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.
- 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