On my day trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan, my mother and I visited the beautiful Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel, by far, is one of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve ever visited, and one of the most luxurious places to stay on Mackinac Island. This iconic hotel was built in 1887 and has been family owned for three generations; so you know it’s rich with history. You get a beautiful old world vibe when visiting, from the interior, afternoon tea, a cute little ice cream parlor, and fancy brunch and dinners.
Why is visiting the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island a must?
Even if you don’t spend the night there, its one of the top things to do on Mackinac Island. It’s a beautiful experience to tour the hotel and the grounds. The Grand Hotel is voted one of the top 500 hotels in the WORLD and the top hotel in Michigan. It has the longest porch in the world at 660 feet, and you can see it as you approach the island on the ferry. The Grand Hotel was also the location for the 1980 film Somewhere in Time.
Seriously, just LOOK at that picture above. It’s massively magnificent. Imagine all the stories it could tell.
The interior was absolutely stunning.
Down this hall (above) were hotel rooms. Though we didn’t spend the night at the Grand Hotel, we can only imagine how gorgeous the individual rooms must have been! There are 393 rooms at this hotel, and each have their own style and theme. Think of the endless creativity of the designers!
Inside the Grand Hotel are a few art galleries, with a few gorgeous pieces that are for sale. The room itself was just as colorful and fun as the art pieces hanging on the walls, from the furniture to the floors and walls. Even if you’re not staying overnight, there’s so much to see at the Grand Hotel, from a beautiful dining area, the art galleries shown above, the stunning wrap-around porch (where you can relax and order a drink!), and the gorgeous gardens.
Pro Tip: Hold tight to your entrance ticket! It does have a map of this place, but since it’s SO large, and so many places to wander on the property that employees may ask to see your ticket. Speaking from personal experience, as my mother dropped hers in the toilet on our visit, and she had to [hilariously] admit that to the employee. Their bathrooms are beautiful by the way (because I know you were dying to know). Don’t worry. Mom (eventually…) found it funny.