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
My husband and I stayed at and used the hotel for our wedding prep, first look, pictures. It was an amazing stay and we would do it all over again! Love the apparatus room as well, excellent food and a great place for pictures.
My husband and I frequent Detroit often as we live less that 20 minutes from Downtown. Staying overnight is not something we ever do but we just had to check this place out. I cannot say enough abut the outstanding service we received. This place does not miss a beat!! From food & drinks to top notch accommodations as well as a private car to take us around, they delivered.
Hotel had terrific aesthetics with great historical décor and a very comfortable main dinner and bar area. The room was very efficiently designed, as well as clean, comfortable and with plenty of room for business to be done and also relax. The room service was exceptionally quick and the food was very good. I'll definitely come to the Foundation Hotel any time that I return to Detroit on business.
This boutique hotel was above and beyond my expectations!!! Detroit is quite a drive for us but we couldn’t wait to check out this hotel. It exceeded every expectation. Trendy, cool, clean and everything was on point. Rooms were large and they were perfect for our family. They had an amazing Navigator that took us around were we needed to go. Staff was helpful and amazing. They even went to the store and picked us medicine when we needed it. We adored their restaurant on site, The Apparatus Room was AMAZING !! CANT WAIT TO COME BACK
Wonderful room. Fantastic Service. Great restaurant. And good location. My girlfriend and I had a great time exploring the city and the Foundation was a good centrally located hotel. The staff was excellent and the concierge was very helpful in arranging dinner reservations. The room was spacious and beautiful. I would definitely stay here again.