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Ultimate Mackinaw City Hotels Guide 2023 (MAP): Where to Stay in Mackinaw City MI

Mackinaw City Michigan

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There is no shortage of hotels in Mackinaw City, one of the top tourist destinations in Michigan.

The challenge is finding the right place for your stay, whether you’re headed for Mackinac islands historical sites, crossing the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace, or simply visiting downtown Mackinaw City. 

Mackinaw City, MI, is set at the tip of Michigan’s mitten, on the shores of Lake Huron. It overlooks the straits of Mackinac, where you’ll see a Mackinac Island ferry or two going back and forth across the water all day long.  

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We’ve put together a list of places to stay overnight in Mackinaw City to complement our Mackinaw City Visitors Guide. If you’re visiting the Mackinac area for the first time,  please note that staying in downtown Mackinaw City is less expensive in most cases than spending the night on Mackinac Island. It’s easy to find a spot close to ferry docks, so you can catch the first ferry to the island in morning. 

You’ll also find a hotel with an indoor waterpark; some with a private beach or other Mackinaw beach; and even places to stay near the Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mill Creek and Colonial Michilimackinac. Some of these are top-rated hotels, too, be sure and read the reviews when you are booking.  

Read on to discover where to stay in Mackinaw City, and scroll to the bottom for an interactive map.  

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Guide to Hotels in Mackinaw City, Michigan – Beachfront

Clarion Hotel Beachfront

One of the things I like best about this lakefront hotel is that big, roomy balconies overooking Mackinac Island. The rooms are large, and the beachfront is wide and perfect for swmming and splashing in the summer. It’s an easy 20 minute walk to the ferry docks if you’re headed for Mackinac Island, too. There’s a large, heated indoor swimming pool and access to an indoor waterpark, too.

Crown Choice Inn & Suites Lakeview & Waterpark

Located in downtown Mackinaw City with a stunning view of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island, the Crown Choice Inn & Suites Lakeview located just across the street from the Mackinac Island Ferry Docks.

Clean and comfortable, this is one my favorite spots to stay when I visit Mackinaw City, mainly because of its convenient location. You’ll find a large choice of accomodations. Your kids will love the waterpark, too.

Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront

You’ll find one of the nicest hotel beaches in Mackinaw City at the Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront, along with stunning view of the straits of Mackinac. This clean and comfortable spot also has a large, heated indoor swimming pool and oversized indoor whirlpool spa. There’s also access to the indoor waterpark when available, an outdoor pool located directly across the street and a deluxe fitness facility.

Located right on Huron Ave., all guest rooms have a king or two queen beads, and all lakefont rooms have a private balcony.

Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront

The Quality Inn Suites of Mackinaw City offers beachfront rooms and balconies offering great views of the Straits of Mackinac. Located on Huron Avenue, The Quality Inn is close to downtown shopping and the ferry docks, you’ll also find an indoor heated pool and in-room whirlpools.

Ramada by Wyndham Inn Waterfront

The Ramada by Wyndham Mackinaw City Waterfront has three things that I always look for in a hotel: a great continental breakfast, free Wifi and an indoor heated pool. The Ramada Inn Waterfront is always consistently clean and comfy, too, with an accomodating front desk staff.

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American Boutique Inn

You’ll like this hotel located near the Mackinac Bridge on a shady, downtown block. Quiet, clean and comfortable, this lakeview spot offers a continental breakfast, too. It consistently receives high ratings from travelers who enjoy the convenient, downtown location. The heated outdoor pool is nice treat ,a perfect way to relax after a bust day exploring Mackinac ISland or Mackinaw City.

Bayside Hotel of Mackinac

This family-friendly hotel is located within walking distance to the Mackinac Crossings shopping and entertainment complex, and is close to the ferry docks as well. There’s access to a private Mackinaw City beach, as well as access to the indoor waterpark as well. On site, you’ll find an indoor heated pool, too.

Court Plaza Inn and Suites

The convenient, central location, coupled with the clean and comfortable rooms make the Court Plaza a solid choice. A smoke-free hotel, they also offer free Wifi, and indoor pool and a spa tub.

Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, an IHG Hotel

One of the highest rated hotels in Mackinaw City, the Holiday Inn Express is located just off the expressway near the Mackinac Bridge. the location makes it easy for travelers looking to avoid traffic congestion in downtown Mackinaw City. The rooms are clean, spacious and there’s a free hot breakfast. You’ll find in-room microwaves and mini-fridges, too. Enjoy the heated, indoor pool and fitness room.

Parkside Inn Bridgeview

We love third spot for its perfect location, withi easy walkign distance to Mackinac Bridge, Lighthouse, Lighthouse Museum, Iron Workers Memorial and a park with a pretty Lake Huron beach. You’ll find one of the largest indoor pools in the area, as well as game room and fitness room, too. The rooms and clean and comfortable, and they also offer larger rooms or families. Don’t miss the free, hot continental breakfast.

Vindel Motel 

Don’t let the low-key appearance fool you. This quiet motel is one of the highest-rated accomdations in the area and with good reason. Exceptionally clean and well-kept, the rooms here a spacious and comfy. theres a clean outdoor pool and picnic area to enjoy the fresh, northern Michigan air.

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