Once a luxurious hotel, the Holly Hotel is now a transient boarding house. Its public rooms were used by civic groups, socialites, and train travelers. Its location near downtown Holly’s main drag, Martha Street, helped it gain a reputation as a lively, energetic spot. But the past has not been without tragedy. After the great depression, the city saw many residents move away. As a result, the hotel fell into disrepair. Today, it serves as a pizza and beer bar.
The Holly Hotel’s restoration is a labor of love. The fire and water damage caused by the blaze in June have left the hotel in need of repairs. Firefighters from multiple departments responded to the blaze, which was caused by a fire in the nearby Battle Alley Arcade Antiques Mall. Repairs are ongoing and will last through the winter months.
Some people claim to have experienced paranormal activity inside the Holly Hotel. It has even been described as the most haunted building in Michigan and the U.S. The ghosts are said to follow certain “habits” and a variety of other paranormal events have been reported. Its ghosts are said to play with a meat cleaver, use the banquet room steps, and smell flowery perfume.
Filming took place in Holly during the past winter at the historic inn. The movie will screen at the Redford Theater in Detroit, which opened in 1928. Tickets are $35 and include hors d’oeuvres. The film will be screened at 5:00 p.m. The Holly Hotel will also host a red carpet reception and a post-film meet and greet.