In 1906, Beakes described the Occidental as "the leading hotel of Ypsilanti", and "one of the best establishments of the kind in this part of the state." At that time owned by Horace Shutts, it had 40 rooms, "a first class billiard hall and bowling alleys", and "cuisine and other appointments [that] furnish the best service possible.
The Occidental was "badly damaged" during the cyclone of April 13, 1893.
- Beakes, Past & Present of Washtenaw County. 1906. pg. 507.
- New York Times, 14 April 1893: SOUTHERN MICHIGAN SUFFERS.; Havoc Played with the Business District of Ypsilanti -- In Other Towns.