The Grand Hotel is a point-of-destination resort. In other words, its history, amenities, hospitality and location make it a vacation experience in its own right, even if you don't make it to any other part of the island. The hotel excels in pampering you as it takes you back in time to a different era of luxury, when guests dressed for dinner and traveled by horse-drawn carriage.
Amenities: The hotel packages include access to the longest front porch in the world, meticulously-groomed lawns, entertainment, and meals. The dinner service is a highlight, served as it is the long, chandelier-encrusted dining room with unparalleled service. The multi-course meal is a culinary delight.
Rooms and Building: That being said, the rooms themselves are kind of incidental to the experience. The room we enjoyed was spacious, obviously updated, nicely decorated and outfitted with lots of pillows and extra coffee; but it was at the back of the hotel and had a nothing view. The building also has signs of age in places that come off as “old” rather than “historic.” For instance, the hallways on the guest-room floors have exposed plumbing along the ceiling and somewhat uneven floors.