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A Warm Mackinac Welcome

Welcome to Mackinac and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. I would like to personally welcome you to Grand Hotel on behalf of my entire family and the more than 700 staff members who work hard to make this hotel something special.

We are extremely honored to once again be your host for Michigan’s most prestigious policy and networking event. We are pleased to welcome our returning guests and excited to have an opportunity to share this remarkable property with first-time visitors. I am confident your stay here at Grand Hotel will be a productive and memorable one.

This is our 133rd season of operation, but we aren’t resting on our laurels. From the physical structure to the guest experience, we are always working to improve the hotel. As we begin the 2019 season, we are pleased to announce a number of upgrades and improvements that were completed during the offseason.

An exciting 2019 highlight is the completion of our Cupola Suites project, which adds four new suites — each with spectacular views and beautiful design elements. The project, which began in 2014, restores Grand Hotel’s original 1887 roofline with a full row of dormers lining the roof. The four new Cupola Suites now give us a total of 12 and increases the overall number of guest rooms to 397. These unique accommodations offer the flexibility of one-bedroom or two-bedroom options with a parlor, ideal for families or for anyone needing extra space. The new rooms were designed by longtime Grand Hotel interior designer, Carleton Varney, and Gene Hopkins and Tamara Burns of HopkinsBurns Design Studio. The suites truly have unique décor that features striking color schemes and bold patterns. Dormers in each suite offer breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac.

Grand Hotel also has a new location for our concierge desk on the Parlor level. This will allow guests to more easily utilize this service to book amenities, arrange activities, and enjoy a unique resort experience tailored for their individual interests.

I am pleased to report that Grand Hotel has also recently been honored with several prestigious awards and recognitions, including being named the Best Hotel in Michigan by Condé Nast Traveler, and has earned a Gold badge by U.S. News & World Report for being in the top ten percent of the Best Hotels in the United States.

As always it is our honor and privilege to open our doors to you. If there’s anything that I or any member of our staff can do to make your stay more comfortable or enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to ask.

R.D. Musser III is president of Grand Hotel.