Hip Rental Apartments in Detroit You'll Want to Call Home

Detroit might not top the list of tourist destinations, but its fashionable, young buzz might soon change that
Detroit might not top the list of tourist destinations, but its fashionable, young buzz might soon change that | © Jim West / Alamy Stock Photo
Frank Lopez


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.

1. Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

Chain Hotel, Apartment

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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.

2. Mint House Downtown Detroit


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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.

3. El Moore Lodge & Residences

Apartment, Boutique Hotel

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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.

4. City Club Condo by Barsala

Chain Hotel, Apartment

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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.

5. Grand Avenue Condo by Barsala

Chain Hotel, Apartment

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.

6. Sonder Studio at the Randolph

Apartment, Hotel

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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.

7. Rhythm Section Lounge Suite at The Cochrane House

Hotel, Apartment

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.

8. The Penthouse at The Siren Hotel


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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.

9. The Atheneum Suite Hotel


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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.

10. Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit

Apartment, Hotel

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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.

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