The Most Romantic Hotels to Book in Michigan

Catch glitzy city views or hunker down in a cozy retreat with these romantic stays around Michigan
Catch glitzy city views or hunker down in a cozy retreat with these romantic stays around Michigan | © Sean Pavone - Alamy Stock Photo
Abigail Blasi

Everything is vast in this Midwest state. There are lakes, forests and mountains, sandstone cliffs and wooded islands, as well as dynamic, sophisticated cities. With so much natural beauty, extraordinary landscapes to swoon over and top-notch places to stay and eat, this is a wonderful place to head for a romantic break. Whether you’re looking for a remote retreat with views of the craggy peaks or the Great Lakes, or a luxe urban bolthole with proximity to soft-lit bars and restaurants for wining and dining your loved one, the most romantic hotels in Michigan deliver. Here is our pick of the best, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Inn at Bay Harbor, for Lake Michigan views in Bay Harbor


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Courtesy of Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection / Expedia

A sweeping white building on the shores of Lake Michigan, this romantic hotel in Michigan has glorious lake views from its well-appointed rooms and suites, decked out in delicate creams and grays – although the Master Suite is an exception with crimson pops of color. Enjoy blueberry streusel pancakes and eggs benedict as part of the à la carte breakfast at the Sagamore Room, wash down a cowboy ribeye with a Benton Lane pinot noir at the cozy Vintage Chophouse in front of a roaring fire, or make a fire of your own in one of the spacious suites – which also come with fireplaces.

2. Townsend Hotel, for urban sophistication in Birmingham


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Courtesy of The Townsend Hotel / Expedia

A charming boutique hotel, the Townsend has accommodations in subdued, soft neutrals, with windows overlooking downtown Birmingham. The sophisticated Rugby Grille is an intimate, classy place, where you will dine well on old favorites such as lamb wellington and Dover sole, kicking off with a cocktail such as a spiced pear martini or a brown butter rum old fashioned. Lush doubles have Frette sheets and marble-clad bathrooms, but for a special occasion splash out on the suites, with plenty of room to lounge around with your loved one.

3. Inn at St John’s, for fine dining in Plymouth


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Courtesy of The Inn at St. John's / Expedia

A dramatic red-brick, renaissance-style building, this is an impressive hotel in a former seminary: expect mahogany two-poster beds and candelabra chandeliers. Wrought-iron details on the windows lend them a romantic air, and there are expansive views over the attached golf course. Suites are especially impressive, with a warm color scheme and deep jacuzzi tubs in the Ambassador and Presidential ones. Swim in the mosaic-tiled indoor pool, stroll hand in hand in the mature garden outside, and treat your sweetie to sherry-glazed duck or short rib goulash at the stylish 5ive Steakhouse on site.

4. MGM Grand Detroit, for big city entertainment in Detroit


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Courtesy of MGM Grand Detroit / Expedia

This large, 400-room stylish hotel wins plaudits for its sophisticated luxury. Rooms have sexy dark walls and splashes of magenta and gold, contrasting with the gleaming white linen. Woo your carnivorously inclined loved one at the D Prime Steakhouse, or enjoy nightly cuisine specials at the Palette Dining Studio – Wednesday is crab night. Sip frozen daiquiris and margaritas at the 32 Degrees bar and sway to live jazz or Motown tunes at AXIS. For some down time, go for a swim in the subtly lit indoor pool or book a couples’ massage at the Immerse Spa.

5. Atheneum Suites, for art deco elegance in downtown Detroit


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Courtesy of Atheneum Suite Hotel / Expedia

The grand 1920s Ferry’s Seed Warehouse has been converted into this opulent suites-only bolthole, that’s now one of the most romantic hotels in Michigan. Rooms are decorated in regal dark blue and crisp white linen, while premium suites have marble-lined hot tubs as their centerpieces and the Governor and Penthouse boast wet bars. The hotel’s family-owned restaurant, Pegasus, is an atmospheric choice for traditional Greek cuisine, such as lemon-garlic marinated prawns and aromatic lamb chops, while the art deco elegance and hand-crafted cocktails in the A Bar encourage lingering.

6. The Henry, Marriott Collection, for contemporary art in Detroit


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Not only a hotel, but a contemporary art gallery, the walls and hallways of the Henry double as viewing areas for contemporary art. Rooms have fabulous views over Detroit, while the colorful bed runners and cushions riff on the modern art theme and set off the fine-thread-count sheets. For a casual meal, or a romantic dinner, head to TRIA, where you can sip on original, seasonal cocktails, such as Black Cherry Cosmo or Marrissa’s Harvest Love, or tuck into shareable flatbreads or aged angus sliders. There’s an inviting indoor pool, too.

7. The Dearborn Inn, Marriott, for historic elegance in Dearborn

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Henry Ford had this colonnaded mansion-style guesthouse built in 1931, as part of the Ford Motor company site. On its 23 landscaped acres (9.3ha), the historic Dearborn Inn has honey-walled rooms with crisp white linens and polished wooden bedheads, which make for a romantic place to spend the night. Wine and dine your sweetie at the wood-paneled, art-deco bar, the Ten Eyck Tavern, or at Edison’s, with graceful views over the grounds. There is a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and several golf courses nearby.

8. JW Marriott Grand Rapids, for contemporary comforts in Grand Rapids


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Courtesy of JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids / Expedia

Swish and glitzy, with 23 floors of spacious rooms and suites, this JW Marriott in Grand Rapids is one of the most romantic hotels in Michigan. It’s all about the view and the creature comforts here: look out over the twinkling lights of the city or the river while relaxing in sumptuous, contemporary rooms. Decor features soft neutrals and dazzling white linen. Suites take things up a notch, with eye-catching purple sofas, and there’s an indoor pool-with-a-view and a colonnade of mosaics. Seal the deal with a seafood tower and macaroons at French restaurant Margaux.

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