If you want to be in the center of the action, this is not the place. However, it was a great choice for us, as we wanted some relaxation and quiet at the end of our very busy days on the island. We brought our bikes and used them to get from downtown to the inn and back. There are some very steep hills on the way, as the "Stonecliffe" name is accurate -- the inn is at the top of a rocky cliff and getting there required some strenuous riding. A very popular restaurant, The Woods, is right next door, and the inn also has its own restaurant and bar. It has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a wide lawn with a view of the Mackinac Bridge.
There were several families staying at the inn, but I can't imagine that little kids could handle the ride to the hotel, so they must have been paying quite a bit for horse-drawn cabs and shuttles, which charge per rider. We chose to dine at The Woods the second night after figuring out that our cab ride to and from a cheaper restaurant canceled what we saved on the meal.
When it came to furnishings, I liked that the inn did not sacrifice comfort for historical accuracy. The furniture had a classic style, but it was new. The bedding was comfortable and similar to what you would find at other hotels. If you want quilts and antiques, this is not the place.
The breakfast buffet opened at 7:30 and had a few hot items -- scrambled eggs and sausage both days, and other items that varied -- and yogurt, pastries, fruit, juice, cereal, toast, and coffee. We liked being able to serve ourselves and enjoy our breakfast on the patio.
The thing that impressed me most was how friendly and helpful all the staff were. We were able to get help with things like ferry tickets (including assistance with lost bike tickets) and dinner reservations from the front desk. Our bags were delivered from the ferry to the hotel, and our bags were delivered about five minutes after we got into the room. Even though there was a buffet for breakfast, an attendant introduced himself to us and let us know he was available if we needed any assistance.
We would definitely stay here in the future.
- 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