• AAA Four Diamond Hotels and Restaurants Recognized During Michigan’s Tourism Conference

     
    POSTED April 4, 2018
     

    This concierge floor room at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city, features views of the Grand River and the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University.

AAA Michigan presented its Four Diamond Awards at a luncheon on March 28 during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The event, this year at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, is a tradition at the tourism gathering.

Eighteen hotels and five restaurants earned Four Diamond honors this year.

Hotel winners, with the year they first earned the awards, are:

  • Firekeepers Casino (2015), Battle Creek
  • The Townsend Hotel (1988), Birmingham
  • The Dearborn Inn, (2003), Dearborn
  • The Henry, Autograph Collection (1989), Dearborn
  • Greektown Casino Hotel (2016), Detroit
  • MGM Grand Detroit (2008), Detroit
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel (2009), Detroit
  • The Westin Book Cadillac (2010), Detroit
  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (1985), Grand Rapids
  • JW Marriott Grand Rapids (2007), Grand Rapids
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites (2012), Kalamazoo
  • Grand Hotel (1994), Mackinac Island
  • The H Hotel (2013), Midland
  • Four Winds Casino Hotel (2017), New Buffalo
  • The Inn at St. John’s (2011), Plymouth
  • Royal Park Hotel (2006), Rochester
  • Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport (2003), Romulus
  • Hotel Walloon (2016), Walloon Lake

Restaurant honorees, with the year they first earned the awards, are:

  • Rugby Grille (2001), Townsend Hotel, Birmingham
  • Iridescence Restaurant (2001), MotorCity Casino, Detroit
  • Café Cortina (2003), Farmington Hills
  • Cygnus 27 (2004), Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
  • Marais (2014), Grosse Pointe

Congratulations to the winners.

Anticipated to open in Fall 2018, Shinola and Detroit-based real estate company Bedrock announces plans for the first Shinola Hotel located at 1400 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. This new boutique hotel incorporates a new lifestyle concept and combines the best of both brands – Shinola’s high-quality, American built craftsmanship and Bedrock’s development and urban revitalization expertise.

 

I’m excited that so many Michigan travel campaigns and venues continue to grab the national spotlight. Here’s a look at several award winners named so far this year.

Pure Michigan

Pure Michigan’s marketing brand was recognized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) with three Adrian Awards. Pure Michigan has nabbed 23 of these awards since 2013.

 

Metro Public Works recently announced the start of a new glass recycling initiative to being in Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN.

Mayor Megan Barry said it was the city’s first glass bottle recycling initiative. “Lower Broadway has become an international tourist destination, and long-neck bottles are now synonymous with the honky-tonk experience,” Barry said. “For too long, we’ve had to throw away glass that could have been recycled and repurposed. This program is like no other, and we are excited to lead the charge toward a more sustainable city.”