The best places to stay in Detroit, Michigan, have embraced the musical heritage of the city. And how could they not? It’s the birthplace of Motown and the former home of Eminem, Aretha Franklin, and Aaliyah, to name but a few. That means you can stay where the Rolling Stones once shacked up, or in a former record store. Alternative hotels are available for the less musically inclined, including the one-time tallest hotel in the world.
The reinvention of Detroit as a hip city break destination is echoed in this trendy boutique residence in the gentrified Corktown neighborhood. Music is a big theme here – stay in the Rolling Stones suite for the full rock star experience (the legendary band once stayed here). Urban art adorns the walls and chic cocktails are mixed in the bar. The relaxed warehouse-style Red Dunn Kitchen focuses on social dining, while Burroughs Lounge has an espresso bar.
Collaborating with community builders, makers, and crafters, this hotel has a hyper-local ethos and a unique style. Dotted throughout the halls are works by local artists, while the bartenders’ denim vests were created by a Detroiter. The Apparatus Room, a historical dining area, serves New American cuisine created from Midwestern produce. But perhaps the greatest USP is the on-site Foundation Studio, a podcast recording space with a prolific output.
Once home to one of the largest music stores in the world, the art deco Wurlitzer Building has been reimagined as a glamorous mid-century hotel. It houses a gourmet restaurant with an eight-seat chef’s counter, a pink-ceilinged speakeasy bar topped by a Parisian glitter ball, and a barbershop. Plush rooms are filled with on-trend antique pieces; alternatively, you can choose to stay in a more basic bunk room.
The upscale Shinola brand (better known for deluxe watches and accessories), brings its first hotel to Detroit. The result is a sleek mid-century retreat. Food and beverages come from award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini at San Morello, plus there’s the Evening Bar for cocktails, the Brakeman for beers, and Penny Red’s for buckets of fine fried chicken. Dogs are welcome to stay, and there’s Parker’s Alley, a mini-mall, for some Shinola retail therapy.
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