loved this hotel. It had everything I get on a cruise, plus golf. Meals were included and the service and menu choices put one very much in mind of a cruise. The wine list was extensive and reasonable, and the price on the menu was the price you paid, plus a small tax, as there was no tipping in the hotel.
We had a room called the Teddy Roosevelt Lodge, and the decor was consistent with the name - a hunting lodge complete with animal head trophies, stuffed bird lamp, animal horns and a chair made from horns, dark color fabrics and wood. We liked the room but a member of PETA would have had a heart attack. We did not have a room overlooking the lake, but we did have a private patio with a table and chairs. Other rooms did not have names, and I don't know what they looked like, but I understand each is different.
The decor in the hotel is shockingly colorful, but it works very well. Bright green rugs with bright red geraniums in the hallway, green and white striped chairs in the dining room. It is all very cheerful and fun.
Before dinner, weather permitting, cocktails on the porch that spans much of the building is quite nice. The bar is set up right outside so it is easy to get drinks.
Dinner is open seating, tables for two or more as you enter the Salle a Manger.
After dinner, there was a harpist in the parlor, a very long room that looks out over the lake was accompanied by included expressor served from a very pretty urn by uniformed staff.
To top off the evening, there was a very good band playing in the Terrace (not really a terrace but a ball room). Their music spanned big band and old time rock and roll, and they were good. There was no cover charge, but you could buy drinks if you chose.
Next day, golf on the course was interesting. The front nine had almost the appearance of playing on the lawy of a very large estate, though there was challenge for a poor golfer like me. To get to the back nine you got into a horse drawn carriage and travelled with your clubs to the Woods course, which is extraordinarily beautiful and more difficult than the front. The half hour plus interval is off putting for a real golfer, but part of the ambiance of the island.
The island has no cars, just horse drawn vehicles and bikes (though the golf carts were gas powered). This is more quaint and charming when you contemplate it than it is in practice. When you arrive on the ferry, the pungent odor of the horses (etc.) greets you. In addition, travel is very slow in the carts. You can get around as well by walking, and the scenery makes a stroll very inviting.
I like this well enough to make it an annual trip but for the fact of getting there from Texas. I still may look into it instead of cruising as we did enjoy the golf at the hotel and there is a municipal course as well. And the views are breathtaking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to America’s Summer Place. Every year since 1887, Grand Hotel has welcomed guests and families to Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed and bikes and horse drawn carriages are the favored modes of transportation. As Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels and Conde Nast Traveler's Top 5 Midwest Resorts in 2012, Grand Hotel offers outstanding accommodations where no two guest rooms are alike. Enjoy spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac in a rocking chair on the world’s largest porch,complimentary children's programs, The Jewel golf course, swimming, tennis, lawn games, gardens, bicycling, carriage tours, shopping, Sadie's Ice Cream Parlor, and an experience you will never forget. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Mackinaw Island Michigan
- Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan
- Grand Hotel Island Mackinaw
- Grand Mackinac Island