Kalamazoo, Michigan Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

by Laura Latzko

Located on the Kalamazoo River, the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is home to waterfalls, a toy railroad museum, a state theater, a water park, a nature center, a ballet company, an improv comedy theater, an air museum and amusement park with flight simulators and a skate park. Hotels and bed and breakfasts in Kalamazoo, which are characteristic of area hotels and inns, offer hot breakfasts, indoor pools or hot tubs or fully equipped fitness centers.

Stuart Avenue Inn

Stuart Avenue Inn started out as the home of a U.S. senator in the 1880s. Now a bed and breakfast, the restored Victorian inn sits less than a mile from the Blacks Arts and Cultural Center and the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. A carriage house; gardens with a gazebo and fountain; guest rooms with Victorian-era furniture; a lobby area with chandeliers and a lounge area with classic sculptures and a fireplace add to the inn’s historical feel. Stuart Avenue Inn offers a hot daily breakfast with menu items like cheese-and-onion quiche and French toast made with rosemary or pears. Guest rooms and suites feature DVD players, refrigerators and microwaves; some guest rooms or suites have sitting rooms, reading chairs, large wooden tables or garden views. An extended-stay suite offers separate kitchen, living room and bedroom areas.

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center

Located in downtown Kalamazoo, the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center is within a mile of the Kalamazoo Mall and the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. A shuttle service goes to and from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The hotel features an eclectic design, with a restaurant with orange and blue chairs, an exterior with a space-station-type front entrance, a lounge with a rounded seat, a banquet room with a piano and a wine-tasting room with a fireplace. Dining options include a sports bar and grill with a daily breakfast buffet, a fine-dining steakhouse, a coffeehouse and a casual Italian restaurant. The heated indoor swimming pool has a waterfall, and the spa has an on-site beauty salon. The hotel has a flower shop and a clothing boutique. The health club offers personal trainers; a sauna; locker rooms; nutrition and health counseling sessions and yoga, Pilates and water aerobics classes. Select guest rooms and suites provide access to a private lounge with a daily cocktail hour. Suites have wooden dining tables, hot tubs, full kitchens or desks with office chairs.

Henderson Castle

Henderson Castle is on a hill within 15 minutes of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Air Zoo. The Queen Ann-style bed and breakfast, which is a National Registry of Historic Places’ landmark, has been around since 1895. A winding staircase, an exterior with a circular tower, gardens, a vineyard, parlor areas, a grand ballroom, a veranda, and guest rooms with Victorian-style furnishings add historic and elegant touches to the bed and breakfast. Guest rooms have decorations inspired by countries like Italy, Tibet or the Netherlands; they also have fireplaces, café-style tables with two chairs, board games, chandeliers, paintings or sculptures. For an added cost, the hotel provides gift baskets with bottles of wine and foods such as chocolate-covered blueberries, truffles and crackers and cheese. Henderson Castle's romantic touches include a rooftop whirlpool tub, a sauna and massage treatments. The inn displays and sells pieces from local artists in a private art gallery.

Holiday Inn Kalamazoo-West

The Holiday Inn Kalamazoo-West sits within 10 minutes of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Pirate’s Island Aquatic Center and Wings Stadium. A shuttle service takes guests to and from destinations within a 15-mile radius. The hotel offers intimate spaces decorated in basic colors, including a lobby sitting area with patterned chairs and a sofa arranged around a flat-screen TV, a balcony lounge with wooden tables and an indoor pool area with lounging chairs and picnic tables. A house-shaped building inside the hotel is home to the 24-hour fitness center; the lounge; foosball, basketball and ping pong games and an indoor pool with a water dumping area. An on-site arcade has video games. Guest rooms and suites have on-demand PlayStation2 games and LCD TVs. Some suites come with bunk beds.

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