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
Upon arrival we found the hotel absolutely adorable. Within hours it was not so adorable. The decor was very cute and bougie but unfortunately the customer service was extremely lacking! We were there with a group of people and the hotel absolutely does not want to cater to more than 2 to 4 people. They advertise a very nice lounge area but would only let 2 to 4 in at a time, when it was open. Not always open and the manager at the entrance was a total jerk! He sent us to several places outside of the hotel not even to the restaraunt/diner in the hotel. He obviously did not want our business or our money.
We requested a set of towels and some toilet paper on the second night, after the room had been cleaned and had to go to the desk 2 hours later to get it ourselves. The rooms are small but I will say they have a massive shower that I could have put a blow up mattress in.
When they did apologize to us for their poor treatment they constantly used the word BUT. Last I checked that eliminates any comments said prior. I would say they could have cared a less.
Our experience was great at this hotel. The room was on the smaller side, but exactly as advertised and fine for us (a couple and a dog). It was very clean, and the cleaning staff was very friendly and helpful. The dog policy was much more flexible here than at other hotels I've stayed at, and I didn't have to sign and kind of crazy paperwork or pay an additional fee to bring my dog with me. The parking charge was reasonable for downtown, and I could text the valet to order my car in advance, which was great. Staff was very friendly, at the front desk and at the bar. My only complaint (which is really a non-complaint) is that we had to leave early on Sunday morning and wanted an actual breakfast (not just a pastry) before leaving -- the hotel restaurant doesn't open until 10 AM, which seems late for a hotel restaurant. But, this was an issue that was pretty specific to our situation and so I wouldn't hold it against the hotel. I would definitely stay here again on travel for work or fun.
The Siren was awesome. Checking in was effortless. The staff made a point to meticulously outline nice local options for happy hour/dinner. The room was nicely appointed. It was understandably small but comfortable; particularly for a single traveler. Despite the smaller size the design is still hip and updated; chill 1920’s chic. Retro /cool vibe with helpful, friendly staff. Look forward to coming back soon.