Airbnb on Mackinac Island? 3 reasons to book a hotel instead

Published on August 7th, 2019

Last updated on January 21st, 2022

There are places to stay named “Grand Hotel” all over the world. But only one Grand Hotel has the world’s longest porch, where you can relax in a rocking chair overlooking the beautiful Straits of Mackinac.

Only one has a 130-year history dating back to the days when soldiers in the U.S. Army served nearby as rangers in America’s second national park.

Only one has a swimming pool named after Hollywood movie star Esther Williams, who filmed a musical on the grounds. Only one hosted the first public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s phonograph. Only one has regularly hosted U.S. presidents and has several suites named after First Ladies and decorated in their honor.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island stands alone among the world’s “Grand Hotels.” And yet, on Mackinac Island, Grand Hotel is just one of many unique places to stay that are both steeped in history and accommodating of all the modern traveler’s needs.

That’s what makes staying in any of Mackinac Island’s extraordinary hotels, resorts, cottages, and bed-and-breakfasts so appealing. On Mackinac Island, there are no cookie-cutter chain hotels. Each place to stay has a unique, authentic personality. Each place to stay features expert hosts – people with generations of local knowledge – who can help you customize exactly the kind of Mackinac Island getaway you want. Each place to stay has a distinct character that contributes to the special aura of Mackinac Island.

Each place to stay offers exactly the kind of experience that people are looking for when they book lodging through online travel agencies such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Except that the hotels, resorts, cottages, and B&Bs on Mackinac Island offer so much more…

…So much more convenience. With daily housekeeping, you can focus on enjoying all there is to do on Mackinac Island, rather than on all there is to do to clean up your room. Need a mess cleaned up? One call takes care of it all.Closeup on Cheeseburger and Fries with Pink Lemonade Served at Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island While Children in Swimming Pool Look on From the Background

…So much more hospitality. Need a recommendation for things to do in town? You can get that from knowledgeable local hosts. Want room service? Not at an Airbnb. Starting right from the ferry dock where hotel porters load your bags and deliver them to your room, many places to stay on Mackinac Island give you first-rate service you just can’t get with other lodging options.

…So much more to do. Take Mission Point Resort, for example. When you stay there, you have access to a fitness center, spa, swimming pool, hot tubs, arcade, tennis court, five restaurants, boutique shopping, a movie theater, natural grass golf putting course and even bocce ball and croquet. If you need it, there’s plenty of meeting space, too. And all of it is right on site!

There’s a reason more people are booking trips through online travel agencies: The places to stay are authentic, truly local destinations. But on Mackinac Island, you can have the best of both worlds.

Every hotel, resort, cottage, or B&B offers an authentic Mackinac Island experience. And you can put your feet up and relax while you’re there, too.