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Island House Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
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120 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Rating for the view only”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

The views are stellar, and probably worth the stay.

On balance, I'd say the staff were above average in the hotel and restaurant, with the exception of the front desk, which was hit or miss throughout our short stay.

The rooms are very tired. Very tired. If you care to watch TV (we didn't, but I can't not warn those of you who do), find out specifically what your room will have. Ours had a 21" CRT, but my in-laws had a 25" LCD. So, inventory may vary widely throughout the hotel.

The bathroom mirror is not very well lit, which, like the TV, is not a big deal in and of itself. But it might start to add up to an overall "meh" feeling about the place, if the little things start to add up for you.

The lounge chairs on the deck and lawn are wonderful, and with an adult beverage in your hand from the friendly bartender, you'll probably decide the little things don't matter in the room, because that's probably not why you're going to the island.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2014

My wife and I spent 2 nights in July 2014 at the Island House. What a great place to stay. We had a package (Wounded Warriors) that was for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, Round Trip Ferry, and 1 hour bike rental. The hotel is located about 2 blocks from Main Street, which is perfect. Main Street is extremely busy. The hotel had lounge chairs out front, which was a great place to relax after a long day and enjoy the wonderful view. The room was nice; however we could hear the water running in the drain pipes all night (fixed that by turning on the window AC unit). The hotel staff was very friendly and was happy to answer our questions. The dinner was fantastic. Will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

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.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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186 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Our tour with Trans Bridge Tours had us booked in the Island House for two nights, and I wish we had been there longer. The room was clean and had everything we needed, but then we mostly needed the room just for bathroom facilities, a chance to change clothing, and to sleep. When on Mackinac Island, there is no need to sit in a hotel room, so the smaller room size was perfect. We ate two dinners and two breakfasts in the dining room, and the food was excellent. The front porch and lawn had great views, and the fires in the chimineas added a perfect touch. The hotel is midway between the shopping and Mission Point, making it a perfect starting point for romantic walks too. This is one of my all-time favorite places that I have stayed in the USA. This National Trust hotel deserves serious consideration when planning your vacation.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Iowa
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed for two nights at the Island House and was pleased with the accomodations. The room was small, but quaint. The common areas are just beautiful and the from porch is perfect to sit on in the mornings and evenings. However, was disapointed on the second eveing when we were told that we could not sit on the from porch because it was reseved for a 'private party'. The porch is one of the maim reasons we stay at the island house when visiting and for the high price of the rooms, I feel that we were robbed of one of it's main ammenities. Next time, I'll check first because if we can't use the porch, we'll choose another hotel. The holel is juct a short walk from the town center which was nice. Far enough away that you could gte away from the crownded streets whenever you wanted.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Sherwood, Arkansas
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Location was good. Beds sloped in the middle . Bath tub drained slow. Never got wi-fi connection. Food was ok. When I come back to Mackinac will stay elsewhere .If you like a small bed and breakfast feel you might enjoy it.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Kalamazoo, MI
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53 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Island House has a wonderful staff, wonderful food, wonderful view, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful grounds, numerous amenities.

Yes, it's old, but that is what gives it character. The location is wonderful, close enough to town to easily walk and yet far enough away from the busyness of downtown. Their staff is wonderful. They have their own bike rental so very convenient to grab and go and check out all the fun stuff riding around the island. They have a wonderful restaurant with a beautiful view of the marina and harbor. If you do the bed and breakfast rate then breakfast is included and the food is wonderful. The adironack chairs on the lawn make it fun to sit and watch the boats, people or read your book. Evenings they have to fireplaces on the lawn with comfy outdoor furniture and they sell s'more packets at the desk, with free use of the sticks to roast your marshmallows. Now if it rains, that's a whole different story.

Room Tip: I prefer floor 2 or 3. I don't like the 4th floor because it is too many steps.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island House Hotel
Address: 6966 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-1410
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Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Island House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1852, guests at the historic Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan have enjoyed the escape to a simpler time. Disembarking on the island is truly like stepping back in time. Motor traffic is prohibited on the island, making walking, biking, and horse-drawn carriages the preferred modes of transportation. This family owned historic landmark offers modern conveniences within a historic setting. Open from May through October, there are several packages available to help you plan your perfect island getaway. Mackinac Island has a long and storied history, beginning with the Native Americans who populated the Straits region, followed by French fur trading. Abundant natural resources made Mackinac Island an important post in the lucrative fur trade and a hub of fishing activity. In the 19th century, tourism became the island’s main industry and today, new generations discover the charms of this quaint resort community. The Island House Hotel has the distinction of being the only hotel located within the boundaries of the pristine Mackinac Island State Park. We look forward to welcoming you to the breathtaking beauty of Mackinac Island, one of Michigan's most photographed and talked about travel destinations. Located between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, the Island offers you unforgettable natural and historical treasures surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Great Lakes. With an eight-mile circumference, Mackinac Island offers an abundance of attractions for adventurers of all ages. Parasailing, historic tours, hiking trails, narrated carriage tours, horseback riding, drive yourself horse & buggies, shopping, dining and watching world famous Mackinac Island fudge being made. Hotel amenities include: indoor heated swimming pool, air conditioning, evening bonfire for roasting smores, concierge service, onsite bike rentals, as well as excellent in-house fine & family dining at 1852 Grill Room or Ice House BBQ. Today, with our beautifully renovated guest rooms and breathtaking views of the marina and Mackinac harbor, the Island House offers you a timeless escape from everything that's ordinary. From our veranda, discover for yourself why this extraordinary island has beckoned visitors world-wide for over three centuries. In addition to stunning waterfront views, guests choose the Island House Hotel for its convenient location. Far enough from the downtown hustle to enjoy the sounds of horseshoes on the pavement and gentle breezes off the water yet just a short walk to the Mackinac Island’s most popular attractions and shopping. Whether relaxing on the porch or enjoying drinks with friends in the garden, the Island House Hotel delivers the complete Island experience. ... more   less 
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