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 simply love the Siren Hotel, the decor and the comfort of the beds. The linens are soft and lovely. I was originally in their smallest room which is very small but changed to a larger room. Love the bathrooms and their terrazzo tiles. Not so thrilled about their TV system!
We came here for our wedding anniversary while in Detroit for a friend’s wedding. Overall, we loved the look and feel of the hotel- all the fun details and the playfulness of the hotel were incredible. We also really enjoyed the Candy Bar- the bartender was friendly and helpful, and cocktails were great! However, there’s no food at the hotel and difficult to find quick food in the area. I know the hotel is working to bring a restaurant but in the meantime, it’s definitely inconvenient.
But what unfortunately frustrated us most during our one night at the hotel is that our room was extremely hot and we realized we could not turn the heat down past 72 or switch to AC. We did visit in December but it was strange that we weren’t able to control the temperature (or even the setting) in the room. We asked the front desk to adjust the temp so we could sleep and the guy at the desk tried to fix it but was unable to for almost an hour. When he finally did (after we walked down to the desk to talk to him in person) it took another half hour or so for the room to cool down and we were finally able to sleep. Even though we enjoyed the look/feel of the Siren, we did not have a good night’s sleep or enjoy a room we paid quite a bit for. We left feeling disappointed we spent so much and, more importantly, spent such a special occassion at a place where we were not completely comfortable.
Did a birthday staycation with my husband and found The Siren to be lovely but not very comfortable. No closet, no sink space to store items and blinds on the windows did not darken room very much. I think 99.999% of all hotel guests want a room that is dark when trying to sleep. Love the lobby, the staff and the coffee area, but the room could use a few more traveler friendly perks.
I would stay here again, for sure, and plan to. Not sure about these people complaining but everything was great from start to finish. Valet was easy, check-in counter excellent and accommodating, coffee bar fantastic while we waited for our room. Room itself just what you'd need, and it was perfectly quiet.
I don't know where to start with this hotel. From the moment you arrive, the valet service is absolutely horrible. We waited 25 minutes for someone from valet to come get our car and when we left it was another 30+ minutes to find someone to go get our car at the end of our stay. When you walk into the hotel, there is no room for all the people and no organization to check in or find someone to help. When you finally get to your room, it is smaller than a closet and extremely cramped. No fridge, no desk (well unless you plan on sitting on the floor cross legged), no closet, and a small bed in the center. Room stayed at 77-80 degrees all night and we were unable to adjust the thermostat since it is only controlled centrally by the hotel. You can hear absolutely everything in the halls, at the elevator, and in the rooms on the floor, so make sure to bring headphones or earplug if you want to sleep. Bring your own food or plan to go out in the city, because the "Populace Coffee" and "Candy Bar" doesn't offer anything that is worth writing home about and a waste of money. I understand that they are trying to offer a different culture for a place to stay, which would be great, but they missed it by a mile. I have enjoyed staying at multiple hotels around the city of Detroit and thought we would try something new, but this place is by far one of the worst.