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Grand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Great place to visit!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

This place is wonderful. It’s not a hotel it is a destination.

My wife and I are in our twenties and we were both in need of a getaway. I just happened across the hotel reading reviews of great places to go in the midwest. We “settled” on the hotel because we thought it wouldn’t take as much travel time as other trips.

I was a bit worried that everybody on the whole island would be old and that we’d feel very out of place but I was wrong.

I’ll start from the beginning.

Getting to the island is so easy. The ferry company makes everything super convenient. They take your bags and drop them off right at your hotel room door.

Arriving on the island is amazing. It looks like something from a postcard of the 1800’s. Everything is well kept and lots of shops to visit.

We walked to the Grand Hotel from the ferry. There was a “cab” with a wonderful horse and driver waiting at the dock but we thought it would be fun to walk. The walk to the hotel took about 5 minutes but it gorgeous walk and we got a chance to see part of the island.

We got to the hotel well before the allowed check-in time but they didn’t even seem to notice. They checked us right in. Our first impressions of the hotel were amazement. Everything seemed like it was right out of difference century but in a wonderful way. It was well kept and amazing.
There were older people there but it was well balanced and we did not feel out of place at all.

I will give a quick warning. The hotel is actually old. If you’re expecting your room to be like a room at the Four Seasons you are going to be shocked. Each room is classic and unique; the focus is not on the TV. All rooms are decorated in different ways. The rooms are very nice, very well kept, and everything works great. The beds are comfortable.

The meals are a wonderful experience. An experience you can’t even begin to describe. Lots of options but very unique. You do need to dress up. Dressing up means different things to different people but most women were in dresses.

The staff was amazing. Service was beyond what you could imagine.

There are tons of things to do in the hotel all day long. You could probably stay busy right in the hotel without ever going to visit the rest of the island. But, we did rent bikes and take a trip around the island, amazing. And we went shopping a bit and got some fudge.

My wife summed up our experience the best, “They treated me like a queen!” A trip to the hotel is a step back in time, a step everybody should take every few years.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Bishop Hill, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

What a wonderful experience to stay at the Gand Hotel. The room was wonderful, spacious and clean. The meals were absolutely delicious. The grounds are beautiful. This was a very relaxing experience. .....................

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

First time at the Grand and with the Winsome Women's Retreat. What a wonderful experience.
Will be back to enjoy the Hotel and the Retreat again.There is nothing like the ambience of the Grand. The combination of the retreat and the hotel make for an exception stay. I would recommend the Grand Hotel and the Winsome Women's Retreat to one and all!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

My husband and I travel from CA to stay at the Grand Hotel for the Somewhere in Time weekend. We have done so for the last 7 years. We usually stay several days before and several days after the event. It is a trip we look forward to every year. The hotel is gorgeous and packed with history. The grounds are exquisite. Take advantage of any tours or lectures being offered. The cost of the weekend is not cheap but if you add on the extra days (at a lower rate) it is well worth it. Remember the room comes with breakfast and dinner. The food is excellent with a full American breakfast and a five course dinner. Those two meals plus a snack during the day is all you need. Maybe you can add some fudge that you pick up downtown. For the Somewhere in Time weekend a Saturday buffet lunch is included which is phenomenal. The employees were polite, courteous and professional. Any requests we have made have been done so in a timely manner. The owner Dan Musser is a wonderful man and very warm, accommodating and concerned about all of his guests. We look forward to seeing and talking to him every year. The hotel is an easy walk from the ferry and they take care of your luggage from the time you step onto the ferry to travel to Mackinac Island. We were fortunate to get a lakeside room our first year and we request a lakeside every year since. Yes, it is more money but the view you have from the moment you get up in the morning is breathtaking. We love staying at the Grand Hotel and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gulliver, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Lovely despite cold weather during Lilac Fest, 1st week of June, wearing winter coats to ferry over and withstand island temps, rain. Loved every hotel nook and cranny on our 3-day special at hotel. Almost missed one night (did miss dinner) due to reduced ferry crossings...wise to inquire. All other info was profuse and as wonderful as reviewed by others, tho the meal schedule gives one a feeling of hurry up and wait at massively attended meals. Otherwise charming. Now view it from lakeside home!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grandville
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Once again my wife an I had a wonderful time participating in the Murder Mystery Weekend. The entertainment by the cast was beyond compare and the participants put on a very good show also. Reuniting with other guests from years past is always interesting, too. The Grand itself was up to it normal high standards. Everything was excellent including the weather.

Room Tip: Lake views are the best but with the giant front porch you really don't need one.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Chino, California
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This was our 1st time staying at the Grand Hotel. The hotel amenities are great, there is a lot of history and grandeur on the property. It is family owned and is a historic hotel, it opened in 1887. The rooms are large, comfortable and well appointed. The lake view rooms have an excellent view of the lake, bridge and mainland. The hotel has bicycles for the guests to rent and are less expensive than the ones offered in town. The meals are fantastic and presentations are great. They have four different dinner menus and all have a good selection. The dinner has a formal dress code and all guests are requested to be in formal attire after 6 pm. Most of the servers were very professional and attentive to their tables, a few seemed to be preoccupied with avoiding tending to requests. Maybe it was because they were close to the end of the season. The staff is very friendly and helpful, they have a daily activity sheet and news letter delivered to your room each day. In the evening they have live entertainment and dancing. It was a great experience but not one I would make annual plans to attend.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Grand Hotel
Address: 286 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 286, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 390
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 
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Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Mackinaw Island Michigan
Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan
Grand Hotel Island Mackinaw
Grand Mackinac Island

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