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Once at the heart of the USA’s industrial boom, Detroit famously struggled at the beginning of the 21st Century. Now, this historic music and automobile hub is undergoing a serious regeneration, attracting a cool and creative crowd and making it an increasingly exciting destination for visitors. Accommodation options include heritage B&Bs and swish city hotels, fit for a whole host of tastes and budgets. Head downtown for art deco buildings, warehouses-turned-distilleries, edgy cafés and live music bars — many of which are within walking distance of the best places to stay in Detroit.

Unravel the metropolis’ roots, the possibilities of the future, the potential risks and rewards of gentrification, and everything from urban gardens to community music initiatives with a knowledgable guide on a walking or cycling tour. Architecture buffs will adore spotting the imposing, 40-storey Guardian Building, the Fisher Building, Michigan Central Station and the Renaissance Centre, amongst other big-hitters.

Key art hubs include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Scarab Club. Admire outdoor murals, graffiti and sculptural pieces at the City Sculpture Park, Lincoln Street Art Park and the wacky Heidelberg Project. Detroit grew wealthy as the home of much of the US automobile industry, and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is now an excellent museum — complete with Henry Ford’s preserved 1908 office. To delve into Detroit’s iconic musical heritage, try the Motown Historical Museum. Look out for top-notch live gigs and community events at Beacon Park and Hart Plaza during the summer months.

Finally, check out the thrumming Eastern Market and venture out onto the Detroit River for kayaking, walking and zoo visits at Belle Isle Park. The riverfront — right on Michigan's Canadian border — is also well worth a wander. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends and family or for business, the best places to stay in Detroit promise something for everyone.

The Best Places to Stay in Detroit

For Boutique Chic

  • The Detroit Club was established in the late 19th Century as an exclusive members' club, and now features 21 lavish guestrooms and suites with indulgent marble bathrooms, big beds with carved wooden headboards and thoughtful touches. The Club boasts a soothing spa, library, cigar bar and restaurant. Super sophisticated.
  • The Cochrane House is a 19th-century mansion in Detroit’s historic Brush Park, with three spacious, contemporary guestrooms. Stay here for a romantic couples' retreat or book the whole house if travelling as a group — it's a brilliant event space. Think generous breakfasts in bed, and wine and cheese platters on arrival. Private, understated luxury.
  • The Inn at 97 Winder has 10 sumptuous guestrooms in downtown Detroit, offering an intimate stay in a Second Empire-style home. Pick this upscale B&B for its proximity to arts and theatre venues, as well as the period interiors and small size.

For Downtown Design Hotels

  • Detroit Foundation Hotel was formerly a firehouse. This imposing red-brick building now houses slick rooms and suites, a bustling bar and eatery, and a series of modern events spaces. Work by local artists takes centre stage; this is a great choice for creatives, couples and business travellers. Well-located downtown.
  • The Siren promises a glamorous stay in whimsical, dusky pink rooms and suites with velvet upholstery, Italian linens and terazzo-floored bathrooms. Brilliant for romantic couples, families — little ones will love the bunk beds — or quirky visitors in the city for work. The Candy Bar is a delight.
  • Shinola Hotel is a graceful, design-focused property in downtown Detroit. Pick this hotel for the beautiful mid-century interiors, fabulous food and drink and memorable events venues. It's a terrific choice for a wedding in the heart of the city! For art and design lovers.
  • Trumbull & Porter is a trendy hotel with an industrial feel — polished concrete floors, exposed piping and the like — in the revitalised Corktown district, close to downtown Detroit. Retro rooms showcase the city's musical heritage, and the award-winning Red Dunn Kitchen is sure to keep late-night revellers entertained.

