PROS: The staff is over-the-top attentive. They are always smiling and truly seem to enjoy their jobs. They are also very knowledgeable of the hotel’s history and the island’s history, and are happy to take the time to tell a story or answer any questions.
The property is squeaky clean. We were told a story about how they ended up putting up a very thin wire to keep the sea gulls off the porch. Apparently they set out some very nice caviar for a porch party/function, and the sea gulls got to it before the guests did. “The wires went up the next day!” we were told. They are thin enough not to interfere with any picture taking, but do help in keeping the porch spotless.
The swimming pool is spectacular. 220’ of warm, clear water.
The food was excellent. The buffet was always kept full and warm and there was no chance of running out of anything. It was well-monitored. The staff in any dining area was very pleasant and made certain your meal was enjoyed.
The view from the Cupola Bar is spectacular! The Grand mimosa isn’t bad either!
The guests are all happy! We exchanged cameras with several couples so we could all have couples pictures. We sat and chatted with folks from several places near and far. Everyone seemed to be celebrating something. It made sitting on the porch feel very homey.
The harpist in the main floor area after dinner was excellent. When she played “Somewhere in Time” I couldn’t help but tear up – both for the beauty of the movie and the loss of Christopher Reeve. She added a wonderful touch to the elegance of the Grand.
The Musser Suite, which we were told was the “best room in the hotel,” was spectacular; the view outstanding. It featured a very comfortable king-sized bed. Two sitting areas were large and comfortable. The wet bar was well-stocked. We were presented with a bottle of the Grand Hotel wine and chocolate covered cherries, both in wood carrying boxes, making a perfect souvenir from our stay. Thank you Grand Hotel!
The most notably was the infraction of the rules. We saw smoking on the porch, tipping (which is not allowed and supposedly should be turned down by the staff). We also saw several people after 6:00 p.m. on the main floor that were not in the required attire. Further, we saw people enter the dining hall which also requires, according to the sign, a tie and jacket for men, and NO slacks for women. And yet we saw open collars on men and very casual pants on women (these were not pant suits). When I inquired if slacks were ok, I was told they were.
The pool hours are short. I understand closing it at 7:00 p.m., mostly in deference to the attire rule. But it doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m. and check out is 11:00. Being able to take a swim before checking out would be a nice option. You can, but it’s going to be a very short swim.
The “minimal charge” for high tea is $30.00 per person. Considering it is tea and a finger sandwich or two, that seems far more than “minimal.”
The Audubon Wine Bar is a large room with a old-library appearance and a grand piano. Unfortunately, it also has two televisions and was turned into a sports bar. We were hoping to enjoy a quiet glass of wine in this beautiful setting and instead we heard baseball, and then golf. All the rooms have a television for viewing such events. Several places on the island remind you that you have stepped back in time when you are on the island. The televisions aren’t in keeping with that old-fashioned charm of the island.
Overall, the Grand Hotel is still one of the finest places to stay. It’s important to remember that it is different from the other accommodations on the island. It really can’t be compared to the Main Street Inn and Suites (the other place we stayed) because they offer a totally different experience.
- 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