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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 …
Its our last day on Mackinac and we enjoyed our last Grand Hotel meal at the breakfast buffet, and went to the Eucharist to wrap up the conference. The homilist was the new bishop of Western Michigan, a southerner who pumped up this clergy crowd with a cry that this is "our time", time for the Episcopal church to move out of the past (referencing the Somewhere in Time" nostalgia) and to take advantage of now, the right time for the Via Media. He ...
Mom woke early and went to the dining room and though she said she sat alone I believe she "held court" greeting many old friends from both the Diocese of Michigan and the new Diocese of Eastern Michigan (which is the same territory Dad covered "back in the day".) Breakfast was followed by morning prayer and a program by a man who is a musician and entertainer and writes detective novels from his retirement in North Carolina. I caught up on school and ...
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 in Michigan! I'll get a picture when we get back to ...
... of trails to hike on. The North Country Trail even runs through the park and for anyone who is a trail runner it has great places to run. They even have a Wilderness 10K trail race in the summer. If you do come to Wilderness SP and need food, we recommend stopping at a store prior to getting to Mackinaw City, as there is only one IGA and the offerings are limited.
A few organizing tips we ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.
Great deals at historic Inn
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.