I spent a bit more on this hotel than I normally do, but I think it was worth it. Great time, great hotel, great views. Very comfortable. Great restaurant.
We got to the island on one of the early ferries - 9AM Star Line ferry. The porter was at the dock and he took our bag to the hotel for us. Very nice guy, name's Archie and he lives on the island. He seems like he enjoys what he does. So, we went to the hotel, which was about a 5 minute walk, and found out that our room was ready for us already! And they upgraded us! So, you can imagine, we were both very happy about this. We had a place that we could go to before 3pm to relax and wash up, etc.
The room itself was great. I can describe the hotel interior look as an antique motif. But once you get inside the room, it's got some nice modern touches. We had a 4th floor suite with a balcony. I have some pictures below and it was fantastic. 2 queen beds in the bedroom (the first room when you enter, which I thought was weird, but that's okay), and a bathroom/shower with a separate sink (i.e the sink was outside the bathroom). And then the suite/living room, which had a fridge, microwave, sink, awesome Samsung 'Touch of Color' 46" TV, a couch and a few chairs, and an amazing balcony overlooking the lake. Obviously the lake is what made the balcony, but still it was amazing. You had a view of the pier and the busy side of the island, but that's where the hotel is, so I'm not complaining about that. The balcony itself wasn't that private as you'll see in the pictures, but you can't get everything, I guess.
Downstairs, there was a nice restaurant with pretty good food. Our dinner entree at the Pink Pony restaurant ran us $50 for 1 entree, an appetizer and a few drinks. Not that bad, in my opinion, for a fine restaurant. Breakfast was free and delicious.
Service was great, as they treated us well (and I expected it as I was paying a decent amount, approx $210 to stay there).
The only negatives I can think of are the price of the stay for one night, and the fact that you're so close to the dock that when Arnold ferries come in, you can feel a slight rumble underneath you. But, it wasn't at night, because ferries don't run at night, so I'm not complaining that much. Free USA Today, and discount coupon book for things in the area. Staff at front desk was very nice and helped us out deciding what to do.
Great time. Would definitely recommend it!
- 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