My family has stayed at the Island House for many years on Mackinac Island, and has always had a good stay. The location is great, there are nice rooms in the hotel itself, and also suites that overlook the harbor. I would give this hotel 4 stars, but cannot this year due to the poor staffing in the dining room. The dining room itself is newly renovated, very light and airy, with a great view of the harbor. The piano player in the evening is great, something we all love. However, the wait staff was very poor and unprofessional this year. We love the morning breakfast buffet, but found this year we were having to chase down waiters to get any hot drinks, and noticed many of the staff hanging out as a group chatting while buffet warm dishes sat empty. Plates and drinks were whisked from under our noses before we were even done with our food. This behavior continued into our evening meals, with stiff and unsmiling waiters who could not answer our questions, and would not get answers unless pressed for them. I hope the hotel management will correct this for next year, it really is a nice place to stay, but we will certainly take any future fancy dinners to another island eatery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island House Hotels offers modern conveniences within a historic setting. This family owned property is Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel, a registered Historic Hotel of America and an official State of Michigan landmark. Guests return time & again for our stunning waterfront views, historic charm & the ideal location. Whether relaxing on the porch or enjoying drinks with friends in the garden, Island House Hotel delivers the complete Island experience. All guestrooms have air-conditioning, private bathrooms & cable television. Hotel amenities include: indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, dry sauna, evening bonfire, gift shop, concierge service, onsite bike rentals, as well as two restaurants, 1852 Grill Room & Ice House BBQ. Discover the charm of a Mackinac Island stay at the Island House Hotel - where fine service, warm hospitality and memorable vacations have been a Mackinac Island tradition...since 1852. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Mackinac