Sometimes a well-planned event just needs a jaw-dropping venue to complete a planner’s vision. Luckily for professionals in the metro Detroit area, another level of sophistication and style has hit Birmingham with the opening of the Daxton Hotel this year. The latest property from Aparium Hotel Group is moody and stylish with a design-forward attitude in every room, both public and private.

Designed by local floral muralist Ouizi, a headboard backdrop combines with custom artwork from world-renowned art gallery Saatchi Art in each of the 151 guest rooms, so each room is different from the next. Plus, 50 more pieces of original art throughout the public spaces of the hotel contribute to the overall feeling of luxury.

The meeting and event spaces exude a posh aesthetic like the rest of the hotel, and can serve as the backdrop for galas, private off-site meetings, and everything in between. Its seven spaces include the Salon, which can serve as a venue for larger reception-style corporate events of up to 300 people. Parlor I and Parlor II can be combined for a larger group, or kept separate for groups of about 45 each. The Daxton also has room for board meetings in Mezzanine II. Each of its meetings and events spaces features specialized audio-visual capabilities, so planners can always count on a seamless technological experience.

After the workday is over, Madam, the flagship restaurant of the hotel, seats 12 within its private dining space. Acclaimed chef Garrison Price serves Californian American fare such as venere black rice with wild shrimp, melted leeks and egg yolk and roasted lamb saddle with black maitake and pine-smoked tea. Guests can also sign up for one of several fitness classes via collaborations with local partners, such as local specialty running boutique, Gazelle Sports.

The electrostatic cleaning of guest rooms contributes to an overall sense of ease, and combined with the luxurious character of the hotel, the Daxton doesn’t disappoint.

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.


Michigan is home to nearly 150 wineries, many with private events spaces set against backdrops of picturesque vineyards and wide-open rural countryside scenes. While weddings are among the primary celebrations hosted, many also offer venues ideal for business and corporate receptions or events.


With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.