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“To Grand or not to Grand”
Review of Lake View Hotel

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Lake View Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 December 2013

When we visited the island for the first time in June our big decision was whether or not to stay at the iconic Grand Hotel. After reading multiple reviews we decided on the Lake View and were generally pleased with our choice.
The Lake View is conveniently located near the Shepler's ferry and your luggage is taken to and from the hotel for you. It is located right along the many shops on the main street. This could be considered a convenient location but it can be congested and even a little noisy in the late evening.
The room we had was nicely decorated. The bathroom was a little on the small side. The property has an indoor pool which was the big draw for us since we had 2 school age kids with us. The pool was moderate to cool temperature but good size and nice surrounding area( it essentially sits in the middle of the hotel with rooms rising up on all 4 sides. The "free breakfast" consists of one of those pseudo waffles you put in a toaster and should be eliminated or upgraded as it is really an embarrassing offering. Overall this hotel is a nice choice and competitive with other properties we saw.
We did visit The Grand Hotel and paid the $10 fee to set foot on the property. When I checked prices we could have stayed in a small room at this hotel for just about the same as what it cost for a bigger turret room at the Lake View. The hotel's main advantage as I saw it is that it is set off far away from the crowded streets packed with tourists. You have a pretty view of the water and gardens and just a much more country feel. The snooty factor is quite high and based on other high end properties where I have stayed it looked like it would be in the middle of the pack in terms of decorating,views,etc. having to dress up each night for dinner would not be appealing to me. This place seems most suited to honeymooners who might want the chance to dance and wear their best finery. The one outstanding feature was the pool which is huge,famous and beautiful. I had called about the pool temp and decided not to risk it being warm enough to go in this outdoor pool. However, when we visited the property it felt perfectly warm. You can, for a fee, use the pool with a day pass even if you are notnstaying atbthe hotel. Keep in mind that The Grand is a bit of a hike down to the shops although I think the hotel may provide horse drawn carriage transportation.
We ate lunch at The Iroquois and it looked very nice and had the advantage of being right on the water with a lovely view while still being very close to the shops.
In terms of time on the island we thought 2 nights was just right. The shops
S take no more than a day. The bike ride around the island takes a couple hours. It is very nice but if you bike anywhere but the perimeter of the island you either hit heavy bike traffic or get into some seriously steep hills. The fort was very well done and we enjoyed several hours there. A horse drawn carriage ride to tour the island is also a nice way to pass an hour or so.
One final note...we had considered taking our elderly parents with us but were concerned about the handicap accessibility of the island. Our parents can walk moderate distances but have trouble with steps and the like. I do not think this island is well suited to those with limitations,especially if traveling without help. When you return to Mackinac City you have to tote your luggage to your car which can be a distance. Much of the inner island has very steep hills. The fort has a lot of steps. There was a handicap accessible carriage but it still looked to me like it would be hard to step into. Since we did not actually travel with our parents I cannot say for sure but I would be leery about this destination.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the turret roo which has a small sitting area
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is very good hotel.
The room was always clean and the staff was wonderful.
The hotel had a pool and a hot tub.
Also the hotel is in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island and a
stone's throw away from the water.
If we were to come back we would stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

This Hotel is perfectly located on Main Street, near the Sheplers Ferry Dock and has a long porch with rocking chairs to watch the activity of the town, horses with carriages, Drays, and people walking and bicycles. Our room #203 was spotless. King with window on Main St. It is great to awaken to the sound of horses hooves in the morning. Next to us was a porch to sit to watch things happening and a right hand view of the lake. The Breakfast was great everything to be desired to start your day, staffed with helpful attendants. The pool in the center of the building which we did not take looks inviting and clean and inviting. All of the staff from the front desk to the porters to help with luggage were friendly and courteous. The "Goodfellows" Restaurant was friendly too, and the food was excellent and priced fine for us, we had supper there both days while we were there. We are from New Hampshire, and hope to get back for a longer visit to Mackinac Island again and The Lakeview will be our choice, hopefully room #203.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Perfectly located across from Shepler's Ferry, no worries about getting there on time or walking a long distance to hotel. Porters take your bags to the room. No security concerns with luggage. The Lake View has one feature that my family has enjoyed twice now. The front porch with many, many rocking chairs is a delight even if for a short break from other activities. The Bicycle shop is just a block away and I would not miss the chance to ride all day long, stopping around the lake to walk the shoreline. Rent the bike for 24 hours and you can ride all evening... to dinner, and until the wee hours. No microwaves. This is the only negative of staying at Lake View. The adjacent restaurant is too expensive to eat many meals there.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Julie M
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We just visited the island for 3 nights to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
Great staff help, nice room, great rates this time of the year.

Overall, couldn't have been more great.

James, Ryan, and others were great at the front desk.

We look forward to our return!

Phil

Room Tip: Look for city/lake view. Hear the sounds of the horse transportation. (oh, a little horn or two from...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was our second year staying at the LV. We already booked for Oct. 2014. Everyone is so nice from the reception area to the housekeeping staff. You can't beat the location. The porch is a big plus and the lobby, great places to hang out waiting for your room or after check out. Kids love the pool! The view from our room is awesome!

Room Tip: We love a room with a view of the harbor.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This was the second year in a row I booked a group trip for 25 students here and once again we have a wonderful experience. The staff - specifically Andrea, were wonderful, the rooms were spacious and clean, and the location was perfect. 11/10!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Additional Information about Lake View Hotel

Address: 7452 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mackinac Island
Price Range: £137 - £266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lake View Hotel is located on timeless Mackinac Island. Our hotel is conveniently located downtown, making your favorite shops, restaurants and ferry lines just a walk away. We feature 85 newly upgraded guest rooms, the only indoor, heated pool on the island, free wireless internet, and a Continental Breakfast. We pride ourselves in meeting and exceeding our guests needs while not forgetting our historical past. As a guest at the Lake View hotel you will enjoy 32” LCD Flat screen televisions, new plush mattresses, pillows and bedding alongside our Victorian style decor. ... more   less 
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