(MARSHALL, Mich) — It’s been more than 50 years since a hotel has operated at 115 S. Eagle St. in historic downtown Marshall, but starting this summer guests will once again find overnight accommodations at The Royal Hotel – a name honoring the original hotel that stood at the corner of Eagle and Green, purchased by Albert Schuler in 1924. Reservations are being accepted now exclusively through the website for stays beginning June 16th for the 5-room boutique hotel located above Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub.
Phase II of the Schuler’s Rehabilitation Project is wrapping up now in a defined wing of the building, where thoughtfully designed and decorated rooms (ranging in size from 192- to 366-square-feet) reflect the unique character of the building. In December, Phase I of the project opened up seven mixed-income apartment units on the second and third floors of the building.
Several local companies collaborated to bring this project to fruition, including financing through Homestead Savings Bank in Albion, architectural work from Driven Design in Battle Creek, general contracting services with First Contracting in Ovid, and granite countertops from MKD (Michigan Kitchen Distributors) in Marshall.
“The last year has been a whirlwind as we transformed what had become nothing more than storage, first into much-needed apartments and now into our own boutique hotel,” saysSchuler’s President and CEO Sue Damron, who purchased the company in November 2019 from Hans Schuler, grandson of founder Albert Schuler. “Schuler’s is synonymous with hospitality. It’s a philosophy we have embraced since we first opened in 1909. While we’ve focused our attention over the past half-century on feeding our customers, neighbors, family and friends, the opening of The Royal Hotel allows us to once again provide lodging in our charming little community.”
Each of the hotel units offer contactless entry and are outfitted with Keurig coffee makers, 55-inch smart TVs, AC, WiFi and walk-in showers. Four of the five units include mini fridges, three feature bar sinks and one is ADA compliant. Four of the rooms are equipped with king beds and one with a queen; the Grand Suite features a separate living/bath area. A washer and dryer in the hall will be available for guests. Specific room amenities can be found here: https://schulersrestaurant.com/the-royal/.
Damron’s next project involves rehabilitating and repurposing a dilapidated downtown building that she plans to turn into an event space that can seat up to 250 people. Founded in 1909, Schuler’s is noted as one of Michigan’s most iconic restaurants. With more than a century of successful years in the industry, Schuler’s remains a hospitality leader not only in Michigan, but throughout the country.