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“The Grand Lady”
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Grand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stayed at the Grand Hotel last September for two nights. It was a wonderful experience. Far exceeding our expectations. Our room over looked the front lawn, lake and town. We enjoyed watching the horse drawn carriages come up to the hotel. We sat on the front porch on the rocking chairs and relaxed. There is entertainment throughout the day and night. Though we don't normally dress for dinner, it was nice to get dressed up keeping with the traditions of the past. Our package included the breakfast which was well worth the money. It is a short walk to the town.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

My husband and I stayed this past September, along with our 6 month old daughter, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. At the time of our booking, we had requested a room with a lake view and were told that they would try to meet our request (which is all you can ask for). Upon checking in, I asked whether our room had a lake view (was told yes) and whether it had a balcony. We were so happily surprised to find out that our room did have a balcony - and WOW were the views amazing! The hotel doesn't appear to actually have that many rooms with balconies, so we were blown away when we were given room 446 with a spectacular terrace, views of the entire hotel grounds and pool, and majestic views of the lake. Our expectations were far exceeded. We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon cocktail on the beautiful porch, and had room service delivered the following morning for breakfast. The food was excellent and it was such a treat to enjoy it from the comfort of our gorgeous room. Thank you Grand Hotel for making our anniversary so special, and for a family trip that we can't wait to repeat in years to come!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

It rained and even snowed both days we were there. The view and mental warmth of the hotel staff made all the difference. Weather may not have been perfect but everything else was. It is our favorite anytime get away.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank Sisterlils
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

My husband and I just returned from a two night stay at Grand Hotel. We packed so much into two days and two nights and our stay was so wonderful we felt like we were away for a week. We got the Celebrate Michigan package which was a cheaper hotel rate than normal which they offer to guests in September and October. It included breakfast and a five course dinner along with many other wonderful amenities. Grand Hotel has to be seen and experienced for you to understand how magnificent it truly is. The food was amazing. The hot food was served hot as well as the coffee. All the desserts are made in house and they are exceptional. Their standard of service and hospitality is superior. The rooms were elegantly decorated and the beds were extremely comfortable. Our bathroom was on the small side but it didn't really bother us because the heat lamps in the ceiling were amazing, the towels were white and fluffy and the geranium scented bathroom essentials were heavenly. There is music playing everywhere through out the main areas of the hotel almost constantly. It was so relaxing and enjoyable to dine in the formal dining room, to dance in the Terrace Ballroom after dinner and have coffee in the morning in the Cupola high above the hotel overlooking the Straights of Mackinac. The wait staff in the dining room were always smiling, very polite, efficient, attentive and gracious. We enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour historical tour of Grand Hotel with Bob Tagatz their resident historian. This is a must when you stay at Grand Hotel and worth every penny and more. The trip through the kitchen is an awesome experience. Bob gave us a fascinating look at this historic old hotel and her history. We had an interior room but didn't feel like we needed a view when we could just go outside at any time and enjoy the world famous front porch of Grand Hotel and her white rocking chairs. Another thing that makes Grand Hotel so special are her guests. We enjoyed meeting all kinds of wonderful people and just having a great time at Grand Hotel. It truly was a grand experience and one that should be on everyone's bucket list of places to stay. Grand Hotel is so amazing that you will want to return once you see how special it is. We quickly realized why Grand Hotel is one of the most visited resort hotels in the USA. Grand Hotel is truly a remarkable place to stay. Go, relax and enjoy...I dare you!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The Grand Hotel is different from all other summer resorts. Because it is located on a small island and the ferry stops at night, all staff live on property or nearby.

That said, the Grand Hotel is a throw back in time: real silver plate utensils; embossed towels, sower curtains, etc.; colorfully uniformed staff; very friendly service; beautiful well taken care of public and sleeping rooms; and a restful break from the ordinary place,

Since everyone's life experiences are different and each person has different expectations, that IMHO explains the negative reviews.

So if you decide to experience this throw back in time, be open minded and enjoy the unusual and relaxing time.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Codfish1
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

My husband and I just returned from a lovely weekend at the Grand Hotel. Our room was beautiful, comfortable and had a wonderful view. We enjoyed being pampered at dinner and breakfast. The food is outstanding and the wait staff makes you feel like royalty. We highly recommend this experience.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We went to the Island to see a Legacy 5 concert, a gospel quartet, on Sunday & Monday. The venue was perfect for this performance. Our concert and room at the Grand was included in our package at a great rate. The meals available for dinner and breakfast were 5 star quality. The room was very nice, with the four corner bed, plenty of space to relax, not that we spent much time in the room with all the other things to do and see. The carriage ride, which lasted 1 1/2 hours on the Island was the best $ 25 we spent, very informative on the history of the Island. The downtown area was an easy walk down hill. The Grand Hotel horse drawn carriage was an event we missed because of the timing to catch the ferry. The view from the long porch of the Grand was spectacular. The staff of the Grand was very impressive, polite, helpful and courteous. It was a Grand experience !!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank David W
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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: £288 - £696 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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