This week, Detroit Foundation Hotel opened its doors in a city that couldn't be more deserving — or in need — of a stylish hotel with a strong point of view.
DETROIT – All eyes are on Detroit. Especially those of the travel industry. As of late, hoteliers of all types have taken a shining to Motor City which, as it has been well-reported, is undergoing a renaissance. New York-based Ash NYC (of Rhode Island's Instagram-famous The Dean) is turning downtown's historic Wurlitzer Building into a , while the 130-room is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
This week, the 100-room , one of Gentedimontagna's hottest hotel openings for spring 2017, opened in the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters located at the gates of downtown. "Detroit is a one-of-a-kind city with a strong culture and unparalleled sense of pride that we hope the Foundation Hotel truly represents," said Kevin Robinson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Aparium Hotel Group. Local makers and innovators like Matt Eaton, the director and curator of , were tapped to incorporate special features showcasing the city's burgeoning art scene. Staff uniforms were designed by emerging brands and , and stocked the modern gift shop with local goods.
Designed by and Detroit-based , the hotel feels both contemporary and respectful of the historic building's past. Architectural details like fire engine doors remain, while new touches include hand-crafted door handles by metalworking studio and a striking chandelier. Industrial-chic guest rooms feature custom wallpaper from , tufted velvet sofas, and headboards constructed from repurposed wood.
Michigan-native and two Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents is running The Apparatus Room, a New American-style restaurant showcasing the region's best cuisine. During the evening, the bar will serve locally-inspired and classic cocktails; will take over the rest of the time with small-lot coffees and a selection of sweet and savory pastries. Later this year, The Chef's Table at Detroit Foundation Hotel will launch with a multi-course tasting menu and exciting plans to draw in some of the area — and world's — best culinary talent.
An expansive rooftop ballroom, plenty of meeting and event space, a 24-hour business center kiosk, and fully-equipped gym round out the offerings.
We think the hotel is going to be pretty great, but go ahead and take a look for yourself.
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250 Larned Street
Detroit, Michigan 48266
Rates from $209. .