In 1937, a farm boy from Chelsea, Michigan had a vision: open a restaurant that would become known for its fine dining and hospitality. Herman Weber opened Weber’s after gaining experience in the business by working as a cook and dishwasher for another restaurant.
Three generations of family ownership later, Weber’s is now a modernized boutique hotel and the original restaurant is still renowned for its prime rib, steaks, and lobster.
“Weber’s is an independent family owned and operated property,” says Michael Weber, Vice President and Herman’s grandson. “We have a rich history and connection to our community spanning three generations of hands-on family ownership. This allows us the flexibility to work outside the corporate box and offer a level of authenticity, service, and value you can’t find anywhere else.”
The hotel was built in 1970. Located on Ann Arbor’s western side, it is just blocks away from the downtown area with its shops, restaurants, and museums and the University of Michigan. The 158-room property offers its guests complimentary wireless high speed Internet, same day dry-clean valet service, room service, coffee makers, ironing boards, 37″ LCD televisions, and more.
The indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool area was recently renovated and guests can also enjoy an outdoor patio, sun deck, and game room. Several miles of walking trails entice from the Dolph Park and Nature Area, located right next to the hotel property.
“Our hotel has gone through a complete renovation inside and out over the past five years,” says Weber. “The hotel is clean and contemporary with a warm inviting atmosphere. In addition to this our deluxe rooms we have floor-to-ceiling Italian porcelain tiled bathroom with our exclusive ‘Musical Mirrors’ with Bose speakers and Bluetooth technology, walk-in dazzling rain forest shower with tiled bench.”
Weber’s Restaurant still serves many of the dishes its founder was known for: steaks, chops, and its famed Prime Rib, which still relies on the original recipe. Fresh seafood comes from the nearby Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast. For more casual dining, the hotel’s Habitat lounge offers sandwiches, salads, and appetizers and features live music and dancing every evening beginning at 9 PM.
When Herman Weber passed away in 2014 just two weeks after his 100th birthday, he was actually residing in a room in the hotel. After his death, people that worked with or knew him said he was best known for how well he treated his staff and guests. With the hotel and restaurant in the good hands of his family, there’s no doubt they will continue his legacy for many more years to come.
This story originally appeared here on Michigan Homes.