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We were awoken by housekeeping at 1030am. Missed the free Holiday Inn breakfast! Yelp thought there was a Starbucks in Gaylord, but we went to Tim Hortons Doughnuts instead and got a sugar high with our caffeine. Back on I-75 to Mackinac. Got two thumbs up from the Shepler Ferry guys on our car (VW Beetles appear to still have a following, at least …
For our last real stop, we stayed at the Grand Hotel. Some pictures....
... MIchigan: a whitefish reuben, fried fish, with coleslaw and 1000 island dressing on rye and cobb salad with dried cherries.) Saved room for carrot apple cake.
Skipped all the fudge shops enroute to the 4pm ferry. Recollected our VW and headed south through gorgeous fall color along I75. Just perfect weather.
Got to Midland in time to watch the Tigers and Justin Verlander end the Oakland A's hopes in the American League. A good ...
... morning from the room (not such a bad gig with this view! and the sound of horse drawn carriages below...) After all that though, amazingly enough, it was time for another meal. A full luncheon buffet is served, though I didn't make it far past the huge bowl of jumbo shrimp! We fortunately, or unfortunately, sat next to the dessert table so a few of those ended up in front of us also (okay, you wouldn't have passed up the blueberry pie either, I bet.)
by Pam Riehl Szakal
For anyone who has never stayed at Wilderness State Park you are truly missing a great experience. Only 15 miles outside of Mackinaw City, it is worlds away and provides pristine forests, beach-front camping on Lake Michigan and miles of trails where you could see eagle, bear and other remote wildlife. We even saw an eagle standing on the beach tearing into a fish from a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
The best place to stay on Mackinac
Having stayed at the Grand Hotel numerous times, I have not problems highly recommending it.
Food - excellent service from the mostly Jamaican waitstaff and gourmet meals.
Rooms - great views, uniquely decorated by Carlton Varney, and always clean.
Pool is beautiful, hotel has its own hiking trails, and a huge front porch to relax on. Since the hotel charges non-guests for admission, it keeps the number of visitors from being overwhelming, though large tour groups are often at the hotel for luch.
Not every room is air conditioned, prices are expensive, and conventioners often fill the hotel. Rooms never seem to be available before the posted check-in time.
The best experience ever
We had a wonderful time. The room was basically average for the price, but service was outstanding. The food, orchestra and the harp player made us feel very special. The flowers made the hotel look like we were back in the 30th. Sitting at the porch in the evening watching the sunset was great. We felt extremely relaxed and special when we left.
A Unique and Historical Place
I have had the priviledge to stay at the beautiful Grand Hotel on 3 special occasions. If you wnat to "Step Back in Time" this is the place for you. The views are spectacular , the service top notched and the food is unbeatable. I highly recommend this Jewel of the North to anyone. A highly charming place. If I could I would visit and stay each year. I have a serious collection of Grand Hotel Memrobilla and love evry peice of it.
A Magnificent Hotel!
First I have to answer a previous review where someone stated that the Grand Hotel is pretentious and does little to make the average person feel at home. You do not stay at the Grand Hotel to be treated average.
You stay there to be treated special and have the experience for a few days to live in elegance and luxury. My recent stay at the Grand Hotel was absolutely wonderful. The decor is magnificent, the rooms are beautiful, the food is excellent, and the hotel employees do everything they can to make sure your stay is a memorable one. The fact that the hotel is located on beautiful Mackinac Island only adds to this memorable experience. You truly do feel you are transported back in time!
Not so Grand
The Grand Hotel is quite pretentious and does little to make the average person feel at home. And be advised, many of the rooms are NOT air conditioned. Despite what the management tells you, these rooms are quite hot during the day and don't cool of until very late at night, if at all. I think the Grand Hotel is overrated.
We LOVED the Grand Hotel. We went the weekend of Lilac Festival and so got a package price for the hotel which included the five or six course dinner and breakfast. We have 3 children, (2 are teenagers) and they loved it too. The pool was large and had a huge inflatable long object in it which the kids loved trying to climb on. They had croquet and bocce ball on their gorgeous lawns too. My husband and I sat in the lobby during tea time reading a book and listening to beautiful violin and piano music. Needless to say the dinner was FANTASTIC--filet mignon with a bleu cheese tart all served impeccably by Jamaican waiters. Our room was bright and colorful and the hotel is decorated in the bright Victorian colors that make you cheerful just looking at them. We will definitely go back! We stayed one night at Mission Point but it is located so far from the town that it is very far to walk there and they had a much smaller pool although the family suite was nice and less expensive than the Grand but it didn't include dinner and a great breakfast too!
If you are interested in an unusual vacation that is away from the hustle of most of the areas we see now, and if you can enjoy life without jumping in a car every few minutes, this is the place ot be. If you enjoy dressing for dinner and being treated as we feel people were treated around the turn of the Century, you will not only enjoy the Grand Hotel, but will be ready to go back many times. The Grand is just what the name emplies and is look at even on the Island as the Leader of the pack.
Somewhere In Time
This is a Top notch hotel, the min you step onto the island of Mackinac , your back in time. A wonderful way to see how beautiful this hotel is, just rent Somewhere In Time, starring chris Reeves and Jane Seymour. The Grounds are full of Beautiful landscaping and flowers. The food is Outstanding. oh by the way, the above two reviews are both wrong, its niether on lake Huron or Lake Superior, its in the Straits of Mackinac which connects both lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Wonderful hotel, beautiful grounds and views. The lack of cars makes for a great getaway.
By the way, I don't know where the other Kathy and gary were, but the Grand hotel is not on lake Superior. The hotel sits in lake Huron.
My husband and I chose the Grand Hotel for our honeymoon destination. When making our reservations, we asked about the dining area where you can have beautiful view of Lake Superior and whether we could reserve a table for one of the evenings. We were told we couldn't that they were first come first served and to just take our chances. When we got there we were seated in the middle area of the dining room and we asked our waiter if we could sit by the window. He said we could not ever sit there because the owner had to invite you or you had to be "someone". On our way out we asked to see the manager and got runaround after runaround. Mind you, these rooms are not cheap. They start around $350.00 per night and that is for a cubbyhole room. After giving up on this, we went across the street to another restaurant where the treatment was much better - in fact they set us up for dinner at a "sister" restaurant that was beyond any experience you will ever have in your life so maybe it all happened for a reason. Don Musser is the manager of the Grand Hotel and he certainly needs to brush up on his people skills. Oh yes, they also charge you to look at their hotel - you can't even pass a certain point before one of their "workers" kicks you off the property. Stay elsewhere on the island - you certainly have a large selection and you'll be treated like a human.