The Hottest Hotels to Book for Your Next Trip to Detroit
We won't try and convince you to visit Detroit; these boutique hotels with award-winning restaurants and secret bars will speak for themselves.
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We knew that 2019 was off to a good start when the highly anticipated Shinola Hotel finally opened on January 2. Located at 1400 Woodward Avenue in the city's historic shopping district, the 129-room boutique hotel is the first of its kind from Shinola, the luxury watch and leather goods manufacturer. Needless to say, the whole property is dressed to impress; every room comes with a Shinola desk clock and a striped throw designed exclusively for the hotel. Downstairs, you'll find a lounge with art curated by Library Street Collective, a beer hall, an alleyway lined with specialty shops and San Morello, a new restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini. Rates start at $195 per night, and we think it's worth it just to see the hip new location developed by Bedrock Detroit and designed by Gachot Studios and Kraemer Design Group.
Element Detroit at the Metropolitan
Speaking of luxe new lodging options, we have to introduce you to Element Detroit, an eco-focused, extended-stay hotel that opened on January 21. Located inside the newly renovated Metropolitan Building, which once housed diamond-cutters and goldsmiths, Element Detroit puts its guests in the heart of history. Here, you'll find an ornate vaulted ceiling in the lobby, decorative staircases and carefully preserved jewelry storefronts that have been repurposed into meeting rooms. The hotel also boasts 110 guest rooms with eco-friendly amenities, like decor made from recycled materials, water filtration systems and low-flow faucets and toilets. Nightly rates start at $189, and you can bet that they're already booking up fast.
The Siren Hotel
Cinephiles and interior design lovers will feel right at home in The Siren Hotel, which truly looks like something out of a Wes Anderson film. The second in an expanding collection of hotels by design development firm ASH NYC, this 106-room property quietly opened in April 2018 and continues to mesmerize visitors with its romantic, Old World-inspired aesthetic. In the lobby alone, you'll notice vintage furniture layered on a palette of soft white, pale pink, rich oxblood and crisp navy -- not to mention a corner coffee bar from Populace Coffee. Don't forget to pull back the pink velvet curtain and step inside The Candy Bar, the hotel's secret cocktail lounge accessorized with a candy pink ceiling. Rates at The Siren Hotel start at $139.
We're not sure what we love more about Hostel Detroit: its vibrant murals or its crazy-affordable rooms. At $34 for a single bunk and $76 for a private room, Hostel Detroit is perfect for travelers on a budget. Here, you'll have access to 3 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, various communal spaces, free-to-use computers and street parking. And though the hostel's location in historic Corktown makes it convenient to walk to restaurants and bars, you can also rent a bike for $20 and see the city like a local.
El Moore Lodge
Though the El Moore has stood at the corner of Second Avenue and West Alexandrine Street since 1898, this building is far from dated. In the last several years, the five-story structure has undergone a complete transformation, and now serves as a sustainable, residential apartment building and an urban lodge for out-of-towners. Choose from the cozy, Garden-Level Bunkrooms or take your pick of the Rooftop Cabins, which feature sleek, reclaimed wood walls and spectacular views of Midtown. Rates range from $75 to $200.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
We promise that you haven't been to a Marriott like this before. Located right on the International Riverfront, with crystal-clear views of Windsor, Canada, the Renaissance Center is owned and operated by General Motors and serves as the company's world headquarters. For about $250 a night, you'll stay in the central tower, which has held the title of Michigan's tallest skyscraper since 1977 (more on that later), and find yourself in the middle of the action. While a building like this boasts many noteworthy features, our favorite by far is the Wintergarden atrium.
Aloft at The David Whitney
With its incredible skylight, stone columns and gold leafing, The David Whitney easily has one of the most spectacular lobbies in the entire city. The building was completed by legendary architectural firm Daniel H. Burnham & Co. in 1915, and today remains a symbol of grandeur and beauty. Choose from 136 guest rooms outfitted by Aloft (which will cost you about $180) and enjoy the view, then head to the Detroit Opera House, Grand Circus Park or the city's sports stadiums, which are right across the street.
The Detroit Foundation Hotel
If ever there were something to splurge on, it's a stay at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Formerly home to the Detroit Fire Department, the building was purchased by Arpium Hotel Group and transformed into a 100-room boutique hotel in 2017. Inside, you'll still see many of the firehouse's original features, including bright red doors, architectural details and wood flooring. What really makes this place a showstopper, though, is the Apparatus Room; in this restaurant, Edison bulbs create an enchanting ambience that's ideal for sipping cocktails. Room rates start at around $200.
Trumbull & Porter
We have to say it: Trumbull & Porter is the hipster hotel that dreams are made of. After a major renovation, the boutique hotel reopened to the public in 2018 and now features 144 guest rooms, a new restaurant and an outdoor space with a fire pit and a set up for live music. But what really sets this place in Corktown apart? The art. From the lobby to the exterior walls, Trumbull & Porter showcases original works by more than 50 Detroit and Michigan-based artists, such as Ouiza, Ellen Rutt and Michelle Tanguay. Nightly rates start at around $150.
The Hudson's Site Hotel
While there are many developments in the works for downtown Detroit, the one that's generating the most buzz is Hudson's Site. Expected to be an incredible 912-feet-tall and surpass the Renaissance Center as the tallest skyscraper in the city, this project by Bedrock Detroit promises to deliver a street-level market, retail shops, offices and event spaces, a hotel and an observation deck. If you're looking for an excuse to visit Detroit in 2022, this is it.