Inn at Bay Harbor Joins Marriott Autograph Collection Brand, Completes $2M Renovation


In preparation for the conversion from Marriott’s Renaissance Hotels and Resorts to the Autograph Collection Hotels brand, the 123-room Inn at Bay Harbor on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, has completed a $2 million renovation.

The hotel is located at Bay Harbor, a mixed-use development featuring luxury homes, a yacht club, stores and restaurants, 27-hole golf course, and a neighboring equestrian club.

“We’re a property that marries luxury, comfort, and romance with contemporary amenities and a really personalized service,” says Melissa Fruge, marketing coordinator at the Inn at Bay Harbor, located at 3600 Village Harbor Dr. “The renovations just serve to enhance that experience for our guests.”

Thirty-five of the hotel’s master suites have been fully updated to include new furniture, a remolded fireplace, a renovated kitchen, and the addition of crown molding and new artwork.

Additions to the lobby include decorative lighting, a fireplace, and bookshelves decorated with Northern Michigan memorabilia.

Cosmetic improvements and updates were also made to the inn’s restaurants: Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar, Inn Café, and the Sagamore Room, which now features a full buffet.

Fruge says the Inn plans to start a second phase of renovations, which will include updates to more suites, in the fall.

The Inn at Bay Harbor is the second Autograph Collection Hotel in Michigan, following The Henry in Dearborn, and is among a portfolio of 100 Autograph Collection properties worldwide.