The Best Boutique Hotels in Michigan

The Siren is a unique boutique option in downtown Detroit
The Siren is a unique boutique option in downtown Detroit | Courtesy of The Siren Hotel / Expedia
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12 October 2021
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Motown. The UP. Mackinac. The soul of the Great Lakes State can be found in every city street and hiking trail. Rugged coastlines surround revitalized cities that are revved up with a blazing arts, cuisine and culture scene. You may know Motor City from the movies, but the state of Michigan is far more than any cameo Detroit has made on the silver screen. Cozy into the Mitten at these awesome boutique hotels in Michigan.

Shinola Hotel, Detroit

A contemporary guest room at Shinola Hotel, with one bed, streamlined furniture and a dark blue L-shaped sofa
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An offshoot of the Detroit-based watch and luxury leather goods brand, Shinola Hotel keeps the spirit of the city alive and ticking. Get down with the Motown vibes in the stunning Canfield suite, with 20ft (6m) ceilings, loft-style atelier windows and a blazing gas fireplace. Sink into the couch cushions and thumb through the curated vinyl collection, spinning your chosen jam on the Shinola turntable as you await delivery of a bucket of Penny Red’s Detroit-style fried chicken.

The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

A classically styled, neutral-colored guest room at the Townsend, with a four-poster bed, an armchair and contemporary art
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There’s little that the Townsend Hotel can’t help you with. From the black Cadillac Escalade ready to ferry you around Birmingham to the comfortable Level Multisport workout clothes that’ll keep your gym routine intact, they’ve thought about it all. It’s not a far stretch to get a personal masseuse into your room for a treatment, just make sure you schedule it around the afternoon tea – you wouldn’t want to miss the clotted cream scones and triple chocolate banana mousse parfait now, would you?

Detroit Foundation Hotel, Detroit

The swanky bar and restaurant at Detroit Foundation Hotel, with plush seating, marble accents and Edison bulb lighting
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It’s a renaissance by the riverfront at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Pick any room and you’ll find iron-welded door handles, leather serving trays and fabulous wallpaper, all sourced directly from the best makers and creatives in the city. Brimming with homegrown pride, the elevated Chef’s Table in the Apparatus Room brings a two-Michelin-starred local chef back home for palate-pleasing plates proudly made in Detroit. Writing your way into Motor City’s Golden Age of Now is as easy as laying your head at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.

Trumbull and Porter Hotel, Detroit

A sleek, white guest room at Trumbull and Porter Hotel, with a clothing rack and one bed set against a padded headboard
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Artists in Detroit are breathing new life into Trumbull and Porter Hotel in Corktown. They’ve built custom furniture and been commissioned to create artworks and installations that you’ll see throughout the common spaces. And you’d better believe that the Deadhead Hash and Corktown Breakfast at the Red Dunn Restaurant are just as creative. If you fancy mural hunting, tour the city and the street art on two wheels with a bike rental from the lobby.

The Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor

A modern one-bed guest room at the Kensington Hotel, with a gray tufted headboard and an armchair and ottoman
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One night at the Kensington Hotel and you’ll ditch your alma mater for a Wolverine jersey. With the University of Michigan campus so close, the electrifying game day buzz will be intense enough that you’ll hardly need the Viennese Coffee Bar to perk you up. Home game? The snug and sufficient classic room at this Michigan boutique hotel will suffice. On away games, invite your new friends up to your suite’s lounge area, then celebrate a win over Ohio State with an hour in the hot tub.

The Inn at St John’s, Plymouth

An elegant one-bedroom suite at the Inn at St John’s, with a separate living area with bold patterns and a balcony
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The native language at the Inn at St John’s is “foodie,” so bring a bib and loosen your belt. Slide into a seat at 5ive Steakhouse and order a hand-selected cut before the other drooling diners beat you to it. The suites on the upper floors are a cut above as well, with each pillow-top bed dressed in soft Egyptian cotton. It may be the bourbon talking, but a thick steak and a night at this Plymouth hotel is the perfect pairing for luxe meat lovers.

Lake View Hotel, Mackinac Island

Horse-drawn carriages in front of the Lake View Hotel, with a huge porch with rocking chairs
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A weekend getaway on Mackinac Island is a rite of passage for anyone getting to know Michigan’s “mitten,” and the Lake View Hotel wants to be your host. A flat-screen TV mounted on your suite’s wall will collect dust as you opt to watch the birds hop along the harbor from your lake-view room. There’s no rush to walk out onto Main Street; simply swaying on the rocking chairs on the front porch is entertainment enough.

The Siren Hotel, Detroit

A luxurious sitting area at the Siren Hotel, with rich colors, bold design and potted plants
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The Siren Hotel will lure you into the Chamber, a suite so perfect for a pair of lovers or a solo traveler that the Do Not Disturb sign is practically built into the door. Custom terrazzo tiles bring just the right amount of color into the softly lit room. Whether you steal two of the eight seats at the intimate Albena or cozily sit in a red velvet booth at Candy Bar, you’ll have as few distractions as possible during your stay at this boutique hotel in Michigan.

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