Although it’s had some troubled times, the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan is now attracting young city trippers looking to explore its hip neighborhoods and creative enclaves.
Head to Hitsville the birthplace of Motown Records, trendy Corktown which has seen many new restaurants crop up on its streets, Downtown for more mainstream attractions, and then stay in one of their quirky chic hotels.
From unique and intimate boutiques to fun, modern, and upbeat, here is a collection of cool and fun hotels in Detroit (in no particular order).
Trumbull and Porter Downtown
In the Corktown district, very close to the centre of Detroit, this trendy contemporary-styled hotel has a great vibe and is cleverly designed to make the spaces feel huge, modern and trendy.
There’s a good choice of room sizes and suites, even one used by the Rolling Stones in 1964 when fans stormed the hotel.
There are lots of great amenities at Trumbull and Porter including plenty of car parking, a laundry room, a fitness centre and bicycles you can borrow to tour the city.
There’s an excellent seasonal restaurant on-site and two bars, but it’s just a mile into Downtown if you want to get out and sample the full delights of Michigan hospitality, or less than a 10-minute walk to the riverfront – one of the only places in the US where you can look south into Canada!
Close proximity to downtown
Upscale amenities and parking
courtyard music venue and beer garden
Historic celebrity connection
Street noise possible
Can get booked up at peak times
The restaurant menu is a bit limited
Between the Capitol City and the riverfront is the exceedingly lovely Detroit Foundation Hotel.
Set in the city’s circa-1929 old fire department headquarters, this sleek, fashionable hotel in Downtown is 4 miles from the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5 miles from Belle Isle Park (a 982-acre island park) and right across the street from the Huntington Place Center and Joe Louis Hockey Arena.
Chic, classically furnished rooms are adorned with local artwork, modern lighting and comfortable club-style interiors. Local art features strongly throughout the hotel with interesting pieces being regularly displayed.
On the ground floor, in the old apparatus room, there’s a really good restaurant and plenty of life in the immediate streets if you venture out.
Close to key attractions
Artistic Local Decor
Vibrant culinary experience
Historic Fire Department headquarters
Some rooms may be small
Limited on-site amenities
Parking is a little compact
Not far from the Grand Circus, Comerica Park, and Ford Field in the heart of Detroit is the majestic Siren Hotel in what used to be the Wurlitzer Building.
A quirky retro hotel decorated in a Parisian style and celebrating, at every opportunity, the art and music that is ingrained in the culture of Detroit.
The rooms are small and comfortable, but the experience here is the public spaces and vibrant city all around.
You will find a small coffee bar, a cute cocktail lounge, a fabulous classic American restaurant, a tiny haute cuisine restaurant for those who want to go posh, a piano bar, a vinyl record bar, and even a barbershop’ shop – before you have left the building.
Step onto the surrounding streets for a huge range of dining, entertainment, and sporting venues all serviced by the People Mover monorail which loops around Downtown until midnight every day.
Unique retro ambiance
Artistic Parisian decor
Variety of on-site bars
Easy Access to Entertainment
Some rooms can be compact
Street noise possible
Hotel at The Detroit Club
The oldest private members’ club in Detroit – this building is their second home, constructed in 1891 – The Detroit Club has 21 suites available for accommodation, just a stroll from the heart of Downtown.
Rooms are sumptuously dressed in an attractive refined style befitting the elegant building with plenty of warm oak and heavy drapery.
In the house there’s a thermal spa with treatments, a very smart restaurant, a swish cocktail bar, and a gentlemen’s cigar bar; unfortunately, all these facilities are only open from Wednesday to Saturday – not much use if you’re having a weekend city break, but definitely a very memorable experience if you can book during the days when it’s fully open.
Nestles near Downtown heart
On-site thermal spa treatments
Diverse dining options
Exclusive cigar lounge
Gets booked up at weekends
Limited modern amenities
The spa may occasionally be unavailable
The Shinola Hotel is a thoughtfully curated, modern hotel in one of the best streets in Detroit. Rooms, suites and wonderful penthouses are deliciously presented with unique crafted furnishings that ooze retro styling and warmth.
The street, named Woodward Avenue, is an iconic boulevard reaching from the city of Pontiac in the north to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River, with its homage to the motor car.
The Shinola sits between Hart Plaza and the Grand Circus in the very heart of Detroit. This place reflects the eccentric, boom and bust entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit with delightful retro touches nestled alongside statement pieces.
The hotel even hosts its own small enclave of specialist shops, known as Parker’s Alley, a very good Italian restaurant and excellent American bar.
