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
I loved the desk staff. They were friendly and helpful but I had to switch my room twice due to stained bed sheets - twice. The sheets appeared to be washed but had old stains on them. Yuck. They need better training of the housekeeping staff. Why wouldn't they immediately throw away stained sheets.
It could have been the room we chose, but not conducive to business travelers. The internet was out which was very inconvenient, especially since the TV was internet based. No coffee in the room, no room service.
Wonderful experience. Great location. Walked to our favorite bars and restaurants and Comerica Park. Super friendly staff, particularly Grace in the cafe. Enjoyed the Candy Bar. Would recommend to family and friends.
We absolutely loved this hotel. The decor is amazing and the bar downstairs is the candy on top. If you want a great place to stay in Detroit, look no further than the Siren Hotel. Great location, great service, and great amenities.
Cool re-do of a classic building in a great location - across from the Opera House a few blocks from Woodward and Comerica Park - totally accessible to Q Line and all downtown. Room was clean and felt right with a fantastic view (1209). Liked the experience. Lobby a bit small, but has several areas to sit - can just hang out. Elevators are a touch slow, but feels true to the old and city noises can be heard which is nice. Valet easy/good. Most everyone very nice and enthusiastic. Overall, would stay again and recommend it.