Grand Hotel

286 Grand Ave, , Michigan, 49757, United States
(4 star hotel)
#5 of 18 hotels in Mackinac Island
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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A Must Do Once

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 3, 2008

Unique Quality: This hotel takes you back in time. Even though it is pricey, I recommend staying here at least once. The atmosphere cannot be duplicated. They have a sprawling lawn where you can play bocce ball or croquet, a large pool, and a flower garden where you can take some amazing pictures. The lobby has a harpist who plays while you can relax in one of the many chairs with a drink while the long porch which looks out over the lawns and has a view of the water has a number of rocking chairs to sit in with servers who are attentive, but do not bother you when your drink is still half full. It is peaceful and truly takes you away from the pressures of every day life. Dinner and breakfast is included and enjoyable. If you are traveling with children, a kids' club is available.

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High End Old Luxury-an Era gone by

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 20, 2007

It sits on top of the hill; the highest point on the island; and is impressive. It is from 1887 when the steamship companies knew the could make good money for tourists to come and stay on the island. People came mostly from large eastern cities back then to get away from heat-but up here had bugs and gnats, and only a couple 2-3 months are pleasant, then it turns cooler. Room rates then were $3-5. Now they run $400-700 a nite. WOW. The hotel is only open for stays in the spring/summer months.
It is not that nice to pay such high rates, but I guess you pay for fame and history to say you sat on the the longest porch in the US.

Commoners can stroll inside and see the halls and sites without any problem, after you pay an entry fee of $10. It is like a museum, but after seeing the lobby ans some areas, not much to see and the tour may be about 15 minutes at most. The fee keeps out thousands of tourists coming to see the hotel magnificence.

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America's Best Summer Resort

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 2, 2005

The Grand Hotel is easily one of the most distinguishable landmarks and buildings on the island. Its sweeping wooden porch dominates its surroundings, and the grounds in front of it are always covered in a stunning array of vibrantly colored flowers. The lobby inside is decked out in a multitude of different styles, and the dining room holds a classical elegance. The rooms are all decorated in different styles, and are complete with intriguing lamps, old-fashioned (but extremely comfortable) beds and a surprisingly modern bathroom. Unfortunately a small TV is usually included in the room, but it is easily overlooked.

Unique Quality: The food at the Grand is superb, consisting of about five courses. A tip: When using silverwear, go from the outside in, because you'll have 11 untensils for dinner alone. The pool is a great place to relax, and the views from the record-holding porch are spectacular.

The overall feeling of the Grand Hotel is one of times long passed. Old meshes with new to create a totally unique environment, and although many of the facilities are quite modern, they retain the quality of antique comfort that only Mackinac is capable of achieving.

Directions: Head south down Market Street and turn left on Cadotte Avenue. Go past the few businesses and the Grand Hotel is impossible to miss.

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Island Granduer

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 18, 2004

It's not just a trip to somewhere in time, it is a trip back in time. The modern day life is given a glimpse of a posh life from two centuries ago.

Unique Quality: The swimming pool on the grounds of the hotel was built during the heyday of Hollywood musicals for legendary actress/swimmer Esther Williams. Over the years some improvements have been made, such as the addition of a sleek, stainless steel hottub. During the mid afternoon, kids line up to make their own snow cones available poolside. A full workout room and shower facilities are available.

Directions: Take a ferry from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

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The biggest and the best

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 23, 2004

We did not stay here as we were on a tour for one day.
but I thought you should see how RICH PEOPLE LIVE
$1000 to $3000 for a suite for one night

Unique Quality: High class

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The Grand Hotel

by written on August 26, 2002

Very Expensive, I never stayed here. It's beautifully historical but out of my price range!


Unique Quality: At 660 feet, Grand Hotel's front porch is the world's longest, and is visible as you approach the Island from Lake Michigan.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on Michigan's Mackinac Island. All transportation is provided by horse and carriage or bicycle. Mackinac Island is accessible only by ferry boat or plane.

While more than 1 million people visit Mackinac Island each year, the Island has only 600 year-round residents.

It takes 500,000 gallons of water to fill Grand Hotel's swimming pool, which was named for actress Esther Williams when she starred in the 1949 movie 'This Time for Keeps', shot at Grand Hotel.

'Somewhere in Time', starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, was filmed on location at Grand Hotel in 1979. The movie now has a huge following and fan club that meets yearly at Grand Hotel in late October.

Five U.S. Presidents have stayed at Grand Hotel. Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy and Truman have all resided at Grand Hotel.

There are more than 500 horses on Mackinac Island.

More than 50,000 Grand Pecan Balls, the Hotel's most popular dessert, are consumed each season.

The Grand Hotel's famous front porch flowers include 2,000 geraniums in 260 planting boxes with seven tons of potting soil.

One ton of bulbs are planted in the fall, including 24,000 tulips and 3,000 daffodils.

More than 105,000 bedding plants (annuals) are used to create the many gardens on Grand Hotel grounds.

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Address: 286 Grand Ave, , Michigan, 49757, United States

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Amenities at Grand Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Spa
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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