My wife and I travelled to Mackinac Island for our wedding anniversary. We chose to stay at one of the other hotels one night and then one night at the Grand Hotel. We were excited to stay at the Grand Hotel because we thought it would be a treat for our wedding anniversary. I stayed at the Grand Hotel once when I was twelve years old. I remember a great place with that I experienced with my family. I was sorry that we came back because the hotel hasn't changed in twenty years. As we walked up to the hotel, we were both amazed by the hotel's architecture. We chose to sit on the front porch and have a glass of wine while admiring the beautiful view of the straits, though, as we were viewing, we saw that the American flags were torn and had holes in them. Not only was this surprising in general for a hotel like the Grand Hotel, but also quite disappointing and disrespectful. We then chose to go see our room because we heard other guests complaining that their rooms were lacking in quality. We ended up getting a suite that was large and spacious with a fantastic view. However, we again were disappointed by the peeling wallpaper in both the living room and bathroom, as well as stains on the carpet and couches. This was just surprising coming from the Grand Hotel with standards it holds for itself. In regards to food, we did eat at Woods restaurant, off-site, the previous night of our stay at the Grand Hotel and had good dinner. The carriage ride to Woods was fun and charming. The Woods building was quaint and cozy and the food was good but not exceptional. The service was fast and efficient, though at times the waiter was indifferent and abrupt with us, to the point we sometimes felt rushed and guilty about asking questions on the menu. We did eat in the main dining room the following night and was looking for a great dining experience, though again, we should have known when the front desk asked us twice if we wanted to eat somewhere else when we checked in. We were pleasantly greeted by the host and seated quickly. We were again disappointed by the sub-standard quality of food by the Grand Hotel. The appetizers were good, especially the rock shrimp and wild mushroom soup. The entrees my wife and I were mediocre, at best, definitely not worth the $70 price tag per dinner. The whitefish was bland and covered in a very strong almond sauce and the stuffed chicken was something you would see from a banquet hall at a bad wedding. The desserts, however, were probably the best part of the dinner in regards to the mango cheesecake and pecan ball. It did feel a lot like a cruise ship, though not a top-of-the-line company at all. After dinner, we thought we would should try the entertainment, and we went to see the Grand Hotel orchestra. The listed "orchestra," however, was a four-piece jazz quartet. My wife and I are both music lovers and was disappointed by the quality of the music, as well as the singing. The breakfast the next morning was good, but again, nothing extraordinary that you wouldn't find at a breakfast place down the street from the hotel. Overall, my wife and I had a good time on Mackinac Island. Staying at the Grand Hotel was definitely an experience, but we were expecting something "Grand." My wife and I have travelled frequently and can say we know the different quality levels of hotels. Grand Hotel proclaims an exceptional experience in a hotel, directly stating it in its informational TV station. We didn't feel the Grand Hotel gave us that. Though my wife and I were able to stay at the hotel for the discounted Fall Getaway package, we still don't believe it is worth staying for the price of the room, service, entertainment, and especially the food. The hotel's beautiful porch and long, storied history is just not enough anymore to justify the extremely high prices at the hotel. Granted, you are paying for the location on the island and that is part of the charm, but there must be some quality to back up the claims as an outstanding hotel. To be an outstanding hotel, attention to details like the fixing peeling wallpaper, replacing holed and shredding American flags, hiring qualified musicians to be labeled an "orchestra," and extra smile at dinner from the wait staff need to done to make the customer feel like they are at a special place. The customer needs to feel like their money being spent at the hotel is worth the "grand" experience. The last point we would like to make is that there is not much thought to the younger age group at the hotel, especially the entertainment. The orchestra could definitely play music through many generations. My wife and I do not usually write reviews but we felt like we had to on this one. We would definitely see the porch and views from the Grand Hotel but would never stay here again.
- 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