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About Detroit

It would be fair to say that Detroit – aka Motor City, aka Motown – has had its problems in recent decades. Any city that loses 25% of its population and is declared bankrupt is clearly in less than ideal circumstances. And the good news? Detroit is a mid-western city under new management and very much on the up. The new leadership is determined to show that this city, incidentally a showcase of 19th and early 20th Century architectural wonders, can rise again. Visionary new schemes to repopulate its abandoned areas, launch urban farms where once there was wasteland, as well as better promotion of its cultural riches (art and classical music as well as the soul music for which Motown is famous), mean that Detroit is one of the most fascinating places for a discerning visitor, or for a someone looking to start a new business. Many of the best places to stay in Detroit are in the heart of all this change.

What Not To Miss

  • Widely considered one of the best collections of art in the U.S., the Detroit Institute of Arts has an enormous variety of art pieces of all genres. From mummies to Picasso - there's something for everyone.
  • Experience the motor industry that is synonymous with Detroit at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the oldest auto plant open to the public in the world. Henry Ford's office as it was in 1908 is undoubtedly worth seeing during your visit.
  • The architectural magnificence of the Guardian Building is rather spectacular and certainly worth a visit.
  • Alternatively, visit one of Detroit's many museums - with everything from cars to music there's plenty for everyone to see and it's a great way to learn about the fascinating history of the city.
  • Or enjoy spectacular views of the city's skyline from the Fisher Building and take a free tour with knowledgeable guides providing information about the history of the building.

Here’s our pick of the best places to stay in Detroit, a modern renaissance city.

The best places to stay in Detroit

For the city centre

  • At The Inn on Ferry Street you'll find sophistication and luxury in four restored Victorian mansions dating from the glory days of Detroit’s industrial expansion. Located in the historic heart of the city, rooms here offer beautiful traditional furnishings. You can almost fall out of bed into some of America’s finest museums, theatres, and historical sites.
  • Trumbull and Porter is a trendy hotel injecting some cool to an old Irish neighbourhood. Contemporary design throughout has an industrial conversion feel; think polished concrete floors, minimalist style and exposed piping. A lively bar and excellent restaurant will keep night revellers entertained. Superb.

For luxury in the suburbs

  • The Townsend Hotel offers contemporary luxury and a great restaurant in the city’s leafy suburbs. Quiet location but not far from the happening places.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a selection of centrally-located properties, perfect for exploring the city's sights.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport located 33km (21 miles) from Detroit with a wide selection of both domestic and International flights.
  • Alternatively, catch a train to Detroit with Amtrak rail links to Chicago.
  • There's also bus links to Detroit from Chicago and Toronto amongst other destinations.
  • If you want to rent a car in the historic Motown - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - the summer months from June to September for warm temperatures.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Detroit

  • The Inn on Ferry Street Detroit 40 rooms from £113

    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Downtown Detroit, Comerica Park, Fox Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Motown Historical Museum
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Traditional

    Four restored Victorian mansions providing sophisticated luxury. Charming rooms with romantic four poster beds and traditional furnishings. Located in the city's historic district, just steps from some of the finest museums, theatres, and historical sites. See More

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  • Trumbull and Porter Detroit 144 rooms from £133

    City Style  -  A sleek hotel complete with lively bar and fabulous restuarant.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A trendy hotel injecting some cool to an old Irish neighbourhood. Contemporary design throughout has an industrial conversion feel; think polished concrete floors, minimalist style and exposed piping. A lively bar and excellent restaurant will keep night revellers entertained. Superb. See More

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  • The Siren Detroit 106 rooms from £204

    Families  -  The 'hideout' rooms are perfect for children, fitted with cosy bunk-beds - parents can sleep easy across the hall
    Local exploring  -  Set within walking distance of the city's main attractions, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    City Style  -  With unique, vintage-style interiors and an unbeatable city location, book this hotel for local Detroit flair
    Local markets  -  Take a trip to The Eastern Market on the weekend, now home to vendors selling everything from tacos to colourful produce
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This stylish boutique hotel is nestled in a historic building in downtown Detroit. Guestrooms feature a blend of custom-made furniture and hand-selected vintage pieces in a palette of royal blue and dusky pinks - carried through in the velvet upholstery of the hotel's intimate Candy Bar. See More

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  • Shinola Hotel Detroit 129 rooms from £215

    Local exploring  -  Situated a stone's throw from the Detroit River, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring in the city
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Detroit in a coverted industrial building, this hotel has reams of local city charm
    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites an an exquisite cocktail bar, book this hotel for a romantic city break
    Great walks  -  Do the West RiverWalk, a riverside path in downtown Detroit that offers fantastic views and a great picnic spot
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This thoughtfully curated boutique hotel sits in downtown Detroit. Mid-century furniture and hardwood floors give the suites the feeling of a chic, post-industrial pied-à-terre, softened by a palette of rich green and brown. A beautiful, covered terrace cocktail bar completes this graceful hotel. See More

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  • Detroit Foundation Hotel Detroit (MI) 100 rooms from £244

    City Style  -  A former fire house turned luxury hotel in the heart of the downtown- a perfect embodiment of Detroit's trendy revival
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    A wonderfully original and funky hotel in Detroit's old fire house. Suave rooms offer comfortable beds, dark wood tones and local artworks. A very city centric hotel, it celebrates Detroit's history and future while supporting local industry and people. Fabulous food and cocktails seal the deal! See More

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  • The Townsend Hotel Detroit (Michigan) 150 rooms from £258

    Sights nearby  -  Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This classic jewel in the sleepy suburbs of Detroit has first-class fitness and business facilities. Contemporary, luxurious rooms with marble bathrooms make a comfortable stay. The award winning Rugby Grille and classic cocktail bar add flavour to any evening. Explore Detroit with ease. See More

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