district: Financial District
Touted as ‘adding another piece to the ongoing Detroit renaissance puzzle’ the Foundation Hotel occupies the former headquarters of the Detroit Fire Department: a steel-framed, neoclassical gem that dates to 1929.
Filled with the work of local artists (including Alex Porbe’s streetlight-inspired restaurant illumination and charming car collages by Nick Jaskey), the property is also a showcase for a new generation of Detroit makers, who are responsible for everything from dapper staff uniforms to the BonBonBon chocolates in the minibar.
Rooms feature original distressed brick floors and walls made of repurposed wood from abandoned buildings. They are offset with slick artisan sofas, modern lighting and splashes of colour embedded within the darker surrounds. Bathrooms are airy and bright and come with showers (three with a tub).
The hotel’s restaurant, The Apparatus Room, is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents and is hugely popular with fashionable Detroit foodies. It serves up chic New American dining for all three meals and is inspired by local ingredients and regional flavours.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 100 rooms & suites • hotel opened: May 2017 • bathroom amenities: Le Labo • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk