Grand Hotel Facts
From 1933 through 2019, the Musser family preserved the history and tradition of Grand Hotel, thoughtfully improving the grand experience of every guest for over 85 years. In October 2019, a new chapter began for Grand Hotel as Pivot Hotels & Resorts, the luxury division of Davidson Hotels & Resorts took over the management for owner KSL Capital Partners.
Grand Hotel is located on Michigan’s historic Mackinac Island, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. Located high on a bluff, the hotel’s famous 660-foot Front Porch is visible when approaching the island by ferry boat or airplane.
There is a quaint magic on Mackinac Island. No motorized vehicles are allowed, so the beauty of the island and its historic landmarks remain as they were 200 years ago. Horse and carriage, along with walking and bicycles, are the only modes of transportation on the island. Guests can enjoy the antique and fudge shops in the 19th Century Village and tour Fort Mackinac and other historic sites.
Grand Hotel, the world’s largest summer hotel, is open May 6 to October 30, 2022 for the 136th season.
Grand Hotel’s 388 uniquely decorated rooms offer guests a wide selection of room sizes, locations and views. There are 95 deluxe guest rooms, some with a balcony, as well as 70 Named Rooms. The luxury Named Rooms, which include five one-bedroom suites, six two-bedroom suites and one four-bedroom cottage, are appointed to complement each of their names. Named Rooms include the Lodge of Teddy Roosevelt, the Napoleon and Josephine Suites, Lord and Lady Astor Suites, as well as seven rooms in honor of former first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Laura Bush. The Musser Suite was named after late chairman R.D. Musser Jr. Two two-bedroom suites were added in 2015 to the west end of the hotel as part of the Cupola Suites expansion project. In 2017, an additional three Cupola Suites were added to the east side of the hotel’s 4th floor. Two new Named Rooms, the Prentiss M. Brown Suite and the Lilac Suite, were added in 2018. The Cupola Suites project was completed in 2019 with the addition of four new bedrooms and two parlors.
Rates and Packages
Grand Hotel follows the long-time tradition of including a full breakfast and dinner in its room rates. Tipping is not expected at the restaurants and lounges within Grand Hotel, however, guests may reward our team members for outstanding service. Tipping is expected and welcomed at the restaurants and lounges outside of Grand Hotel: Woods Restaurant, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, Fort Mackinac Tea Room, The Gate House and Esther Williams Pool Bar as well as Astor’s Salon and Spa. Special packages are offered throughout the season including our Grand Opening Weekend, Mother’s Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Grand Distillers Weekend, Grand Hotel Lilac Festival Package, Summer Michigan Golf Live Package, Grand Hotel’s 135th Birthday Package, Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration, Grand Princess and Superhero Package, Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend, Fall Michigan Golf Live Package, Grand Garden Show, Labor Day Jazz Weekend, Fall Wine Appreciation Weekend, History Weekend, Ballroom Dancing Weekend, Wellness Weekend, Somewhere in Time Weekend, Murder Mystery Weekend, Halloween Weekend and our Close the Grand Package. Children 9 and under stay and eat for free at Grand Hotel. Visit www.grandhotel.com/packages for a complete list of rates, children’s rates, and packages available.
Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island offer a variety of activities for guests. Enjoy golf on our 18-hole course, The Jewel, which is made up of the Grand nine and Woods nine, pickleball, lawn games including croquet and bocci ball, swimming in the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, bicycling, an exercise facility, vita course, and gardens. Mackinac Island provides saddle horses, horse carriage tours, historic landmarks and much more.
The magic of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel is the perfect setting for children. Grand Hotel offers special children’s activities including both an afternoon and evening program for children six years of age and older. The programs offer a variety of activities unique to Mackinac Island which may include touring historic locations, arts and crafts, FootGolf, and arcade games.
Music enthusiasts are right at home at Grand Hotel, enjoying a variety of complimentary live music all day long. Highlights include the sounds of music while you enjoy dinner, dancing to The Grand Hotel Orchestra in the Terrace Room, live bands at The Gate House, and live entertainment at the Cupola Bar, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand and Woods. In Grand Hotel’s Parlor, music recitals accompany Afternoon Tea and evening Demitasse.
Dining and Beverage Services
With 13 restaurants and bars, Grand Hotel offers both formal and casual dining options. The Main Dining Room serves a full breakfast and dinner for guests and offers the popular Grand Luncheon Buffet. Other dining options include the Bavarian-style restaurant, Woods restaurant, located in the interior of Mackinac Island, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, The Gate House, Grand Coffee and Provisions, and Fort Mackinac Tea Room. In addition, Afternoon Tea is served each afternoon in Grand Hotel’s Parlor as well as evening Demitasse.