The Vibe: Authentic, down to earth – like the city.
The Area: Financial District.
The DNA: 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. The hotel’s restaurant, The Apparatus Room, is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents and serves up chic New American dining for all three meals inspired by local ingredients and regional flavours.
Suite-Me-Up: The Commissioner’s Suite is a former fire commissioner’s office that’s been turned into a gigantic suite with floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and separate sleeping, lounging, and dining areas. Feel like splurging? Book it with the adjoining Secretary’s Suite.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 100 rooms & suites (28-31m2) (301-334 sq ft) • hotel opened: May 2017 • architecture: McIntosh Poris Associates • interior design: Simeone Deary Design Group • bathroom amenities: Le Labo • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk