The Island House, Mackinac island
What fun!!! Bike rentals are right at the front of you hotel! Looks like a Mini "Grand".
Have stayed there several times in the past. Try and get a room with AC because you NEVER know what Michigan's weather is going to do! Don't expect a quiet time here. It's bustling with all kinds of activity. The marina is right across the street, so along with the sounds of tourists and the clip-clop of horses, there is the gentle clanging of the sail boat masts as they quietly rock on the water. This adds to the ambiance of the island.
The Porch is WONDERFUL. You can hardly tear yourself away from it. BUT make sure that you do, to see the inside of the island and even bike around it! Don't miss the beauty of the island itself buying souvenirs and fudge. Get yourself into mother nature and take advantage of your glorious destination! Pick up a copy of "The Town Crier", the local news paper which is a souvenier in itself! The islanders are More then friendly. I've ALWAYS had great service there. Splurge and have a delicious dinner at the Island house itself. The restaurant that overlooks the islands harbor. It's a little pricey but well worth it! The rooms are large. You will be pleased with your choice. Dock porters are always there to help. And you can "store" your luggage if you are a little early orwant to spend some extra time on you check out day. The fort plays "Taps" at 10:00 p.m. Visit the cemetaries. They are cool and have a very "historical" feeling. Lunch at the fort is a REAL treat. One of the very best views on the lsland. Just GET THERE! Spend at LEAST one night. You will want to go back again and again!!
Booking the Vacation:
We booked through expedia about two months before our vacation. It was the best rate at that time, we paid $200 for one night. Now that we are home I was looking at the website and there are cheaper rates out there. The hotels website is [--] The room prices depend on what plan you are on. The American Plan includes the room, breakfast and dinner and suites range $475-680, a tradtitional room is $255-285. The Bed and Breakfast (this is what we ended up with through expedia) suites are $395-610 traditional rooms $175-205 and the European Plan is the room only and suites are $385-600 and traditional rooms are $165-195.
OUR ROOM:It wasvery small. It had two double beds since we travel with our 8 and 5-year-old. The wallpaper was pretty with a creamy background and soft blue flowers. It gave the room a romantic feel. The furniture was cream and distressed to seem like an antique. I also liked the stool at the sink so that one could put on make-up in a leisurely fashion!! The bath products were above average, hand-milled soap and delicious smelling shampoo and lotion, vanilla fragrance. The room was pretty, the bathroom was very tiny but clean. What I did not like about the room was that the pipes were exposed through the walls. Also, our room (room 331) did not have a good view, it was of some grass in the backyard. Finally, we had to go through a maze up and down different stairs to find our room. Really, you take the elevator to the third floor, go up about 6 stairs, turn a corner, go down about 6 stairs, turn a corner and that is our hallway!! Not easy when bringing heavy rolling suitcases!
Pool: The pool is located in a seperate building behind the hotel. The pool is average, the jacuzzi is a nice size and there is also a sauna. All clean, plenty of towels stacked up neatly. We only ran into one other couple when we were there Saturday between 5-6pm, everyone is out exploring the island!
Breakfast: I liked the atmosphere of the breakfast room. It was elegant with the chandeleirs and wall sconces dimmed at breakfast. The buffet includes: french toast, waffles, cereal, scrambled eggs, toast, hash browns, bacon, biscuits and gravy and fruit. There is a nice view of Lake Michigan from the breakfast room so you may want to try to get a seat by the window.
The Island is a magnet for hopeless romantics and we saw two brides and their wedding party during our stay. It was fun to see a bride walking down the street as we rocked on the porch of the hotel and another saying good-bye to her family as she came into the Island House to start the honeymoon! The Island House staff is helpful and friendly. The hotel theme is Victorian, the atmosphere is elegant and we did enjoy our stay. The best part for us was when the last ferry of tourists left the Island and we felt like we had it to ourselves! The streets were empty, the nightlife was starting in town with music and laugter echoing on Main Street yet quiet and peaceful everywhere else. Everywhere we looked we saw real-life artwork. We would love to return!
Nice Mini Vacation
We just got back from a three day anniversary celebration on Mackinac Island. We usually stay at Mission Point but I found a good deal at The Island House through trip advisor. We were not expecting much but our room was fine. It was on the fourth floor. It was very tiny but the bed was comfortable and the shower was fine. Service was excellent. Our luggage arrived five minutes after we found our room and we asked for 2 extra pillows and the were delivered promptly. Our stay included breakfast and I must say I was surprised at the quality. It is served in a beautiful dining room with a nice view of the harbor. The breakfast is bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles, french toast, cereal, fruit, nice selection of fruit juice and coffee. It is served from 7:30-9:30. You can rent bikes right in front of the hotel. The pool house is nice too. We had dinner at 1852 Grill. We both had the prime rib and the meal was excellent with excellent service. We enjoyed the front lawn. Very relaxing to sit and watch the people pass buy or read or what we did mostly is sit and enjoy our favorite adult beverages.
There really is no where else like Mackinac Island. We did notice it was very quiet this time. We were told business is very slow this year. Mission Point is only 60% full for the 4th of July Holiday. We went for our bike ride on Friday morning and it was very quiet.
A money saving tip... The drinks are so expensive. If you like to have drinks before dinner, get some supplies from the grocery store in town and mix up your own. Summary: Good place to stay if you can find a deal.
A great place to stay!
We stayed at The Island House over my birthday and the 4th of July.
We arrived and they had Happy Birthday to me and another guest on a board as we arrived. This was a nice touch to detail.
The Island House is a charming victoiran style hotel that has been on the island for a long time. It is well cared for and in great shape considering how long it has been around. We checked in and there was no problem we got there around 3:00pm and our room was ready. We got one of the 4th floor rooms and it is an interesting trek to your room as the elevator stops at the 3rd floor and you go down a small set of stairs and down a hallway and up two sets of stairs and then to another short hallway and up another small flight of stairs and wallah we were at our room. Our luggage arrived shortly after we got into our room. Our room was small but very clean and the bed was comfortable. We had an air conditiong unit in our room and we used it alot. Since the hotel is old there isn't alot of ventilation in the hotel so even though it is cool outside it is often stuffy inside. The bath room was of normal size and very clean. We had a tv and it only got a few channels clearly and we had to have them come program our remote because it didn't work. They were very quick in taking care of whatever we needed.
The staff was extremely nice and I was very pleased with the experience. I would definately stay here again.
Excellent Customer Service
It has the quaint feel of old times at its prime. I had some difficulty with my room but management helped out with that. I was very pleased once I took posetion of a smoke free room. It is too bad the people before me had smoked in the non-smoking room. The free breakfast the next morning was delicious. My family watched the fireworks from the comfort of the veranda and front yard. I would return.
Mackinac-Can't wait to go back
Having just returned from Mackinac Island I can't say enough good things. The lack of any vehicle traffic makes this place awesome. No pollution, just horses and bikes. We stayed at the Island House. It was quaint and the room was practical. Everyone was quite helpful although we were not told the room included breakfast. We were pleasantly suprised when we went downstairs to breakfast and it was included. Had dinner at the Grand compliments of friends. I would not go there on my own. While the atmosphere is "grand" the service was not. Confusion about who ordered what and waiting forever to get something to drink. Would recommend renting a bike and exploring the island. And not just the outer ring road. Head into the interior...the peace and quiet was great. The quiet of Mackinac will stay in my mind for a long time. Am already planning my return visit.
We had the greatest fall weather and the Island House serves a great breakfast! Take your bikes and enjoy the fall. Good special at the Island House in the fall. Good hosts too. Going back for fall 2006for three days.
Do your research!
Hotel has a lovely view, breakfast buffet was good. Beds in our room were in terrible shape, we couldn't even sleep on one. Room was showing its age. There are a lot of choices on the island do some researching!
A Fantastic Place!
This was an excellent (and unique) experience. We were booked into one of the traditional (fun) rooms which turned out to be in the corner turret up on the fourth floor. The view was spectacular, the room was quiet and it was just perfect in every way. We found a Fall package in Travel Zoo that included a huge buffet breakfast and even discount tickets for the ferry. Everybody was helpful and friendly. And we were even serenaded to taps from the fort nearby when it was time to go to bed! This is a must do recommendation for anybody!
Mackinac Island, Michigan - USA
"Don't Hate Me Because I'm Disgustingly Quaint"
And who said fudge and horsies were just for kids? Mackinac Island proved to be a relaxing and chill get-away. For starters, taking the ferry over [Star Line = $18/pp with an online coupon] was 18 minutes of hydro fun. The ride affords a beautiful view [of course] of the Mackinac Bridge and when you disembark at the Island's main pier you have the distinct sensation of stepping into some sort of fairy tale era. No cars, lots of horses, and even more bicycles. We rented bikes for two days [$20/bike/day - from 8 AM - 7:45 PM] and cruised around the 8-mile perimeter of the Island on a beautiful paved road, taking in everything from historical sites to natural rock formations. The interior of the island contains hilly terrain and serene country roads to explore. The British Landing road is a blast to coast down and dead-ends quite picturesquely into Lake Michigan. Other fun activities? Sneak onto the local airport tarmac and get a good look at the privately-owned planes. Eat ice cream 3 times a day. Take the Old Potowomac bike trail off the East Bluff and visit a gorgeous family of Arabian show horses that graze in a pen right off of the path. Nightlife is mostly touristy and therefore limited but the Irish Pub on the main drag feels the most cozy and has good live music and an affable bar tender who is rather generous with the Jameson. Key tip? The off-season starts the third weekend in August. Our ridiculously charming room with a view of the harbor and dormer ceilings was $129 including a stuff-yourself-silly breakfast buffet every morning.
"Front porch of the Island House, Mackinac Island"
"Main mode of transport, Mackinac Island"