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“Best porch on the island”
Review of Windermere Hotel

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Windermere Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best porch on the island”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

The hotel is in a prime position with great views. We were rather taken aback by the gruff reception we received on check in and unfortunately this set the scene for further contact with staff at the hotel during our stay. On checking out our money was taken without any thanks for our custom. Our room was lovely with a comfortable bed, clean bathroom and good view. Continental breakfast was very poor. This has been stated many times in previous reviews so I guess the management do not intend to do anything about this. The porch is by far the best feature of this hotel due to its great view and comfortable furniture.

Room Tip: if you pay extra for a sea view make sure you get a good one.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Kokomo, Indiana
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Quaint hotel that resembles a Bed & Breakfast minus the kitchen. Front desk staff is very friendly & is willing to go the extra mile for you. Very clean rooms. Beautiful courtyard. The best front porch view on the island. No TV's in the rooms & I count that as a blessing. I was in 3 different rooms and they were all different. B6 room has an odd layout and it would be very cramped if 4 people stayed in that room.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Manassas, VA
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85 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We only planned to stay on the island for one night and most properties required a minimum of two nights. That was one of the reasons we ended up a Windemere.

Awesome location with a large front porch with a great view.

Continental breakfast was not special. No TV or internet in the rooms. Wireless was available on the porch and in the lobby.

Our room overlooked the beautiful gardens.

Room Tip: Our room was on the 3rd floor. If walking steps is an issue suggest you book a lower floor at time o...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2013

We were just there and the hotel and staff were absolutely wonderful!! The hotel is in a great location, clean, accommodating .., just a gem! We plan to come again soon! Thanks for making our stay so pleasant! ~ The Bakers

  • Stayed June 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Glen is the best! Front desk was friendly our last morning and helped try to make a carriage ride reservation. Excellent view! Room overlooked the dog house, lighthouse and waterfront. Bed was a little soft and the bathroom decoration needed a little remodel. Continental breakfast was minimal: cold store bought muffins, donuts, pastries, apples and mediocre coffee. Wish we had more time to sit on the porch, but the town is just down one side of the street and few blocks away on the other end is the Grand Hotel. We had the best 24 hours!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Michigan
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

We have stayed here quite a few times over the years. The Windermere is what the Island is all about. From the minute you get off the ferry Glen is there to meet you and take your luggage. Glen and the rest of the staff are what makes this place stand out. Sitting on the porch is like being in another place and time. Everything slows down and the only thing left to do is relax!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Brooks271
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south lyon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2012 via mobile

Stayed in b12 with 2 queens, small table and 4 side chairs. Nice size room and freshly painted. Bathroom seemed brand new. No a/c but a fan in the closet. No phone but can use cell. 3rd floor quite a climb but ok for us. Location just at end of town so looks out over a grassy area (the dog pound hit dog stand) to the water!
We had everything we needed but yes, as per other reviews, the desk staff is not necessarily friendly. Ex: did not say even hello when we checked in.
Breakfast is pastries and flavorless red apples daily w coffee and juice. They got got water for me to make my own tea I brought.

  • Stayed July 2012
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2 Thank colettesouthlyon
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Additional Information about Windermere Hotel

Property: Windermere Hotel
Address: Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-0538
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 26
Also Known As:
Windermere Hotel Mackinac Island

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