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Building Buzz Around Michigan’s Newest Hotels

By Megan Gosch

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.

Cambria Hotel Shelby Township – Detroit
Located just 30 miles north of downtown Detroit in one of the city’s fastest-growing communities, the new Cambria Shelby offers guests an upscale experience with plenty of little luxuries.

The new hotel, scheduled to open this month with 95 guest rooms and three suites, is the only full-service hotel in the area. “We were designed with the traveler in mind and our features and amenities showcase that,” says Kimberly Harris, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. Perks include access to the hotel’s fully-equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center, on-site business center and indoor heated pool.

Guests can also enjoy a cold craft beer or sample locally-inspired fare at Verona by Fabio Viviani, the property’s full restaurant and pizza bar featuring a menu curated specially by the world-renowned chef.

Built with affordable luxury in mind, “the property incorporates elements designed to evoke the region’s natural beauty,” says Harris. With 1,500 square feet of event space, the Cambria Shelby’s naturally-lit meeting room can be split into two smaller spaces and can accommodate up to 150 guests depending on the event’s format. The property’s team also offers planners access to the latest A/V equipment and exceptional custom catering menu options.

Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Less than a mile from DeVos Place, the Van Andel Arena, and Grand Rapids Art Museum, the new Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown offers a vibrant downtown experience, enabling guests “to get the most out of their trip and experience the best of our great neighborhood,” says general manager Paige Kelly-Yasenchak.

“The hotel has a prime location in Studio Park and is within walking distance to unlimited local activities including movies, restaurants, breweries, and music venues,” she says. The property, which officially opened in September, offers 155 guest rooms inspired by Grand Rapids’ roots in the logging industry.

The property not only features the city’s largest rooftop bar (with coveted four-season availability), but also offers planners just over 2,300 square feet of meeting space for intimate and large corporate meetings and social events.

“We’ve created these innovative spaces specifically to help foster creativity, and we were able to show some of our own creativity in naming these spaces. Each event space is named after a different style of beer glass as a subtle nod to Grand Rapids being voted ‘Beer City USA,’” says Kelly-Yasenchak.

The Tulip Room can seat up to 65 guests and features floor-to-ceiling windows as well as state-of-the-art built-in A/V equipment, while the Teku Room includes a built-in Herman Miller boardroom table and stadium seating.

Hotel Earl of Charlevoix
Named after its original architect, the trendy new Hotel Earl of Charlevoix offers guests an inviting getaway just steps from the bustle of Northern Michigan’s downtown Charlevoix.

Officially opened in late September after an extensive renovation and rebrand, the boutique hotel property offers a contemporary ambiance with plenty of vintage nods to the hotel’s original incarnation as Earl Young’s Weathervane Lodge.

Through the renovation process, the design team was careful to preserve the property’s original architecture while incorporating new elements. Design details include live edge wood features, custom millwork, bold quartz countertops, statement décor and hand painted murals.

“The hotel was designed to be a social hub for visitors and locals alike,” says co-owner Paul Silva.

The property will soon feature a stunning rooftop deck, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub in addition to its 56 guest rooms, enhanced fitness center and lobby wine bar.

Groups can also take advantage of the hotel’s sophisticated boardroom, which can accommodate up to 12 guests, or third-floor 1,500-square-foot Earl Suite, which boasts a full kitchen, fireplace and large balcony overlooking Michigan Avenue with views of Round Lake.