A proud symbol of southeast Michigan’s authentic charm, the St. Clair Inn plans to reopen its doors in 2020 following a multimillion-dollar renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, the renovation pays tribute to the hotel’s historic beginnings while breathing new life into its future as a hospitality icon.

The ownership team plans to honor the values of the St. Clair community by preserving the building’s original historic structures. “The Inn set the bar for every hospitality establishment in the region. It drew business and tourism customers from the Metro Detroit region and worldwide,” says Bill Kauffman, project manager of Grindstone Strategies. “The current owners recognized the economic and social potential for the community and southeast Michigan region if the Inn’s former glory was restored.”

The Inn will boast more than 34,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, including a 3,880-square-foot ballroom overlooking the St. Clair River and Lake Ontario. Equipped with fully customizable, state-of-the-art technology, groups sized anywhere from 8-400 people are invited to take advantage of the variety of venue options for weddings, ceremonies and more.

Seven on-site restaurants and lounges will accompany the new and improved event spaces, where guests will find locally sourced products, artfully crafted menus and signature cocktails. 

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Max’s South Seas Hideaway—a passion project for owners Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat, Martin Cate and Gecko, a renowned Hawaii-based Tiki and Polynesian artist—opened in October 2019. “Max’s [is] the largest-scale Tiki restaurant to open anywhere in the world in decades, and will put Grand Rapids on the map for ‘Tiki tourists’ and fans around the world,” says Cate.

 

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