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The Murray Hotel
My wife & I stayed at the Murry Hotel for "a romantic weekend" trip. They had a weekend package advertised which included Breakfast in bed, a champagne basket with fudge, a 1-hr. carriage tour, a picnic lunch for two, dicount coupons for the ferry, and a discount card for shops downtown.
I thought I had landed a great deal when I booked it.
Upon arrival the hotel looked ok, a little beaten up, with decor typical of the island. The staff was friendly, and we were given our info package to take with us and fill out in our room.
Our room was about the same, not terrible, but also not very nice. The improvement made were definitely a patch job rather than a fix. Holes in the bathroom walls were cleverly painted over with murels of clouds.
We decided to overlook the room and get out and enjoy the island. This we managed to do by renting bikes and exploring some of the sights. We set up our picnic lunch with was delivered to our room in cardboard boxes. I was picturing a romantic picnic lunch on their grounds, not something to eat in my room. The champagne arrived and we did enjoy that and the fudge.
Breakfast the next morning delivered to our room basically continental (can't spare an egg?) was our choice of a bagel, oatmeal, fruitloops, etc.. basically continental. I had oatmeal (instant) and I had no hot water and just cold milk with which to eat it. Everything in this was terrible. Needless to say we ate elsewhere.
Our room was about 85 degrees and our Air Conditioning barely worked. The sign which indicated it wouldn't work if you turned the air on high should have been an indication.
The sky deck did have a great hot tub and we used it a few times.
All in all we did have a good vacation, however next time I will bypass the Murray Hotel all together and find a different location.
Murray - Decent
I also just came back from a Labor Day weekend at the Murray Hotel and wanted to write another review to give more color. My fiance and I were on a budget, and Murray seemed affordable but nice from the pictures.
It is an average hotel and clean, but I agree with the other post that said that the rooms were old and small, and the walls thin. Our floor unfortunately was not noisy, but we could hear doors being open and shut throughout the morning and night. We had a standard view Queen room and it was pretty small and basic, but we caught a glimpse of another room across the hall was even smaller like a box, with a queen bed and the bathroom sink in the bedroom area. We had the cheapest Queen bed rate so we guessed that the variance among the rooms was high. I also agree that the bed was not comfortable, it is a hard mattress and the comforter seemed old. The bathroom was also vbasic and only had a standup shower. If you are on a budget, then this isn't a bad choice, and is a clean and basic place to sleep. If you have a little more money to spend, try someplace else...it would probably worth it for a little more comfort.
We just returned today from our stay at the Murray hotel. I wanted to add more details to the reviews that have been posted. The hotel is located directly across from the Arnold Line. It was very easy getting our luggage from the dock in Mackinac City to the hotel. The Arnold staff and Murray staff handle all luggage for you. Our check-in went very smoothly. You will walk through the fudge shop each time you enter the hotel (which is not good for the diet). The Murray is a very old and quaint hotel. It still has actual keys (not the credit card keys). Elevators are very small however, never seemed crowded. As you will see in the other reviews, the rooms are very small and very outdated. I can understand that the hotel is historic therefore, the rooms will be small, however the bedspreads, flooring, shower, etc... have not been updated for many, many years. The beds were not comfortable at all. We stayed for only two nights so not as much an issue as if we would have stayed longer. The hotel sends cookies to the room each night. They also give you muffins upon departure. Nice touches. The continental breakfast was the usual. I had read that the walls were very thin. We did stay with our two small children and thought that it was fine. We are pretty picky about our children not making noise, but did not hear other people either. All in all our stay was nice. It was definetely worth staying on the island. The island is beautiful! However, one huge drawback for us was the smell of horse maneure. I read about this on other reviews and thought "how bad could it be". Really bad!!! It will probably stop us from going back to this beautiful island. We heard people complaining everywhere about it. I am not sure why they do not bag the horses? We have been to other towns that have carriages (Savannah, Charleston, ect..) and have never experienced this kind of smell before. We had to constantly watch both our shoes and the kids shoes. It was absolutely disgusting. If you have a chance to bring your own bikes, do. People ride their bikes everywhere. The Grand Hotel is also something to see. If we ever do return we will probabaly stay at a hotel out of town so that the smell is not as strong.
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend on Mackinac Island (July 15-18). We flew into Pellston Airport and took a shuttle to the ferry dock. I have never flown into a small regional airport before. I was impressed with the staff at the airport and how wonderful they had decorated the interior (very cozy, like being at home). We took the Arnold ferry line over to the island. Nice boat and very fast. Our dock was right across the street from where we were staying, the Murray hotel.
The hotel was nice for a very old victorian hotel. We booked a deluxe queen room with a harbor view. If you plan on staying at the hotel, I would recommend getting a deluxe queen room. I saw the room next to us and it was very tiny and cramped. The bathroom in our room was on the small side, but it was not an issue with me. Again this is an old victorian hotel. We had a T.V., hair dryer and a clock radio in our room. We did not have a phone in the room. I was very pleased with our accomodations during our stay for the price we paid. I'm sure there are more deluxe and upscale accomodations, but you will pay a much higher price. The staff was friendly and helpful. They left fresh baked chocolate chip cookies on the bed each night. The sun deck was a very nice addition to the hotel. It doubles as a small pool/very large hot tub. It was very relaxing after a long day on the island.
