Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation & Luggage

I’m arriving on Mackinac Island by ferry. How will my luggage get to the hotel?

If you travel 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.

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.

Is transportation provided between the ferry docks and the hotel?

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 the 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.
Upon your arrival to the docks on Mackinac Island, you will be greeted by a dockporter who can answer any questions you may have regarding luggage or taxi transportation to the hotel.

How often do the ferries run to and from Mackinac Island?

All ferry boat lines operate frequently throughout the day from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, from May to November. Registered guests of Grand Hotel receive a discount with Shepler’s Ferry. Click here to check the schedule for your dates of travel.

I’d prefer to fly to Mackinac Island. What is the nearest airport?

For guests traveling to Mackinac Island by airplane, Mackinac Island Airport (MCD) is located one mile from Grand Hotel and capable of accommodating private and charter aircraft.
For more information regarding air travel, visit the Getting Here page of our website.

Reservations & Check-In

How can I make a reservation?

To make a reservation, contact our Reservations Department by calling 1-800-33GRAND, check the availability of your preferred date here or view our special packages. Grand Hotel starts taking reservations for the next season beginning in November.

How much is Afternoon Tea and how can I make a reservation?

Guests can enjoy the tradition of Afternoon Tea daily between 3:30-5:00 p.m. The cost is $56.00 per person, plus 6% Michigan sales tax. Reservations are not currently accepted for Afternoon Tea, simply find a seat in the Parlor and a server will be happy to assist you. For group reservations, please contact our staff at

What are the rates for each type of room?

At Grand Hotel, our accommodations vary from a one-bedroom guest room to the four-bedroom Masco Cottage. Rates vary based on the category of room, season and day of the week. There are special rates for children 17 and under and children 9 and under stay free. More information can be found in the Accommodations section of our website.

What is your cancellation policy?

A deposit for the first two nights is required when you make your reservation. Your reservation deposit will be refunded, less a $50.00 processing fee, with notice of cancellation at least 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Reservations cancelled less than 10 days prior will forfeit their room deposits. Click here for more information.

When can I check in?

You are welcome to arrive as early as you wish, however we cannot guarantee that your accommodations will be available for occupancy until after 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Are pets allowed?

Grand Hotel has a no pet policy, however, service animals are allowed with proper documentation.

Does Grand Hotel have a dress code?

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 6:30 p.m., 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 6:30 p.m. 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.

How can I book a group or a meeting?

For more information about planning your next meeting at Grand Hotel, you may visit, fill out the RFP form or contact our Director of Sales, Annie Farrell, at 517-349-4600 or
For more information about bringing a group to Grand Hotel, please fill out our RFP form or contact our Director of Group Tours, Julia Luckey-Ottweness, at 906-847-3331.


Where can I find a list of the daily activities happening at the hotel?

During the season, a document detailing the daily activities can be found here on our website. If you are staying at the hotel, a copy of the TODAY paper will be placed on your bed at turndown. To find more information regarding activities at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island, please click here.

Where is the pool located and what are the hours?

The Esther Williams Swimming Pool is located at the west end of the Tea Garden in front of the hotel. The pool is open from approximately early May through early September, weather dependent. Daily hours are subject to change; please contact the Concierge for daily operating hours.

I’m planning to stay at Grand Hotel for several days. What is there to do on the island?

Grand Hotel offers guests a variety of activities to enjoy during their stay, including a round of golf on The Jewel, tennis and Pickleball, swimming in the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, bicycling, horseback riding and more. Click here to find more information on the activities offered at Grand Hotel. Click here to learn more about things to do on Mackinac Island.
Grand Hotel’s knowledgeable Concierge team is available to assist you with planning your perfect stay. To speak to the Concierge Desk, call 906-847-3331 ext. 567.


I’m traveling with someone who has a gluten allergy. What special menu items do you offer for guests with dietary restrictions?

Grand Hotel is able to accommodate most dietary needs. All of our restaurants, including the Main Dining Room, offer gluten-free menu options. Guests are asked to visit the Concierge Desk upon check-in to work with the hotel’s Assistant Managers and Chefs to accommodate any unique dietary restrictions.
Where is the Cupola Bar?

The Cupola Bar is located at the very top of the hotel on the fourth floor. Follow the stairs there up to the Cupola Bar where you will find two levels of seating, a comprehensive cocktail list, nightly entertainment and panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.
During my stay, should I be prepared to tip the hotel and restaurant staff?

Tipping is neither expected nor permitted within Grand Hotel except at Astor’s Salon & Spa. Tipping is expected at the following off-site locations: Woods Restaurant, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, Fort Mackinac Tea Room, The Gate House, Pool Grill and Sushi Grand.


I love the movie Somewhere in Time. Do you have a special room dedicated to the movie?

An actual room from the movie does not exist, however Grand Hotel has two suites that are dedicated to the film: the Somewhere in Time Suite and the Jane Seymour Suite. Both rooms are decorated with memorabilia from the movie. Click here to find more information about Somewhere in Time.
When do the lilacs bloom/tulips come out/best time to see fall colors?

Every season on Mackinac Island is unique and beautiful in its own colorful way. Tulips typically bloom in the early spring around mid-May, followed by lilacs in the first few weeks of June. Grand Hotel gardens are always blooming with seasonally appropriate flowers. The fall colors in Northern Michigan can be hard to predict as it depends on the temperature of the season. If we have a warmer summer, the colors tend to change later in October than usual. Michigan weather makes everything on Mackinac Island and throughout the state unpredictable, but that is what makes visiting here a Pure Michigan experience no matter what month it is.
Does Grand Hotel sell gift cards?

Yes. Gift cards are available for sale on our website in the following denominations: $50.00, $100.00, $200.00, $250,00 or $500.00. To purchase a specific denomination, please contact our Reservations Department at 1-800-33GRAND.
I’m interested in working at Grand Hotel. Where can I find employment information?

Information regarding employment opportunities at Grand Hotel is available starting in January for the upcoming season. For more information, click here.