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
We gathered in Detroit to celebrate a family member's birthday. We wanted to stay somewhere special as we were hosting several out of town guests. The Foundation Hotel was the perfect choice and exceeded our expectations. The design, room features, exceptional service, and vibrant atmosphere of the Apparatus Room made for an exceptional weekend. Thank you for the memorable experience!
This hotel is fantastic! Every detail is well designed and thought out through and through. Great check in experience, cozy and gorgeous room plus the restaurant is not to be missed! If you enjoy art, music, architecture and amazing service, then Foundation is a must visit in Detroit.
The hotel has a great vibe with lots of details and touches left from it's former life as a fire station. The rooms are nicely appointed with very comfortable beds and bedding. The staff were friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was the breakfast food. We ordered scrambled eggs and they were swimming in so much butter that we could not eat them. Overall, a great stay and would come back again.
The building, the room, the hotel staff, and the restaurant food were all fantastic. The only thing I would say they need to improve on is the friendliness of the staff in the restaurant. The hotel staff were all very friendly. For some reason we didn't feel the same love from the staff at the restaurant. None of them seemed as happy to be there as we were, which is unfortunate.
Came home for an early Christmas with family, decided to spend two nights downtown. Prior to moving, I lived in Detroit for a decade and it was a blast to be a tourist in my own city and this hotel made it all the more special! Gorgeous and unique design paired with excellent customer service. We’ll be back!