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Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island

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Grand Hotel is situated on the southwestern bluff of Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and – in the distance – the Mackinac Bridge. From the front porch – the world’s largest at 660 feet – guests can look down at the well-kept gardens and relax and enjoy the ambiance of “somewhere in time”. It is no wonder that hollywood has chosen to come here more than once. Indeed, like a classic movie, Grand Hotel is larger that life. The Victorian elegance has been kept intact. Each room at Grand Hotel has been tastefully decorated by New York designer Carleton Varney with its own special character and style. Breakfast and dinner daily are included in the Grand Hotel room rate, and are served in the Main Dining Room. Visit their website and familiarize yourself with the elegance and the history of this magnificent hotel. A stay on Mackinac Island at Grand Hotel is a unique experience and guests inevitably depart to the mainland with memories that last a lifetime.

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Grand Hotel named one the World’s Best Resorts by Conde’ Nast Traveler
Readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler selected Grand Hotel as one of the World’s Best Mainland U.S. Resorts in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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Just this past May, taking advantage of the Pure Michigan special at the Grand and expecting a room overlooking the stables. Instead got a room overlooking the Lake with 2 comfy chairs in front of a picture window. I would have been happy to stay in that room in front of that window with THAT VIEW the whole vacation!

My husband and I visited the Grand two Labor Days ago. The buffet on Sunday was “out of this world”. But the best part was we took a carriage ride there, and crossed the porch into the hotel. Once in the hotel, I asked an empoyee about paying to be on the porch. She graciously told me, “You are here now” not once, but twice, before I got the message. Thank you for the Grand staff for being SO grand!

My favorite memory happened several years ago. I was having high tea in the lobby of the Grand Hotel in my evening gown with the musicians playing the theme from “Somewhere in Time.” I remember thinking “Pinch me! I must be dreaming!”

My favorite memory: My family joined me in the spring of 2007 – 08 during the policy conference. I taught the sunrise yoga program for the conference attendees on the porch of the Grand Hotel. The gorgeous view, immaculate landscaping, and the sound of morning birds provided a peaceful backdrop for our annual practice.

I worked at the Grand Hotel as a lifeguard and lived in the poolhouse during the summer of 1998. It was one of the best summers of my life. I met my husband at the Grand – he worked on the greens crew. And now we live happily ever after, watching Somewhere in Time on each wedding anniversary.


One of the best vacations we had. We had a suite which was fantastic over looking the bridge, pool, and garden. Want to go back soon.

Spent Mother’s Day weekend there and we will be back in 2 weeks. I love the High Tea, breakfast, friendly staff, beautiful view and seeing familar faces year after year in the shops, salon, staff. I also love eating at the Woods and Gate House. Best whitefish!!! and love their new menu.

Stayed there for the Win Some Women conference. We got to sleep in the Somewhere in Time suite! Super awesome and great food there!!

My three-day stay last week was wonderful… the stress of life melts away like ice sculptures in the sun.

A stay at Grand Hotel is always the highlight of the summer. It’s wonderful. Mackinac Island is such a magical place.

Love it. Stayed there well over a dozen times. Never been disappointed. The ambiance that surrounds the grand, is simply GRAND. Dressing up for dinner is what makes it so unique (and for those of you who do not know, it is the only time you have to be dressed up). Most of us simple folks don’t do that often enough. And believe it or not, most … people who stay at the grand are simple folks. Not stuffy or stuck up. Just looking for an “old” and “unique” place to get away. It’s not the only great place on the island as we have stayed at several other B&B’s, we even rented a home there last summer for a month. It’s all good. The island has so many great places to explore. But the grand always lives up to it’s name, GRAND.

Horseback riding, swimming, tennis, bike riding, movie watching, cards, dancing, dining, drinking, sitting on the worlds most beautiful porch, sight seeing at the fort, carriage ride, golf, duck pin bowling, ping pong, etc, etc, etc, one of the most beautiful places on earth!

