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Detroit Foundation Hotel

250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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Detroit Foundation Hotel

What we love: A former firehouse turned city hangout

The Highlights:
--Lively with locals and travelers
--Two of the top dining experiences in town
--Artisan made, right down to the little details

The Review:
Opened in 2017, this downtown hotel exemplifies both the Detroit renaissance and the city’s heritage as a place for builders and makers. Previously home to the Fire Department Headquarters, the historic building still features original elements like high ceilings, exposed brick, and oversized arched doorways, now balanced by art-lined hallways and the clean lines and cushy, modern furnishings of the 100 rooms and suites. The Foundation team enlisted a long roster of area artisans and businesses to partner with them on almost all aspects of the hotel, so everything from the chocolates and spirits in the mini-bars to the denim of the bartenders’ uniforms and the iron-welded door handles and wallpaper in the rooms is made locally. (A lobby level showroom / boutique is stocked with more items from many of these makers, and guests can also schedule a private fitting experience with one of them, bespoke suit designers 1701.) Thanks to the comfy-cool vibe you’ll find a lot of locals hanging out here, too, from doing work in the lobby to savoring the New American, Midwest farm-focused menus at the two on-site restaurants: the lively The Apparatus Room, serving three meals a day, and the exclusive Chef’s Table, where two-Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents crafts 8-12 course menus for a maximum of 16 guests on Friday and Saturday nights.