Music is big in Belleville. The Hamlet is the birthplace of techno music as the home of Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May, often referred to as the Belleville Three. The musicians were instrumental in the creation of the genre that is loved by millions of music fans. The Belleville High School has an impressive band with more than 300 students. So, when the school is playing at sporting events the entire massive marching band piles onto the field to encourage their athletic counterparts. Both the band and the sports players from Belleville High are award winning.
As of 2016, the population in the area was nearly 4,000 and the median age in the town was 40 years old, which is higher than the national average of 35 years old. Given the older residents and small population, Belleville is a quiet destination. The area is filled with the beautiful stately homes of wealthy Michigan families in thoughtfully planned gated communities. Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford are among the wealthy residents who owned summer cottages in Belleville.
When to Visit Belleville, MI
The best time to visit Belleville, Michigan, is from mid-May to early October when temperatures range from the high 40s to mid-80s. Rainfall is typical for this time of the year, and averages around 25 inches from May to October. You have more time to visit Michigan during the optimal weather because the temperatures are never too hot. Plus, there is less humidity in the area, so the winter lows feel warmer and the summer highs feel cooler than other parts of the country.
During the winter Belleville is less inviting. Snowfall for the area is higher than average for the United States, which is 26 inches. The winter weather conditions make for poor road conditions, so winter is especially bad for out-of-town guests with little to no snow driving experience. During this time of the year the temperature is usually frigidly cold in the evenings and throughout the night.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Belleville, MI:
Belleville by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Belleville, MI. You can use these line graphs to determine the least expensive dates to book in Belleville for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Belleville, MI
4 Star Average Prices: $136.16
If luxury accommodations are what you desire, you will need to drive a bit to nearby Detroit. Belleville has plenty of two and three-star hotels that are comfortable and offer everything you need on your visit. The high-end options are concentrated closer to Central Detroit, though. However, after your short drive you will enjoy the very best at the world-class Detroit hotels like The Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel.
At The Dearborn Inn you will enjoy your trip in a National Historic Landmark. The hotel was built in 1931 on 23-acres of Ford Motor Co. property, and it is just a mile from the Henry Ford Museum. There is a beautiful outdoor pool and a cozy bar with dark wood paneling and walls that are painted a dark crimson red. The meeting rooms and lobby are opulent and the hotel offers exceptional service.
A second luxury hotel option is The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Enjoy a good night's rest on your comfortable pillowtop mattress or splurge on a suite with a separate living area, pull-out couch, and a whirlpool tub. Plus, there is always something to eat. Free breakfast is served each morning and guests enjoy complimentary appetizers in the early evening. The restaurant in the Westin is a great place to grab a meal or order food to your room with 24-hour room service. There is also a 24-hour shuttle to and from the airport.
Affordable Hotel Options in Belleville, MI
3 Star Average Prices: $98.45
The Belleville Red Roof Inn off I-94 is a top choice in the area for affordability. Enjoy the comfortable rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and oversized bathrooms. The lobby is open 24 hours a day. Kids 17 and under stay free and pets are welcome, too. Parking and Wi-Fi at the Red Roof Inn are also complimentary.
The Super 8 Belleville is another affordable option in town. At 45707 S Interstate 94 Service Drive, the Super 8 offers everything you need. All of the rooms have coffeemakers, TVs with premium cable channels, and include a free breakfast. Kids also stay free with a parent.
If you are looking for lodging that offers more, the Holiday Inn Express Belleville has positive reviews and the property offers an attractive indoor pool and hot tub for guests to enjoy. Work on a big project at the on-site business center or hit the workout room top put in some work on your physique. There are even rooms with bold red hot tubs so you can retire to your room after a long day and let the jets wash away your stress.
2 Star Average Prices: $62.31
Belleville: Real Discounts
Shopping the discounts at local hotels is a great way to increase your savings during your trip to Belleville. There are discounts for AAA members, members of the military or government, and senior citizens or members of AARP. The savings can be as high as 35-40 percent so it is worth checking them out.
Some of the area hotels that offer the deepest discounts are the Red Roof Inn and the Baymont Inn & Suites Belleville Airport Area. Both hotels offer clean comfortable rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast if you are willing to drive in from Belleville. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport also offers great discounts for military and AAA members.
The Sheraton in Romulus offers excellent discounts if you are in the military or a member of AAA, which makes the Sheraton even more attractive.
Best Value Hotels in Belleville, MI
The best value is going to differ for each traveler. Depending on your taste and needs you will find value in the area hotels that fit your needs best.
The Radisson Hotel Detroit Metro Airport in nearby Romulus is an exceptional value. The hotel is just under 7-miles away from Belleville and it offers great amenities. There is a free shuttle that will take you anywhere in a 5-mile radius and it will pick you up when you are ready and bring you back to the hotel. There is also a restaurant in the hotel that serves hot breakfast each morning. The continental breakfast is free, although you can elect to pay a minimal fee for a breakfast of your choosing from the on-site restaurant.
The Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport is another best value hotel. The rooms are clean and equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Use the free high-speed internet to complete all of your work in a flash and then enjoy the many local events. Previously the Crowne Plaza, this property underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation in 2011. The renovation included new Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds. However, the great indoor pool makes this a best value, because you can enjoy the pool and a visit during the off-season, when the prices for rooms are the lowest.
Fun Things to Do in Belleville, MI
The great part about visiting Belleville, Michigan, is that there is plenty to do or you can just lay-low and enjoy spending some time alone. If you are up for getting out, there are some great places to see. During the strawberry season you can eat some of the best berries on earth. There are all sorts of delectable strawberry treats waiting for you. And, if you love strawberries, you will want to check out the annual Strawberry Festival where bands from all around get together to entertain attendees.
Visit the Old Van Buren Township, which is now the Belleville Area Museum and a designated historic landmark. The placard in front tells of the founding of Belleville in 1835. Inside there are historical artifacts from the town and the story is beautifully told in the Belleville Museum.
There is a statue of Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle you can grab a selfie with in town, so you can brag about your visit to all of your friends. State parks and nature preserves are plentiful in the area. So, there is always a great place to escape your fast-paced life or the cut-throat corporate world.
Another great area attraction is the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The museum includes more than 26 million artifacts pertaining to the automobile industry, innovation in the United States, and the founder of the Model T Ford who revolutionized the auto industry. The exhibits offered change daily, but may include things like The Science Behind Pixar, the Corliss Steam Engine Demonstration, and the Douglas Auto Drive-In Theater, which are all very entertaining and educational.
Recent traveler guest reviews of Belleville, MI
Below are reviews of the city of Belleville, MI from an actual visitor's perspective.
"Small and quaint"
Score 4.0 / 5
The town was small and rather quaint, but had a good selection of reasonable restaurants, and it was within a reasonable driving distance from the airport and from some of the attractions in the Detroit area.
The average traveler rating of the city of Belleville, MI shown above is 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews