there is a complimentary continental breakfast. All 5 of us ate there and enjoyed our breathtaking views overlooking the bluff and Mackinaw Bridge every morning. The food was excellent. We spent most of our day at the outdoor pool. Stonecliffe is the only resort besides Mission Pointe that has an outdoor pool. Huge Complaint (and probably the only one) ---Seems like a lot of younger Island workers took up most the sun chairs and were smoking and drinking at the pool. It was a little uncomfortable at times with my young kids, I still do not understand how they allow these kids to hang out at the pool as if they are on Spring Break!
There is a great little poolside bar for drinks and food while swimming. My husband and I ate at the restaurant one night outside on the patio. It was beautiful. I think it is the most awesome view in Michigan. We each had the filet and were very pleased. The sunsets are just something not to miss while up there.
To be up on the bluff is great because you are so close to the bike trails, golf course, airport, and many other attractions near the top of the island. The grounds are so well kept and just beautiful to walk around.
The ride to the Inn from the town takes about 20 minutes on bike. But well worth the time. The scenery is amazing. You can also take a horse drawn taxi to town for around $7 pp one way.
Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would return again. The staff is overly friendly and so willing to please.

  • Liked — breathtaking views and excellent service
  • Disliked — pool scene
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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London, Ontario Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

We visited Mackinac Island in July 2008. It was very different, enjoying the pleasure of no cars on the island. It took you back to a different time. We stayed at the Stonecliffe Inn, and while it is a distance from the main street, it is a wonderful place to stay.
Travelling back and forth to and from Stonecliffe by horse and buggy was all part of the fantastic ambiance of MackInac Island.

Our accommodations at Stonecliffe's Summer House were excellent. The food was outstanding. The staff were more than accommodating.

We look forward to returning to Mackinac Island and to Stonecliffe.

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Tampa FL
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

Mackinac Island is a great escape - staying at the Inn at Stonecliff away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area made our trip very memorable.

The rooms were lovely and clean. There were several dining options on site - we only went to the downtown area when we wanted to hit the tourist shops.

The island is peaceful and a surprising gem in northern Michigan - the Inn at Stone Cliff is also a great find that I will definitely be returning to in our future trips to the Island.

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shanghai
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

We have been to the Stonecliffe several times. Even though I travel the world for living, no where I have ever been allows one to escape from everday life like a stay at the Stonecliffe. The hotel is an old style tudor, where horses are the transportation mode (no cars) and the astetic beauty of the grounds are unmatched. Having dinner outside and overlooking the intersection of Lake Huron and Michigam, with the beauty of the Mackinac Bridge is breathtaking. The dinner is charming and excellent. If you read about Mackinac Island and like what you hear -- you can't go wrong with a stay at the Stonecliffe. You will leave with a wonderful memory and have left the streesess of daily life behind. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

  • Liked — Beautul grounds, helpful staff, outstanding water/bridge view and starry nights (all but guaranteed)
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Illinois
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

My husband & I stayed at the inn in the Summer House for our honeymoon. The property was beautiful and the staff was friendly, but we had a few problems. First of all, we had paid for our rooms before we had even arrived on the island. Once we got there & checked in, the lady at the desk informed us that we still owed $1800 (We had already mailed in over $2000, which is what our stay there cost us). We told them we had sent the check in a month & a half earlier. She said they hadn't gotten it, even though our bank statements showed that they had cashed it!! She said that they had been having problems with employees not entering payments into the computer properly, & that she would check on it & told us not to worry about it until we checked out. When we checked out, they discovered that we had, in fact, paid our hotel room off, and not only had we paid it off, they actually had overcharged us $25, which they had to credit to my bank account. We could have enjoyed our honeymoon a little bit better if we didn't have to worry about the hotel trying to overcharge us almost $2000.

Other complaints: The food served at the hotel wasn't very good. We ate breakfast there and lunch from the grill. The breakfast was just average and the grill food was mostly disgusting. Now...because the hotel food isn't that great & the property is so far from any restaurant other than one, it is a hassle just to get good food. The long ride/walk into town gets tiring after a couple of days of staying there. You'll benefit greatly from bringing your own bike (preferrably with a basket attached for hauling things).

Next, it wasn't very quiet when we were there. Every night we could hear children running up the stairs & down the hall. There were a few weddings while we were there. One ran late and the music was so loud we couldn't sleep, and if that wasn't bad enough, we had to listen to rowdy, drunk people stomping around and talking loudly in the hall afterward. Someone even stole the "Privacy Please" sign from off our door knob & we never saw it again.

Last of all, the housekeeping is not that good. The only time our bathroom and hot tub got cleaned was the two days we were actually still sitting in the room when housekeeping came by. The rest of the time we would come back to a dirty bathroom & hot tub. Also, the rooms we stayed in supplied dishes for the guests to use during their stay. We made use of a few of the glasses but quickly regretted it. When the housekeeper was in our room cleaning, her idea of washing our dishes was just running cold water over them in our sink and wiping them with her hand instead of a wash cloth. She didn't even use soap. We would have washed them ourselves, but there was no kitchen soap in the room to do so.

