About Us

Built in 1858, Lake View Hotel is in its third century of operation, and the oldest continuously operated hotel on Mackinac Island.

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Hotel Features & Amenities

Ideal Location
On Main Street, directly across the street from where the ferry boats arrive.

Full Service Resort
Eighty-five Guest Rooms, including a Presidential Suite
Atrium with Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Sauna
Three Restaurants
Banquet Facilities and Catering Services
Covered Front Porch
Elevator Service to all Four Levels
Concierge Services
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Barrier Free Hotel

Accommodations
Accommodation styles and prices vary by size and location and include Standard, Deluxe, Spa, Lake View, Turret, and our Presidential Suite. Both Modified American and European plans are available.

Typical Room Amenities include:
Premium Pillow Top Beds in King and Queen Configurations
Cherrywood Furnishings
Air Conditioning
Large Flat Panel HD TVs with Cable Programming
Keurig Coffeemaker
Safe
Telephone
Bluetooth Radio/Alarm Clock
Iron/Board
Seating Areas (vary by room size)
Complimentary Wi-Fi

Freebies
All guests receive the following amenities at no charge:

Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Round Trip Ferry Ride Discounts
Preferred Guest Value Card (island discounts at shops and attractions)
Free Baggage Handling/Luggage Transfer*

*Groups charged $5.00 per person (waived with purchase of any Tour Group Package).

Seasonal Getaway Packages and Special Offers
Throughout the season, several value priced Special Packages and Special Offers are available. See Rates & Packages for current offers and package details. See photos of all our different room types in the Gallery.

Restaurants and Catered Events
Lake View features three dining establishments on site: Goodfellow's Italian Chophouse, Goodfellow's Wings and Things, and Goodfellow’s Wine Cellar. Click on Restaurants for more information.

We also cater to weddings, banquets, conferences and special events in our 2,500 square foot banquet facilities, and offer smaller areas for hosting more intimate gatherings. Click on Weddings & Conferences for complete details.

Group Tours
Lake View Hotel offers special rates for groups, and provides complete tour planning services for motorcoach and youth markets. Please visit our Groups section for pricing, meal plans, policies, and more.

Secure On-Line Reservations
Visit Reservations 24/7 to book your stay, or call toll free (800) 207-7075.

Our History

Origin
Lake View Hotel, in the heart of the historic village, is the oldest continuously operated hotel on Mackinac Island. Built by Reuben Chapman in 1858, the hotel was originally known as Lake View House and for more than a century was operated by Chapman family members. In 1880, Chapman's daughter, Jeannie, and son-in-law, Claude C. Cable, purchased the structure and later changed the name to Lake View Hotel. In the 1890's, as Mackinac Island became a midwestern tourist mecca, the hotel was enlarged and the two large towers (turrets) were added.

The Ryba Years
In 1964, Harry Ryba, who made the island famous for its fabulous fudge, purchased the hotel from Chapman's grandson. A restaurant and bar were built in 1969 and expanded in 1975. In 1983, Ryba embarked on Lake View Hotel’s largest reconstruction project yet with a complete renovation and expansion of the building. The three year project resulted in 47 new guest rooms for a total of 85, banquet and conference facilities, two restaurants, and an impressive four-story atrium featuring the island's only indoor heated swimming pool.

Present
Since 1992, Lake View Hotel has operated as Lake View Management Group, Inc. under the careful guidance of CEO Mr. Ira Green. In the past few years, several major renovation projects have been completed, notably to the Exterior and Main Level Lobby, Restaurants, Atrium and Banquet Rooms. Guest rooms are regularly updated to keep pace with the needs of today's guests. Among other improvements and amenities, guest rooms now feature air-conditioning, premium pillow top beds and bedding, large flat panel HD TVs, Bluetooth radio/alarm clocks, and Kuerig coffeemakers.

Lake View Hotel still captures much of the past with its Victorian-style atmosphere and nineteenth-century architecture, including a modified hipped roof accenting an open, wood-columned porch and a raised basement. Since cars are not permitted on the island, visitors here will enjoy a peaceful step back in time. On your next stay, sit and relax in our Atrium and enjoy a refreshing swim in our indoor heated pool. Or, pull up a rocking chair on our covered front porch and watch the colorful world of Mackinac Island pass by.