Ratings based on 473 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Wyoming MI
The Island House HotelPosted Aug 30, 2014
Pros: The peaceful atmosphere and great yard and the character of the house.
Location: It is within a 5 minute walk to Fort Mackinac, and the downtown area. Sainte-Annes church is 2 or 3 houses down. There is Market Street close by also.
My husband and I stayed there in August of 2014 to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We found it a pleasant experience. The hotel is the oldest on the Island (dating back to the 1850's) but is well maintained. The staff was all pleasant and friendly and our room was very lovely and unique. We were in one of the rooms that runs along their large front porch area that they close off at 9 or 10 pm so that people are not out talking right outside your room all night. It is located far enough down Main street so that noise from the downtown area is not a factor but is a short walk to the ferries and the down town area. Also an excellent harbor view from anywhere in the front yard and a great view of the ferries and ships coming through the channel. A nice park is across the street and a great view of the Bayview Hotel, which is a beautiful Victorian style hotel. The hotel also has a separate pool house and a casual restaurant the Ice House. Also a beautifully landscaped back yard with a gazebo and chairs and tables for outdoor dining. Plenty of lounge chairs available for sunbathing with a wooded slope behind you for privacy. We did not have dinner in the 1852 room because the prices were a little high but they serve a complimentary breakfast buffet in there every morning and the food was good and the dining room beautiful, with a grand piano which is played during the dinner service. Overall I would say this was a great place to stay and a great location.
for Familiesby A verified traveler
Nice location, cozy roomsPosted Aug 19, 2014
The location is great, being just east of the hustle-and-bustle of downtown, and within walking distance of two bike rental stands. The breakfast in the 1852 Grill Room is pretty good and there's even live music in the evening. A big veranda for hanging out or reading a book and make-your-own S'mores in the evening are just some of the other perks at the Island House Hotel. The front desk was nice and helpful, even though we were a big crowd. We didn't try out the pool, but it seemed fine and never too crowded. That said, the rooms are tiny and a little dated, which is saying something for an historic place like Mackinac Island (you can still exude Victorian country charm and not look dated). The service in the Ice House restaurant adjacent to the pool was slow during dinner, but the food was tasty (I recommend the falafel sandwich). It's a nice option if you can score a room for an affordable rate on a site like Expedia, but I would caution against paying sticker price and, instead, look at other options on the island, too.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Historic site. Close to "everything" on mainstretPosted Aug 19, 2014
Nice location, but somewhat outdated. Team Ok but overwhelmed with crowding tourists.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Beautiful view of Lake Michigan from a historic HoPosted Aug 17, 2014
Cons: Need an iron in each room.
Location: Close to downtown shops
We had a terrific time on Mackinaw island and this hotel met all the wants in terms of location, historic character and well trained young staff.
by A verified traveler
We were supposed to get water view instead got bacPosted Aug 16, 2014
There was no room to even walk after two double beds in room. Mattresses were too old
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from boston
Posted Aug 15, 2014
Great location and wonderful view. Breakfast was nicely varied, with something for everyone. One cool evening we played cards in front of a fire in the common area. Pool was a bit cool, and a nuisance to walk outdoors to in the rain.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from chicago, il
It has history and nostalgiaPosted Aug 13, 2014
Pros: The history, ambiance and location.
Cons: even out the floors in the rooms
Location: it's close to downtown
The hotel itself is a beautiful structure with a lot of history and ambiance to offer. There are good restaurants and it's within a short walk of downtown. The room itself is just okay. I'm not going to blast it completely because I understand it's extremely difficult to get a building that's 150 years old to be perfect but I got really bad vertigo in my room because the floor isn't even. We got the 2 queen bed room. My wife and son slept in one bed and I in the other. My wife and later me, had the feeling we were going to fall out of the bed nearest the window because of the uneven floor. It made for a very uncomfortable sleep. The top drawer in the corner hutch would also not stay closed for the same reason. This is really the only negative I have to say about the hotel. My advice is if you have a weak stomach or are prone to vertigo, I wouldn't stay here. If none of that bothers you, definitely stay here!
by A verified traveler from Canadian
leakingPosted Aug 13, 2014
Pros: one of the waiters went out of his way to get me some tea
Cons: The condition of the room it's ceiling was leaking
Location: location was good had bicycles for rent.
The room was leaking the breakfast was good. The tv was poorly located had to twist your body to watch it from the bed. could wall mount it that would be better
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Quaint old hotel.Posted Aug 8, 2014
Lots of nostalgia. Across from the marina. Just far enough down main street (one block) to be out of the hustle and bustle. Room was old but fits in with the Mackinac Island experience. The island is one of greatest tourist attraction in the world. Don't miss it but stay at least one overnight to appreciate the island.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Pewaukee, WI
Excellent Experience!Posted Aug 4, 2014
Pros: The Smores & bonfire, the breakfast, the beautiful grounds.
Cons: The resident room hallways are very bizarre as far as finishes that don't match. Maybe in the middle of renovating??
I could not be happier with our stay & experience at this hotel! Having never been to the island, I was happy to find that this hotel was right in the hub of downtown with beautiful views of the harbor. They also offer bonfires and smores roasting at 7pm. It was so unique, that we had to do it! The grounds are beautifully kept, the rooms were historically decorated. The hallways could use some work, but it appears they are renovating. The breakfast (included in our rate) was phenomenal!! The best "continental breakfast" I've had. It was a full service buffet. The staff, waitstaff, bell hops, reception were all very professional, friendly, and eager to please. I would definitely come back to this hotel and I'm planning to get a GC for my parents to see this amazing island!