The Inn At Stonecliffe
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Stepping back in time: Mackinac Island is car-free, and you’ll be transported from the ferry dock to the mansion in a horse-and-buggy
- Enjoying the view from your balcony or from a poolside lounger
- Watching the sun set over the Mackinac Bridge from the pillared portico off the bar
- A fresh seasonal dinner in the Cudahy Chophouse followed by drinks in the bar or on the lawn
What To Know
- Getting from ferry dock to hotel is a $7 scenic ride in a horse-and-buggy
- Request a room in the mansion for unrivaled views of the Mackinac Bridge and a Summer House suite for a more luxurious bathroom with a spa tub, as well as a microwave and mini fridge
- Meander on hidden orchard trails to the stone outcropping called Sunset Rock
- A recent revamp has replaced room antiques with more standardized furnishings
- Free WiFi
Built for meatpacking baron Michael Cudahy, the Tudor Revival mansion was designed by the high-society architect of his day, Frederick Perkins, who also designed the Michigan governor’s mansion elsewhere on the island. The original exterior looks much as it did when constructed, down to the clover motif (Cudahy was Irish) and original stained glass.
Bed and Bath
A recent redo brought a contemporary touch to the guestrooms, with similar dark furnishings, neutral wall colors and matching artworks representing birch trees or birds. The Summer House suites have a Victorian look, with a yellow, sage and light blue color scheme offset by white furnishings and wainscoting, and separate sitting areas and roomy decks. Mansion bathrooms have original wavy windowpanes, old mirrors and subway tile walls — charmingly worn, but out of place in comparison with the newer features. Some have original clawfoot tubs.
The Cudahy Chophouse, with its paneled walls, tray ceilings and French doors, offers white tablecloth dining and fresh seasonal dishes such as confit of duck waffle and roasted pork chop with maple-thyme glaze, sweet potato gnocchi and vegetable du jour. Breakfast is a cut above the typical continental spread, offering flaky scones and jam, hearty biscuits and gravy, sausages, eggs and more, all served in the Cudahy family’s intimate dining room under framed photos of the original home. The coziest spot in the place is the bar, a former library; a wood fire crackles on cool nights, and it opens up to the Portico, a popular covered porch where even locals come for a drink and the sunset view. On nice nights the brown wicker chairs on the lawn, tucked behind a neat hedge, are the place to be.
In the Area
Rent a carriage you drive yourself at Jack’s Livery Stable or opt for a bike (rentals are available on-site) and cycle the 8.2-mile water’s edge loop trail. Afterward sip a Rum Runner on the lively patio of the Pink Pony. There’s hip, casual island cuisine at spots like Millie’s on Main, but the not-to-be-missed dessert is the fudge at Murray’s. Visit historic sites, or watch the film Somewhere in Time, and then take a self-guided tour of filming locations such as Mission Point Resort and the Grand Hotel.
How to Get There
I want to point out that, if you look at my past reviews, I am always positive, so this is awkward.
We went there for my birthday for a few days. The setting is stunning. The rooms in the one-off building are modern, nice, and spacious. The view is outstanding and the grounds and main building are great. The bartender was great, and it was so nice to have a glass of wine with that view.
The first issue we had was dinner times. It is a long ways from the main drag, which we knew, so that was fine. What we didn't expect was being told by the front desk was that we couldn't make dinner reservations after 8 pm for the second time we wanted to eat there. ( I mean we asked for 8:15). We were told that "you might stay a while." So they wouldn't accommodate a later time. When we tried to assure them it would be an hour at most, like the time before, they turned us down. So strange. I want to point out their tables were mostly empty at all times.
The second issue was transportation- which we just sucked up. Don't stay out late- there isn't going to be a way back except for walking. However, the walk (unless you have mobility issues) is lovely and pretty easy, if long.
One night in the room was a nightmare of sounds which apparently turned out to be teenagers in a room down the hall who were practicing "WWF" wrestling at 1 am (according to the hotel). I called the main desk because a woman was screaming that another person should stop trying to kill her. You could hear body parts slamming into walls. Seriously. Nice job, parents, who rent a 300+ room only to have it destroyed! When we complained the next day, again, the people at the front desk apparently thought the whole issue was really funny and kept laughing: "If I was in your room, I would have kicked their butts." When I questioned why we should have dealt with this, they just kept joking. Honestly, it was the weirdest. They assured me that a manager would call. Of course, that didn't happen or I wouldn't be writing this review. I left a note, and later called, and no response.
The staff far exceeded our expectations! They were very helpful, cheerful and funny! The breakfast was perfect! Not your standard complementary breakfast. Our room was clean and the view was spectacular.
Stonecliffe is the only hotel that we will stay at on the island. It is very peaceful there, away from the congestion of the downtown area. The staff us amazing especially the manager Stephanie, the wedding coordinator Becky, Corey who always helps with our bags and the bartender. It's just a fabulous place to stay!
The staff was very friendly, so relaxing sitting on the veranda with cocktails in the evening and watching the Mackinac Bridge light up, rooms very clean and spacious, main mansion very quiet which we loved!
Richard and I were married Sept. 29th at The Inn at Stonecliffe. No words can express what a Beautiful Wedding and what a fun time we all had! To Everyone at the Inn we couldn't have done it without all of your help and generosity you made our Special Day the Best! All our guests just loved how tranquil and beautiful it was there! Many of them plan on going back to The Inn a Stonecliffe for vacation next and so do Richard and I!! So to anyone who is looking into a destination wedding or just a Beautiful and Friendly place to visit ( plus they have such wonderful food and drink! ) please check out The Inn at Stonecliffe what a Top Notch Place!!! Thanks Again to Everyone! Nancy and Richard