For Surburban Style

  • The Dearborn Inn features 23 landscaped acres of grounds — formerly part of the Fort Motor Company — on the outskirts of Detroit. Standalone lodges and cottages are a great option for families or groups, who will love the two restaurants, swimming pools, fitness centre and vast gardens.
  • The Henry sits 20 minutes from downtown Detroit, with luxurious interiors and contemporary art aplenty. A lovely choice for a slightly quieter stay within easy reach of the city, the hotel has expansive meeting facilities and a wonderful restaurant-bar. Ford's headquarters and the The University of Michigan are just nearby.

For Longer Stays

  • Sonder - Gabriel Richard is a great value choice for longer stays. Modern studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments are self-catering, with sixties-inspired furniture, well-equipped kitchens and original architectural features. The downtown building also has a shared gym. Good for couples, friends, families or business travellers.
  • Sonder - The Randolph also offers sleek studios and apartments for self-catering stays, just a couple of streets away in the Downtown area. Expect discounts for longer bookings (7+, 14+ or 30+ nights) and space for friends or families travelling together. Those in the city on business will find light, bright workspaces.
  • Element Detroit at the Metropolitan is a smart downtown hotel in a grand heritage building. Modern rooms are comfortable and well-equipped for guests of all ages, plus pets are welcome. Self-catering studios are ideal for longer stays, there's a welcoming lounge, a striking rooftop terrace, a gym and extensive event spaces.

FOR AN APARTMENT

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 21 miles from the city, and travel into the centre by bus or taxi.
  • Alternatively, catch an Amtrak train or bus from nearby cities, including Chicago or Toronto.
  • Michigan is great for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Visit between June and September for sunshine and warmer weather.

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Best Hotels in Detroit

  • Sonder at Gabriel Richard Detroit (Downtown) 123 rooms from £93

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located, it's walking distance to the city's many restaurants, shops, casinos, cultural sites and river-view parks
    Groups  -  With the exception of studios, all units can fit up to four. Two-bedroom suite is an ideal solution for friends or families
    Great walks  -  Campus Martius Park is located just down the road. Stretch your legs or enjoy al fresco dining at the many restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Detroit is ideal for sport's lovers; head to nearby Joe Louis Arena and Comerica Park
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    Modern self-catering apartments housed in a historic neoclassical building with a shared gym. Studios plus one and two-bedroom apartments boast original architectural features; think statement windows with cityscape views and sixties-inspired furniture. Loft-style living, perfect for longer stays. See More

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  • Sonder - The Randolph Detroit (Downtown) 5 rooms from £104

    Families  -  Two-bedroom apartments with open-plan living areas are the ideal choice for families and friends travelling together
    Local exploring  -  Home-away-from-home in the city centre. Feel like a local as you explore the city's many sites
    Great walks  -  Take in river views as your workout or stretch your legs along the city's West RiverWalk
    Minimum Stay  -  There is a three night minimum stay
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    Contemporary, stylish & spacious self-catered deluxe studios & apartments with views over the city skyline. Mid-century furnishings and on-trend interiors give an effortless cool yet homely feel to all spaces. Enjoy downtime with every convenience in the heart of the downtown. Ideal for long stays. 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.
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    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 Inn at 97 Winder Detroit (Downtown) 10 rooms from £166

    Local exploring  -  Perfect for those who want to explore Detroit's downtown on foot; it's especially well located for theatre, opera and the arts
    City Style  -  The ideal choice for those looking for the intimacy of an owner-run inn located in the heart of the Detroit downtown
    Weddings  -  Book out the entire the mansion for a wedding venue steeped in history; it feels more like a smart home than a hotel
    Value chic  -  With a great location, beautiful rooms and massage services, this is a steal in the heart of the city
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    Exclusive private mansion turned stylish upscale city-centre B&B. The building's Second Empire style continues through to its rich interiors; expect fine art, beautiful antiques and opulent touches. Contemporary furnishings and bathrooms add a deluxe modern feel. Downtown boutique bolthole. See More

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  • The Dearborn Inn Detroit (Dearborn) 229 rooms from £168

