Today marks the official opening of our 133rd season. Myself along with my sister Mimi Cunningham are the third generation of our family to own and operate the hotel. This will be our family’s 87th year welcoming guests and it is an honor to do so.
As a family owned hotel we take great pride and ownership in the details and are excited this year to complete a project I talked about for a long time with my father. The Cupola Suites project began in 2014 with the Musser Suite, named in honor of my late father, R.D. Musser, Jr. In 2015 we continued the construction on the fourth floor with the first of the Cupola Suites, and this winter completed the project by adding an additional four suites and bringing the hotel’s guest room total to 397.
If you travel over to Mackinac Island this season you will notice dormers lining the entire roof bringing the hotel back to its original architecture from the late 1800s, a symbol of the completion of the project.
The designers at Carleton Varney were excited to return to Mackinac Island last week to put the finishing touches on another colorful addition to Grand Hotel. Complete with custom carpets, Dorothy Draper drapery and hand-painted wall papers, these new Cupola Suites are sure to impress!
Chairs, carpet, and drapery.
As you walk through the parlor you’ll notice the newly upholstered furniture including the red chairs that line the hallway. Many of the carpets and drapery in the rooms throughout the hotel have been updated as well, including the Presidential Suite. The wallpaper in the Cupola Bar has also been updated with a fresh new look for the 2019 season.
We’re excited to announce the completion of the new Concierge Desk on the parlor level. Guest Services will now be better able to assist you with the addition of the new and improved Concierge Desk. The desk will be open daily between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and will serve to accommodate our guests with everything from room deliveries to restaurant reservations and everything in between.
We are looking forward to another great season and wonderful memories ahead. On behalf of my family and over 700 employees, we look forward to welcoming you to Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island this season.
Dan Musser, III