Since 1887, Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch (660 feet) with views of the Straits of Mackinac.
This National Historic Landmark has always embraced its rich history, while keeping up with current times. That means today, guests enjoy modern amenities while the hotel’s original architecture and charm have been tastefully preserved. Contributing greatly to the hotel’s ambiance is the relaxed atmosphere of Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed and the horse and carriage and bicycle are favored modes of transportation.
397 Guest Rooms. One Memorable Experience.
At Grand Hotel, no two rooms are alike. Our unique accommodations have been individually decorated and feature a specific theme brought to life with colorful wallpaper and delightful furnishings.
Our standard guest rooms offer comfortable double, queen or king beds with island or lake views. The hotel’s spacious Named Rooms and Suites feature thematic designs inspired by popular decorating styles, historical figures, iconic locations and United States First Ladies. For guests needing more space, Grand Hotel’s Cupola Suites offer one-bedroom and two-bedroom options with a parlor. The Masco Cottage offers the atmosphere of a private summer cottage with the amenities of a luxury resort.
With the variety of activities both at Grand Hotel and throughout Mackinac Island, there are lots of things to do for guests of all ages. Make your plans to experience everything offered and make your vacation as Grand as can be by getting outdoors and experiencing the scenic beauty of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel grounds.
Since Grand Hotel is a resort, we want all guests to feel at ease and dress comfortably. During the day, casual resort clothing is appropriate. Prior to 6:30pm please no midriff baring tops, sweatpants or cut-off shorts for ladies. For gentleman no sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, or cut-off shorts.
Every evening at Grand Hotel is a special occasion. After 6:30pm dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentleman are required to wear a suit coat, necktie and dress pants, no denim or shorts. This applies for all areas inside the hotel including the Parlor, Lobby, Terrace and Main Dining Room, with the exception of the Cupola Bar. Children 12 years and older are expected to follow the same dress code as adults.
Main Dining Room
Few dining locations are more picturesque than Grand Hotel’s Main Dining Room. It overlooks the world’s longest porch displaying the hotel’s many American flags, as well as the glistening Straits of Mackinac. Sit down for dinner and you may catch a glimpse of the bellmen taking down the flags for the day – an evening sunset tradition while enjoying music by the Grand Hotel Orchestra.
The Main Dining Room offers a full breakfast, Grand Luncheon Buffet and dinner daily.
Enjoy the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor.
One of five on-site cocktail and bar establishments and located at the very top of Grand Hotel, the Cupola Bar offers a panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Casual attire welcome.
The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand
Located on the first tee of The Jewel, Grand Hotel’s 18 hole golf course, this casual dining venue offers lunch and dinner options for all Mackinac Island visitors. Covered outdoor seating is available overlooking the first tee of The Jewel across from Grand Hotel or choose to sit inside in a quaint and comfortable setting.
Opened in 2016, Sushi Grand is Mackinac Island’s first and only sushi restaurant and Grand Hotel’s fifth casual dining location. The menu features fresh made-to-order sushi for dine-in and take out. During Mackinac Island’s season, Sushi Grand is open daily for lunch and dinner and open to all Mackinac Island visitors. Specials created by the chef are also available daily.
Notable Historical Dates for Grand Hotel
In 1887, Grand Hotel opens, billed as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrive by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, Detroit, and by rail from across the continent. Rates are $3.00 to $5.00 a night.
During the 1890s, Grand Hotel’s Front Porch — longest in the world — becomes the principal meeting place for all of Mackinac Island, as well as a promenade for the elderly and a “Flirtation Walk” for island romantics.
In 1895, Mark Twain lectures in the Grand Hotel Casino. Admission: $1.
During the early 1900s, the automobile finds its way onto the island. However, Grand Hotel supports an island-wide ban. A law is passed, but not strictly enforced until the 1930s.
In 1947, This Time For Keeps starring Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams is filmed on the island and at Grand Hotel.
In 1980, Somewhere In Time, filmed at Grand Hotel and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, is released.
In 1998, five new Named Rooms in honor of former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush are added to the west end of the hotel. Two new two-bedroom suites, the Grand and the Carleton Varney, are also added to the west end. In later years, the Jacqueline Kennedy Suite and Laura Bush Suite are added creating a total of seven First Lady Suites.