While we were on the island we had dinner at the Euro Garden Cafe at the Mission Point Resort and at the Carriage House at the Iroquois Hotel. Both dinners were exceptional. Both had wonderful views of the harbor and the staff was great.
I will definately return to the island and the Murray Hotel.
Not Worth the Money!
I called to make reservations at the Inn at Mackinaw- sister property to the Murray. I was told that I had reservations for a room with a queen sized bed at the Inn, but my husband and I were embarrassed to find that the reservation was actually at the Murray Hotel and we had to take our things and walk back down to that part of town. This was our anniversary and we wanted it to be nice. So, we checked into the hotel, annoyed but trying to be positive, only to be walked up to a tiny, ugly room with no ammenities. I felt like we were in steerage on the Titanic.
We had a double bed that barely fit into the room- I'm surprised that the door opened.
We then had to have a clerk call the manager to get a refund for us so that we could leave the island and go stay in a much better (especially for the money spent) hotel in Mackinaw City.
Will definately stay here again!
A very nice hotel! My wife and I stayed at the Murray for our anniversary and had a great time. The staff was very courteous and went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience possible. If you're going to stay on the island, you certainly can't beat the Murray.
You Can't Go Wrong with the Murray Hotel!
I have had an opportunity throughout the years to stay at almost every hotel on Mackinaw Island. By far, I enjoy the Murray Hotel the most. They have a wonderful location on Main Street. They aren't surrounded by noisey bars at night it is quite peaceful, especially if you request a room overlooking the back street. The Pulte family has been running the facility for 20+ years and there are 2 generations of family on-site to make sure everything is done right. They truely have the best fudge offered on the Island. This summer they offered 55 varieties. You can sample before you buy. My favorite is the Turtle Fudge. They make their fudge in pans so they can layer "stuff" in the middle of two layers of fudge. It is just a hop and skip to the Marina and large park. Great for a picnic or a nice trek up to the Fort. Pat Pulte is quite an artist and he recently put his works of art on display in his lobby. You can even buy them! Someone else posted that the pictures were creepy... WRONG! They are indicative of the period that you go back to when you visit Mackinaw Island. Oh yeah... Great breakfast included for the whole group too!
Great but freaky
the place was very clean and it had great service and very nice people. but all the old pictures kind of scared me a bit. but other wise it's a great hotel.
Friendly, professional and CHARMING!
Right in the heart of it all - BEST Fudge on the island. Each room is decorated with antiques.. its Victorian hotel with porch and all... Loved movie night. When we left our window open we could hear the clip-clap of horses on the cobblestones.. and each morning we'd hear Reviley played from the Fort at 7 am. PERFECT!
The Murry Hotel is a vacation in itself!!
The hotel was wonderful!! The staff was very friendly and professional. The place was very clean and well cared for. On site bakery and fudge making was excellent!! There is also an outstanding Continental breakfast as well as the Monet Cafe, which had wonderful homemade soups and sandwiches, made to order, There were nightly movies, made on the island.....I took a watercolor workshop that was GREAT!! The Island itself offers many wonderful sights as well as historical places to visit. The Grand Hotel was wonderful to visit in the daytime. There are many shops to see as well as waterways to veiw. The non-automotive status makes a delightful retreat destination. The horse and carraige rides were so much fun. Everywhere I went, for the week that I visited, people were so nice and friendly....I would recommend this for anyone, alone or with a family........Have a wonderful time!!
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Travel Blogs from Mackinac Island
... the winter. But during the peak summer season 15,000 people come to visit per day! Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration (ban on almost all motor vehicles); as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The weather was fantastic which made for a very beautiful day back in ...
... and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. Since it was late in the tourist season the crowds were less than in the peak time during the summer. We stayed at a great campground over looking Lake ...
... and steamed potatoes (no butter or sour cream). Felt more like a proper meal. if any food is left on your plate, you are offered a box to take it away. i stripped the meat off the bones when we got back to the motel - lunch for tomorrow.
Finding bread rolls has been a bit tricky. We have had wraps for the last 2 days as an alternative.
Visited the old lighthouse in St Ignace before going back to the motel. Off south tomorrow
... route south and first stop was Port Iroquois Light Station. We were able to walk to the top of the tower. Overcast day and view over Lake Superior was a little affected but still worth the walk up the 76 steps. Had passed lots of bike riders along the way and came across their support vehicles at the Light Station. Food and drinks were waiting for them. It was an organised bike holiday.
At Bay Mills we saw an interesting old Indian Cemetery ...
... amazing experience all the same, we saw places I'm sure I never would have if not for this job and survived another season aboard! Our reward is surely the itinerary of the next two season's planned in Europe! For now it's turnaround time and while the Great Lakes and connecting rivers will make this return a lengthy one, life aboard is much more relaxed and enjoyable with service at its season's end.
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