Midwest Living Review
Travelers looking for a hidden gem of a lodging find it in this Tudor-style enclave pronounced "Mary-mont." Completed in 2009, a two-year renovation of the 45 rooms on this three-floor English brick-and-timber property left us slack-jawed when we checked in. The lobby, complete with mounted moose, bison and deer on the walls, recalls stately old hunting lodges, and the rooms are genuinely exquisite. Tall, carved-wood headboards tower over king Tempur-Pedic mattresses and hide reading lights that flip on and off with simple bedside switches. A faux painting over a gas fireplace hides a flat-screen TV (a card on the mantel explains that when the hotel first opened in 1926, guests didn't have TVs, so the management wanted the rooms to look as authentic as possible following the renovation). The baths all have granite counters, Kohler fixtures and glass-walled showers decked with ceramic tiles. The neighborhood is worth spending time in, too. The Mediterranean-inspired Quarter Bistro has long been destination dining in the Queen City. Greater's sells its storied ice cream and candy in a shop nearby. Starbucks supplies caffeine fixes, and a vintage movie house shows first-run flicks. Wooded parkways boast thousands of daffodils each spring, and summer nights offer a pleasant low-key complement to the big-city downtown. Rates from $169; parking and Wi-Fi are free.