Island House Hotel

Two-Night Stay with Dining Credit, Fudge, and Breakfast at Island House Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI

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Restored 19th-Century Hotel on Historic, Car-Free Island

After stepping off the ferry to Mackinac Island, you may notice the absence of a familiar sound: traffic. An 1896 ban on automobiles, put in place by vacationers who fiercely guarded their island's serenity, is still in effect here. Today, the daily ferries from mainland Michigan dock within two blocks of the Island House Hotel, a grand Victorian inn that overlooks both the harbor and the island's quaint Main Street. A State of Michigan Historic Landmark and Historic Hotel of America, the Island House dates back to an age of socialites, high tea, and ballroom dancing, and there’s even an onsite bike shop to set you up with the island’s preferred mode of transportation.

To sweeten the deal, this getaway comes with a half pound of award-winning fudge from Ryba’s Fudge Shop, as well as a $40 dining credit at the onsite restaurant, the 1852 Grill Room. Named for the house's birth year, the elegant restaurant serves breakfast and dinner from a menu that includes prime rib and baby-back ribs alongside locally caught fish. For a more casual experience, try the Ice House Bar & Grill, where you can chase a BLT with a tasty cocktail.

The hotel's traditional rooms are outfitted with charming furnishings and down quilts. Though the classic interiors help to make-believe it’s 1852, you can stay connected with WiFi. On a warm day, there are few better places to catch the lake breeze than from one of the rocking chairs lining the long front porch. When the temperature drops—as it occasionally does in northern Michigan, even in summer—head for the hot tub and sauna adjoining the heated pool inside.

Mackinac Island, Michigan: Quaint Retreat with Deep American Roots

The Island House is not only Mackinac’s oldest hotel but also the only one that falls inside the boundaries of Mackinac Island State Park, America's second national park when it was established in 1875. Encompassing roughly 80% of the island, the park is laced with more than 70 miles of hiking trails through stunning boreal forest, and a popular bicycle path skirts the coastline's limestone bluffs.

Soak in the island's history along with its scenery at Fort Mackinac, thought to be the first American military outpost captured by the British in the War of 1812. Admission to the fort also includes access to a number of other sites in the island's historical downtown, including a preserved 18th-century home, and the natural cocoa springs that produce the island's famous fudge.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • Two-night stay in a traditional king or queen room. Click here to view valid check-in dates for each option.

Included in both options:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Half pound of Ryba's Mackinac Island fudge
  • $40 dining credit to 1852 Grill Room

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/14/13

  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $25 fee. 5-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes and Gratuity: 16% tax and gratuity not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Two onsite restaurants
  • Heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna
  • Free WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/14/13
  • Option 1 (Group A) valid for check in 5/3-5/4, 5/10-5/22, 5/27-5/28, 9/2-9/5, 9/8, 9/9, 9/12, 9/15-9/19, 9/22-9/26, 9/29-10/3, 10/6-10/10, 10/13-10/17 or 10/20-10/24
  • Option 2 (Group B) valid for check-in 6/1-6/6, 6/17-6/20, 6/23-6/27, 8/25-8/30, 9/6-9/7, 9/13-9/14, 9/27-9/28, 10/4-10/5, 10/11-10/12, 10/18-10/19 or 10/25-10/26
  • Limit 2 per person + 2 as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 5-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 16% tax and gratuity not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king bed or one queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not available
  • Cable TV
  • Down comforters

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 36 miles from Chippewa County International Airport (CIU); 23 miles from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)
  • By car: Mackinac Island is located about 236 miles north of Grand Rapids, but it must be accessed by ferry, as cars are not permitted on the island.
  • By ferry: 15-minute ferry ride from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace

Traveler's Tips

  • Cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island. You must leave your car at the ferry docks in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

Customer Reviews

(357 ratings)

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Kyleene D. ·
October 11, 2013
We never redeemed the Groupon. We got a refund from Groupon and from Island House Hotel.


Jill M. ·
3 ratings   2 reviews  
· May 24, 2018
We had one King bed. The room was clean and inviting. I enjoyed reading the long history about this hotel.


7 ratings   12 reviews  
· May 11, 2018
All of our expectations were exceeded. The staff is exceptional as are the accommodations. The location is so perfect for all things we wanted to do. The fire pits at night are a bonus for s’mores, drinks, cigars, and family time.
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