Michigan offers something unique in its crown jewel, a small Victorian community that’s vibrant with history and full of interesting things to see. Located at the northern tip of the Michigan mitten, the city serves as the access point to Mackinac Island—a place that will take you back in time. Aside from visual time travel, you can enjoy some of the other breathtaking water sights of Mackinaw City. A weekend or a weeklong stay at the city is enough to immerse in its wonderful culture. Here are the five best hotels in Mackinaw that will help you enjoy your stay.
Baymont by Wyndham Mackinaw City
Located just five minutes away from the main happenings, Baymont is a great option for those looking for something quiet. It’s close enough to the ferry that you could walk there. It’ll be faster than taking the shuttle or looking for parking. It’s the perfect location if you’re planning on visiting Mackinac Island at some point. If not, there are plenty of shops and restaurants close by to keep you and your family entertained. Baymont offers plenty of extras including free Wi-Fi, pool access, a fitness center, and free parking. You also get your breakfast included with your hotel rate. This hotel is a great option for families or for anyone looking for a truly relaxing time.
Clearwater Lakeshore Motel
If you’re looking for waterfront views, this hotel offers just that and more. The accommodations may be meek, but what it lacks in glitz it makes up for in charm and warmth. The family-run hotel will give you plenty of smiles and quality amenities. What you can’t beat with this hotel is the location. You’ll have access to the sandy beach, which is well maintained and has a decent view of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s not too close to the downtown area, which is a plus for some. Still, it’s only a few minutes drive away. Make sure to book a room with a balcony because you’ll definitely enjoying sitting out there to watch the sunset or spend the evening feeling the breeze from the waterway.
Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront
This hotel is situated right on the lake. If you want more of a beach stay, the Hamilton Inn can offer you that. You can probably spend an entire day lounging on one of their beach chairs, soaking up the mild Michigan sun. When you’re done, you can walk the short hike towards Main Street to see what’s happening in the area. The location is everything for this hotel. It also helps that the rooms are clean and always fully stocked. Hamilton Inn is also right by the ferry, so you can have access to the island any time you’d like.
Beachcomber Motel on the Water
With great views of Lake Huron, the bridge, and the straits, the Beachcomber Motel is something that might surprise you. The privately owned hotel has been in operation for over 30 years now, and they’ve stayed in business because they know just how to do it right. The rooms are comfortable; the staff is always friendly. It’s the epitome of an excellent mom and pop establishment. It’s close to town and offers reasonable rates year-round. The small beach is somewhere you’d want to spend some time on, especially at night when you can see the MAC Bridge lit up beautifully. Even the ferries that come and go from the island is something that you can enjoy watching from this little niche in Mackinaw.
For an option that’s not right by the water, the Lamplighter Motel is the best choice. This small motel almost has a boutique hotel feel. It’s quite charming and unbelievably comfortable. While it may not be right by the lake, its location is still hard to beat. The Lamplighter is a walk away from all that’s happening downtown. Just be aware that this motel doesn’t have a lot of frills. It doesn’t have a pool or a hot tub, but it does make up for it with a beautiful garden where you can lounge. The owners light up the fire pit at night for guests that want to spend some time enjoying the evening air outdoors. It’s a beautiful option for those looking for a simplistic yet wonderfully unique stay.