We stayed at the Windermere for two nights for a family get-together. The staff is pleasant (I wouldn't say they were overly-friendly) and the hotel is CLEAN. Absolutely pristinely clean. The rooms are very large (we had a room with a side view, 2 Q beds). The other people in our party had a room with 2Q and one Q and a single (they had kids and this was perfect for them). I have stayed on Mackinac many times before and a room this large is somewhat unusual.
Perfect location. Just at the tip of the island across from open land where only a small hot dog stand (they own it) sits. Beautiful view of the straits and of the sunrise. The hotel is just far enough off the beaten path to remain quiet at most times. It is an old house so it does get noisy at night with people coming back to the hotel for the evening, particularly if they have unruly kids running up and down the halls (that was our neighbor). However, they supply fans in the rooms that we used to drown out the noise - worked perfectly (even louder than my "sound machine").
In reference to the previous post about tipping porters. Yes, you absolutely should tip your porter. I can't imagine who would ever think that people don't get tips that carry your bags. You tip the curbside airport person, why wouldn't you tip a porter who carries your bags ON A BICYCLE from the docks (3 blocks away!!)???! Comments from him were not appropriate but clearly, this person has not traveled often.
In any case, I would highly recommend the Windermere. Clean, cost efficient, and great location. Overall a great stay.
- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hotel Mackinac Island