Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Travel Guide Tourism Information
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Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

I have written about Grand Hotel, and Mackinac Island on which it has stood for 133 years, more than perhaps anywhere else in the world, because my husband and I spend so much time there each year. What keeps us coming back year after year to “America’s Summer Place” as its known, is its flair for the extravagant, attention to detail, and innovation. Meals are made from ingredients brought in fresh daily and prepared in one of the nearly dozen eateries the hotel owns on the island with inventive expertise. The hotel requires formal dress each evening, and live music plays during dinners in the Main Dining Room each night, and continues after demitasse in the hotel’s ballroom where guests can dance the night away. With endless things to do at the hotel, such as hiking, swimming, biking, lawn games, garden & historical tours, art gallery exhibitions, live entertainment, tennis courts, spa treatments, and so much more, we are still discovering new ways to have a wonderful time at our favorite hotel in the Midwest.

View of the Straits of Mackinac from Luxury Hotels of the World Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan Written and Photographed by Annie Fairfax

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Written and Photographed by Annie Fairfax

Word's Longest Porch Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan inside Look Tour

Grand Hotel

Location: Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
Address:
286 Grand Avenue Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness
: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5
Room size: 5/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
View from Room: 5/5
Pool: Yes
Spa: Yes
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Travel Guide Tourism Information

Grand Hotel is one of the most magnificent hotels in the entire United States. With 397 uniquely decorated guest rooms, all done by Dorothy Draper Design Company, an evening dress code, live music and dancing every night, the world’s longest porch, and some of the most breathtaking views in the world, the hotel has captured the hearts millions of guests over the years. The hotel is only open from May through October each year, and is situated on an island that doesn’t allow any motorized vehicles (the only exceptions being the island’s emergency responder vehicles), meaning that there aren’t many more unique properties anywhere in the world. See more of the hotel’s unique rooms & suites, by clicking here.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island China Suite

Dan Musser Suite Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Rooms and Suites Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Grand Hotel is the largest employer on Mackinac Island, and also owns many of the island’s restaurants like Jockey Club, Woods, Sushi Grand, the Fort Tearoom, Sadie’s Ice-cream, and more. One of our favorite things to do at the hotel is dine in the main dining room, where guests can enjoy a 5 course meal as part of their stay, with plenty of vegan, gluten free, and alternative diet meals, as well as hearty dishes for those who meat as well. There are also options to enjoy a picnic out on the lawn or in the gardens, and Afternoon Tea at Grand Hotel is one of the best high teas in the state. Grand Hotel’s food is one of our favorite aspects of the hotel!

Crémé Brûlée Dining at Grand Hotel Where to Eat on Mackinac Island

Coffee Cup Dining at Grand Hotel Where to Eat on Mackinac Island

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

The hotel has more than a dozen different ways to make each guests stay extra special, whether it’s the option to have a bottle of the hotel’s specialty wine and a charcuterie board waiting in the room when a guest arrives, the option to have flowers, famous Mackinac Island fudge, or other gifts ordered up to the room, or the staff’s attentiveness and friendliness, the Grand Hotel always exceeds our expectations. In fact, there are staff who recognize us and greet us every time we visit, as though we are old friends.  It’s such a wonderful feeling, and having e experienced such hospitality, it makes sense why people refer Grand Hotel as “America’s Summer Place”.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Overall, Grand Hotel has one of the best guest experiences we have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, out of anywhere we’ve stayed in the world. The staff are wonderful, the food is fantastic, the hotel, rooms, and grounds are always immaculate, and the views are unmatched. Plus, the location of the hotel means everything on Mackinac Island is easily accessible. I absolutely adore Grand Hotel, and if you’re looking to visit somewhere new, celebrate an anniversary, or get away on a romantic couples escape sometime this summer or the next, let it be Grand Hotel for an unforgettable stay.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Travel Guide Tourism Information

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11 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, that garden alone is worth a trip! Such a gorgeous place to stay! I don’t know how you manage to find all of these gems!

    Lizzie

  2. Oh my I would LOVE to visit. That looks gorgeous

  3. legalleeblondeblog says:

    Oh wow, I’ve never even heard of it, it looks amazing!! The views and those gardens – wow! Absolutely breathtaking!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I’m pretty positive my eyes actually bugged out of my head while looking through these photos and reading about the Grand Hotel. It sounds absolutely magnificent, and I can’t believe the number of luxurious, uniquely-designed rooms it offers + the array of activities! It really does sound like an experience in-and-of itself!

  5. What a beautiful hotel! Love all the fun color in the decor and the gorgeous outfoors.

  6. The hotel definitiely looks “grand”. The views and those gardens – wow! Absolutely breathtaking! Looks like a great place to visit! xoxo, Sarah

  7. Kimberly L. says:

    This hotel looks so beautiful! It’s rare that a hotel has the complete package but this one truly looks to have everything from good service, to big room to close to points of interest. Your photos have convinced me to add this to my list!

  8. This hotel is SO picturesque, and your photos are so gorgeous! Looks like a really great spot!

  9. Savannah R. says:

    Yep I want to visit, this place too! I’ve spent all day pouring over your blog, looking at all of the beautiful places you’ve been, and I just can’t get over how stunning your photography is. Your writing pulls me and makes me want to hop on the next flight to wherever you’re writing about this week. Thanks so much for all of the amazing posts!

    – Savannah R.

  10. This place looks amazing!! Love the decor, and your posts are always so beautiful!

  11. We were supposed to be there at the moment but due to Covid and some personal issues we had to postpone the trip to next year. I cannot wait to visit soon!

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