Detroit’s reputation as a fashionable, young, switched-on city is further cemented by every new pop-up restaurant, boutique shop, arts space and curated heritage site that opens. Those who visit want to feel like a local as they experience it all. Luckily, staying in an apartment helps you achieve that goal and, even more luckily, we have selected some great residences for you to choose from when planning your visit.
This hotel is set within a grand converted Detroit building. As such, the rooms are spacious and contain a vibrancy of spirit where the old has become new again. Larger rooms and suites contain kitchenettes for those who like to have the option to prepare food themselves. The restaurant on the rooftop is well worth a visit, serving small tapas plates alongside a host of fine wines, and the views across Downtown are of course outstanding.
For those wanting to stay in a hip neighborhood, Mint House Downtown should be your first choice. Surrounded by bars, restaurants and independent boutique shopping, as well as the local arts and culture scene in nearby Foxtown, there is much to keep you entertained. The large windows allow the apartment to be flooded with light, highlighting the smooth lines and modernity of the decor. A perfect setup for millennials.
Anyone passionate about sustainability and community will feel at home at the El Moore Lodge, which goes above and beyond to demonstrate its care for Detroit and the planet. The building itself is beautiful and has been standing in Midtown since 1898. It now offers an array of rooms, from rooftop cabins to smaller spaces on a budget. Expect to be greeted with genuine warmth and encouraged to feel part of the community. The future of travel looks bright with hotels like this.
Staying in a luxury condo in the heart of Downtown sounds exactly the ticket. City Club provides all the amenities that you would hope for. Hardwood floors make you feel that solid feeling of being well looked after. The kitchen is modern and high spec, but what really sells this stay is the rooftop and its amazing pool. Surrounded by loungers, you can lay back in the summer months and feel on top of the world.
As well as City Club Condo, Barsala also has The Grand Avenue, another choice in the same building, carrying all the same amenities and attention to detail that a traveller may need when visiting Detroit – whether it be for business or on a vacation to see the famous sights. The 24-hour fitness center is more than amply equipped for you to have a really decent workout before exploring the local neighborhood, which has no shortage of great restaurants.
This Sonder Studio has all the room you would need for a short trip. A highly efficient use of space allows for all the basic necessities: a great bed with views out across the city, a mounted TV and a fully modern kitchen. It’s also within walking distance of Campus Martius Park – a vibrant space holding events all year round – and the surrounding neighborhood full of hip cafes and boutique stores.
Across the street from Comerica Park, home of downtown baseball heroes the Detroit Tigers, the Rhythm Section Lounge Suite provides a large suite with a two person shower room for the perfect steam. Complimentary bath products are a pleasant touch and an abundance of towels is always a sign of a nice welcome. Downstairs, the living area manages to be quirky without masking the building’s history.
If you’re a habitual selfie taker when on your travels, the lobby of The Siren Hotel – with brass casts of exotic birds and vast rococo mirrors – will provide you with ample Instagram fodder. This boutique hotel has all the vintage glamor of a swish 1930s celebrity haunt, as far from the common modern-industrial look as could be and all the more spectacular for it. The Penthouse is a plush, colorful duplex with beautiful views over downtown, and the Candy Bar is a fun and intimate social space.
These suites in Greektown come with an air of indulgence. Marble bathrooms feature the kind of deep-soaking tubs that make you want to lay back for hours. The columns and Greek palace themes in the striking lobby are paralleled by the amount of space you have in your room. With the bedroom being separated from the living area it feels more like an apartment. The valet and staff also work to be as friendly and helpful as they can be.
Located up on Auburn Hills around a 30-minute drive out of downtown, this is a stay for those who prefer to keep the city at arm’s length rather than residing in the middle of it. Sonesta ES Suites is an award-winning outfit, and perfect for a budget long-term stay. Complimentary breakfasts every day and a swimming pool are welcome bonuses, as is the sort of easy-going atmosphere that this residence provides.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.