What We Love
- The Foundation Studio, where you can see exhibits by Detroit artists and watch local luminaries record podcasts
- Work by local creators is a key part of the hotel, from Kim Harty’s dangling cumulus bulbs in the hallway to an eye-catching mural by Dino Valdez in the first-floor meeting room
- The retail showroom in the lobby, dedicated to products by local businesses
What To Know
- Rooms can be somewhat noisy when the heat is on
- Bikes are free to borrow
- Some amenities are quirky, like the leather tray of old car fuses; these get exchanged for coffee in the lobby bar
The dedication to local history and makers is evident in every part of the Foundation Hotel. From the art in the hallways to the iron-welded door handles to the bottle-openers to the vodka in the mini-bar to the custom wallpaper printed with images of historic city building, everything here is all made in Detroit. Even the chef has local roots: Michigan-born and Michelin-credited, Thomas Lents helms the kitchen at the gorgeous Apparatus Room. All wooden floors, deep leather seats, and dangling light fixtures inspired by Detroit streetlights, this is where you really see the bones of the former firehouse. New American dishes like crispy brussels sprouts and roasted beets with citrus-cured trout are supplemented with clever cocktails served at the long bar. Upstairs rooms mix mid-century modern furniture with salvaged wood wall panels and the effect, combined with white walls, is chic and comfortable at the same time.
In the Area
Conventioneers will find the Foundation Hotel, which is just across the street from the Cobo Center, super handy for all meetings and events. Nearby are plenty of chain restaurants, but there are gems too. Try Dime Store, a chill hangout that locally sources everything on its upscale diner menu (think cinnamon roll French toast and a fried chicken club sandwich gussied up with balsamic braised onions on a brioche bun). Parc, a seven-minute stroll from the hotel, is a glass-walled box serving fun takes on Midwestern food. Brunch, with its hearty steak and eggs and skillet pancake dishes, is particularly popular. The Detroit Institute of Arts, with its 65,000-strong collection that spans continents, is unmissable; plus, they host frequent events from art workshops to live music.
How to Get There
Everything about the DFH was fantastic! The refurbished firehouse is so cool! My room was on the third floor, stunning decor, very comfortable and had a rich feel to it. The third floor has a lobby with lots of local art and books to read. Had dinner in the Apparatus Room, again, beautiful decor that really highlights the original building. Service was top notch. Only issue was a couple of loud noises from the street during the night that woke me up. Every little detail was well thought out, highly recommend!!!
Stayed with family to play tourist in Detroit. Lovely hotel with unique rooms and vibe. We enjoyed a great dinner in the Apparatus Room. Grabbed some coffee on the way out in the morning. Service was very good at door and desk.
We had a great experience at the Foundation Hotel. From the valets who took our car, to the front desk, to the bellman, to the wait staff in the Apparatus Room. All were friendly, helpful and accommodating. The hotel is great the way they repurposed the old firehouse. It gave you a sense of what it was but with all of the amenities of a modern hotel. Room rates were reasonable, location is great and our weekend there was just what we were hoping for. We will definitely come back.
This boutique, luxury hotel is right across the street from the Cobo Center. Every one of the staff that I met went out of their way to make my stay welcoming and relaxing. Everything I needed was just so easy to get. Being a former fire station I was a little surprised to see the floor of my room was cement when I first opened the door, but a thick, stylish rug was laid in the bed and desk area of the room making it warm and comfy. The bed was great, and the bath had the largest shower I've ever seen in a hotel. Food service was excellent. Not a single negative thing happened during my stay.
We stayed at the Foundation Hotel for a singing gathering in Detroit. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated to reflect the firehouse history of the hotel. Service was good and the bar/restaurant is to die for. I would definitely go back -- loved it!