Mackinac Island Accommodations
Some people visit Mackinac Islands only during the daytime and leave on the last ferry to mainland. Undoubtedly, they are missing the major part of the fun. Mackinac Island isn’t something you can see in a day. When there are so many accommodation options available, staying for a couple of days to explore the island completely and savor the natural beauty is worthwhile.
Mackinac Island provides many accommodation facilities that include bed and breakfast, hotels, motels, resorts, inns and condos. While the bed and breakfast accommodations are modestly priced the big hotels are cheap in comparison to their counterparts in the big cities. And the hotels are by no means just ordinary ones.
For example, Grand Hotel on the island has a porch that is equal to two football fields, the world’s largest hotel porch. Constructed in 1887, the Grand Hotel is a part of the island’s history and stands majestically serving guests still today. Travel+Liesure magazine has voted Grand Hotel as one of the top resorts for family vacation. The rates per person start at $210 daily, which include breakfast and a five-course dinner. The rate goes up to $645 per person for luxury rooms. Each of these rooms is elegantly decorated by Carleton Varney of New York. Mini-bar, in room safe, cable TV, iron and coffee maker are the standard features of every guestroom. Children below 11 years are accommodated and fed free of cost, and children above 11 years are charged a moderate price.
Even the Masco Cottage in Grand Hotel is quite affordable if you are travelling in a group of eight or more. The cottage has four bedrooms and comes at $2999 per night, that is $375 per person. In addition to breakfast and dinner you get the lunch for free here. There is a kitchen and a well-stocked refrigerator in the cottage. A chef can be engaged to cook meals of your choice, if you are staying additional nights. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served before dinner in the cottage. A stay in Masco Cottage enables you to avail discount on ferry tickets.
The named suites in Grand Hotel offer a choice of selecting from a number of suites like the Lincoln suite, Jefferson suite, Hollywood suite etc. A unique feature of this hotel is that tipping is neither expected nor permitted. Grand Hotel is proud to have hosted a lecture by Mark Twain and filming of a few movies like Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve, John Seymore and Christopher Plummer.
Golf, swimming, Tennis, horseback riding and exercise are some of the activities that you can indulge in at the Grand Hotel. All this at such an affordable price is really unbelievable.
Murray Hotel in Mackinac is a family owned and managed hotel since 1882. The rates here are even lower, starting from $69 to $250 per person daily. Mission Point Resort has rates starting from $119-$468. The facilities at the Mission Point Resort include gourmet dinning, swimming, exercise, tennis etc…
Lakeview Hotel is an 1858 Victorian building that is restored. The rates here are reasonable too and start from $110. The Chippewa Hotel Waterfront is situated in downtown Mackinac and offers Victorian style and atmosphere with modern amenities. The Chippewa Hotel harbor view dining room receives recognition as serving the best Whitefish in the entire area of Northern Michigan.
Lilac Tree Hotel and Spa is good in arranging for weddings. Staying here is also comfortable. From its secluded promontory Hotel Iroquois presents a beautiful view of the straits of Mackinac waterfront. Behind the hotel and just one block away is the bustling town of Mackinac.
The Island House Hotel was the first summer hotel built on the island. Originally built in 1852, this hotel came to be known as the Best family hotel on the island by 1890.
Bayview, Market Street Inn, Metivier Inn, Chateau Lorraine, Cottage Inn, Harbor View Inn, Haan’s 1830 Inn, Main Street Inn and Suits, The Inn at StoneCliffe and Inn on Mackinac are the inns and bed and breakfast accommodations in Mackinac. All these are Victorian style buildings retouched for the enjoyment of houseguests.
If you are on a honeymoon and plan to stay for a long period of time, you may consider renting a condominium. Sunset condominiums are located 1.5 miles away from the hustle bustle of the downtown area. It overlooks the Straits of Mackinac and many condos have beautiful view of the Mackinac Bridge.
Lakebluff Condos on StoneCliffe Estates are the other condominium provider. Mackinac Island Rentals can arrange stay in condos. The condo rates start from $80 and can go up to $475.
If you can afford it there is nothing like having a whole cottage to yourself. For couples a cottage is a waste of space and money in most cases unless you prefer the quiet and romantic atmosphere. People who arrive in big groups can rent out cottages at an average of $8000 per week. Sunset Condominium has a long list of cottages on their website. Casa Verano, Serendipity and Davey Cottage are some of the cottages.