Two of the top hotels in the entire Midwest are in Michigan says Condé Nast

DETROIT, MACKINAC ISLAND – You don’t have to travel far to stay at some of the top hotels in the entire Midwest. Two in Michigan have landed in Condé Nast Traveler’s top 15 list in the Midwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2022.

Coming in at number five is the Detroit Foundation Hotel, which is no stranger to accolades. Opening in May 2017, it was named one of the best places to stay in the world as part of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Best New Hotels in the World” list. This is the third consecutive year the hotel has made Condé Nast’s list.

Located at 205 West Larned Street right across the street from Huntington Center, the 100-room hotel was originally built in 1927 and used to be Detroit’s fire department headquarters.

“It’s one of those hotels where people actually want to hang out in the lobby,” Condé Nast wrote about the hotel on its top 15 in the Midwest list. It went on to describe the hotel as:

“Stylish and busy with a great mix of historic architecture and well-designed modern touches. This former firehouse has preserved a lot of its best elements, like the original, untouched terrazzo floors and wood-paneled walls. Most of these details are in the public spaces, but a few, including the terrazzo floors, extend to the guest rooms. Local art appears on every floor.”

The Detroit Foundation Hotel also has one of the top places to eat. The Apparatus Room is ranked the number 12 Detroit restaurant on TripAdvisor out of more than 1,000. It’s ranked pretty high on Yelp, too, at number 31.

“For next level, try to book a spot at the Chef’s Table, a communal dining experience that overlooks The Apparatus Room and is led by chef Thomas Lents. Tickets ($175) sell out immediately when they are released the 1st of every month.”

The second hotel to make the Condé Nast Traveler’s top 15 list in the Midwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2022 is Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island. It’s also no stranger to recognition. In 2021, it made Travel and Leisure’s list of the top 10 resort hotels in the Midwest coming in at number two. On the Condé Nast top 15 list in the Midwest, it comes in at number 8.

Hotel Iroquois is located at 7485 Main Street on Mackinac Island. (Photo by Edward Pevos | MLive)

Located at 7485 Main Street on the historic island, this hotel is located right on the water. Not only that, you don’t even need to take a horse and buggy to get to it. It’s just steps away from the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry dock.

The 45-room hotel opened in 1904 and it will be difficult for you to find a better view on the island than at the hotel’s Carriage House Restaurant. You can enjoy a meal at this spot which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. There’s also a private beach at the hotel.

The other hotels on the Condé Nast top 15 list in the Midwest are:

  • 1. JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
  • 2. The Drake Oak Brook, Autograph Collection in Oak Brook, IL
  • 3. The Hotel at Oberlin, Ohio
  • 4. The Alexander in Indianapolis
  • 6. The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
  • 7. The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Nebraska
  • 9. The Chambers Hotel in Minneapolis
  • 10. Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee
  • 11. The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in Omaha
  • 12. The Delafield Hotel in Delafield, Wisconsin
  • 13. The Jasper Hotel in Fargo, ND
  • 14. Ironworks Hotel Indy
  • 15. The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee

Meantime, Condé Nast also came out with a list of the Top 5 Resorts in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. Coming in at number three is Mission Point on Mackinac Island.

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Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. (Photo by Edward Pevos)

Located at One Lake Shore Drive, this huge 18 acre resort opened in 1958 and is located just far enough from Main Street on the Island to feel secluded.

Mission Point Resort is situated on Lake Huron and is a popular wedding destination on the island. It has a full spa, outdoor pool and hot tubs, five restaurants and eateries, a health club, an 18-hold putting course, a kid’s club, bike rentals, an arcade, croquet and bocce ball lawn, a tennis court and a movie theater.


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