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
An incredible building with staff completely focused on positive customer service. Brandon Page and Alex went above and beyond during our staff. Best experience, highly recommend. Brandon attend to our needs during a very night, Alex was always smiling and welcoming each time we came in, he was a pleasure giving us a tour on the way to our restaurant!
We had an amazing experience at the Foundation Hotel, as we were staying there for our wedding anniversary. Everything from the moment we walked in, Alex at the front desk was extremely helpful and polite, the room was beyond amazing, top notch quality! We also dined at The Apparatus Room - food was superb and service was top notch! Would definitely recommend as a great date night spot or special occasion stay!
We had our guests stay at the Foundation Hotel for our wedding weekend and it was definitely the right choice. Courtne and Emily from the Foundation are your go-to coordinators and they provided a high-level of service that made us feel so special. The Commissioner's Suite is simply stunning - a huge room with a pool table, it offered the perfect backdrop for my bride to get ready the day-of. The service from check-in to check-out was top notch.
The Apparatus room is the in-hotel restaurant and bar. It's like no other in-hotel restaurant I've encountered, whether in NY or in Philly. Michelin-level service and food, it was the perfect spot to have our meet and greet the day before the wedding. We also enjoyed lunch and brunch at the Apparatus room - the servers know their stuff and the chefs executed each dish so well.
The gym is top notch - plenty of room with free weights and two, yes count them, two Peleton bikes.
My wife and I can't wait to head back for our 1 year anniversary. Our stay had that much of an impact on our overall wedding experience.