Rooms like this begin at $362 per couple, and are on the American Plan. This includes breakfast, 5-course seated dinner and gratuities. More on all that tomorrow *wink*.
After two nights of sleeping under a green satin duvet and dressing from a white wardrobe adorned with geraniums, we fell into the rhythm of the hotel, its colors and spirit, and just got it. The lecture on the history of the hotel from The Grand's resident historian Bob Tagatz aided in our appreciation and, as we've already noted, the hotel was designed like a wrapped gift turned inside out. Too feminine for ya? There's always any of their 40 special suites to browse, like The Lodge of Teddy Roosevelt.
WiFi Connect: Totally free and with an open signal, for easily connecting many devices. We had absolutely no problem with connecting anywhere in the building. Needless to say, we were extremely impressed considering the hotel's age, size and large guest amount (900-ish!)
Amenities: The aforementioned WiFi access of course, but staying at The Grand also include lovely geranium toiletries, air conditioning (a somewhat recent addition, thank god), mint chocolates on your pillow at turndown, delivery of your luggage from and to the ferry docks, and access to the various spaces within the hotel (non-guests are charged per person just to enter). Outside all this is the hotel's Tea Garden with croquet, bocce and other lawn games, the giant Ether Williams Swimming Pool (free Sno-Cones!), other scheduled events, and access to the hotel's stable carriage museum and art museum in town. Do NOT miss the 2-hour lecture on the Porch by Bob Tagatz, The Grand's historian.
Tomorrow: A look inside The Grand's spectrum of restaurants.
Disclosure: We were at the Grand Hotel as a guest of Pure Michigan while on assignment for Jaunted, but rest assured that all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos & video: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]