Prime Downtown location
Unique retro styling
Fitness centre and bar
Italian and American delicacies
Downtown parking can be limited
Some rooms are a little compact
Drinks can be a little pricey
The Inn at 97 Winder
Detroit Gothic is a style in itself and the Second Empire mansion housing The Inn at 97 Winder is an excellent example.
The former home of philanthropist John Harvey was built in 1876 and abounds in quaint turrets and gables, crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, heavy woodwork and gilt mirrors and detailing.
Nearby, you’ll likewise find the best of Old Detroit, with historic Brush Park right across the street and the Fox Theatre a short walk away.
The interiors including the 10 guest rooms are furnished in period style with antique furniture, Persian rugs, rich fabrics and a quirky art collection from around the world. To round out a luxurious stay, a visit to the spa for a Swedish or hot stone massage is a must.
Luxury Swedish spa massages
Central location in Old Detroit
Unique global art collection
Historic architectural style
Spa reservations needed
Decor might not suit everyone
Taking reservations for October 2023, this hip new hotel will join in the fun in the historic Corktown district along with all the lively restaurants, boutiques, bars, and breweries.
It’s also close to famed venues like Music Hall Center, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall and the Gem Theatre.
Views of the city and Lake Michigan frame the interiors with their original design elements like with tall arched windows, gold accents and chandeliers.
The room decor recalls mid-century luxury with wood paneling, leather headboards, plush carpets, custom artwork and a soft, restful palette.
Guests can relax at the rooftop lounge and bar with stunning views, and enjoy a gourmet meal by chef Samy Eid at the Hamilton restaurant.
Close to cultural venues.
Stunning city and lake views
Elegant luxury interior
Gourmet dining by Chef Samy Eid
Some rooms have better views than others
Potential noise from the lively district
Limited on-site parking
Westin Book Cadillac
Glamour and luxury are part of the history of Motor City and they’re making a big comeback at the newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.
The historic hotel in the heart of downtown is located close to the Riverwalk promenade and the Henry Ford Museum.
The rooms and suites have clean, modern decor, signature Westin Heavenly beds, comfortable seating, and magnificent views of the city and lake. You can enjoy it all with high-speed wifi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV and a delicious meal via room service.
You can start the day with breakfast at the Boulevard Room, grab a coffee and snack at the Starbucks Reserve, and relax with a cocktail at the Motor Bar in the lobby, inspired by Detroit’s history.
The new Sullivan’s Steakhouse, opening in 2023, will have a classic menu of hand-cut steaks, seafood, and cocktails.
Historic charm with refined decor
Various culinary experiences
Overlooks the Detroit River and the city
Indoor Swimming Pool
The downtown location may have noise
Rooms may be compact
Not for budget-friendly crowd
The MGM Grand Detroit is an enormous resort hotel with every amenity you could want, and more, including a famous casino.
It feels more like something you might find in the mountains or Las Vegas, rather than Michigan, but here it is, just a 15-minute walk to Downtown Detroit. Close enough to feel connected, yet far enough away to enjoy the space.
There are endless variations on the 400 rooms and suites, with and without views across the city; all are big and dressed to slap you with colour rather than swamp the usual corporate browns.
The list of amenities is endless, with bars and restaurants, fitness, spa and wellness centers, a golf swing suite, shopping, even an entire concert arena and, of course, the casino with slot machines, poker, and table games. There’s even the occasional MGM lion lurking around.
Fun casino and party vibe
Luxury spa and indoor infinity-edge pool
Proximity to Downtown Detroit
Spa with cabana
steam room and sauna
Potentially crowded casino
Not all rooms offer city views
Park Avenue Condos by Barsala
Barsala at City Club is an aparthotel, which means few staff but plenty of space in the studio, one-bed or two-bed apartments. The modern spaces are bright, airy, and tastefully furnished with unfussy, colourful designs.
There’s an added bonus here of a small rooftop pool, fitness center, and sauna, and undoubtedly a great location off Washington Boulevard in the heart of Detroit with bars, clubs, and restaurants all around.
Not the sort of place to choose if you like being waited on, but perfect if you want the freedom to explore this magnificent city at your own pace.
Rooftop pool for relaxation
Central Detroit location
Luxury sauna and fitness center
Small swimming pool
No hotel service
Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney
Looking out over the Grand Circus in the very epicentre of Detroit is Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney. Comerica Park, Ford Field, Detroit Opera House, and The Fillmore are all less than ¼ mile from the doors and the People Mover light railway stops right outside.
It is a neat, contemporary hotel with modern, friendly European interior styling and an impressive central grand atrium respecting the beautiful David Whitney building, constructed in 1915.
There’s a good choice of rooms, all bright and cheerful, a colourful little bar on site with a snack menu, and a good fitness center. A perfect balance of somewhere to sleep against getting out to the delights of Downtown Detroit.
