The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Michigan
The Siren is a unique boutique option in downtown Detroit | Courtesy of the Siren Hotel / Expedia
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, bookable with Culture Trip.
Shinola Hotel, Detroit
4.7/5 (496 Reviews)
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Now from $235 per night
An offshoot of the Detroit-based watch and luxury leather goods brand, Shinola Hotel keeps the spirit of Detroit alive and ticking. Get down with the Motown vibes in its stunning Canfield suite, with 20ft (6m) ceilings, loft-style atelier windows and 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
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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 oh-so-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
4.7/5 (814 Reviews)
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Now from $225 per night
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 city’s best makers and creatives. Brimming with homegrown pride, the elevated Chef’s Table in the Apparatus Room brings a two-Michelin-star 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 – Detroit Downtown, Ascend Hotel Collection
4/5 (705 Reviews)
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Now from $176 per night
Detroit’s artists are breathing new life into Corktown’s Trumbull and Porter Hotel. They’ve built custom furniture and have 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 Red Dunn’s brunch are just as creative. If you fancy mural hunting, tour the city’s street art on two wheels with a bike rental from the lobby.
The Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor
4.4/5 (913 Reviews)
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Now from $128 per night
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 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
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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 one of the chef’s hand-selected cuts before the other drooling diners beat you to it. The suites situated on the upper floors are a cut above as well, each pillowtop 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
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A stay 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 flatscreen 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 front porch’s rocking chairs is entertainment enough.
The Siren Hotel, Detroit
4.4/5 (962 Reviews)
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Now from $159 per night
The Siren Hotel will lure you into the Chamber, a suite so perfect for a pair of lovers or a solo traveller 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 get should-to-shoulder in a cozy red velvet booth at Candy Bar, you’ll have as few distractions as possible during your stay.
These recommendations were updated on October 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.