Island House Hotel
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The real trip is over, now only Miami and New York remains before I am back in Norway. Found a cheap ticket Bogota - Miami with LAN Chile for USD 300, so decided on that. How could I know that that was not a good idea? More on that later... Had booked hotel down at Collins Avenue, which runs parallel to Ocean Drive. Good place to stay, Island House …
... Hotel, built back in 1887. It has the worlds largest porch and the only way to get inside is to be a registered guest or pay $10 a person. After six, men must be wear a coat and tie and woman must be in a dress. The cheapest room during the summer is over $600 per night!! Guess we won't be staying at the Grand.
This is a neat island with lots of tourists like us and a great way to spend a sunny day!
... is on Lake Huron, and is really the dividing point between the upper peninsula and the lower peninsula of Michigan. We have now seen Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
We are having a wonderful trip, the dogs are having fun and the truck and the camper are doing great!!
Remember -- Life is Good!!
The rains cancelled our trip to Mackinac Island so we all (including Maggie) piled into the Superu and headed north to Sault (Soo) St. Marie. We watched a ship go thru the Soo Lock. Geocached. Had lunch at recommended “Antler’s” restaurant, which had many interesting stuffed animals but not nearly as good as Nonna’s. After lunch we traveled 6 mile highway to ...
... neatest places I’ve ever eaten!
6-25-14 – Wednesday
The rains cancelled our trip to Mackinac Island so we all (including Maggie) piled into the Superu and headed north to Sault (Soo) St. Marie. We watched a ship go thru the Soo Lock, Geocached and ate lunch at recommended “Antler’s” restaurant. Antler's had many
interesting stuffed animals but not nearly as good as Nonna’s. After lunch ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island House Hotel Mackinac Island
Fantastic hotel on the Island
Stayed at the Island house in the fall and had a marvelous time. We have stayed at other hotels on the Island and this one is fantastic. The kids loved the indoor pool and the hotel staff was always friendly and helpfull. Also the food at the main resturaunt was great in addition to their other resturaunt the "Ice House".
I have recently stayed at the Island House and would recommend that you look at other accomodations prior to making a reservation here. It is a wonderful location and an Historic Landmark, but past that, it's just not worth the price. They also have a very strict cancellation policy which has been pointed out in a couple posts. Based on my experience, they appear to cater to the tour groups that stay there and not the individual traveler. I would not recommend getting the breakfast because the buffet was poor. Better breakfast food can be found in town. In addition, I found that the staff, generally, was not helpful or pleasant. In comparison, I recently stayed at the Skytop resort in PA where I paid a higher daily cost; however, the staff from top to bottom could not have been nicer and I felt that it was worth the extra cost to be treated as a customer should be.
We stayed at the Island House September 14-16, 2004 and were extremely disappointed with the condition of the facilities and the disinterested staff. We made our reservations 10 months in advance and paid extra to have an upgraded larger room with a view. The room was very small and was in severe need of a good cleaning. The amount of debris on the carpet made us believe vacuums were not a known invention to the housekeeping staff. It was not air conditioned which would not have been a problem if we had windows that would stay open. The sheets on the bed were so small that everytime you rolled over the sheet would "pop off" the corner. The food on the breakfast buffet was cold including the french toast, bacon and english muffins that could have broken some teeth they were so hard. We would have checked out and moved to another hotel, but the Island House has an "early cancellation" fee, obviously put into place because so many people wanted to leave early! The day we checked out we were directed to speak to a porter about taking our luggage to the ferry, which we did. He said he would take care of it, but the luggage never arrived and my husband had to walk back to the hotel and retrieve our luggage and carry it to the ferry himself. Overall we did not get any value for the extremely high rate per night we paid. With historic properties you can't expect to have all the modern conviences, but you would expect excellent customer service and a clean, comfortable room. We did not receive any of this and would recommend that you avoid the Island House, there are much nicer properties on the island.
Loved the Island House
We spent two nights at the Island House (Sunday 9/12/04 and Monday 9/13/04) and were very pleased with both the hotel and the service. We had heard that the 3pm check in time was strictly adhered to, but were able to check in at 1:30 and receive all of our special requests (room large enough for a crib and with a fridge). The crib arrived in 5 minutes and our luggage arrived 5 minutes after that. Very prompt. Enjoyed and utilized the pool and free internet station. Front desk service was very good and answered all of our questions. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again. We were in a traditional (the smallest) room.
We went to Cheboygan to visit our son in the Coast Guard, and planned a trip to the Island House. Lousy room with no view, clogged plumbing and unresponsive or disinterested staff. Pretty disappointed in the whole thing. They have a nice porch out front to sit on, but for the money, you'd be much better off at many of the other places available. Tried to cancel the next day's reservation, but they told us we'd have to pay full price for the room. My wife got them to agree to cancel the cost of the room if *** would cancel. Well, *** was easy to work with, once we got through, (about 20 minutes) and said they would cancel the charges if it was cool with the hotel. We thought, "Great, something is finally working at this place, let's get out of here!" but then the manager changed his mind and said that they would still have to charge us full price. Uff da! Fought off a strong desire to reach across the desk. A strong suggestion to go elsewhere. The island was great, but we will not be going back to the Island House.
The Island House
We enjoyed the Island House very much. We had the governer's room and had a great view. It has great food, service, nice pool and spa. The Arnold Line is the closest ferry. Enjoyed bicyling aroung the island (8.2 miles). The travel to and from the island with luggage is not a problem - the ferry and Island House took care of everything.
My husband and I attended our nephew's wedding on the 4th of July weekend of 2003 and stayed at the beautiful Island House. The service and staff are excellent and the food served at the wedding reception was excellent. From the time you drive onto the dock on the mainland to take the trip across to the island until the time you leave to come home we found the service to be first class. We were among the fortunate ones to ask for a room in the back not knowing that the front hotel rooms are not air-conditioned. We will definitely stay at the Island House on our next trip but will ask for air conditioning because of health reasons. The Victorian design of the Island House and it's wonderful view of Lake Michigan do take you back in time. We had a weekend that we will always remember.
My wife and I spent our 10th anniversary at The Island House. We had a beautiful king room overlooking the marina at a reasonable rate. The staff was genuine and helpful. The breakfast buffet was excellent.
Overall this is the best hotel experience I have ever had. Thank you for a great anniversary and visit.
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Went to Mackinac Island this weekend and had a great time. The Island House Hotel was great, the staff couldn't have been more friendly, the Views of the water were breathtaking and the food was top notch. Since it's early we stayed 2 night with all of our meal for $300.00, it even included the ferry ride over.If you go to Mackinac Ilsand I would recommend the Island House Hotel. Check out their web cam at theislandhouse.com.