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“Waste of money, no frills no service, needs remodeling”
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Island House Hotel
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
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st. Louis MO
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Waste of money, no frills no service, needs remodeling”
Reviewed 18 July 2009

Thought we were staying at vintage inn on Mackinac Island-Room was cramped and in need of updating with style. Plastic trash cans, very plain bathrooms, couch faded. Shades in room were PLASTIC and did not fit the window. Pool area dirty and unsupervised- appeared local teenagers were using at whim. Had to ask for towels. Never saw staff except at front desk. Island House has great view of harbor and quieter area. Provides smores in evening that you have to pay $3 for on top of a $300+ room. The breakfast was nothing fancy either . Over priced and overrated. Take the ferry over for a day and eat before you go!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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U.S.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2009

For $260 a night, what we got was a comfortable but squeaky bed in a tiny albeit well-appointed room with a cramped bathroom and with the only sink and mirror out in the main room next to the bed. No water view for this price; we got a view of trees in the back of the hotel. Smallest TV I've seen in years -- I think it was a 12" or 14" -- and no coffee pot; there was a hair dryer and a clock radio, and the toiletries were upscale. No closet and no bureau for clothes: next to the sink there was a pole with some hangars and a shelf above it, and a small amount of space under the TV. While we didn't hear noise from the other rooms, what we did hear, going until late at night and starting again early in the morning, was noise from the pipes; every toilet flush and refill of the bowl, every shower sounded like it was right in our ears. The front desk is not especially friendly or helpful. There is a very nice front porch with rocking chairs overlooking the water and there are braziers on the front lawn if you want to sit there during cold nights. The hotel mercifully is a couple of blocks down from the touristy part of the main street and so you are not immediately in danger of being run over by a horse and cart every time you step foot on the street in front of the hotel. The room did come with breakfast but it was nothing to write home about: fruit loops or raisin bran, white toast or english muffin, eggs tasting like they're from a box, greasy french toast and what looked like frozen mini waffles, apples, oranges, and dannon yogurt were the only choices for vegetarians. We had a pleasant enough time here but probably would not return.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shain
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Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 16 June 2009

We stayed two nights June 11 and 12th 2009 at Island House Hotel. We were not sure what to expect for this was our first trip to Mackinac Island so our expectations were not real high. What we found was a great hotel (small rooms but expected when built in early 1900) The service was great, restaurant was the best on the island. Make sure that you have dinner at the hotel. Would recomend this hotel for anyone. This is a hotel that compares to any B&B that we have stayed at. That should tell you how we feel about the place.

The Smiths
Michigan

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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sailingislife7
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

After a great time last June we decided to take advantage of a special rate we saw on the Island House’s Twitter page. It was a spur of the moment decision and we are so glad we decided to make the trip. The veranda is still our favorite place to sit and catch up on some reading and the breakfast buffet was as good as we remembered. It was a little chilly during our stay but relaxing in front of the fireplace at night has become a new favorite of ours. We received such a great rate on this trip we are planning a return trip in August and can’t wait.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2009

The location is right at the edge of town so it is very easy to walk around once on the island. Also, when you take the shuttle over from the mainland porters handle your luggage for you to and from your room to the ferry. The rooms are cute; however, the bathrooms are small and Wi-Fi doesn't work too well. There is a pool and hot-tub; however, we didn't use them, although they are located indoor. The breakfast was nice and was pretty good for the 5 dollars we paid. I would stay here again.

Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Schaumburg, IL
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Reviewed 12 November 2008

Our room was so cozy and updated. It had charming decor. It was clean and spotless. We had a pretty good view of the Lake. The weather was so perfect. We were lucky to hit the 'Colors" at their peak. We slept with the window open and in the morning we were awaken by the click-clocks of the horse pushing the carriage. How cool is that? The Island House is just so accomodating. We sat on the front chairs. We sat on the porch and watched the sunset. We had breakfast in their dinning room. The girl at the front desk was so pleasant. The Island House help make our stay a memorable one! Thank You Island House! We will be back! Don and Rosie, from Schaumburg, IL.

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  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, MN
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1,681 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 677 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2008

I knew what to expect before we arrived. I knew this was a quaint, older hotel on Mackinaw.

GOOD:

*Friendly staff
*Indoor pool and spa!
*GREAT front porch
*Good breakfast
*Excellent location

BAD:

*The rooms are small, but typical for the island
*The rooms need some maintenance / updating, but typical for the island
*Some of the rooms in the main corridor would be VERY loud so ask for one away from the elevators and main staircase

Stayed September 2008
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Thank lucycan
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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 #7 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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