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 travel frequently on business both domestic and internationally. I’ve been to Detroit on many occasions starting in 2009 and I’ve seen the city transform itself. The siren hotel is a part of this transformation. Maintains the historical charm of the Wurlitzer building and add a unique DETROIT flavor to hospitality. The rooms are comfortable, beds were great and was overall perfect for our business travel needs. The hotel’s location is walkable to all of the sports venues and great restaurants and bars. The bar is absolutely fantastic. It’s cozy, fun to hang, and the bartenders are great to chat with as well. The best part of our experience however it was the staff and their goal of focusing on the customer experience. Too many hotels these days are focused on the institution and not on the guest. The general manager, Soso, runs around making sure that guests are prioritized. She notices the little things and takes action when appropriate. It’s great to see that kind of guest- focused service. If the younger staff did not have an answer, they were quick to get the answer from a manager or more senior staff. The hotel Is young and will definitely have it’s growing pains as any hotel would but all in all the hotel was a great experience for us, the service of the hotel staff was great, from the valet, to front desk, to management and I highly recommend this hotel.
Looks like a cross between a speakeasy and a mad collector’s museum. Customer service weird, too: at check in, guy looks at me for a few seconds and says, “Stayin’ here?” Room smelt faintly mouldy and some insect decided to share my bed second night. I left early.
Quaint rooms. A bit light on the storage/closet side. Cool decor. Great lobby, cocktail bar (Candy Bar), and small cafe all on the ground floor. Would definitely recommend it for a reasonably priced boutique option.