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Detroit is making a comeback. With new innovations, technology advancements, and a unique design industry, the Motor City is in the midst of an urban transformation. For visitors to the city, the revitalization is most evident in the downtown area, where exciting restaurants and businesses are setting up shop. In addition, a number of the historic buildings are being reborn as elegant or trendy boutique hotels, providing fresh, new options for travelers. Need some advice on where to stay? Here are the best hotels in Detroit.
Best Overall: Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney
Fashioned from the opulent David Whitney Building (circa 1915), the 136-room, Aloft Detroit adds a taste of modern luxury to a timeless building and has all the perks and amenities guests need. Located steps from the stadiums, opera house and Grand Circus Park historic area, the hotel captures a bygone era while infusing it with trendy designs that Aloft is known for. Guests can dine in the Grand Cirque Brasserie or relax in the four-story gold-leafed atrium. A stylish bar and lounge offers a place to mingle, but guests can squeeze in a workout in the fitness center if they need to. The hotel also offers keyless check ins, a minimum of 315 feet of space in rooms, bright and colorful décor and views of the city.
Best Budget: Greektown Casino Hotel
The Greektown Casino Hotel is an affordable option that has all the basic comforts, plus a few added amenities and plenty of slot machines, poker and tables at the popular casino. In addition to the casual, Market District food court, there are also two elegant restaurants for steak, seafood and pasta. The 400 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with commanding views of the city, pillow-topped mattresses and free Wi-Fi. Valet parking is free to guests and connection to the public transit (dubbed the People Mover) makes getting around downtown Detroit a breeze. A breakfast buffet is available for an additional charge (although it's included in some room packages).
Best for Business: The Foundation Hotel
Once an old firehouse, the 100-room, Foundation Hotel is an excellent choice in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the Cobo Center. Business travelers will appreciate the conference rooms, free Wi-Fi, business services and convenience of room service. There’s also a fitness center, restaurant and bar for mingling after work. The hotel’s unusual concept uses materials from deconstructed urban decay to create an industrial-chic experience. Rooms feature custom built closets, temperature control, local artwork, a mini bar and comfortable SERTA mattresses. Breakfast packages are available for an additional charge.
Best Luxury: The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Built in 1924, the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit has a gorgeous Italian Renaissance design and offers guests elegance and luxury in the heart of downtown Detroit. Standard Rooms have a minimum of 340 square feet of space, but Luxury Suites start at 920 square feet and have Jacuzzi tubs, two bathrooms, the Westin’s signature “Heavenly” beds, access to the club lounge and dazzling views of the Ambassador Bridge. Guests can take a dip in the lavish indoor pool and whirlpool and when hunger strikes they can head to the fabulous steakhouse that's headed by award-winning celebrity chef.
Best for Families: Courtyard Detroit Downtown
For a family-friendly hotel in a convenient, safe location, the 260-room Courtyard Downtown Detroit is a perfect option. Kids will love the indoor pool, while parents relax in the whirlpool. Rooms feature pillow-topped bedding, foam pillows, a mini fridge, microwave and rollaway beds and cribs. The hotel also offers a fitness center, casual restaurant and bar, as well as room service. Valet parking is additional, but the People Mover public transit is connected to the hotel. TripAdvisor members also appreciated the flexible breakfast options (you can even take items to go), as well as convenience shop on the ground floor.
Best Boutique: Trumbull and Porter
Fresh off a nine million-dollar rehab, the 144-room Trumbull and Porter is leading the boutique hotel industry in Detroit. Set on edge of downtown, nearly all of the work and supplies for the hotel were sourced from Detroit, with designer furniture in rooms, throw rugs and chic, modern décor. During the warmer months, live bands play in the outdoor courtyard and beer garden. Guests can opt for a breakfast package, but the restaurant has a wider variety of menu items. The hotel is on the edge of downtown, so there isn’t much in the immediate area, however, it is a short drive to Detroit attractions (bike rentals are available for a small fee if that's more your speed).
Nightlife: Motor City Casino Hotel
The famous Motor City Casino is perfect for night owls looking for a night out on the town. In additional to all the gaming excitement, the casino hotel is home to several bars serving craft beer and cocktails, trendy lounges with live DJs, as well as theater rooms with a variety of shows. Guests can take a break from the action in the 13,000-square-foot spa facility, which is home to a thermal whirlpool, steam rooms and dry saunas. A digital pillow menu, 24-hour room service, marble baths with soaking tubs, in-room dining and Starbucks coffee are just some of the added room amenities to help you recuperate from a night out.
Best Romance: MGM Grand Detroit
For a romantic atmosphere during your stay in Detroit, the MGM Grand has a romance package that includes champagne and chocolates, a late check out, dining credit and luxurious accommodations. The 400 rooms have a minimum of 510 square feet of space, docking stations, a rainfall shower head and plush bathrobes. Unwind in the full-service spa with eight treatment rooms or take a dip in the indoor infinity pool that’s lined with private cabanas. The hotel has six different dining options, including two from renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck. The downtown hotel and casino also has several bars and lounges, a fitness center and retail stores.
Best B&B: The Inn on Ferry Street
For those who prefer a charming bed and breakfast, the Inn on Ferry Street offers 40 rooms in four beautifully restored, Victorian buildings and two carriage houses. Located in the historic district of midtown Detroit, the inn offers a number of special extras such as a free shuttle within five miles, digital newspapers and magazines, secure parking, Wi-Fi and an honor bar. Individually decorated rooms have iHome media, flat-screen televisions and gorgeous Victorian furnishings with four poster or sleigh beds. Some also have Jacuzzi soaking tubs and fireplaces. TripAdvisor members appreciated the included hot breakfast with a good variety of items and fabulous baked goods from a local bakery.