Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Whirlpools & Dry Sauna
Veranda & Terrace
Evening Bonfires in the Chimneas
Weather permitting the chimneas in the courtyard will be lit from 7 until 11 p.m. S’mores kits are available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Under Michigan law and to protect our historic property, we are a smoke-free hotel. Smoking inside Island House Hotel will result in a fine.
Island House Hotel allows only certified service animals. A room cleaning fee is charged to any room with animals to return the room to a pet-free condition.
Groups, Special Events, Conferences, Reunions
Packing for your trip
- A backpack with room for Ryba’s Fudge
- A pair of sunglasses
- Your camera
- A jacket or sweater as temperatures vary throughout the day
- A raincoat and/or umbrella (just in case)
- Sunscreen, and Bug Spray
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat or sun visor
- Electronic chargers
- A Swimsuit (for our indoor heated pool & hot tub)
- Phone, tablet & laptop chargers
- Your sense of adventure
Leave your stress, cares and worries in the bottom drawer of your dresser at home. You won’t need those here. They will be right where you left them upon your return.
Discounted ferry tickets can be added to your reservation up to 24 hours prior to your arrival. If you purchased discount tickets from the Island House Hotel, you will claim your tickets at any Star Line ticket window on your scheduled day of arrival. Simply show your ID for the name your reservation is listed under. You will also make overnight parking arrangements and purchase bike transportation tickets at this time.
Arrival & Departure
It’s a good idea to check the ferry departure times online before you leave home. Plan to arrive at the ferry dock no less than 30 minutes prior to your desired scheduled ferry departure. Star Line offers Mackinac Island ferry service to and from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Departures from Star Line’s Mackinaw City dock will land at the closest dock to Island Housel Hotel. Departure times vary throughout the season becoming more frequent during the peak of the summer season in July & August. Mackinaw City offers more frequent and later departure times. St. Ignace is less congested and generally has open parking.
Overnight Parking & Luggage Transportation
Upon arriving at the ferry dock look for overnight parking services. Here you will arrange for vehicle parking and have any luggage that you wish to be transported to Island House Hotel tagged and loaded onto the ferry for you. Complimentary baggage handling from dock to dock is provided by the ferry service. Double check that you have received your luggage tag stubs before leaving your luggage. You will need these to claim your luggage at the hotel.
Arriving On Mackinac Island
Once you arrive on Mackinac Island, an Island House Hotel porter will take your luggage and direct you to the hotel. Delivery times vary. Luggage transfer times to the hotel vary, if you will be needing something right away it is best for you to transport it along with anything you consider fragile, valuable, or irreplaceable. Guest transportation to and from the hotel are not included in your nightly rate. Guests may choose to walk, bike or take a horse-drawn taxi to the hotel. Taxi reservations are required 30-60 minutes in advance by calling 906-847-3323.
E-Bikes (Electric Bikes)
For the most current regulations & bike safety tips click here