MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is delaying its opening day for its 134th season due to the coronavirus. Originally scheduled to open on May 1, they will now open on May 22.
"The well-being of all of our staff, guests, and the Mackinac Island community come first. Therefore, it is imperative we take the necessary precautions and prioritize the health and safety of everyone in our state and beyond who have made plans to visit our crown jewel here in Michigan. Please know we are paying close attention to State and Federal Government guidelines, as well as local health officials on their recommendations moving forward," a Facebook post read.
Any reservation that falls before that date will be canceled with a full refund, according to the hotel.
Last year, it was announced the historic hotel had a new owner after more than 85 years. KSL Capital Partners LLC bought the hotel from the Musser family.
Dan Musser III stayed on as chairman.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege for my family to serve as steward of this incredible Michigan landmark for nearly nine decades. This is a role we have not taken lightly, nor was this decision to transfer ownership to KSL,” Musser said in a release. “KSL is a seasoned investor in travel and leisure businesses, with a depth of resources and capabilities to provide exceptional service. KSL has owned and operated some of the most prestigious destinations in the world, and we are pleased that they will help preserve the history and heritage of Grand Hotel.”
KSL Capital Partners is a private equity firm that specializes in travel and leisure, including hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and more. They have offices in Denver, Stamord, Conn. and London.
The 397-room hotel is celebrating its 133rd season and the Musser family has been preserving the history and tradition of the hotel since 1933.
Musser III began working at the hotel in high school. His father, R.D. Musser Jr., bought the Grand Hotel from Musser Jr.'s uncle in 1971.
“KSL understands the importance of Grand Hotel to Mackinac Island, the State of Michigan and beyond, as well as its history, charm and traditions. It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to take over ownership,” Michael Mohapp, a Principal of KSL, said in a release. “We are grateful for the trust that the Musser family has placed upon us, and for Dan’s continued guidance that will help ensure that Grand Hotel remains a driving force in drawing visitors to Mackinac Island as it has for generations.
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