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
Great facility, warm, welcoming and comfortable. Restaurant food was wonderful and atmosphere relaxing. Room was clean and comfortable. Employees were very welcoming and helpful. I would gladly recommend the hotel.
Superb. No reason to go elsewhere. Fine accommodations, attentive service, excellent bar restaurant. Nice selection of local beers on tap and in bottles. Decent wine list. Minibar in room was thoughtfully stocked.
For the price of a room this hotel misses the mark. The are trying to be very on trend while providing a cheap feeling room. The staff is attentive and accommodating but the overall feel of the hotel is not what we had hoped for.