The Siren Hotel
What We Love
- Great Lakes-themed cuisine at the eight-seat restaurant, Albena
- Limited edition photographs by the “dean of Detroit photography” Bill Rauhauser in the hotel gift shop
- Custom blankets by Maine Heritage Weavers (the oldest loom in America) in each of the guest rooms
- The sparkling disco ball, sourced from a Parisian nightclub, at the hotel’s cocktail lounge
What To Know
- The property’s original contractor’s grandson was enlisted to refurbish the travertine floors
- On a clear day, the rooftop bar sports views as far as Canada
- The hotel’s narrow shape led designers to incorporate a mix of room types, from smaller bunk bed rooms to sprawling penthouse suites
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Reinterpreted Italian Renaissance-style building steeped in local history, emblematic of downtown Detroit’s recent revival
Thanks to a newly added streetcar line, a splashy sports arena, and a proposed skyscraper that’s poised to overshadow the Renaissance Center (currently the city’s tallest building), Detroit’s downtown is in the throes of a much-needed overhaul. The latest to join that wave of inventive redevelopment is The Siren, a 106-room hotel inside the abandoned Wurlitzer—a 1920s-era musical instrument warehouse turned office building that was in desperate need of resuscitating. The hotly anticipated makeover helmed by the Brooklyn-based ASH NYC does not disappoint. While the building’s vintage razzle-dazzle remains in the form of travertine floors, terra cotta signs and original plaster detailing, rooms (there are nine categories to choose from, such as the diminutive Hideout, which sport bunk-beds, and an all-out penthouse) splashed in pistachio green automotive paint are stylish contrasts. Decidedly of-the-moment features include a mural on the south façade—British mixed-media artist Quentin Jones gets first dibs, though a rotating door of other painters will follow—and locally-sourced vintage furniture in the lobby. To that, add an opulent cocktail lounge and a piano karaoke bar, and its not surprising to see that like its Greek mythology namesake, this seductive boutique hotel is calling people back to Motor City.
In the Area
Detroit’s trademark underdog spirit is most detectable downtown. Points of interest around The Siren include the Fox Theater, once a derelict performing arts center that was resplendently restored to include a six-storied reception and a vibrant LED light display (recently featured acts here include the Rockettes and Sesame Street Live). Street art fanatics should head to the maze of murals that line Eastern Market, which hosts an array of cheese, spice and produce vendors every Saturday; there’s a paired-down version of the market on weekdays. Save one evening for soul food at Baker’s, Detroit’s oldest operating jazz club, where the bar is styled to resemble piano keys.
How to Get There
This place is so unique. You walk in the lobby and it is so beautiful. They have a coffee shop that is very convenient for me because I do not like plain black coffee. Staff was very friendly from the valet to the desk to the house keeping. Walking distance to anywhere. The hallways are a little creepy but very cool. We stayed in the king parlor room. The room was very spacious. Nice view, bed was comfortable, huge shower. Personalized letter to us, There was a small couch and a little table to sit at. My only complaint is that there were not fridges in the room and the only ice machine was all the way in the basement. For almost $300 a night I would have liked a mini fridge.
We knew staying at The Siren Hotel would be a great experience, but my girlfriend (at the time) was in for a big surprise. We were in town for the Eric Church concert and just before going out on the town I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes! We will forever love The Siren Hotel.
The room was nice stayed on penthouse floor. How ever I thought the view was going to be looking at the city but instead was looking at the building wall outside no view of the city at all. Also the t.v never worked in the masterroom the wi did was not strong enough to get a signal let the front desk know twice. Other than that it was a very nice hotel with a great bar but no food.
DO NOT LET THEM PARK YOUR VEHICLE!!! totally damaged the roof of my F350 over $1000 and refused to fix it. I rented 2 rooms. 1 day before arrival called me and down graded a room do to issues. Had to fight for credit on the difference. The whole stay was freezing 68 deg. Then the last night 80 deg, No one could turn down the thermostat. Manager no where to be found... Front desk as helpful as they could be. Horrible place!! will never stay there again. I love Detroit and stay there at least 1 once a month....
Booked this hotel through Expedia. Chose this hotel because we had an 8 o’clock reservation at Albena - the 8 seat tasting menu restaurant in located inside the Siren Hotel. I’ll post a separate review about that.
Pros: Hotel is stylish, in a retro way. Room was very clean and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. The hotel was quiet. The staff were nice. Nice cocktail bar in the lobby called “Candy Bar”. We had very good gin martini’s for $13/each.
Cons: The room we were in was on the small side. Valet parking was $30 and there did not appear to be any self park options. Elevator is very slow, more of an annoyance than anything. Some people may not like that the lobby is used as “overflow area” for the cocktail bar.
Overall, it is a nice hotel and I would consider staying there again.