First off this property is not anywhere near the downtown area - be prepared to pay (and wait) for cab rides if you are not into bike riding. Walking is possible but you better be an avid walker!
As you leave all the hustle and bustle of what is Mackinac Island in the summer and head out past the Grand Hotel into the serene woods of the island and all you begin to hear is the sound of your bicycle or the horses trotting along you know you must be on the right path.
The mansion appears out of the woods like something out of a fairy tale - the lawn and shrubs trimmed precisely, flowers vividly blowing in the gentle breeze coming from across the lake. The circular drive brings you around the front lawn to the front entrance of the mansion.
Inside the mansion has been immaculately kept with tons of beautiful wood work you are transported back in time. Through the back windows is an amazing view of the straits and the Mackinac Bridge - with one of the best views of the sunset on the island.
Check- in was smooth; room was clean and ready no issues excellent.
The mansion has several different types of rooms the mansion itself has NO AC but the great thing is this is disclosed well in advance of booking NOT on arrival. If you would like AC as I did after several days of being on the island at another property and not having the option to have it ( it is actually quite wonderful to not have the AC humming all the time) we choose to stay in the Summer House which is quite new.
The Summer House is stunning accommodations with everything being very recent and having all the little luxuries that make a trip just a little nicer including: NFC door looks ( tap your card and wahla), fridge in the suite, with mini bar, private deck with sliding french style doors, true queen beds, etc. Accommodations here exceed the quality you see in many newer hotels that are open year round.
Pool hours are short with close time at 8? Kind of a bummer when you get back late after a bike ride and just feel like relaxing.
The thing about this place that drove me mental was the staff and the use of the words no, can't, and not sure. When I am spending $250 a night to stay at a property I don't expect to be hounded with rules unless I am causing another guest to enjoy there visit. I am not a child and do not need to have you explain rules to me.
Dinner first night - no one bothered to inform us that even as guests at the property (in the back woods) that we would need reservations and were told they were full sorry. We ended up eating in the bar which is fine but as I stated I am not used to being at a property of this class and being told sorry we cant.
Second night - apparently they have artist night with a bunch of folks from the island that come out the property and the staffs obvious priority was serving them, regardless of the fact that I was a paying guest at their property. While sitting at the bar I where we were told to order food to go for my son back in the room we were told "we arent really taking to go orders because we are so busy". Having worked in the hospitality industry and staying at as many properties as I have I nearly fell off my seat. Admittedly I muttered some expletives between sips of my drinks and the food got ordered.
Now as far as the food quality - your not going to find better on the island absolutely amazing. Expensive yes but VERY well worth every single dollar. Even the breakfast buffet in the mornings was first class - not a ton of options but few very well done.
Would I stay here again? Yes - despite the obvious need for management to train SOME of their staff on how to properly speak to and handle guests I would. The mansion offers a stunning yet tranquil place to relax that is very hard to find anywhere else in the country let alone the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Stonecliffe enjoys a storied place in Mackinac Island history. Built in 1904 as a family summer escape by industrialist Michael Cudahy, Stonecliffe has enchanted guests for nearly half a century. Situated high on the west bluff, Inn at Stonecliffe lodging comprises a classic Tudor-style mansion that offers 16 bed and breakfast style guest rooms, and the more modern Summer House Suites, with 31 richly appointed suites decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. Overnight visitors to Mackinac Island often observe that the best time to enjoy the island is in the early morning or late evening when the last ferry has carried the daily visitors back to the mainland. At The Inn at Stonecliffe, you’ll enjoy that feeling every moment of your stay. Anywhere you turn, tranquility and relaxation await, from the breathtaking bluff-top views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge to the Inn’s lush, rolling lawns.Special Services and / or Features: • Breakfast Included• Air Conditioning• Onsite Dining and Cocktail Lounge• Weddings and Events• Kitchenettes• Bike Rentals • Cable Television• Outdoor Heated Pool• Private Baths• Telephones• Complimentary Wireless Internet• Non Smoking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Stonecliffe Hotel Mackinac Island