Before You Go

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

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in time is after 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 Guide

Since Grand Hotel is a resort, we want you 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 gentlemen no sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, or cut-off shorts.

Since 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 gentlemen 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 be in dress similar to the adults. Click here for more information.


If you arrive by ferry, luggage transfer is simple and convenient. When you check in your luggage with the ferry service on the mainland, it will be tagged and delivered directly to your hotel room. Upon check-in, present your luggage tags at the front desk. If you are arriving close to 6:00 p.m. you may want to bring your evening wear with you to the hotel as luggage transfer may take up to two hours to get to the hotel from the dock.

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 a minimum two-hour window for the transfer. Guests departing by ferry prior to 9:00 a.m. should transfer their own luggage to the dock.

Please note that an added fee of $8.50 per person applies for the round-trip transfer of luggage.

Getting Here from the Boat Docks

Grand Hotel is a 15- to 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 $5.50 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.

Esther Williams Swimming Pool

We apologize for the inconvenience but the Esther Williams Swimming Pool is closed for the season. We are making grand improvements for the 2021 season. Details are coming soon! 

Mackinac Island Maps

Whether you are walking, hiking or biking, download and consult these maps to help you explore the island.

East Mackinac Island MapMackinac Island Roads & Trails Map


Mackinac Island enjoys a mild spring, temperate summer and crisp fall temperatures. Because the island is located in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, weather can be unpredictable. We recommend packing 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
Weather Mackinac Island