History of the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront

The Chippewa Hotel Waterfront was built on its present site in 1902 to serve the growing number of overnight guests on Mackinac Island. The hotel presently has 31 guest rooms and 26 luxury suites, the famous Pink Pony Bar & Grill and a waterfront patio bar and grill.

Over the years the hotel has been renovated as need has arisen. During the winter of 1995, the Chippewa Hotel saw its largest renovation to date. The Hotel renovation, while maintaining the Victorian elegance that is unique to Mackinac Island, now permits us to offer modern day amenities to our guests. Every guest room overlooking Main Street was redecorated and equipped with televisions and telephones. All of the guest rooms overlooking the harbor were converted into luxury suites which include a large bedroom, spacious bathroom trimmed in marble, living area with balcony overlooking the water, two televisions, wet bar with refrigerator and microwaves and air conditioning.

The Pink Pony Bar also underwent major changes. It was expanded and an outdoor waterfront deck was added. Of course, the Pink Pony Bar is still a favorite spot for sailors and yachters as well as our regular guests.

If you have any historical photos of the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront and you would like to share them, please email Bart@ChippewaHotel.com.

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