Known as Motor City, Detroit has the Motown and Henry Ford museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Comerica Park, and for baseball fans it’s the home of the Detroit Tigers. Many of the luxury hotels in this city, the largest in Michigan, are repurposed 19th and early 20th-century originals, from a former fire station to a seed warehouse. Here’s our pick of the best luxury hotels in Detroit – bookable on Culture Trip.
Detroit Fire Hall is a symbol of Detroit’s rejuvenation in what was the city’s Fire Department headquarters built in 1929 is now one of the best boutique hotels in Detroit. From the denim vests of its bartenders to the chocolates in your room’s private bar, The Foundation makes a point of promoting Detroit designers, creators and food makers. The high-ceilinged Apparatus Room bar serves New American food made with Midwestern ingredients — try the slow cooked Utica Farm Pork Collar with braised red cabbage, mustard jus and apple slaw.
The Henry Hotel is in Dearborn, a city in its own right which abuts the main body of Detroit to the west, and is named after Henry Dearborn, a revolutionary American soldier and statesman. Attractions linked to Detroit’s other famous Henry, Henry Ford, are in Dearborn, including Ford Motor Company HQ a mile from the hotel, and The Henry Ford Museum three miles away. This luxury hotel in Michigan boasts high-end furnishings and sharp service, with noteworthy art pieces throughout. Rooms have The Henry Bed, a mattress designed specially for the hotel by Lady Americana, and the views of the Detroit skyline and Ambassador Bridge are special.
A former seed warehouse, from a time in the late 19th century when Detroit was the capital of world seed production, Greektown’s Atheneum Hotel has columns and Greek-palace themes which do justice to its name. There are marble and deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms at this luxury hotel in Detroit. The giant Greektown Casino is across the road if that’s your thing. Pegasus Taverna is part of the casino and is one of Greektown’s most popular restaurants – the Yuvetsake is not to be missed, an individually baked casserole of simmered lamb in tomato sauce with rosa marina with Kasseri cheese.
This Vegas-style casino resort is for those who do not want a quiet time until they are back in their rooms. The MGM Grand Detroit is an entertainment complex as well as a hotel, and has a sports lounge, event center, virtual golf suite, seven restaurants, and the 32° frozen cocktail bar. The lobby ceilings are high enough to give you vertigo and at this Detroit luxury hotel there’s a mega-attentive concierge service. The 400 rooms feature oversized marble showers with dual rain heads.
A stately home that was built in 1931 on the former Ford Motor Company site in Dearborn, the Dearborn Inn is surrounded by 23 acres (9ha) of landscaped grounds. There is also the option to stay in an old freestanding home at this Michigan luxury hotel. The Henry Ford museum is a just a five-minute drive away. Edison’s serves classic American fare overlooking the hotel’s grounds through large arched windows and you’ll get light fare and cocktails at Ten Eyck Tavern.
The lobby of The Siren Hotel in Detroit has become a cool hangout downtown thanks to fun design flourishes like brass storks and Rococo mirrors and its general air of vintage glamour. The rooms are colorful and intricately tiled, with great views of downtown. The Candy Bar is the height of hip cocktail drinking and is cozy yet extravagant. On the second floor is retro Karl’s diner – try the Wurlitzer Salad with chickpeas, tahini, red pepper, and cucumber, named after the Wurlitzer Building in which The Siren is located.
With clean minimalist lines, the downtown Shinola Hotel in Detroit is a new breed of modern-retro hotels. Local artists’ contemporary works line the walls of the public areas. In your room, 8ft (2.4m) windows allow plenty of light in, best enjoyed while wrapped in a complimentary bath robe with Detroit emblazoned on the back. The hotel was born of the Detroit luxury design brand of the same name, founded as a watch company in 2011. There are handcrafted millwork and custom mattresses in the rooms and you can enjoy Southern Italian dishes at San Morello, or Detroit-style fried chicken and local brews at Penny Red’s and The Brakeman.
In the cool Corktown district, one mile west of downtown and away from the typical tourist spots, Trumbull & Porter is an arty, friendly hotel. There’s handmade furniture, poems on the walls and a huge mural on the front of the building. The restaurant serves classic American food with a modern twist – think gumbos, blackened shrimp and fried chicken.
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