The Holly Hotel – Ghosts, Comedians, and Afternoon Tea
One of the most iconic landmarks in Metro Detroit, the historic Holly Hotel located on the main street of Holly, MI has become a nationally recognized restaurant. Serving a wide range of guests including governors, a president, and the Stanley Cup, the Holly Hotel provides delicious food for everyone that comes to visit.
While no longer a hotel, the Holly Hotel still brings in visitors who wish to experience all the hotel has to offer – including the many ghosts who are said to have stuck around. The restaurant, which is still open, has the distinction of being one of the only restaurants in the Midwest that has continuously served meals throughout the last century. The quality and skill in which the food is prepared is a testament to why the restaurant at the Holly Hotel has endured for as long as it has.
The Holly Hotel opened a comedy club in the lower level of the hotel in 1983. Since then, comedians have performed acts there every week. From Tim Allen to Bill Mahar, the Holly Hotel Comedy Club strives to bring local and national talent to the Detroit metro.
With a history stretching back to the 1800s, the Holly Hotel is home to more than its fair share of ghosts. Every year since 1989 professional and amateur ghost hunters have visited the Holly Hotel with paranormal-detecting devices to see, hear, and smell for themselves the guests that never checked out of the Holly Hotel. Guests of the restaurant have experienced the ghostly presence of beings long passed without even realizing it – unexplainable whiffs of cigar smoke and perfume are common occurrences, as well as disembodied laughter, voices, and music. Many people have also claimed to have seen materializations of a little girl and a woman wandering about the Holly Hotel. There are many opportunities to see for yourself if these experiences hold any merit – open daily for lunch, dinner, or tea, the restaurant provides delicious food while you wait to meet one of the ghosts.
Voted “Michigan’s Best Tea” by the Detroit News, the Holly Hotel takes guests back to a gentler time with their Victorian Afternoon Tea service. Running every Monday through Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. the tea service is a fun way to be a part of history while enjoying a delicious menu provided by the experienced chefs at the Holly Hotel restaurant.
Whether finding ghosts, laughing with comedians, or being transported back to a different century is what interests you, taking a trip down to the local Holly Hotel is certain to satisfy any craving. The historic restaurant hosts events, parties, and special occasions all year long, so finding something that will interest you is easily done.