12 Best Places To Stay On Mackinac Island - Updated 2024

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Lorrie
Lorrie 
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Mackinac Island is Michigan’s premier getaway and has lots of options for your visit, from the iconic Grand Hotel to cozy home rentals. To make the most of your day of activities, be sure to pick the best place to suit your needs during your stay here. From Airbnb vacation rentals to hotels near Mackinac Island, we’ve handpicked the best of them just for you!

Read on to find out about the top places to stay on Mackinac Island.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 20, 2024.

Hotels and inns on the island

1. The Inn at Stonecliffe (from USD 243)

The Inn at Stonecliffe was started in 1905 when Michael Cudahy bought 150 acres (60 hectares) of land and hired the same architect that designed the governors mansion, to create what is now the summer cottage. Other owners made additions to the property and the Inn. It was restored and now remains in its elegant glory. The hotel offers guests use of the pool and bikes, as well as assistance booking tours and making dinner reservations. There’s two options for guests to stay, first in Cudahy Mansion Rooms, nicely decorated with a private bathroom but without air conditioning. The other option is the Summer House Suites, that have air conditioning, a sleeper couch and bed, as well as a mini fridge and kitchen.

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The Inn at Stonecliffe

Address: 8593 Cudahy Circle
10.5 km (6.6 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac

Concierge service Vending machine (drinks) Luggage storage Daily housekeeping Garden Pool/beach towels 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Facilities for disabled guests

2. Lake View Hotel (from USD 287)

Lake View Hotel, built in 1858, stayed in the same family till the 1960s, then was bought by Harry Ryba, who made the famous fudge of the island. One of the nicest hotels on Mackinac Island, there are 85 bedrooms with four floors, accessible by an elevator, a covered front porch and heated pool and sauna. Each room comes with a Keurig Coffeemaker, air conditioning and flat screen TV. Guests receive their ferry passes included in their room payment and a preferred island gift card, which gives discounts at certain stores. The hotel has three dining places on site, Goodfellow’s Italian Chop House, Goodfellow’s Wine Cellar and Goodfellow’s Wings and Things.

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3. The Murray Hotel (from USD 408)

The Murray Hotel has been in service on the island over 130 years. It was built in 1882 and has been run by the same family since then. The Victorian styled hotel with 69 rooms is in downtown Mackinac Island and all rooms have private bathrooms. The family also runs Murray Hotel Fudge Company, Amigos Cafe and Mama LaRosa’s Pizza Buffet Restaurant. The hotel has a sundeck, pool, air conditioning and Whirlpool baths in the suites.

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Murray Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 7260 Main Street
11.31 km (7.1 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac

Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Internet services

4. Grand Hotel

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The Grand Hotel is the premier hotel on the island, opened in 1887 and run by same family over three generations. It has one of the longest porches in the world and two movies, ‘Somewhere in Time’ and 'This Time for Keeps’ have filmed at the hotel. There is a swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts, several restaurants, an ice cream shop, hair salon, jeweler and other shops on site. The 393 rooms are each uniquely decorated, including many rooms and suites named after public figures.

All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, get a copy of the New York Times each morning and have access to breakfast, lunch buffet and a seven course dinner included in the room rate. All children under nine stay free, while those 10 to 17 get a discounted rate. There are one and two bedroom suites and cottages on the property.

There are three levels of rooms: level one is interior rooms, level two is bigger lake view rooms, with smaller interior ones, and level three has views of the lake. The cottage has four bedrooms and if staying multiple nights, you have access to a private chef. The cottage has a kitchen, dining room and living room along with an outdoor hot tub. It also comes with special discounts on ferry tickets and a private entrance from the hotel. This has been lauded the best place to stay on Mackinac Island, and for good reason!

Check out our review of the Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel

Address: 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI

Price: from 319 USD

Access: carriage taxi or walk from ferry to the hotel

Contact: 1-800-33GRAND

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Vacation rentals

5. Peaceful retreat with great views in Applewood Condos (from USD 229)

Looking for a home with a view? Look no further for a vacation rental. This peaceful retreat tucked in the condominium complex of Applewood Condos lets you admire the expansive views of the Straits of Mackinac and the west side of the island from its private balcony. For amazing sunsets, you can either enjoy the moment from the balcony or take a short walk to Sunset Rock. It’s a convenient place to stay with its cozy living room with a fireplace and cable TV, loft-style bedroom with a queen-size bed, and well-stocked kitchen.

This property is located in the Stonecliffe neighborhood, which is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from downtown. For you to effortlessly enjoy the sights and attractions in that area, you can rent a bicycle on site or arrange a ride from a taxi service.

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10.39 km (6.5 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
4 reviews   Wifi Available
condo 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

6. Charming rental suitable for long-term stays (from USD 182)

If you plan to have an extended stay on Mackinac Island, this third-floor vacation rental is the idyllic place for your long-term visit. It is a Maple View Manor condo unit that is one block away from Mission Point Resort so you’re close to several dining options, a coffee shop, and spa services. With the two bikes included in the booking, you can leisurely explore the nearby hotspots.

During your idle days, the condo can keep you entertained with its two smart TVs and multiple board games and puzzles. Those who plan to work remotely can take advantage of the free WiFi for productivity. Succumb to a restful sleep in either of two gorgeous rooms after hustling and wake up to spectacular outdoor views of the island in the morning.

