Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, Michigan Review

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel

Opening its doors in 1886, The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, MI lives up to its name of being Grand. From the moment you step off the ferry you can board a horse drawn carriage in a luxury coach, fit with a driver and his top hat. This 5 star getaway on Mackinac Island doesn’t disappoint. From afternoon tea, relaxing on the front porch, having a 5 course dinner, and relaxing in your colorful room – the hotel is sure to put a smile on your face.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel Taxi

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island: The Rooms:

The hotel offers 390 rooms with options and no two rooms are the same. Decked out in colorful schemes with a Victorian theme, you will be happy with any room you choose. During my stay I roomed in a Category III room with a balcony overlooking the lake.

Greeted with bright colors and magnificent views, my stay was everything I imagined it to be and more. Comfortable bed, thermostat, fully stocked minibar, flat screen TV, and geranium scented toiletries!

Fun fact: Geraniums grow on the front porch of The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island and you can find them stylishly throughout the hotel, like on the design of the carpet in the parlor.


Sitting area


Category III Room


View from the balcony

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island: The Deck:

The largest in the world, at a length of 660 feet. There’s room for plenty of people to enjoy the views overlooking the lawn, pool and Lake Huron. At one end of the deck you will find a life size chess board and an ice cream shop. This is a great place to kick back and relax. Grab a book or a glass of wine. This deck is also the perfect spot to see the sunset on the island.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island


Grand Hotel Mackinac Island: Dining:

One of the many benefits of staying at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island is that breakfast and a 5 course dinner in the main dining hall is included!

For breakfast it is unlimited and you can choose as many courses as you like or even take on the buffet.






Poached eggs, corned beef hash and potatoes

The breakfast was so delicious. Unlimited coffee, perfectly poached eggs, fresh hash, and the parfait was to die for.

Afternoon Tea:
Served in the beautiful parlor, a traditional Afternoon tea comes with sherry or champagne, tea, little sandwiches, desserts, and scones. The set up is on beautiful china and and really goes well the with ambiance of the room. Afternoon Tea is not included in your stay at The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, but you can make a reservation on your own should wish to.


The Parlor


Afternoon Tea

After 6:30pm there is a strict dress code in the hotel. Evening attire is the code, and men should wear coats and ties and women should wear a dress, skirt with a blouse or a pant suit. The hotel has varying menus and you can find out on the daily board down by reception which color the menu is for the day. During my stay it was yellow – and it was delicious.


Lobster Asparagus Tart


Creamy onion soup


Filet and shrimp scampi


Pecan Ball

My favorite part of dinner was dessert. I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, so naturally I am drawn to dessert. If you go, order the pecan ball – delicious ice cream rolled in pecans with a fudge underneath. SO GOOD!
Overall I had a very lovely stay at The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island. Everything was perfect.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Other Amenities:

  • Pool
  • Golf
  • Lawn activities
  • Salon
  • Art gallery

Additional Information: 

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

  • The only way to get to Mackinac Island is by ferry or plane
  • No cars are on the island so you will get around by foot, bike or horse and carriage
  • Starting at 6:30 pm every night, the dress code is in place throughout the entire hotel – it is part of the experience
  • The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island is not on the Main Street when getting off the ferry. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk and slightly uphill with a steep incline at the entrance
  • Hotel sits on the western side of the island where you can see a sunset

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Disclaimer: I was hosted by the Grand Hotel. As always, opinions are my own. 



  1. September 20, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Always always wanted to go to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Been a dream since I saw ‘Somewhere in Time’ way back in the 80s. So jealous you’ve been but it looks fabulous.

    • September 21, 2016 / 2:07 am

      I’m so happy someone else knows that movie!! You must visit – it’s so amazing

      • September 21, 2016 / 2:52 am

        One of my definite Top Five movies, although I seem to have about 17 in my top 5 at the moment. Great film.

    • Jana
      September 22, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      They have a Somewhere in Time weekend! Usually in October! You should try it sometime!

      • September 26, 2016 / 1:50 pm

        I would seriously love to go to that Jana. Looks amazing but I’m sure the cost would also be amazing.

  2. Anisa
    September 21, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Wow!!! I would go there just for the hotel. It sounds almost too good to be true. I don’t think there is anyplace like it. Where else do you get a horse carriage ride and 5 course dinner!

  3. September 21, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Wow opened in 1886?! That is awesome!!! This place looks amazing and I’m obsessed with all the green! The food looks phenomenal too!

  4. September 21, 2016 / 5:28 am

    Looks like it’s straight out of a Victorian era fantasy. To get picked up by horse and carriage and escorted to the hotel sounds like a rare treat indeed! Beautiful setting and building too – overall, a great place to stay πŸ™‚

    • September 21, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Hi joe – thanks for reading! I loved my stay here! I hope you get to visit someday

  5. September 21, 2016 / 11:58 am

    That hotel looks so fancy! Right off a dollhouse or a fairy tale book! I bet many photo shoots are being held there. πŸ˜‰

  6. September 21, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I’m from Michigan and have seen the Grand Hotel a number of times! It certainly is gorgeous, but I have never made it inside. Thanks for the photographic insight πŸ™‚

    • September 21, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Of course! You should visit if you get the chance! It’s marvelous

  7. September 22, 2016 / 3:07 am

    I love the vibrant dΓ©cor, and how atmospheric the entire place looks. So idyllic too. I honestly have never heard of Mackinac Islands and now definitely have it on my bucket list. Your photos are beautiful! xoxo, nano |

  8. September 22, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    What a splendid hotel! I’d love to stay here one day – would feel like stepping back in time. I can just picture myself enjoy the view from the decking and I wouldn’t mind tucking into that breakfast. Love the crockery too!

  9. September 22, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I saw this hotel all the time as a kid when I’d go up to Mackinac every year with my family, and I never thought I’d get to see the inside of it. thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!

  10. Pam
    September 23, 2016 / 1:51 am

    One of my favorite places! However it has a “porch” not a “deck.”

  11. September 25, 2016 / 6:57 am

    The view is magnificent and the food looks so delicious! Nice touch with the horse carriage that you can take after the ferry, feels like you went back in time. So curious that all the rooms are different would love to explore it!

  12. tatumskipper
    September 25, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Ummm, grand seems to be an understatement. I didn’t realize the sheer size until I saw the picture of the deck! Holy shit haha, it was huge!!! I love that even though it’s a high class hotel, it still has that quirky decor that doesn’t make it feel so stuffy. Would love to visit! That view is amazing too.

    • September 25, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      The hotel is outstanding. I think the customer service is probably the best part of the visit in conjunction with all the colorful decor.

  13. September 25, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    This looks fabulous. Love the history of the hotel but everything you’ve mentioned looks wonderful. The food would be of interest to me especially. Love the views and also the decks. Many a cocktail could be consumed there.

  14. October 3, 2016 / 9:27 am

    fantastic… great to know more about the hotel… mesmerizing pictures…

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