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Posh Michigan hotel creates ‘Buddy The Elf’ themed room

ROCHESTER, MI – It almost looks like Will Ferrell himself decorated this “Elf” themed room. The Royal Park Hotel in Rochester has created this holiday suite inspired by the popular 2003 Christmas movie.

The suite is available to book for overnight stays through Jan. 31, 2021 starting at $499 a night. The room features a king size bed and sleeps up to three. Part of the proceeds will be donated to help fund the Big Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester.

“We work closely with the Salvation Army and wanted to create an experience suite for them, so we came up with a Gingerbread suite. From there, we decided to do a themed suite for downtown Rochester and came up with ‘Elf,’” Sarah Osbourn, the marketing and communications manager at Royal Park told MLive.

The “Elf” suite features a ceiling filled with paper snowflakes, just like Buddy made in the movie. There’s also a Christmas tree, ornaments and other special touches of Buddy’s favorite things throughout. The overnight stay comes with a Buddy’s Mailroom Cocktail with a twist and a Buddy’s favorite food groups reimagined welcome amenity.

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“There’s so many things in the world of COVID that are very challenging for people. It’s just been a draining year for many. We wanted to bring the inspiration of Christmas and traditions back. Our town is all about Christmas,” added Osbourn.

The Royal Park Hotel is an upscale hotel located at 600 E. University Drive. It was built in 2004. It has 143 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of banquet/ballroom space.

“It’s a local family which owns the property, so they’re really invested locally. They always wanted to bring a hotel to downtown Rochester to give more support to the community. The floors are adorned with beautiful marble tiles. The ceiling chandeliers are hand-blown Murano glass from Italy. Every detail in the property was focused around luxury with products which would last over time.”

COVID has made it a challenging year for the hotel. Osbourn says the property isn’t seeing many guests traveling for business so it’s focusing on attracting locals looking for a staycation.

“We’re not getting the business travel like we did. We’re focusing right now on the local community within a few hours. People are looking to take a mini-staycation. People are looking to travel within a few hundred miles for somewhere to stay. We’re just continuing to pivot on what the market wants and is allowing to get more of our local community to come in for safe experiences.”

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