July 12th, 2023
With its vast forests, clear lakes, winding rivers, and lush prairies, the Midwest holds special appeal to travelers looking to reconnect with nature. Each state offers something a little different, and the best resorts excel in connecting travelers with their area’s unique charms.
Hotels in Michigan have made quite the impression on Travel + Leisure readers this year with four of the top spots going to hotels in the Great Lake State. But as special as these hotels all are, none were able to beat a property set on a lake that once inspired author Ernest Hemingway.
Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. Readers rated hotel brands on their locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, and overall value. Choose a rating of excellent to poor, Hotel Walloon scored a 98.37 earning the No.1 Resort in the Midwest and No. 5 Resort in the U.S.
Walloon Lake’s crystal blue waters have drawn visitors for over a century, making this 32-room property, built in 2015, a relative newcomer. Hotel Walloon combines vintage elements that nod to the area’s history with design and amenities designed to appeal to discerning travelers. “We were blown away by the rooms,” said one reader. “They were so modern and chic.” Another draw for visitors is the array of outdoor activities that the hotel can help arrange, from hiking to horseback riding. For those wanting to spend more time indoors, the location of the hotel makes it easy for guests to visit nearby museums, wineries, and even a local chocolate factory.
“Thank you to our guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure for voting for us to receive this prestigious award. We are extremely proud to have been named a Top Resort in the Midwest last year and to be the No.1 Resort in the Midwest for 2023. These achievements are the result of the pride and hard work of our dedicated staff over the last eight years.”, said Nathan Bean, Hotel Walloon Resort General Manager. “As visitors continue to discover our hidden gem, Hotel Walloon Resort, it is time for us to work even harder to create the experience that guests have come to expect. This award strengthens our dedication to being the premier lodging destination not only in Michigan but in the Midwest and providing an unparalleled level of hospitality to each of these guests during their stay.”
Since 1995, Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the U.S., has invited readers to weigh in on their favorite travel experiences around the globe for the World’s Best Award Survey. Readers rated hotel brands on their locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, and overall value. Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023 is featured in the August 2023 issue of Travel + Leisure. The full survey results can be found at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/worlds-best-2023.
Hotel Walloon is a privately-owned AAA Four Diamond property located on the shores of Walloon Lake. Opened in 2015, the luxury boutique hotel hosts (32) spacious guest rooms and features a private bar, complimentary valet service, and four food offerings during the day. The Hotel offers a billiards room, fitness facility, private lake access, and an outdoor heated whirlpool. Dining opportunities are located a few steps away at Barrel Back Restaurant and Walloon Lake Inn, fine dining.
Walloon Lake and Hotel Walloon offer an Up North atmosphere with unlimited activities and adventure. The Hotel, open year-round and modeled after the Gold Standard of hospitality, provides an unparalleled level of hospitality for guests during their stay. Hotel Walloon is centrally located between Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. Hotel Walloon Resort encourages guests to explore the natural beauty that Northern Michigan has to offer, while enjoying the vintage elegance and warm environment of the Hotel.