The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI

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Mackinac Island is the epitome of classical elegance and historical significance, and no hotel on the island better captures the intangible spirit of Mackinac Island than the Grand Hotel. Ever since 1887 the Grand Hotel has been impressing Mackinac Island visitors, and this historic lodging only seems to get better with age. From hosting lectures by Mark Twain in the late 1800's to being showcased in a number of movies, this hotel's legend only seems to grow with time.




Grand Hotel Holds On To The Formal Values Of Yesteryear




While much of the modern world has taken a turn towards overt casualness, the Grand Hotel holds on to the framework of old world values the same way Mackinac Island is speckled with beautiful Victorian-style architecture. One such sample of this romantic notion is in the policy of formal wear being required of all guests in all areas of the hotel during dinner. This means a coat and tie for the men, and dresses for the women.




The Grand Hotel Is Immortalized In Film




Although the Grand Hotel had been involved in various motion pictures throughout the history of film, it wasn't until the movie Somewhere In Time, starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour, was released that the Grand Hotel really got the movie star treatment it deserves. In fact, the hotel itself could be thought to be the third star of the film. The majority of the movie takes place in the Grand Hotel as Reeves' character attempts to come in contact with a dead actress (played by Seymour) whose portrait is featured in the lobby of the Grand Hotel.




Grand Hotel's Distinctive Facts & Features




As early stated, the Grand Hotel claims to have the longest front porch in the world, and it certainly is something to behold. Stretching to 660 feet and covered with thousands of flowers, the Grand Hotel front porch is a beautiful and focal part of the Mackinac Island social setting.




Five U.S. Presidents have uncovered the magic of the Grand Hotel. These prestigious guests include Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.




The Grand Hotel has been involved in a number of movies, including This Time For Keeps (1949) and Somewhere In Time (1980).




Each of the Grand Hotel's 385 rooms are uniquely decorated.




With the immense popularity of the Grand Hotel, it can sometimes be difficult to get a room, but no worry. With a Grand Hotel Grand Luncheon Buffet and Self-Guided Tour, you'll be able to experience all of the sights in Mackinac Island and elegance of this historical lodging. So, whether or not you can actually find an opening at the Grand Hotel, you'll be able to experience this historic Mackinac Island lodging whenever you're on vacation on Mackinac Island.

Grand Hotel Grand Luncheon Buffet and Self-Guided Tour - Mackinac Island
Beautiful setting and the food and service was top notch. I'd highly recommend this to anyone that wants to see the hotel and grounds. If you go, do yourself a favor and dress on the nicer side of casual. I would definitely do this again on my next trip to the island.
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-- Christopher Roberts - Bartlett, IL
Grand Hotel Luncheon Buffet and Self-Guided Tour
What a beautiful experience! Having never been to the grand hotel, i was extremely pleased from start to finish. Someone met us in the lobby and informed us as to what we were to expect and guided us on our way. A hotel map was presented to us for our convenience in touring the hotel. I am speechless when it comes to the buffet. An enormous variety of gourmet foods with wait staff that was beyond superb. We sat in the rockers on the front porch and then walked the grounds. Couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable experience that left so many wonderful memories.Two thumbs up!!
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-- Ilze Korb - Lake Orion, MI
Grand Hotel Luncheon Buffet and Self-Guided Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed the grand hotel luncheon buffet and self-guided tour. The facility was amazing, as well as the courteous/helpful staff. The food was delicious and what a great selection of food. Did not feel rushed - was a wonderful experience!! Will definitely come to the grand again for the luncheon buffet.
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-- Donna Sopher - Spencer, OH
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