Vibe: Element by Westin is a Marriott brand aimed at longer stays and offering self-catering facilities. Most are set in new-builds, but this Element is very different set in a stunning repurposed building with a “Gotham” vibe to it.
Area: Located near Grand Circus Park, Element Detroit is in the heart of the City’s Entertainment District, just three blocks from both Comerica Park and Ford Field.
The DNA: The 14-story Neo-Gothic Metropolitan Building was designed by the Detroit firm of Weston and Ellington and opened in 1925 as a jewelry emporium, housing diamond cutters, goldsmiths and silver workers on the upper floors and retail on the lower levels. Building on the success of the recently opened Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney, the restoration of the hotel’s exterior and a top-to-bottom renovation of the interior, preserves the elements of the Metropolitan Building’s original ornate lobby and mezzanine, and an outdoor patio on the 11th floor rear rooftop.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 110 rooms (23-54m2) (250-600 sq ft) • hotel opened: January 2019 • architecture & interior design: Means Group (Detroit), The Roxbury Group (Ann Arbor) • bathroom amenities: Pharmacopia • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible