Main Street Inn and Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Main Street Inn and Suites Mackinac Island
Wonderful room, iffy location
We stayed 3 nights at the Main Street Inn and Suites. We had a 2-room suite with a bay window overlooking Main Street and a VERY small balcony. The bedroom had 2 queen beds furnished with above average mattresses, pillow and linens with a ceiling fan. The bathroom had a large whirlpool tub and wonderful water pressure, with large towels and bathrobes. The living area was spacious and comfortable with a sofa, coffee table, and two oversize chairs. It also had a bar with a small refrigerator, and a small table with two chairs for eating, etc. Everyting, including the lobby areas, was well-maintained and extremely clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful with suggestions for dinners, tours, etc.
The only downside to the hotel was its location (which was also an upside in some respects!) Situated right on Main Street overlooking the ferry terminal was very convenient, and we had great fun watching people and listening to conversations from our balcony and bay window. However, being right across from the ferry terminal was noisy - loudspeakers announcing departures and the ferries blowing their horns as they left the dock (every hour from 8AM to 9PM).
Very Pleasant Stay
I just returned from a two day trip to Mackinac Island. I was looking for an inexpensive, up-to-date hotel in the heart of Main Street... and "Main Street Inn and Suites" was all of that and more! For less than $150 I was able to book an interior room for one night. This room did not have a window; however, it had a wonderful skylight that allowed light in and out just at the touch of a button. In addition, the room had granite counters, a refrigerator, and coffee maker. Also, at the end of the stay they provided complementary fudge from Joann's. I also peeked into some of the other rooms and they were equally impressive. For the price, the interior rooms can not be beat but the larger suites are a nice option if you're planning to stay longer than a night or two.
My favorite part of the hotel had to have been the location. We took the Shepler's ferry over to the island and the Main Street Inn was practically right across the street. As a result, we did not need to rent bikes to get around because everything was in walking distance. On the second day we did rent bikes for a few hours to ride around the entire island. The ride was a little over 8 miles but it had to have been one of my favorite parts of the trip.
I hope this review helps. Tripadvisor is always the first place I look when I book a vacation so I thought the least I can do is leave my two cents :). I've also included some pics for your enjoyment. Take care and I hope you check this place out!
PS... Because I was only there for two days I wasn't able to try every restaurant but my favorite was "Mary's Bistro". Very nice atmosphere and tasty bread. I had their special chicken with smashed potatoes and asparagas and I was very impressed. I also tried the "Pink Pony" and "Horn's". Both had alright food but nothing worth visiting again.
Best Hotel at a Good Price
The Main Street is the newest hotel on the island, and it shows. The entire facility is spotless, the rooms are large and well appointed (granite bath counters, anyone?), it has an elevator and bicycle parking in the basement. And it's one of the less expensive properties on the island. That's the basic rooms - the suites overlooking main street and the harbor are larger, nicer, and have a beautiful view from the private balcony. All this, and the rates are on the low side.
What do you give up? You're not staying at a historic hotel, in a smaller room at a higher price. Breakfast is not included, and there is no onsite restaurant. But food is just steps away outside the front door.
I will surely stay there again.
We had a "girls weekend" during the Lilac Festival. The room was very clean and the staff very helpfu and nice. I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning to stay on the island. We did actually have an interior room w/a sky light, but for the amount of time we were in the room it was not an issue and the sky light made it seem very bright.
Great value, great service
I was looking for a new place to stay on the island this year and gave Main Street Inn a try. What a great place! The exterior double queen room was beautifully decorated in Victorian style. There was plenty of space. The room had built-in air conditioning, not the window unit some hotels have. The staff was friendly and helpful. They left a chunk of fudge for us each night at turndown service. The second floor had a pool table, board games, a tv and sitting area. You can rent a DVD player for the day for $5. The movie rentals were all kids stuff, though, so you might bring a few from your collection. All in all, comfortable, beautiful and I'll definitely stay there again.
A fine hotel
Modern, yet classic hotel. One of the finest places to stay on Mackinac Island.
The best place to stay on the island!
We have stayed in many of the hotels on the island over the years and this is by far the best. The rooms are beautifully decorated(really the nicest rooms I have ever encountered in a hotel), the beds are extremely comfortable, and it has air-conditioning(a rare feature in many island hotels). The service is outstanding as well,from the front desk staff to the housekeepers that make every effort to make you feel welcome. We are planning to return next year!
Great hotel for great price
We stayed at the Main Street Inn for 2 nights in early September, 2005. We had a Deluxe Standard room, which was on an exterior wall and had a window, though it was a small window with a bad view. It did let in some light though. The room was small, but then most rooms on Mackinac are fairly small. It was immaculately clean and attractively furnished, with quilts on the bed, wicker chairs, etc. The staff was friendly, although I wouldn't call service exceptional. We heard complaints from people in other hotels on the island about their rooms being miniscule, loud from street noise and next door rooms, and way overpriced for what you got. Since we weren't on a street side I can't comment on that, but I do know there was a couple in the room next to us and we never heard a thing from them.
Unlike some other inns on Mackinac, the Main Street Inn doesn't give free breakfast. They did give you a free chunk of delicious fudge every night, though! Overall, for what we paid ($100) the Main Street Inn was a really excellent value, and I would definitely stay there again.
Nice inexpensive place (relative to the other hotel!)
The people at the front desk were really nice, and our room was very clean. We had a king-sized bed with a little sitting area. Nothing out-of-this world, but fine and relatively inexpensive compared to toher Mackinac Island hotels.
Loved the island in general. Definately recommend a bike ride around the island, and the pub/oyster bar.
Very welcoming and memorable...
My friends surprised me w/a 35th B-day party, and what a party it was. The suites are beautiful w/a private proch and view of the water and Main street. Rooms are decked out in wonderful furnishings w/the most comfortable beds ever. Every night we had turn-down service w/chocolate's and the cleaning serivce found out it was my birthday and provided us with some unique gifts. The staff was wonderful, and the owner even gave us complimentary fudge when he found out is was my birthday. They truely made it very special for us. In fact we will be returning in October again.
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