Opening its doors in 1886, The Grand Hotel 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. The 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.
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 hotel and you can find them stylishly throughout the hotel, like on the design of the carpet in the parlor.
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.
One of the many benefits of staying at the Grand Hotel 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.
The breakfast was so delicious. Unlimited coffee, perfectly poached eggs, fresh hash, and the parfait was to die for.
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.
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.
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. Everything was perfect.
- Lawn activities
- Art gallery
Need to know:
- 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
- Hotel 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.