NEW for 2018: Exciting Renovations Take Place at Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel seen from the ferry
Grand Hotel seen from the ferry in the off season.

Grand Hotel may look like she is in hibernation mode, but behind the scenes many staff members are hard at work. On the third floor, rooms 318 and 320 will be renovated into Named Rooms and  ready for guests to enjoy this spring. Construction is underway and we are excited to announce the renovation of these rooms.

Announcing two new Named Rooms: The Prentiss M. Brown Suite and the Lilac Suite

We’re excited to announce the themes of our newest additions to Grand Hotel’s unique collection of named rooms and suites. The Lilac Suite and the Prentiss M. Brown Suite will celebrate Mackinac Island’s Annual Lilac Festival and the U.S. Representative and Michigan Senator who was also a prominent figure in the history and construction of the iconic Mackinac Bridge. Of Grand Hotel’s 393 guest rooms, some of its most exceptional accommodations are the more than 40 Named Rooms. These unique guest rooms reflect the lives of several U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, various historical time periods, decorating styles, and prominent historical figures and events.

Lilac Suite
The Lilac Suite will celebrate the flower Mackinac Island is known for.
Prentiss M Brown
The Prentiss M. Brown suite will commemorate the former U.S. Representative and Michigan Senator.

The Lilac Suite will be located on the third floor with picturesque views of the Straits of Mackinac and Grand Hotel Tea Garden which features many lilac trees. Grand Hotel Interior Designer, Carleton Varney, has imagined the suite in lilac hues with custom designed carpet, fabrics and furnishings. Guests will find themselves surrounded by a garden filled with lilacs and other Mackinac blooms. Mackinac Island is home to 130-year-old lilac trees, all 23 species, and some 400 varieties and thousands of individual plants. Lilac experts believe that most of the island’s earliest lilacs came via 19th century settlers emigrating to Mackinac from New England and remain this day as the flower of the island.

The Annual Lilac Festival begins the second Friday in June and is a 10 day festival held in honor of the flower. It concludes the third Sunday of June with a horse-drawn Lilac Parade in downtown Mackinac Island. Read more about the history of lilacs and Mackinac Island in a article published earlier this year. See Article >>

The future Lilac Suite
The future Lilac Suite.
Renovating the soon to be Lilac Suite bathroom
Renovating the soon to be Lilac Suite bathroom.
variety of lilac trees
The iconic Mackinac Bridge towers in the distance of Grand Hotel’s Tea Garden which can be seen from both suites and features a variety of lilac trees.

The Prentiss M. Brown Suite will also be located on the third floor overlooking the Tea Garden, Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. The Prentiss M. Brown Suite is named after Prentiss Brown, a former United States Representative, and Michigan Senator who served as Chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority where he oversaw the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. Mr. Brown is also the grandfather to Marlee Brown, wife of Grand Hotel President, Dan Musser, III. Carleton Varney has styled the suite with a scholarly feeling, including a rolltop desk and a wing chair from Senator Brown’s library. Family and personal memorabilia and photographs along with custom carpeting containing Senator Brown’s signature will adorn the space celebrating this Michigan icon.

Stripping the wallpaper
Stripping the wallpaper in the soon to be Prentiss M. Brown Suite.
Rooms and bathrooms are stripped bare in preparation for renovations.

More Renovations!

Other renovations for 2018 include upgrades to the kitchen and adding wallpaper to the Art Gallery and hallways throughout Grand Hotel. Chef Hans will be happy to return to an upgraded oven, soup kettle, walk-in cooler, freezer, and new flooring.

Chef Hans’ newly upgraded soup kettle
Chef Hans’ newly upgraded soup kettle.

The wallpaper in the Art Gallery on the Parlor level has also been replaced this winter.

new custom trellis design

Guest room hallways throughout the hotel will receive a new custom trellis design wallcovering.

Trellis Wallpaper design
Trellis Wallpaper design

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on all the renovations taking place at Grand Hotel this winter.

29 thoughts on “NEW for 2018: Exciting Renovations Take Place at Grand Hotel

  1. my name is roland mesnier former white house ex pastry chef for 26 years my wife and I visited the grande hotel in 2013 and met cf hans and the pastry chefs we love our stay it is truely a grand hotel it’s so nice to see it still existe I am a big fan of this styl of hotel not a fan of what I call the modern cages would you be so
    kind to give me the price and option as we would love to visite again for a few days thank you best regard to chef hans

    • Thank you Roland for your nice comments. We will pass your information to Chef Hans. You can view all of our rates at under the Accommodations tab. We hope to see you again soon.

  2. Would be my dream vacation to spend a couple days in a named suite. In case you need to have a contest or something….?

  3. We will look forward to seeing the renovated Grand Lady of resorts. Very proud of her looks. She never looks old. Deacon

    • A place you always look forward to seeing again.

    • Thank you for the kind words Deacon. We look forward to your return to Grand Hotel!

  4. The newly decorated Suites will be extraordinary I’m sure!! I love the idea of a lilac decorated room! Grand Hotel is my one and only destination to visit. Everything looks beautiful already, I can hardly wait to see the results! As for the new kitchen equipment, I’m sure Hans will appreciate it. I don’t believe anyone makes better soup than Hans!!! It is always my favorite food at any meal. Thank you to the Musser family for taking such great care of this awesome gem of Mackinac Island, Michigan ❤

  5. Hello!
    I am on a quest and hope Chef Hans can help me out! I worked at The Grand as a Shoppe Clerk, Dinner Hostess, and Babysitter in the mid ’80’s. I had a blast working there and loved the new foodie items introduced to my pedestrian palate. There is one item I have not been able to replicate and I believe it was a pastry called a Japanese Bar. It had a chewy, fruity interior but it had a signature taste. I see it is no longer offered on the menu and wondered if Chef Hans would be willing to share the recipe. I will understand if it’s a trade secret locked in a vault, but there have been times the Grand has shared vintage recipes.

    Hoping to hear from you,


    • Colleen – We will certainly give your comment and email address to Chef Hans. He is off right now so his response may be delayed but we will make sure he reads this. Thanks for commenting.

    • Now I want to know more about this mysterious Japanese bar!

      • You’ll have to visit our newest restaurant Sushi Grand! Just down the hill from the hotel.

  6. We told our grand daughter at Christmas, there’s only six months to go before we head back to the Grand!

    • So sweet! See you in 6 months. (less than 6 months now)

  7. Will there be anything there dedicated to “Somewhere In Time”?

  8. I have no doubt that all of the renovations will be beautiful, as they always are! Looking forward to seeing the Grand Lady in April!!

  9. Beautiful! Would love to test them for you😉

  10. 27 years ago last July, we were married by the mayor of Mackinac Island, and had many of our pictures taken on the the veranda at the Grand Hotel! We returned on our 25th anniversary, met the mayor again and had an awesome dinner at the hotel. Next time we visit we will be staying there as well, looking forward to it!

    • What a nice story. Thanks for sharing! We hope to see you again soon.

  11. What was home to the space for the new Lilac Room and The Prentiss M. Brown Suite? Also, last fall I had the pleasure of staying in one of the new rooms with the Cupola Suites, what was there prior to the suites?

    • Hi Jess, there were guest rooms in place prior to the current suites being built. The Cupola Suites however were new additions completely and were previously just used as storage space much like an attic.

  12. We are headed to the Grand for a girls birthday weekend get away on May 19, 2018. We would love to see the new lilac suite. We also all have matching lilac robes that would look great in the suite! We cannot wait to get there! Love everything about the Grand Hotel!

    • We look forward to seeing you in May, Nancy!

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