    Business meetings  -  With 16 break out and 12 event rooms, conference facilities and seating for up to 850 people, this is a great venue for business
    Families  -  The seven stand-alone Colonial homes and lodges are ideal for families and groups with kitchens, dining areas and outdoor space
    Weddings  -  The place for classic country-club style weddings with immaculate lawns, romantic pavilions and grand ballrooms
    Historic  -  The property was built in 1931 on the former grounds of the Ford Motor Company
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    Luxury resort spread over 23 landscaped acres in outer Detroit. Built in colonial style, accommodation includes suites, homes and stand-alone lodges. Pillared public areas feature chandeliers, mock antiques and grand fireplaces. Impressive facilities ensure a spoiling stay for the entire family. See More

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  • The Detroit Club Detroit (Downtown) 21 rooms from £184

    Local exploring  -  A luxurious base from which to explore Detroit's cultural scene; walk to museums, theatres, parks and the Detroit River
    City Style  -  Perfect for those looking to experience a slice of the city's rich history while not sacrificing contemporary comforts
    Spa  -  The pretty spa offers an impressive full range of services including body treatments, beauty, facials, massages and grooming
    Restaurant  -  Upscale Bohemia restaurant serves fine dining cuisine with an extensive wine list. The Cigar Bar offers a light lounge menu
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    Private members club turned intimate downtown boutique hotel. Stunning period building and original architectural features combine with classy interiors to create an authentic luxury feel. Plus there's the Cigar Lounge, fine dining restaurant, cocktail bar, indoor pool and spa. A chic urban retreat. See More

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  • Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Detroit 110 rooms from £196

    City Style  -  Recently refurbished lounge and lobby areas take your breath away with their historic details and well-appointed interiors
    Business meetings  -  Three event spaces, over almost 3,000 sq ft, seat up to 130 for meetings with city views, top tech and healthy catering
    Sights nearby  -  Local attractions include Belle Isle Aquarium, Campus Martius Park and GM Renaissance Center
    Swimming Pool  -  Guests have access to local YMCA with pool
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    Luxurious downtown hotel that blends monumental historic architecture with sleek contemporary interiors. Relaxed and spacious rooms, suites and studios with city views feature wooden floors, blonde furnishings and feature walls. Walk to restaurants, nearby pool and sites. Perfect mix of old and new. See More

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  • The Henry Detroit (Dearborn) 308 rooms from £199

    Artworks  -  The hotel displays pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt and Renoir, as well as modern artists. Visit the gallery to see those for sale
    Weddings  -  Dedicated team will organise a grand and glamorous celebration in the hotel's Presidential Ballroom, Plaza Ballroom or Gallery
    Business meetings  -  Conference facilites include 25,000 sq ft of event space, banquet rooms, boardrooms and ballrooms which fit up to 1,200 guests
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Detroit to visit Automotive Hall of Fame, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Michigan Science Center and MGM Grand Casino
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    Elegant hotel in Detroit's Dearborn suburb. A grand lobby features an impressive art collection & luxurious lounges. There's also an American restaurant, bar, indoor pool & free shuttle. Colourful rooms come with every convenience. A luxury stay just twenty minutes from the centre of the city. 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
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    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
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    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.
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    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 Cochrane House Detroit (Downtown) 3 rooms from £297

    City Style  -  Wonderful combination of historic exterior and original features with modern (hugely comfortable) and convenient interiors
    Groups  -  Book out the entire home on an exclusive use basis. Spacious open-plan living and dining area is ideal for groups
    Local exploring  -  All of Detroit's main sites are located within a 2 mile radius; the vast majority can be easily accessed on foot
    Adult Only  -  Only guests aged 21 and above are able to stay at the inn
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    Stand-alone historic home converted into a fresh, contemporary and intimate owner-run B&B. Cosy light-filled rooms with trendy soft colour palettes, city views and steam showers aall lead to the beating heart of the property — the spacious shared living and dining area. A deluxe home-away-from-home. See More

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