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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.
- 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 Townsend Hotel 150 rooms from £253Detroit (Michigan)
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.Sights nearby - Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.Four poster beds - For romantics.Views - Great views from hotelGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Tablet
Trumbull and Porter 144 rooms from £131Detroit
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.City Style - A sleek hotel complete with lively bar and fabulous restuarant.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
The Inn on Ferry Street 40 rooms from £111Detroit
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.Sights nearby - Visit nearby Downtown Detroit, Comerica Park, Fox Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Motown Historical MuseumRomantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.Traditional