Michigan offers everything – from the fall leaves and starry skies of the sweeping countryside to the urban post-industrial chic of Detroit. It’s as close as you’re going to get to an inland island – with lakes Michigan, Erie, Huron and Superior bordering parts of the state. To help plan your trip, here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Great Lakes State – bookable on Culture Trip.
Right in the center of Motor City, this high-end, chic hotel honors the pasts of the five buildings that house it – without compromising on the luxurious touches. Once the Singer Building and a department store, the hotel oozes character. The beautiful and tasteful rooms – reminiscent of a Soho House – mix mid-century modern with art deco flourishes. Amenities include a fantastic Italian restaurant, a bougie cocktail bar and an on-site artisan shopping center offering tempting luxury goods.
This pick really sums up a city very much on the upswing. Ever fancied staying in an old fire station? You’ve got it. This stylish boutique hotel is filled with excellent design, sumptuous eats and just the right amount of gritty hipster edge. The accommodation is full of rich colors, high ceilings and luxurious finishings – fusing historic and modern elements that tell the story of this remarkable city. It’s the local touches that make it great here, drawing on the city’s rich creative streak.
Near downtown Evart – and a short drive from the County Fairgrounds – this family-run hotel gives you a true taste of Michigan. Set yourself up with the complimentary breakfast before a swim in the indoor pool or a quick soak in the hot tub, and then explore the surrounding area, which offers biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing and boating. The rooms are traditional here, and the welcome is very warm indeed.
An impressive skyscraper towering over the famed General Motors headquarters, this sleek and modern hotel lies downtown along the International RiverWalk – near the TCF Center, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park and other notable attractions. The modern, polished and airy rooms have all the facilities you need, along with floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive views. In addition, the hotel offers a Starbucks, an all-American restaurant and a more informal pantry option. There’s also a fitness center on hand.
The Siren sits inside the once-abandoned Wurlitzer Building, but the renovation is something quite special. A glamorous lobby beckons you in, and the accommodation – tasteful yet surprisingly restrained – is super comfortable and features hand-loomed blankets, Italian linens and walk-in showers. The cafe and flamingo-pink bar look as if they were designed by Wes Anderson, and there’s also Karl’s – a fantastic all-day American restaurant.
A 10-minute walk from the Star Line Ferry dock, this family-run resort is an incredibly picturesque and super-relaxing option. On Mackinac Island’s sunrise side, Mission Point spans 18 acres (7ha) of waterfront property on Lake Huron. The casual rooms provide an excellent night’s sleep, but you’ll want to get out onto the grounds. Here, you’ll find a health club, a croquet lawn, a tennis court, a movie theater, a putting course – and even flower pressing.
Set within beautiful grounds, the Inn at St John’s is 2mi (3km) from downtown Plymouth and 21mi (34km) from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The rooms are high-end, with an old-school air of luxury. And there are many amenities, including a steakhouse and an indoor pool featuring a waterfall. Also, there’s a 27-hole golf course to indulge in here.
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