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Harbour View Inn
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in July. We booked last minute and this hotel literally had the only rooms left on the island, so we didn't have a choice and reserved here. The hotel is a charming and quaint old home, and given everything on Mackinac is fairly close together, the location was fine. The beds were SO uncomfortable, and the walls are very very thin... you can hear EVERY step people take. We were in the back guest house, rooms were a good size and showers were nice. Had a balcony (shared with the other rooms on the floor, but we were the only ones to use ours during the stay, it appeared.) Big pro is the AC, it was record heat while we were there. Also, as everyone mentions, CHEAP bike rentals. Front desk and other waitstaff VERY VERY friendly and kind. Breakfast not bad, pastries/bread, fruit, yogurt, juices. If you want more, the Pancake House is a short walk down the street and offers yummy options too. I would stay here again if I had to... if I had a choice I would probably pick a hotel closer to the center of town. Overall, average hotel but not horrible, just not great.

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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I was so pleasantly surprised. When we arrived they placed us in the Harbour View B&B right next door. Our room was lovely and larger than expected. The bathroom was small with a pedestal sink (no counter top) but there was an additional sink in the bedroom. The only negative was that there was no air conditioning but there were 2 fans in the closet.

Our travelling companions were not so lucky. They were placed in the tiniest room imaginable and their bathroom was across the hall. (they paid the same amount for the room!) It didn't even have a closet - just an open bar/rod to hang clothes in the corner. I would have been furious. BUT, it did have A/C.

I would absolutely stay there again, if I am guaranteed a larger room. It is a perfect distance from town so it is quiet at night. You can rent bikes directly from them at a slightly discounted rate vs the other bike shops on the island.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Harbour View Inn and the Inn is absolutely beautiful inside and out. As we walked up to the Inn we were immediately pleased with the colonial style of the building with two very inviting verandas. In fact during our two days, we spent alot of time sitting on the veranda and people watching. Only a couple of blocks from downtown, which allows you to quickly walk to the action and return to the quiet of the Inn when the day is over. We stayed in the main house and really appreciated the air conditioning. The continental breakfast was pretty basic. Room was very clean and decorated in the victorian island style. We will definitely return to the Harbour View Inn.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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LoveToLeaveFeedback, Manager at Harbour View Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2012

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again! Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone.

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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We stayed at the Harbour View Inn for two nights. The staff was nice and helpful especially the older man working there. An instant turn off for us was the lack of toilet paper. There was only about 1/3 of a roll when we got to the room. Not keen on having to ask for something that is very important to a nights stay! The room was clean and nicely decorated. The AC and beds were nice but the TV was a little dated. The ice machine was a bit of a walk to get to. It was at the end of the hallway on the floor below us. The walls are paper thin and sleeping was very difficult.
Overall it was a fine place but only worth about 1/2 of what we paid.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

My wife and I have stayed at the Harbor View several times over the last 5 years and and always enjoyed our stays in the past. This year we went for three days over the 4th of July and spent the whole time choking on cigarette smoke. We stayed at the B&B and were shocked to find that they now allow smoking on the property. There was a sign in the guest rooms saying no smoking but it is apparently allowed everywhere else. We generally like to sit on the front porch for coffee in the morning and at the end of the day, but a group of chain smokers took up residence on the porch and hardly left. Also because the living room and dining room were just off the porch and the windows were wide open, everything, including breakfast, smelled like cigarette smoke. On the rare occasion the smokers left for a few hours every table on the porch was covered in ashtrays, provided by the Harbor View I assume, full of old cigarette butts .

I complained to the front desk and was told that smoking was allowed and that there was nothing they could do about it. It's a shame they have chosen to cater to smokers because otherwise the Harbor View is a nice place to stay. Needless to say we will be staying somewhere else the next time we come to Mackinac.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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LoveToLeaveFeedback, Manager at Harbour View Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We value your commitment to our property and are saddened to find that this last stay was less than satisfactory. By state law, smoking is not allowed in hotels, bars or restaurants and we stand by this law. Unfortunately the law does not apply to outdoor spaces.

A definite oversight on our part was to leave the windows open to the breakfast room and allow the smoke to enter. We will discuss this concern with our staff so they are more aware for future travelers.

We do hope that you will continue to be loyal guests of ours.

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We stayed as a family for 3 days on Mackinac Island. Loved the location of this property and was perfect for us. The breezes off the harbor kept us cool and we had A/C in the room when we closed up the room for the night. Breakfast was a traditional continental breakfast and we took fruit for a snack while riding bikes in the morning. Very quiet and laid-back location.

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The location of this B&B is close enough to walk with bags from Arnolds Transport and far enough away from the downtown area to be very peacefull at night. The breafast is more like a continental breakfast but is good. We were on the second floor and never heard noise from any of the other guests even though it appeared to be full. This was recommended to us by a friend and would also recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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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: £112 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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