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The Vanguard Hotel, Autograph Collection lobby with cream colored rooms divided by wide illuminated archways
The Vanguard Hotel, Autograph Collection

Exclusive Experiences Await in Ann Arbor

Project Location

Ann Arbor, MI







An influential gentleman by the name of James Burrill Angell, the longest-serving president of the University of Michigan in the late 1800s, had a passion for world travel and is the inspiration behind this Autograph hotel. Totally unique and unlike any other hotel, this brand takes pride in creating exclusive experiences for its guests; this one in Ann Arbor does not disappoint. Our design puts a modern twist on a very classic story by pairing contemporary finishes with a historic travel design influence.


Portals separate experiences in spaces with subtle hints of different cultures. The design and palette of muted colors is inspired by vintage French travel trunks, with their light wood exterior, luxurious paper or soft fabric interiors, and custom spaces for safekeeping of various goods. The French Brasserie, bar and restaurant takes inspiration from Parisian cafés with custom toile upholsteries and light fixtures reminiscent of 1920’s France. The restaurant has unexpected private rooms that transport guests from a bright garden room with suspended plants and natural daylight to a dimly lit wine cave displaying vintages from around the world.

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