I stayed here for a few nights and it was an excellent experience. The hotel - "bed and breakfast" is a stretch, even though breakfast is provided every morning for free - has several different buildings that are not attached. I stayed in the Summer House. The room was pricey - i don't think you'll ever get it for much less than $200 a night, and it's often more. Fortunately, the room is in great condition. Comfortable bed and perfectly clean. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Very nostalgic design. Felt like I was in Pleasantville.
This is the **perfect** place to go if you want a secluded retreat. If you want to escape the fast pace of daily life, this is the place for you. However, don't underestimate the fact that this place is truly secluded. It's 2 miles or so from the main business stretch of Mackinac Island - where you'll find dining and shopping options. That wouldn't be a big deal normally, except the only mode of transportation on the island is bikes or horses. Cars are outlawed. (If you don't know this, perhaps you don't know what you're getting yourself into on Mackinac Island.)
Horse shuttle rides run nearly $7 per person, each way. (And these are not romantic carriage rides, which cost much more.) They travel barely faster than a walking pace. The hotel rents bikes at a mind boggling rate of $35 a day each. If you have the ability to bring your own bike to the island, the chances that you'll regret it are slim.
Lastly, be cautious about using this hospital if you need to have Internet access. Wireless worked for me, but other hotel patrons I talked to had problems connecting.
This hotel is a terrific option for someone who is looking to get away. However, if you don't have the patience to take time to get where you want to go, this isn't the place for you.
- 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