At Grand Hotel, each room is uniquely decorated by long-time hotel decorator Carleton Varney. My room was pink and green.
Meet Room 486
On the forth floor of Grand Hotel, Room 486 was just the right size for me. There was a full bathroom (no pictures, sorry) and a variety of typical hotel amenities like a hair dryer, coffee maker, heating and cooling controls, mini-bar, and in room safe.
The carpet was plush and soft to walk on, the bed soothing. There was a large TV, but it hardly competed with the view.
Grand retains charm and does not have those key cards that so many modern hotels have succumbed to. Instead, you get keys – real keys.
Grand Hotel Services
And there are many other ameneties to choose from – all highlighted in the luxurious folder. The flowers on the front of the folder are geraniums; they are the hotel flower, and are on the front porch all season. You’ll even see geraniums in carpeting patterns.
If you’re leaving the property to bicycle around the island, Grand Hotel will pack a picnic lunch for you. Just be sure to order from the Maitre’de Hotel in the Dining Room the night before.
Prices for the picnic lunches start at a modest $14 for a vegetarian friendly spinach tortilla wrap. The lunch includes boursin cheese, hummus, pita chips, fruit, and chocolate granola bar. Other picnic options include a turkey club crossant, buttermilk fried chicken, and shaved roast beef.
But if you’re celebrating a special occasion, why not go for Picnic Box #5 – the Grand Deluxe Basket for Two: roasted turkey on croissant, shaved roast beef on dark rye, fried chicken, shrimp salad, fruit, fresh vegetables and onion dip, camembert cheese, crackers, pretzels, house slaw, Grand Hotel truffle box, chocolate covered strawberries, and a half bottle of wine.
And while the hotel has wireless connectivity throughout, you could write a snail mail letter on fancy stationery:
The Room With A View
This was my first time staying at Grand Hotel, so I asked for a room with a view. And Room 486 had a splendid view over Cadotte Avenue, the golf course, and the island.
Who needs a huge flat-screen television when you can watch the clouds roll by? Here’s the view when I arrived in early afternoon,
and then later in the afternoon.
A break in the clouds in early evening,
Followed by a subdued sunset.
As a guest of Grand Hotel, you needn’t drag your luggage around the island. Instead, your luggage is whisked away when you check into Shepler’s Ferry and magically arrives at the door of your room an hour or so later.
I did say an hour or so. As in at least sixty minutes.
Luggage is delivered to Grand Hotel via horse and wagon. In fact, pretty much everything comes to the hotel via horse and wagon. From my room I did spy a tractor moving around the golf course, but that was definitely an exception.
And how does your luggage get back to the main land? By horse, wagon, and boat. And from this room, I saw the horse and wagon in action all day.
Here’s the view in early morning. The day is just beginning, and the windows are a little foggy. It rained overnight, and the weather is October blustery.
But down below my room, a wagon and team of horses are waiting while luggage is attached. The luggage is delivered to the Sheppler’s dock, then rolled right onto the same ferry that transports you home. Note that the driver is checking his cell phone.
Another team of horses had just turned around, and was taking a load of people to the docks, too.
And here, the driver, wagon, and your luggage is on the way to the docks.
Just like delivery, it will take the luggage about an hour to make its way from the hotel, to the docks, then back to Sheppler’s. When you arrive back at Sheppler’s you gather your keys, then wait for luggage.
The Sheppler’s “cast members” unload each and every one of Grand Hotel’s pieces of luggage into a tent. Then you can claim your luggage, head to your car, and be on your way home.
We’re not quite done with our tour of Grand Hotel, though. Stop by tomorrow when we get to see more of the inside of Grand Hotel.