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12.03 km (7.5 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
2 reviews   Wifi Available
condo 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 30
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

7. Harbor Condo (from USD 225)

Harbor Condo, located in St Ignance, is a luxury accommodation located in downtown near the marina and ferry area. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as a deck that overlooks the marina. Complete with hardwood floors throughout and a washer and dryer at the location for your convenience. Guests also have access to a fully equipped kitchen.

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8.89 km (5.6 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
43 reviews  
condo 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was a little glitchy and slow otherwise a great stay
the bedroom off the kitchen has a better bed
Cleanliness:
the condo itself is clean and well kept
nice clean and cozy
all the items that should come with a condo are included and in good clean condition
Host:
everyone we met along the way were very helpful in making our time in town enjoyable
Location:
beautiful location and wonderfully maintained
the location was ideal to explore the upper peninsula
we like the location for day trips around the up
wonderful place to stay right in the heart of the downtown
can walk to restaurants taverns entertainment and the ferry
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8. Cross Trees Cottage (from USD 1057)

Cross Trees Cottage is an entire house that sleeps up to eleven guests on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The Historic East Bluff cottage has six bedrooms, seven beds, and 2.5 bathrooms. A washer, dryer, and an iron are provided. For your entertainment, there’s television and Wifi. There’s central heating for cold weather days, and toys and books to keep the children amused. The kitchen is available for home-cooked meals. Essentials like towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper are supplied. The cottage is set amid shrubs and greenery and offers beautiful views. It’s tastefully decorated throughout.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan, United States
11.87 km (7.4 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
3 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 8 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

9. One-bedroom condo with a view (from USD 161)

Travelers planning a solo sojourn to Mackinac Island should check out this cozy, one-bedroom condo just three minutes away from the scenic Sunset Rock. Basic amenities like WiFi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker are available. The best part is undoubtedly the furnished balcony, which boasts a stunning view of the water. A private entrance lets guests come and go as they please.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan, United States
10.57 km (6.6 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
145 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
even though there is no ac because of the fan and nice breezes we didn't notice a difference
no real kitchen amenities but very much like a nice hotel room
comfortable bed microwave and mini fridge available
Cleanliness:
the room was clean and accommodating
the place was extremely clean and everything functioned as expected
couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay so clean beautiful and in such a nice location
Host:
jason was a wonderful and helpful host
jason is a great host and communicates well
jason was a very helpful host and his place was perfect for us
jason was a great host and he was very responsive to our messages
jason was extremely accommodating and awesome to work with
Location:
if you’re looking for some quiet away from the busy downtown this is a wonderful spot to be
perfect location adjacent to the inn at stonecliffe
very private location and beautiful view
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10. Cedar Cottage (from USD 186)

Cedar Cottage, located in Mackinac City, is on a wooded property with two bedrooms and one bath. Renovated with a cabin theme, it has a fully equipped kitchen, fire-pit and patio. This rental includes housekeeping and an outdoor grill. Wood flooring throughout cottage contributes to its rustic atmosphere.

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554 meters (0.4 ft) from Colonial Michilimackinac
102 reviews   Wifi Available
cottage 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable beds and couch
the living area contains the only tv easily viewable from all seating
the beds were so comfortable and i was happy with the amenities compared to a hotel
it didnt list a/c but we were pleasantly surprised to find a window unit and multiple fans
a lovely little cottage probably comfortable for up to 4 people well equipped kitchen
Cleanliness:
he popped in throughout the day/evening to clean other cottages
Host:
the owners were quick with a response to our questions & came across as genuinely caring people
the owners were so helpful and welcoming
owner was super about communicating with us
the caretaker is very nice
Location:
cute cozy cabin close to town
excellent location to explore up
it really is a great location
the location to town and i-75 was perfect
loved this place easy to find and conveniently located to everything
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11. Lake House (from USD 280)

A beautiful house on Brevort Lake, surrounded by wooded area, complete with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Here you will get access to the lake and dunes. It comes with a wood stove and fully utilized kitchen for your convenience. The house also has a deck and outdoor grill, perfect for a scenic outdoor dinner during your family getaway!

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30.87 km (19.2 mi) from Colonial Michilimackinac
21 reviews  
House 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 7
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i wish there was wifi but it was also nice to be unplugged
we loved the cottage we stayed with 2 young girls who really enjoyed the bunk bed room
it is very comfortable with plenty of space and the bedroom layout is great for large families
Cleanliness:
the cottage was clean and ready when we showed up
Host:
the owners were very helpful and directed us to an relatively unknown "spelunking" adventure near by
Location:
i enjoyed the quiet location very remote
this is a great house in a stunning location
we had a wonderful time at your place
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12. Pappa-O's Lakeview Cottage

This private rental accommodates up to seven people in four bedrooms. The entire cottage is yours during your visit. Set on beautiful Lake Michigan shores, it has a private bathroom, kitchen, and a patio. Enjoy the scenic views of the Straits of Mackinac. Wander the area and look for Petoskey stones, or get out on the water. Fish or while away a day with a good book. A gas grill is provided, but residents will need to top it up if necessary. The clean and comfortable space comes with WiFi, comfortable beds and free parking. The backyard provides a place for the kids to hang out. It’s a short bicycle ride or drive to nearby shops.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately the listing is currently not available.

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Come enjoy Mackinac Island

If you’ve come to this article because you don’t know where to stay on Mackinac Island, well now you know you have many options. Whether you stay at the Grand hotel, a local hotel, or even rent your own place off the island, enjoy what this destination has to offer everyone who steps off the ferry!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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