Now, on a good note, the staff at the hotel is friendly, even if some of them don't do their jobs very well. The kitchen staff especially was friendly. The property is beautiful and we loved our room, but we won't be staying there again if we ever return to the island.

  • Liked — Beauty of the property
  • Disliked — Bad service
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

I stayed here for a few nights and it was an excellent experience. The hotel - "bed and breakfast" is a stretch, even though breakfast is provided every morning for free - has several different buildings that are not attached. I stayed in the Summer House. The room was pricey - i don't think you'll ever get it for much less than $200 a night, and it's often more. Fortunately, the room is in great condition. Comfortable bed and perfectly clean. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Very nostalgic design. Felt like I was in Pleasantville.

This is the **perfect** place to go if you want a secluded retreat. If you want to escape the fast pace of daily life, this is the place for you. However, don't underestimate the fact that this place is truly secluded. It's 2 miles or so from the main business stretch of Mackinac Island - where you'll find dining and shopping options. That wouldn't be a big deal normally, except the only mode of transportation on the island is bikes or horses. Cars are outlawed. (If you don't know this, perhaps you don't know what you're getting yourself into on Mackinac Island.)

Horse shuttle rides run nearly $7 per person, each way. (And these are not romantic carriage rides, which cost much more.) They travel barely faster than a walking pace. The hotel rents bikes at a mind boggling rate of $35 a day each. If you have the ability to bring your own bike to the island, the chances that you'll regret it are slim.

Lastly, be cautious about using this hospital if you need to have Internet access. Wireless worked for me, but other hotel patrons I talked to had problems connecting.

This hotel is a terrific option for someone who is looking to get away. However, if you don't have the patience to take time to get where you want to go, this isn't the place for you.

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms!
  • Disliked — Remote location
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed March 22, 2008

Our third year returning to Stonecliffe, and it will certainly not be our last. The property is beautifully maintained; the Summer House suites the perfect size for our family of five, and the location two miles out of town--for us--is perfect.

We have learned that the best option for us is to bring our own bikes to the island. It costs $7 to bring them over on the ferry, but when you're staying several days (we stayed five nights this last time) it makes alot of $en$e!! It IS a two-mile ride to Stonecliffe (the majority is all uphill) but by bike it takes only about fifteen minutes (and that includes walking your bike up the Grand Hotel hill). On the property there is plenty of room to ride around, and the kids enjoyed having their own bikes to play on.

One reason we regularly return to Stonecliffe is the extensive Mackinac trails that run through the property. You are very close to Sunset Rock; and there are trails down to the water (not a beach-just the water line). From Stonecliffe you are are ideally situated to explore the island via trails or bike paths; every morning we planned our route, took lots of water and headed off for adventure! We typically ate a late lunch in town, then headed back for an afternoon in the pool. Dinner at the Inn was always good, and the grill at the pool a nice substitute.

This past visit we witnessed no fewer than five weddings. We even had the opportunity to reassure a nervous groom over morning coffee on the terrace (my favorite morning spot, overlooking the bridge)! Despite the number of weddings, we never felt that we missed out on anything as guests of the hotel, and noted that most guests loved the sight of a happy couple and were very respectful of the wedding parties. Both of our daughters have told us they will get married there, and we have to agree there is no lovelier place on the island (with the exception, perhaps, of the gazebo from Somewhere in Time near the fort :-)

The staff is fabulous, the food great, the rooms clean, the balconies huge, the front lawn incredible for games of tag, and the out of town location ideal for those who want a quiet holiday. We quickly get on island time (S....L....O....W...) when staying at the Inn (no internet
-ack! but yes to cell phones, btw) which is exactly what our family needs. The kids are now 12, 6 & 8 and our yearly trip to Stonecliffe is a tradition we won"t give up!

  • Liked — Distance from town--quiet!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: The Inn at Stonecliffe
Address: 8593 Cudahy Cir, PO Box 338, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5130
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Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Stonecliffe 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Stonecliffe enjoys a storied place in Mackinac Island history. Built in 1904 as a family summer escape by industrialist Michael Cudahy, Stonecliffe has enchanted guests for nearly half a century. Situated high on the west bluff, Inn at Stonecliffe lodging comprises a classic Tudor-style mansion that offers 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms, and the more modern Summer House Suites, with 31 richly appointed suites decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. Overnight visitors to Mackinac Island often observe that the best time to enjoy the island is in the early morning or late evening when the last ferry has carried the daily visitors back to the mainland. At The Inn at Stonecliffe, you’ll enjoy that feeling every moment of your stay. Anywhere you turn, tranquility and relaxation await, from the breathtaking bluff-top views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge to the Inn’s lush, rolling lawns.Special Services and / or Features: • Breakfast Included• Air Conditioning• Onsite Dining and Cocktail Lounge• Weddings and Events• Kitchenettes• Bike Rentals • Cable Television• Outdoor Heated Pool• Private Baths• Telephones• Complimentary Wireless Internet• Non Smoking ... more   less 
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