My parents and I use to spend each summer month at the Grand Hotel. During the filming of Somewhere In Time, I was given a handful of quarters, and strict instructions to meet my parents at the dinner hall on time. The elevators took forever, so I decided to take the stairs down to the lower lobby to the game room. When I was descending the stairs at full speed, I came around a corner and BOOM! I ran smack dab into a man. As I was apologizing, he helped me pick up my quarters that had scattered everywhere. I stood up to thank the man, and I was thanking Christopher Reeve himself.


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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 10:01 am

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Vote for Grand Hotel in the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards! Voting ends June 30th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Love the green striped chairs!!! So inviting to me! ❤

A little piece of heaven. Go back in enjoyed my stay at the Grand Hotel. Always come for the Lilac Festival but this year we will come in the fall.

Many happy memories for the past 20 or more years! !

Nicest and best place I ever stayed at and I've traveled a little bit

Ahhh the best place to go!!

Love, love, love this place!!

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Tuesday May 21st, 2019 - 12:31 pm

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Lots of good eats for today's Grand Luncheon Buffet! Join us for lunch on your next visit to Mackinac Island. Available everyday between 12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. ... See MoreSee Less


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So excited to be going there in two weeks

Question .... are u welcome to pay and eat there if not staying at the hotal? If so how much is the buffet? We r staying on the island over night onMonday June 16th will this be available than?

Your meal presentations are always super spectacular and delicious!

I'm in Avery Co NC right now on a Habitat for Humanity Careavanners build. One of our fellow builders found out we are from Michigan and stay with you every year. He can't stop describing the Grand Buffet to the rest of the group.

Can we eat here if we’re staying at a different hotel on the island, and do we need reservations?

The place is just “Grand”. We loved our stay and didn’t want to leave.

It always looks and taste delicious. Your staff does an amazing job planning and setting up the buffet. I've talked to a few of your chefs and kitchen crew( because I worked in the hotel business for years) and they are excited as we are about the buffets. The love the Grand Hotel as much as we do.

Maybe I will get to try it...

Zoe Jericka Leonard huuuy kamiss 😬

Pj Reynolds dare ya!

I’d love to go!

I just might have to try that 🙂

Jane Horn Trish Holloway


Scott McLean

Sandy Nezworski

Joy Schultz

Gwyn James

Neena Frisch

Beautiful presentation as always, and it always tastes delicious!

Lots of wonderful memories staying there with Winsome Women Christian Retreat May 11-12-13 -2019 Thanks for you amazing hospitality 👍🏻👏💖

The hands down best buffet. Have had it many times. Not only does it look beautiful, its delicious.

Honestly we cannot say enough about the Grand Hotel. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, they never skimp on anything and you felt right at home. I don’t know why we waited so long to stay there. We are definitely coming back

Isn't this a gorgeous place!!

Counting the days till I get there!!❤💕

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Monday May 20th, 2019 - 4:56 pm

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The last two of the Grand Hotel Hackneys have arrived today! Now Stable Master, Ben Mosley's team is complete. ... See MoreSee Less


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I feel bad for these poor horses

Are these poor horses treated well? Why are their tails so short?

🌷🐴🤗🐴🌷 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎 Beautiful Horses Jamie Rogler Crelly...hey sis, when we going riding?

Love to watch the horses come back

So beautiful.

Beautiful gentle giants.

You can tell they are a team.

The Hackney's are so beautiful 😍

Beautiful my 💕

Beautiful pair

Hi Ben

Stunning as they prance to their summer home

Beautiful. Love them care for them and 🐴♥️



The " season " can't begin without the horses!

Beautiful animals


I really wish they would not cut the horses hair so short on their tails! They need the hair to swat the flies off in the summer:(

Gorgeous creatures

Can’t wait to visit someday.


Such gorgeous creatures!

Ahhh. Horse sounds. ❤️

Looks like they had a good winter!!💕

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Monday May 20th, 2019 - 11:52 am

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Celebrate Your Marriage 2019 with Jay and Laura Laffoon! Laura will return to Grand Hotel in June for Memories on Mackinac, a Mother-Daughter Event where you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. More info here - ... See MoreSee Less


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