After visiting the other casinos in Michigan's Upper Peninsula over the years, we thought we would try the Island Resort for a night after never checking it out before. I had hoped to get a room in the new tower, as other reviewers had suggested, but at check in was told all the king beds in the new tower were taken (even though I had requested the new tower when making our reservation). But it was fine – we got one of the remodeled rooms in the older tower and was pleasantly surprised! The room was clean, very nice, and updated. Although somewhat small, the high ceilings made it feel more spacious (we were on the top floor). The bathroom was really nice with tiled floors and walls….it was "L" shaped. My only complaint might be, the toilet didn't have a lid and the shower seemed narrow (and the shower curtain was too long – which hung onto the floor of the shower).
The casino was decent size for a UP casino. I didn't like the fact that the hotel check in was practically in the casino and also, to get to the elevators for our room, we had to walk through the casino. It seemed odd pulling suitcases past people gaming. Like other reviewers had mentioned though – we didn't win. The machines paid (small amounts) at first but got cold quick. I never saw anyone win big…but then again, I didn't gamble very long.
We ate at the Fire Keepers restaurant for both dinner (which was a late – 9 pm) and breakfast the next day. Dinner was excellent. We decided to eat in the lounge area so we could watch the Detroit Tigers on the big screen TV there. Our waitress was super friendly and attentive. Food was very good – my husband and I had the perch and it was much better than expected (we've had perch at many, many places!). Breakfast the next day was fine – we both had the breakfast buffet. Very reasonable for a simple but nice breakfast buffet. I appreciated that they even had oatmeal along with the usual bacon, eggs, pancakes, and fruit.
Overall – a great one night stop for us. We had some fun, nice meals, and a super comfortable sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amenities * Casino open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. * Guests 18 and older are welcome to gamble. * All times are Eastern Standard Time. * All promotions and prices subject to change at management's discretion. * VIP Services - contact Island Club * Bell service * In-room coffee makers and hair dryers * Irons and boards available, contact front desk * For your convenience, our hotel has a refrigerator for insulin storage * Roll-a-ways and cribs, contact front desk, nominal fee * Cable TV * $.50 access charge per phone call, deposit required Sorry, no pets allowed unless medically necessary. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chips In Island Hotel Harris
- Chips In Island Resort And Casino
- Chip Ins Island Hotel