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Grand Hotel's 135th Birthday

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Let’s gather together to celebrate Grand Hotel’s 135th birthday throughout July, and especially on July 10th (our actual birthday)! Celebrate with family and friends while exploring the best that a Mackinac Island summer has to offer.

Experience special events, packages, activities and more – both on-property and at home.

From 1887 to 2022

The Michigan Central Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company form the Mackinac Island Hotel Company to build Grand Hotel. The hotel was built in just 93 days and officially opened on July 10, 1887 as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrive by lake steamer from Chicago, Erie, Montreal, Detroit, and by rail from across the continent. The hotel’s season was two months long during July & August.

135th Birthday Celebration – July 10th

We invite those staying with us to celebrate our 135th birthday with a party on the Front Porch. Enjoy cake, a toast, live music, speeches and more on Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 AM.

Grand Hotel 135th Birthday Spa Package


Celebrate Grand Hotel’s 135th Birthday throughout July with our special package featuring a shampoo, blowout, Grand manicure and Grand pedicure.

135th Birthday Package

Stay at Grand Hotel this July and enjoy our Birthday Package which includes: 

  • Grand Hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • $135.00 Food and Beverage credit per stay
  • 10% discount in Grand Hotel retail shops
  • Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) 
  • Special discount on ferry tickets

Summer Sundays

Spend Sundays at Grand Hotel this summer and enjoy special savings of $135.00 Sunday rates! Explore the new Woodlands Activity Center, our classic Afternoon Tea, fun in the sun at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool and more during your stay.

History of Grand Hotel

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Grand Hotel Logo History

We are celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Grand Hotel logo!

Who is the lady in the carriage? Grand Hotel’s logo contains a bit of a mystery…

In the late 1930s, Grand Hotel owner W. Stewart Woodfill commissioned graphic designer and famed pin-up artist Alberto Vargas to create a new logo for the hotel. At the time, Vargas was working for Esquire Magazine in Chicago. The design was to include Mr. Woodfill’s favorite carriage, a Victoria, with a formal driver and an elegant couple. He referred to the young lady with the parasol as Esmerelda. Just who was Esmerelda? No one knows – that’s the mystery!

Chasing Summer Sale

Have a new kind of old-fashioned getaway at Grand Hotel. Stay longer and save to explore all that Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel have to offer. Get away to get together on Mackinac Island, recently named the Best Summer Travel Destination in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Book today through May 31 and enjoy 25% off Grand Rooms, Lake View Rooms and Lake View Balcony Rooms and 35% off Suites for select dates in June.