Detroit Hotels Combine Luxury and History

By: Aaron B. Cohen | April 27, 2021
Detroit Hotels and History

Photo courtesy of San Morello.

Whether you’re visiting from out of town or just need a weekend away from the same-old, hotels of Detroit and the metro area offer remarkable luxury and sophistication within historically significant structures. Next time you’re looking to book a stay-cation, try one of these magnificent accommodations.


In the heart of downtown Detroit, the Shinola Hotel calls on the true spirit of the city’s past and present. Defined by timeless style and meticulous craftsmanship, this chic (yet cozy) Woodward Avenue accommodation features inspiring rooms along with revered food and drink options including the southern Italian eatery, San Morello and the reservation-only Evening Bar. The block is lined with a specially curated selection of luxury retailers ranging from the namesake watchmaker and leather goods brand, Shinola, to a flower shop focused on giving back to the community (Flowers for Dreams). With dining and shopping options like these, you don’t need to spend the night to partake in the Shinola Hotel experience.

The Siren

Located in Detroit’s historic Wurlitzer building – originally a symbol for the city’s industrial prowess via the production of Wurlitzer organs – the Siren Hotel calls on Hollywood’s golden age in a refined, romantic setting. Soft lights and plush textures invite visitors to take in the little things. The Candy Bar, located in the back, serves creative cocktails under the glow of a 1,500lb Murano Chandelier. The rooms combine vintage charm with modern amenities, providing sunlit comfort with nostalgia for a past many guests may not even remember. While smaller than the Shinola, the Siren stakes its claim as the peak of luxury in Detroit accommodations. 

Detroit Foundation

The former Detroit Fire Department headquarters now serves as one of the city’s most sought-after reservations. Located conveniently downtown, Detroit Foundation applies minimalist tendencies to a space steeped in history. Ample meeting and event space provide an ideal location for gatherings of all sorts, while the Apparatus Room invites diners to relax and enjoy New American cuisine inspired by midwestern ingredients. Visitors appreciate the updated fitness center and revel at the early 20th century architecture, reminding all who stay of Detroit’s continual innovation.

The Inn at 97 Winder

For those in search of a boutique experience, The Inn at 97 Winder combines a small room count with a massive dose of Detroit history. Designed by architect John V. Smith, the 1876 structure was initially built as the private home of philanthropist John Harvey. At various points in time, the inn was the city’s most expensive private home. Recent renovations have reworked the space into an extraordinary – albeit difficult to attain – option for accommodations in the city.

The Daxton

Half an hour north of Detroit, Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel is Metro Detroit’s newest luxury overnight stay. “Artsy” is an understatement – the space oozes of tasteful curation and peculiar design. Madam, the hotel’s in-house dining option, offers a lively, airy space to enjoy California-inspired, vegetable-forward cuisine, classic cocktails and an exceptional selection of wines. The dishes are presented as beautifully as the space itself, providing a cohesive aesthetic defined by taste and color.