Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island are truly unique destinations. Before you visit us, here are a few things to know to make your trip even easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get the answers to Grand Hotel’s most frequently asked questions.
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 services on Mackinac Island, there is a $8.00 per person fee, cash only, 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.
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 PM, you may want to bring your evening wear with you to the hotel as luggage transfer may take up to three 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 three-hour window for the transfer. Guests departing by ferry prior to 9:00 AM should transfer their own luggage to the dock. Please note that an added fee of $12.00 per person, per stay, applies for the round-trip transfer of luggage.
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