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Harbour View Inn
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
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Urbandale, Iowa
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11 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 11 August 2011

We received an upgraded room at check-in. It was fantastic in the carriage house with a sitting room with refrig-microwave and king size bed. We used the hotel's bikes for the island tour. The breakfast was great with fruit, cereal, yogurt, coffee cakes, breads and drinks. Overall the hotel is situated in a great place-just a short walk to the downtown area. Our luggage was picked up and returned to the arnold transit ferry with no problems. Had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Medford, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a little weekend trip to Mackinac Island this past July. It was our first time to the island so I was not sure on the best place to stay and most places are booked full this time of year. I decided on the Harbour View Inn because of availability, location and the price. The staff was very nice. The location was ideal, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but not too far. Our room was on the third floor in the Bed and Breakfast house. The house is an old one, and had the typical old home noises (a few squeaky floorboards and stairs when people walked about), nothing unexpected though. We did not have A/C but with the windows open, we were comfortable. The room was not big by any means, but we had plenty of space, a closet and full bathroom. Everything was very clean. The continental breakfast was what you would expect (cereals, bagels, toast, coffee, fruit, etc.) and we could eat on the large porch or in the breakfast/dining room. We enjoyed our stay and I would recommend Harbour View Inn.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

I was miss led on the type of room I would have.Ice machine was in the second building on the second floor. I was trapped they had my first night payment. Now this room was so small we could barely walk around the bed.I asked for an upgrade money was no problem.Rude staff, offered us no help. My husband walk with a cane staff saw him coming didn 't even hold door for us.We were going to stay three nights.Checked out the next morniing and added a night to the Inn at Stonecliff .... now that was beatiful.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Our first stay at the Harbour View Inn was very nice. We went the first weekend in June to beat the summer rate increase that started the following the weekend.

A porter greeted us at the ferry dock and arranged to transport our luggage. The inn was a nice walk from the ferry dock - we passed the downtown area, Fort Mackinac and the marina.

Our room wasn't quite ready (we arrived early) but our luggage was tagged so we could leave it at the inn and wander around. The view from the Harbour View Inn's front porch is beautiful! It overlooks the water and is very inviting/relaxing. The main building, the Chateau, is very pretty with quaint decorating.

Our room was in the Guest House, a short distance behind the Chateau. The room size was spacious with a king size bed. A ceiling fan, air conditioner and doorwall provided several cooling options. The doorwall led to a balcony that extended the length of the Guest House - it was shared by all rooms but had two chairs and a small table outside each room's doorwall. We sat on the balcony for lunch and relaxing a few times. The view wasn't the greatest (in fact a building and tree greeted us) but it was still nice to have a quiet, comfortable space. My only minor dislike was not having a private balcony but we never saw another guest on the balcony so frankly it wasn't too big of a deal.

Friendly and helpful staff - we ran into the same woman every day who had new tips for places to visit, shortcuts and dining. Breakfast options were just the standard continental choices - bagels, muffins, yogurt cereal, fruit, juices, and coffee.

Location was good - close to the downtown area and the east side of Mackinac Island. We're hikers so we explored most of the island on foot. A staircase behind Harbour View leads you to East Bluff where you can walk along awesome cottages that overlook Lake Huron. A short distance down, you can cut along some trails that take you to Mackinac State Park.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

This was a great property to stay in. The staff was very accomodating and the rooms were so comfortable for our family. We had 5 of us in the room and there was plenty of space and room for us to enjoy the room. The breakfast was an added bonus that we were not expecting. The location of this esablishment is perfect. Close enough to town, but just enough separation to avoid the confusion.We will be back and it is a must stay if you are going to Mac> we stayed 4 nights.

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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Our return stay to Harbour View was as welcoming and pleasant as our first. The Porter took all of our bags to the hotel which allowed us to take a casual walk, snack,and stop in at a few shops before we checked in. The front desk staff welcomed us with smiling faces and offers to assist us with anything we needed during our stay. Our room was in the Carriage House, immediately behind the main house. The room was lovely! Beautiful wallpaper throughout; a comfy king bed with tall decorative headboard; stuffed chair, open wardrobe for hanging clothes with 2 drawers. The large sitting room area had a sofa sleeper,stuffed chair, hand painted table and 2 chairs, a small TV that sat on a 4 drawer wicker dresser,small bar area (sink/fridge/ice bucket with glasses). The patio door opened to the a long shared balcony with 2-3 chairs and a small table per room.The bath area is "between" the bedroom and sitting area..ours had the sink/counter area outside of the bath which really helped with getting ready fast. The room was air conditioned plus had 2 ceiling fans. The soda vending and ice machine were at the end of the hall. The continental breakfast is fresh and tasty. We have found the grounds to be very well kept, and really enjoy the gorgeous flowers. There is a fenced area for a hot tub..but the tub is absent. The location of the Inn is perfect as it's close enough for a short walk to the bustle of downtown, yet far enough away to enjoy the quiet on the front porch. Our checkout was quick and easy. We chose to walk to the ferry, tho staff will call a horse driven taxi (fee) at request. The Porter had all our bags at the dock as planned. An extra "Thank You" to Michelle and her staff: especially Nancy, Kathy, and Jason! We look forward to another trip back to the Island, and will certainly be staying at Harbour View! PS- our favorite restaurants so far are Yankee Rebel, Horns, and Seabiscuit!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

My boyfriend and I just stayed 2 nights on the island for July 4th to watch the fireworks and escape the heat back home. This inn was a great deal for a holiday rate, and it was very clean and comfortable. The only reason we did not sleep great is because of being a strange bed and we are used to sleeping in total darkness at home. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The main inn is a beautiful old home and well kept. Tea, coffee and water was available downstairs most of the time. Did not eat the free continental breakfast because we sleep late. Really enjoyed the weather during our short stay. Liked the location of the inn with a nice view of the harbor (thus the inn name!) Enjoyed the front porch and balcony.

Wished they offered cookies every afternoon, but that would be my only suggestion for improvement. Just wished I could have stayed longer!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Harbour View Inn
Address: 6860 Main Street, PO Box 1207, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbour View Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a short walk from the best attractions on Mackinac Island, yet away from the bustling traffic of downtown. Our relaxing hotel complex offers a variety of rooms in four different buildings and complimentary breakfast. All rooms are non-smoking. Out of respect for all our guests, we ask that you leave your pets at home. ... more   less 
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