Second year we've stayed at the Chippewa and it was a consistently great experience. I personally rate this the top hotel on the island if you want something that is reasonably priced and takes advantage of the harbor view and waterfront while being in the thick of it all. Surprisingly few hotels on Mackinac Island can pull this off or embrace the water view. Definitely splurge for the water view if you can and both times we've stayed, the cost has only been marginally more (+- $25).
Rooms have always been very nice, clean, well equipped, and surprisingly large. I believe all of the waterfront rooms have wet bars and a fridge and are technically "suites" with a separate sitting area. Our last stay had a sitting room rivaling our living room at home. New Samsung flat panel TV's this year in both rooms.
The Pink Pony, one of the better bars and night-life spots on the island is connected/off the lobby. Some might think the noise is somewhat undesirable but we found it to be managed very well and is a nice side affect when you're on your balcony overlooking the water enjoying a drink and the live entertainment is playing just below. This visit we stayed on the second floor just above the bar and it was perfectly fine and almost silent if you shut the door. It's also one of the few hotels (The Grand and Mission Point Resort being the others) that have some sort of pool option, though it's technically a large hot-tub...but again, being on the water is tough to beat.
Overall, I highly recommend if you want the full Mackniac experience. Archie and the other dock porters are the best and the staff has always been great and very helpful. You really can't go wrong.
PS - We've had great experiences with the Star Line ferry the last two years but a tip for the Chippewa is to use the Arnold Line ferry as it lets off at the dock immediately adjacent to the hotel. If you're traveling light you can avoid the dock porter fee/tip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our turn of the century hotel, built in 1902, has all of its original victorian charm combined with all the modern amenities that resort travelers expect. With our prime downtown, waterfront location, the Chippewa Hotel is definitely the place to stay. All water-view rooms are large suites with spacious balconies. All suites have been recently updated and feature separate living rooms, two flatscreen televisions, King or Queen pillowtop beds, and wetbar. The waterfront patio features a 25-person jacuzzi hot tub. We are home to the famous Pink Pony which has four different dining and drinking experiences. Our sister hotel, the Lilac Tree Suites & Spa features the Lilac Tree Spa for your relaxing enjoyment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chippewa Hotel Mackinac Island