Various dining options
Proximity to cultural venues
Modern European interiors
Accessible transit links
Compact fitness center
Some rooms may be small
Street noise possible
Hotel Indigo Downtown
Smartly located on a corner of Washington Boulevard with easy access to public transport and all the local venues is the Hotel Indigo Detroit Downtown. There’s a massive choice of 241 rooms and suites, a modern fitness centre, a good bistro and a nice bar.
Much of the hotel has been recently renovated to add a shot of colour and design, but still manages to retain the look and feel like you’d expect from a big IHG Hotel.
It’s just a short walk to the Huntington Place conference centre, Joe Louis Arena and picturesque Detroit Riverwalk with views across the Canadian border.
Variety of rooms available
Excellent dining experience
Nearby local venues
Stylish and modern interiors
Parking is a little compact
No swimming pool
Check-in can be slow
Atheneum Suite Hotel, Greektown
Adjacent to the famous Greektown Casino is the Athenium Suite Hotel. An indulgent hotel of 173 suites bedecked in slightly dated, yet honest hotel comforts.
Constructed in the 1920s on the site of an old seed factory, hints of art deco remain throughout the public areas and huge columns soar through the storeys uniquely cutting through many of the guest rooms.
Greektown is a vibrant district of Downtown Detroit, buzzing with nightlife, gaming, restaurants, bars, and of course, the finest Greek cuisine.
The Athenium is a genuine hotel with unpretentious quality confidently delivered in a booming neighbourhood. There’s the usual fitness centre and everything you could need, including an in-house barber.
Modern all-suite accommodations
Prime location near Greektown Casino
Authentic Greek cuisine nearby
Extensive fitness centre
Some amenities need updating
Early check-ins cost extra
Street noise possible
Mint House Times Square
There are three Mint House aparthotels in Detroit, all centrally located. Don’t be fooled by the name on this one – Times Square is nothing like its New York namesake, it just happens to be the small street that runs past – However, it is a great location fully serviced by public transport and an easy walk to most of what Downtown Detroit has to offer, both the business and leisure districts.
Mint House has sharp, big, studio, 1-bed or 2-bed modernist (lots of white) apartments kitted out with everything you might need. There’s a small gym and shared space if you’re feeling sociable, otherwise just sensible, practical space to enjoy your stay.
Central business district location
Fully equipped modern apartments
Convenient public transport access
Less upscale fitness amenities
Compact social areas
The Cochrane House Luxury Historic Inn
A delightful remnant of Detroit’s history, just across the freeway from Comerica Park and Ford Field, yet like stepping back in time to grander days.
This 19th-century mansion has been saved from ruin and updated to provide genuine, bright luxury accommodation with thoughtful modern facilities and more than a hint of Motown.
There are just three beautifully furnished rooms and suites for adults only, or you can book the entire building for a special event. The shared areas are sumptuous, but modern and creative, rather than antiquated.
This is Detroit as it should be seen, with twists of old and new colliding to make something precious and fun. And just a short walk to the Downtown buzz.
Exclusive Adult-Only Experience
Prime entertainment district
Homemade breakfast delivered to rooms
Historical luxury building
Limited room availability
Not Ideal for families
Street noise possible
Comparison of the Top 15 Hotels in Detroit
The table compares the top 15 cool and fun hotels in Detroit.
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Trumbull and Porter Downtown 1331 Trumbull Street $180-$656 Yes 2.0 3
Detroit Foundation 250 West Larned Street $335-$424 Yes 3.4 3
The Siren 1509 Broadway Street $256-$480 Yes 2.7 3
Hotel at The Detroit Club 712 Cass Avenue $455-$554 Yes 3.1 3
Shinola 1400 Woodward $644 Yes 2.8 3
The Inn at 97 Winder 97 Winder $264-$401 Yes 2.0 3
The Godfrey 1401 Michigan Avenue $229-$321 Yes 2.0 3
Westin Book Cadillac 1114 Washington Boulevard $413-$528 Yes 3.0 3
MGM Grand 1777 Third Street, $286-$493 Yes 2.5 3
Park Avenue Condos by Barsala 1400 Woodward Ave $644 Yes 2.8 3
Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney One Park Avenue $391-$581 Yes 2.7 3
Hotel Indigo Downtown 1020 Washington Boulevard $217-$321 Yes 3.1 3
Atheneum Suite Hotel 1000 Brush Avenue $275-$390 Yes 3.1 3
Mint House Times Square 415 Clifford Street $154-$197 Yes 2.7 3
The Cochrane House Luxury Historic Inn 1000 Brush Avenue $275-$390 Yes 3.1 3
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