What You'll Get
Dining etiquette requires one to use a soupspoon for gazpacho, a dessertspoon for crème brûlée, and chopsticks for fitting in when dining with walrus. Learn to harness an arsenal of utensils with today’s Groupon to the Holly Hotel in Holly in northern Oakland County. Choose between the following options:
- For $85, you get a gourmet dinner and comedy evening for two (up to a $170 total value). The evening includes:
- Eight-course chef’s-selection dinner menu for two (a $110 value)
- Bottle of wine (up to a $36 value)
- Two tickets to a show at the Comedy Club (up to a $24 value)<p>
- For $149, you get a gourmet dinner and comedy evening for four (up to a $340 total value). The evening includes:
- Eight-course chef’s-selection dinner menu for four (a $220 value)
- Two bottles of wine (up to a $72 value)
- Four tickets to a show at the Comedy Club (up to a $48 value)<p>
Comedy Club performances are at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Patrons do not have to attend a performance on the same night as their dinner.
The Holly Hotel’s seasoned chefs harness fresh, local ingredients to forge their eight-course degustation dinner menu anew each night. Executive Chef George Kutlenios and staff begin each meal consulting dinner guests on their food allergies, taste preferences, and fears of albino cauliflower. Then, culinary artists craft an impromptu menu using fresh produce delivered thrice a week from Detroit’s Eastern Market or plucked from the fields of area farmers. The resulting eight courses vary night to night but usually highlight heavily contrasting flavors, much like avant-garde theater directors emphasize tragic monologues by adding paintball duels. Diners can souse bites with a choice of more than 100 bottled wines from Michigan vineyards as well as national and global wineries.
After dinner or on a different date, guests can hold hands with one of the hotel’s resident ghosts as they descend to the hotel’s basement for a show at the Comedy Club. Inside the 100-seat nightclub, which has hosted stars such as Bill Maher and Tim Allen, patrons settle into small café tables to witness standup comics perform satire or impersonations of their favorite ice-cream flavors at evening or late-night shows.
The Holly Hotel has been in service since 1891, when it was still a functioning hotel. Patrons dine ensconced in late Queen Anne–style architecture at candlelit tables topped with fresh-cut flowers and draped in cotton linens. Much of the décor remains unchanged from Victorian times, but guests chew in rhythm to blues and 1940s swing, or live music from the main lounge.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid on holidays. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Holly Hotel
Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the Holly Hotel's three-story Queen Anne-style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation. The building's long, strange history has inspired countless legends and ghost stories—phantasmal cigar smoke from the inn's 1890s owner has been seen floating through the halls—but nowadays, the Holly Hotel is just as devoted to modern niceties as historic myth.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world.
Beyond gourmet meals, the hotel also regales its guests with top-notch entertainment. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.