Before you go

Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island are truly unique destinations. Before you visit us, there are a few things to know to make your trip easier.

Check-in and check-out

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate early arrivals and late check-outs. Please notify Grand Hotel if you have any special requests.

Dress policy

The Grand Hotel experience includes dressing up for dinner.  Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel after 6:30 p.m.: Dress, skirt and blouse or pantsuit for ladies, and coat, necktie and dress pants for gentlemen. No denim please. Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel except the Cupola Bar, where casual dress is acceptable at any time.


If you arrive by ferry, luggage transfer is simple and convenient. After checking in your luggage with the ferry service on the mainland, your luggage will be tagged and delivered directly to your hotel room. Upon check-in, present your luggage tags at the front desk. Please note that your luggage may take up to two hours to get to the hotel from the dock. If you are arriving close to 6:00 p.m. you may want to bring your evening wear with you to the hotel. For your return trip back to the mainland, follow the in-room instructions. Your luggage will be tagged and transferred from your room to a secure location on the appropriate mainland dock. We request at least a two-hour window for the transfer.

Getting here from the boat docks

Grand Hotel is a 15-20 minute walk from the boat docks. For your convenience, Grand Hotel operates horse-drawn carriages between the docks and Grand Hotel. As with all taxi service on Mackinac Island, there is a $4.75 per person fee and seats are on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee Grand Hotel carriages will meet all ferry boats, nor can we guarantee seats for all Grand Hotel guests.

Mackinac Island maps

Download and consult these maps to help you explore the island, whether it’s walking, hiking or biking.

East Mackinac Island map & information
Mackinac Island roads and trails map


Mackinac Island enjoys a mild spring, temperate summer and crisp fall temperatures. Since the island is located in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, weather can be unpredictable. Remember to pack layers and don’t forget your walking shoes.

Mackinac Island Average Temperatures

Month May June July Aug Sept Oct
High/Low (F°) 60/43 69/53 75/60 74/60 66/52 54/42