The Retro Suites Hotel combines historic elements of the King William Block with modern amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for guests to the region.
The buildings that encompass the Retro Suites Hotel have undergone a series of renovations, with an emphasis placed on preserving their original character and architecture. The Block has some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the city. T.J. Rutley designed the George Stephens hardware store in the 1888. The store featured a glass façade — the largest windowpane in Chatham at the time. The Chatham Tri-Weekly noted in its newspaper that “…Mr. Stephens is to be congratulated upon the enterprise and success.”
The staircase, in the hotel’s lobby, dates back to 1895, when it was a part of the Merrill Hotel. The terrazzo floors and tin ceilings, along with the contemporary art and furnishings, give the Retro Suites Hotel its unique appeal.
In 1995 the first of nine buildings were purchased by the current owners Rob & Cathy Myers who were devoted on redesigning the property from the ground up. The massive undertaking required a complete restoration of each building. Under their direction and with the dedication of many local engineers, tradesmen, and artisans the hotel has evolved into 33 suites and 7 long term stays as of 2015. In 2016, Retro Suites completed the addition of 12 new suites to bring the total to 45 guest room. Come visit us soon and get inspired!